AI Text Detection, Twitter, Chrome Screenshots, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, February 3, 2023


Search Engine Land: OpenAI launches new tool to detect AI-generated text. “OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, today released an AI Text Classifier that might be able to help you determine whether the text you’re reading was written by AI or a human. But there’s a but. OpenAI notes it’s ‘impossible to reliably detect all AI-written text’ and it has ‘not thoroughly assessed the effectiveness of the classifier in detecting content written in collaboration with human authors.'”


BuzzFeed News: Twitter Users Are Down 9% in the US, A New Survey Shows. “The number of people using Twitter in the US has decreased almost 9% since Elon Musk took over, according to a recent study. In October 2022, just before Musk took ownership, the study found, 32.4% of Americans were using Twitter. In December and January, that figure had dropped to 29.5%.”

Android Police: Google is scrapping Chrome’s screenshot editing tool after months of development. “First featured in Chrome Canary version 98, this utility gained new functionality over months of work, and seemed as though it was destined to launch outside its feature flag as a tool available for all users. Sadly, Chromium commits made earlier this week point to the demise of the screenshot tool — at least in its current form.”


Lifehacker: Your iPhone Can Scan and Copy Any Text Into a Note. “‘Scan Text’ can scan any text from any document you point your camera to, which means you have a one-click option to copy someone’s homework, a contract, or a grocery list that’s hanging on the fridge. And, once it’s scanned, you are can format or share it any way you want.”

MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Free Tools to Capture Images From Video Files. “To grab a good image from a video, you can either rely on your superb pausing skills or use software to do the hard work for you. Since the quality of simple video screenshots can be unreliable, especially on Windows XP or older versions, go for specialized tools and avoid the hassle. Here are six tools worth your time and what they have to offer your search on how to get stills from videos.”


EdTech Magazine: How Higher Ed Institutions Are Responding to Google Storage Limits. “Google, which has long offered some of its services free to universities, is now capping the amount of free cloud storage available to institutions at 100 terabytes across Drive, Gmail, Photos and other apps that are part of the Google Workspace for Education suite. That number may seem high, but it’s insufficient for universities, particularly research universities, that can have tens of thousands of users storing data.”

CNBC: Google is asking employees to test potential ChatGPT competitors, including a chatbot called ‘Apprentice Bard’. “Google is testing new artificial intelligence-powered chat products that are likely to influence a future public product launch. They include a new chatbot and a potential way to integrate it into a search engine.”

New York Times: On Trump’s Social Network: Ads for Miracle Cures, Scams and Fake Merchandise. “Ads from major brands are nonexistent on the site. Instead, the ads on Truth Social are for alternative medicine, diet pills, gun accessories and Trump-themed trinkets, according to an analysis of hundreds of ads on the social network by The New York Times.”


TechCrunch: Google Fi says hackers accessed customers’ information. “Google’s cell network provider Google Fi has confirmed a data breach, likely related to the recent security incident at T-Mobile, which allowed hackers to steal millions of customers’ information.”

Kyiv Post: Hacking Group Claims to Have Uncovered Massive Russian Domestic Spying Program. “A hacking group has dumped of 128 gigabytes of documents it says are from Convex, a Russian internet service provider, and claimed they reveal the Kremlin is engaged in an extensive domestic monitoring operation of citizens and private corporations in the country.”


George Washington University: GW Study: Offline Events Spike Online Hate Speech. “From Black Lives Matter protests to presidential elections, real-world events often lead to increased online bigotry. A new study reveals the targeting doesn’t stop with single groups.”

NewsWise: Bot gives nonnative speakers the floor in videoconferencing. “Xiaoyan Li, a doctoral student in the field of information science, used multilingual groups to test out the helpful bot – called a conversational agent – which was programmed to intervene after native speakers took six consecutive turns. The agent enabled nonnative speakers to break into the conversation, increasing their participation from 12% to 17% of all words spoken. While people who did not have English as a first language generally found the agent to be helpful, native speakers thought the intrusions were distracting and unnecessary.” Good morning, Internet…

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