Bauhaus Design, Google, Machine Translation, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 5, 2023


PRNewswire: Letterform Archive expands its Online Archive to include full, original publications from the Bauhaus School (PRESS RELEASE). “Letterform Archive announces a significant update to its Online Archive with the digitization of fourteen Bauhaus books and three years of Bauhaus magazines. The publications are now available online as free resources to anyone in the world. This is the first time these publications will be available in full, using digitization techniques that result in high-fidelity imagery and text that can be read on screen.”


The Verge: Google is holding an event about search and AI on February 8th. “Next week, Google will be holding an event about how it’s ‘using the power of AI to reimagine how people search for, explore and interact with information, making it more natural and intuitive than ever before to find what you need,’ according to an invite sent to The Verge. The 40-minute event will be streamed on YouTube on February 8th at 8:30AM ET.”


MakeUseOf: ChatGPT vs. Google Translate: Which Is Better At Translation?. “From content writing and programming to product design and data analysis, ChatGPT is making an immediate impact in almost every digital field imaginable. However, one area ChatGPT could be particularly impactful—although currently getting little attention—is machine translation. Currently, Google Translate is the top dog, and almost everyone else is playing catch-up.”

BBC: Russia in Africa: How disinformation operations target the continent. “Russosphère describes itself as ‘a network in defence of Russia’. Made up of several social media groups on different platforms, it was created in 2021 but fully launched in February 2022 – just days before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The network swiftly gained over 80,000 followers.”

British Vogue: FarmTok: The Wholesome Social Media Trend I Can’t Get Enough Of. “While social media can often feel oppressive, a place laden with perfect-looking people trying to sell us things, wholesome nature accounts are a joyful antidote to all of that. I’ve also found that it’s a great reminder that there is something beyond all of the noise, and it’s there for all of us at all times.”


WIRED: The Untold Story of a Crippling Ransomware Attack. “Today, more than two years later, Hackney Council is still dealing with the colossal aftermath of the ransomware attack. For around a year, many council services weren’t available. Crucial council systems—including housing benefit payments and social care services—weren’t functioning properly. While its services are now back up and running, parts of the council are still not operating as they were prior to the attack.”

New York Times: Advisory Firm Sues Elon Musk’s Twitter, Saying It Hasn’t Been Paid. “The blockbuster technology deal that every adviser on Wall Street clamored to be a part of has proved not to have been so lucrative for at least one advisory firm that worked on it. That firm, Innisfree M&A Incorporated, sued Twitter on Friday in New York State Supreme Court, seeking about $1.9 million in what it says are unpaid bills after it advised the company on its sale to Elon Musk last year.”

NBC News: ‘Doppelganger murder’: Woman accused of killing Instagram lookalike in plot to fake her own death. “A family dispute, a missing woman, and a body that had been stabbed to death found in the woman’s car by her parents: These things, authorities in Germany now say, are not as they once seemed.”


University of Stirling: Heritage experts to study responses to protecting Ukraine’s cultural heritage and monuments. “The main goal of the project is to identify national and international responses that aim to safeguard heritage and heritage practitioners during the war, helping to create more effective and targeted support for the work of professionals and communities in the future. Researchers… will track support initiatives and networks of cooperation across Europe, investigate their impact, and identify the challenges of providing helpful aid and assistance in conflict and post-conflict environments.”

Clark University: Can A.I. learn empathy? . “Seeing the growing popularity of artificial intelligence like ChatGPT, a chatbot launched by OpenAI in November, Rabbi Joshua Franklin ’06, M.A. ’07, engaged his congregation in a quirky, but poignant, experiment. Franklin asked ChatGPT to write a sermon based on a Torah portion dealing with the idea of vulnerability and read it to his congregation. No one could guess who authored the text.” This is a summary article for a podcast. Unfortunately, I can’t find transcripts for the podcast, it appears to be audio only. If you notice a transcript please drop a comment. Good afternoon, Internet…

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