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Climate Change France, ChatGPT, Flickr, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, December 4, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

Connexion France: How will weather be in my French town in 2050? New tool helps find out. “Global warming is and will be the cause of major upheavals throughout France in the decades to come, affecting everything from agriculture to health to tourism. The risks will not be the same from one commune in France to another. To find out what climate changes cities will have to adapt to in 2050, Météo-France has recently launched a tool called ‘Climadiag commune’.”

Ars Technica: OpenAI invites everyone to test new AI-powered chatbot—with amusing results. “On Wednesday, OpenAI announced ChatGPT, a dialogue-based AI chat interface for its GPT-3 family of large language models. It’s currently free to use with an OpenAI account during a testing phase. Unlike the GPT-3 model found in OpenAI’s Playground and API, ChatGPT provides a user-friendly conversational interface and is designed to strongly limit potentially harmful output.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Flickr Blog: NOW OPEN – Your Best Shot 2022. “It’s that time of year again! Submissions to Your Best Shot 2022 are now open in the contest group and will be open through January 4.”

New York Times: Twitter Keeps Missing Its Advertising Targets as Woes Mount. “Some brands are committing only to promotions for events, like the Super Bowl, with heavy discounts or clauses that allow them to back out for any reason, according to internal documents and three people familiar with the efforts. Automakers are among the most concerned advertisers, with General Motors raising questions about whether Twitter’s data would be shared with Mr. Musk’s car company, Tesla, three people said.”

Jezebel: Google Isn’t Deleting Users’ Abortion-Related Data, Despite Post-Roe Promise. “Accountable Tech’s research, shared with the Guardian, suggests that if Google doesn’t precisely detect that a user went inside an abortion clinic, and was just in the area of one, their location data isn’t deleted.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

Hollywood Reporter: Film Academy Foundation Union Voluntarily Recognized. “Around 90 workers — including archivists, film preservationists, librarians and curators working across the Academy Film Archive, Margaret Herrick Library, Science and Technology Council and in various Academy programs — are joining the Vernon-based AFSCME [American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees] Council, which also recently saw success in organizing the Academy Museum.”

PC Magazine: What’s a ‘Granfluencer’? Older Social-Media Stars Are Thriving. “The term ‘influencer’ conjures images of young people, replete with ring lights and smartphone cameras, spending hours at home or out on the nearest sidewalk or boardwalk, attempting to capture a viral dance move or lip-sync the latest sampled catchphrase. Emphasis on ‘young’—but that isn’t always the case.”

Bloomberg: Twitter’s Credit Rating Withdrawn by S&P on Lack of Information. “Twitter Inc.’s credit grade was withdrawn by S&P Global Ratings, which said it lacked sufficient information to continue covering the Elon Musk-owned social media company.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: London gold body creates database of Russian bullion bars. “The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) is creating a database of Russian gold bars held by banks in London to help prevent sanctions evasion by Russian companies or the Russian central bank, the industry group said.”

Associated Press: FBI director raises national security concerns about TikTok. “FBI Director Chris Wray is raising national security concerns about TikTok, warning Friday that control of the popular video sharing app is in the hands of a Chinese government ‘that doesn’t share our values.'”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Phys .org: Artificial neural networks learn better when they spend time not learning at all. “Artificial neural networks leverage the architecture of the human brain to improve numerous technologies and systems, from basic science and medicine to finance and social media. In some ways, they have achieved superhuman performance, such as computational speed, but they fail in one key aspect: When artificial neural networks learn sequentially, new information overwrites previous information, a phenomenon called catastrophic forgetting.”

The Conversation: Elon Musk’s buyout of Twitter has placed its user-generated archives in danger. “Future historians may be able to learn about these things through media coverage of Twitter, but the ability to access the tweets themselves will be invaluable for historical research. This is doubly true for the spread of information during breaking events, when the platform itself became the main primary source for observers and participants. Given the centrality of this source, it is hard to believe that it could all disappear. Could it?” Good morning, Internet…

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