UK Cultural Heritage, US Food Equity, DetectGPT, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, February 16, 2023


Google Blog: Plan the perfect family day out in the UK with Google Arts & Culture . “Right on time for half-term (or any school holiday), Google Arts & Culture invites families in the UK and visitors to embark on a cultural adventure across the country with a new collection of stories and activities curated with more than 100 partner institutions.”

Partnership for a Healthier America: What Food Equity Looks Like in Your Neighborhood. “Partnership for a Healthier America has launched its Food Equity Opportunity Map in partnership with the University of Maryland Baltimore County, highlighting where improving access to good food would make the greatest impact and allowing everyone to see what Food Equity looks like in their community for the first time.”

Stanford University: Human Writer or AI? Scholars Build a Detection Tool. “[Eric Anthony] Mitchell and his colleagues have developed DetectGPT, released as a demo and a paper last week, which distinguishes between human- and LLM-generated text. In initial experiments, the tool accurately identifies authorship 95% of the time across five popular open-source LLMs.” I tested it with some of my own writing and some AI text generated from You Chat. DetectGPT correctly identified my writing as being non-AI, but for the AI text it guessed that it COULD be AI text but that it probably wasn’t. It’s not perfect, take with salt.


Ars Technica: ChromeOS will finally, mercifully, let you change its keyboard shortcuts. “As spotted in Kevin Tofel’s About Chromebooks blog, an updated version of the shortcut viewer in the Settings app—first seen in October 2022—has the early makings of a shortcut changing and adding mechanism.”

TechCrunch: Google starts beta testing its rebrand of interest-based ad-targeting on Android. “Google has begun letting Android developers kick the tyres of its claimed reboot of ad-targeting — announcing the launch of the first Beta for its ‘Privacy Sandbox’, an adtech stack proposal which aims to iterate how ad tracking, targeting and reporting is done so it appears less creepy for individual users while maintaining an interest-based, behavioral targeting capability on web users’ eyeballs.”

Engadget: Google Fiber launches 5Gbps service for $125 per month. “Google Fiber is launching the 5Gbps internet plan it began testing in October. The service will initially cover four cities, but Google says the $125-per-month service will expand to other areas later this year.”


WIRED: What Web3 Can Learn From Archive of Our Own . “[Fannish Next-of-Kin] arrangements allow users of the popular fan-fiction website Archive of Our Own to designate another fan to take control of their works—things like fan fiction, fan art, essays, and videos—after they die. Carpenter had heard of the policy before, but it was XT’s death—and the suggestion from a fellow server member that they all consider naming a FNOK—that spurred her into action.”

Golf Digest: Artist CR Obetz salvages the iconic drawings of illustrator Anthony Ravielli with 21st-century methods . ” As an artist, Obetz’s general instinct is to search for the lost and forgotten, so he ignored the paintings on the main walls and ventured into the back room where he found boxes containing thousands of sketches, notes and scratchboards littering a billiards table. Among them, he recognized the sharp black pen of Anthony Ravielli and knew he had to rescue them.” There’s some NFT stuff in here and it’s partially promotional with Golf Digest, so I almost didn’t include it. But the art is so good.

New York Times: Why Are You Seeing So Many Bad Digital Ads Now?. “…advertising experts agree that crummy ads — some just irritating, others malicious — appear to be proliferating. They point to a variety of potential causes: internal turmoil at tech companies, weak content moderation and higher-tier advertisers exploring alternatives.”


The Conversation: Historic Iwo Jima footage shows individual Marines amid the larger battle. “I came across this film clip in my work as a curator of a collection of motion picture films shot by Marine Corps photographers from World War II through the 1970s. In a partnership between the History Division of the Marine Corps and the University of South Carolina, where I work, we are digitizing these films, seeking to provide direct public access to the video and expand historical understanding of the Marine Corps’ role in society. Over two years of scanning, I have come to realize that our work also enables a more powerful relationship with the past by fostering individual connections with videos, something that the digitizing of the large quantity of footage makes possible.”

Clark University: ‘The fantasy of it runs wild’. “Nestled between Rome and Florence, the Italian hillside town of Bomarzo appears calm and unassuming. But with a look down the hill, monsters appear. Just below a Renaissance palace is a 29-acre park, where mystery and wonder emerge from boulders and outcroppings of Tufo stone. More than 400 years ago, artists carved beasts and mythological figures into Pier Francesco ‘Vicino’ Orsini’s land. ‘When you’re there, the fantasy of it runs wild,’ says art history Professor John Garton, who is working on an international project to preserve the site crafted in the late Renaissance period, between 1550 and 1585.”

Asahi Shimbun: Japan has more than 14,000 islands, digital mapping reveals. “Thanks to digital mapping technology, Japanese geographers have identified more than 7,000 islands previously unrecognized in the country’s waters. The first such survey in 35 years revealed that the nation is made up of 14,125 islands rather than 6,852, as previously thought, according to a source familiar with the matter.” Good morning, Internet…

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