Auto Design & Sketching, AI, Flickr Foundation, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, December 21, 2022


Core77: Free Online Auto Design Course by the Petersen Automotive Museum. “The Petersen Automotive Museum has partnered with online education company Yellowbrick to release ‘Auto Design & Sketching,’ a free online course. Auto design history, principles, case studies, theory and of course sketching are all covered.”


Los Angeles Times: A.I. is here, and it’s making movies. Is Hollywood ready?. “Artificial intelligence will do to motion pictures what Photoshop did to still ones, said Robert Wahl, an associate computer science professor at Concordia University Wisconsin who’s written about the ethics of CGI, in an email. ‘We can no longer fully trust what we see.'”

Flickr: Hello, World! . “Welcome to the new home of the Flickr Foundation! We are a new US 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to keeping the wonderful Flickr collection around for 100 years. Big goals, little steps.”

Engadget: TikTok will explain why it recommends videos on its ‘For You’ page. “The algorithm that powers TikTok’s ‘For You’ page has long been a source of fascination and suspicion. Fans often remark on the app’s eerie accuracy, while TikTok critics have at times speculated the company could subtly manipulate its algorithm to influence its users in more nefarious ways.”


Boing Boing: Getting better YouTube transcripts. “YouTube provides transcripts—sort of. They’re often missing, especially on old videos, and the formatting leaves much to be desired. The cunningly-named ‘YouTube Transcripts’ website promises superior wordification.” I tried this. Blazing fast and the transcripts weren’t bad. They aren’t formatted, though, so you’ll have to do some cleanup before using them anywhere. If you struggle with understanding accented English in non-captioned YouTube videos (it me) this will be really handy. Bookmarked.


UConn Today: UConn Library’s Connecticut Digital Archive Receives Connecticut Humanities Partnership Grant to Build Local Histories. “Connecticut Humanities (CTH) has awarded a Partnership Grant of $173,711 to the Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA) for an exciting new project called My Town, My Story. My Town, My Story is focused specifically on helping Connecticut public libraries build digital collections of local histories and encourage individuals and community groups to contribute to the common memory of their town.”

Financial Times: Elon Musk’s Twitter is ‘stirring up’ digital polarisation, says Bill Gates. “A ‘seat-of-the-pants’ decision-making style at Twitter since Elon Musk’s takeover is worsening digital polarisation, according to Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the world’s largest private philanthropic organisation.”


New York Times: Ex-Google Contractor Settles Lawsuit Over Religious Sect. “Kevin Lloyd, 34, said in the suit that he had been fired after complaining that the Fellowship of Friends, a religious organization based in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, dominated a business unit called Google Developer Studios, which makes videos showcasing the company’s technologies.”

Politico: Elon Musk invited to testify in the European Parliament. “Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk has been invited to testify in the European Parliament, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola Monday sent a letter to the tech billionaire asking him to appear for a ‘frank exchange in public’ with lawmakers.”

NBC New York: Face Recognition Tech Gets Girl Scout Mom Booted from Rockettes Show — Due to Where She Works. “An attorney whose firm is in litigation with MSG Entertainment was barred from attending a Radio City Rockettes’ show with her daughter and other Girl Scouts because the company’s facial recognition technology knew where she worked.”


University of Georgia: Study links social media, gaming addiction to emotions. “Social media scrolling and gaming can be addictive, but a new study out of the University of Georgia found these two behaviors are particularly habit forming for kids who have trouble regulating their emotions.”

ProPublica: Inside Google’s Quest to Digitize Troops’ Tissue Samples. “The tech giant has long sought access to a priceless trove of veterans’ skin samples, tumor biopsies and slices of organs. DOD staffers have pushed back, raising ethical and legal concerns, but Google might win anyway.” Good morning, Internet…

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