Berkeley Rep’s DIG IN, YouTube, AI-Generated Meeting Notes, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 18, 2023


This link goes to a PDF file. The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre: Berkeley Rep School of Theatre Launches DIG IN. “—The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre is excited to launch DIG IN, Berkeley Rep’s new digital initiative that provides school communities across California with no-cost digital access to professionally captured performances and interactive experiences and provides an online creative community for emerging artists in all genres


TechCrunch: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki steps down, will assume advisory role at Google and Alphabet. “Susan Wojcicki is stepping down as YouTube CEO after nine years at the helm. In a letter to employees (first published by Recode), Wojcicki says that she’s leaving in order to ‘start a new chapter focused on my family, health and personal projects I’m passionate about.'”


MakeUseOf: 8 Handy Tools to Get AI-Generated Meeting Notes . “Unless you’re exceptionally good at multitasking, you might find it difficult to focus on the meeting while making complete, accurate meeting notes. In this case, it is perhaps best to concentrate on the conversation and let your AI assistant take notes. If this sounds like a good idea, read on to find about eight useful tools that can create AI-generated meeting notes.”


New York Times: The Changing Online Language of Hearts. “How to show a heart — the universal symbol of love — has shifted on the internet over the years, driven by new technology.”

Government Technology: Can Dashboard Tools Finally Knock Out Excel Sheets?. “Transparency, efficiency and citizen input are among the main ideals of the post-pandemic government landscape. Dashboard technology offers a way to do that but must overcome historical challenges.”

Los Angeles Times: Column: Minimum wage ‘ghosts’ keep Google and Microsoft’s AI arms race from becoming a nightmare. “The raters join a wave of discontented contractors in speaking out: workers who ensure YouTube videos contain the correct metadata went on strike the same week, alleging unfair labor practices. That’s not even the bottom of the barrel. A Time magazine investigation revealed that contractors in Kenya were being paid less than $2 an hour to review content for ChatGPT — much of it so toxic that it left them traumatized.”


Bloomberg: Google Racial Pay Discrimination Suit Is Poised to Advance. “Google failed to persuade a judge to throw out accusations that it systematically pays minority employees less than their White counterparts. A California state judge tentatively ruled that a former employee can proceed with claims that the Alphabet Inc. unit violated the Equal Pay Act in how it treated her and other ‘non-White’ workers.”

Vice News: Tesla Workers Say Twitter Shadowbanned Their Union Account: NLRB Charge. “Autopilot workers at the Buffalo Gigafactory 2 facility went public with a campaign to form a union on Feb. 14. But by the next day, the workers found that their account had been shadowbanned—meaning it doesn’t appear in Twitter’s search function if you type out either the account’s handle or display name. Elon Musk serves as the CEO at both Tesla and Twitter, and he is named in the NLRB charge.”


University of Southern California: Training Algorithms To Make Fair Decisions Using Private Data. “USC Viterbi researchers have developed a fairness enhancing algorithm that also keeps data secure.”

Ars Technica: Responsible use of AI in the military? US publishes declaration outlining principles. “On Thursday, the US State Department issued a ‘Political Declaration on Responsible Military Use of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy,’ calling for ethical and responsible deployment of AI in military operations among nations that develop them. The document sets out 12 best practices for the development of military AI capabilities and emphasizes human accountability.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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