Bronx Jewish History Project, Google I/O 2023, Chatbot Avatars, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 8, 2023

I’m sorry, obviously running VERY late today. I’m taking another crack at doing short videos about my Search Gizmos. I like this effort better. .


Fordham University: Center for Jewish Studies Launches Bronx Jewish History Project . “In the first half of the 20th century, the Bronx was home to hundreds of thousands of Jewish residents, many of whom had immigrated with their families in the late 1800s and early 1900s from Europe. More than 600,000 Jewish people lived in the borough in the late 1940s, but by 2003, just about 45,000 were left, according to a 2002 Jewish Community Study by UJA-Federation.”


Google Blog: Let’s go. It’s Google I/O 2023. “Google I/O is back and you’re invited to join us online May 10! Learn about Google’s latest solutions, products, and technologies for developers, that help unlock your creativity and simplify your development workflow.”


TechCrunch: D-ID’s new web app gives a face and voice to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. “D-ID, the Israeli startup behind Deep Nostalgia, announced today that it’s launching the beta version of its new web app that allows users to talk face-to-face with photorealistic AI. The web app, called chat.D-ID, combines D-ID’s text-to-video streaming technology with OpenAI’s ChatGPT to make conversations with AI more accessible.”

Engadget: YouTube reverses course on controversial swearing and monetization policy. “The new profanity rules YouTube introduced late last year are being relaxed — with an update outlining a less restrictive policy that will allow the use of moderate and strong profanity to be used without risking demonetization.” #FreeGrandmaPottymouth


Harvard Gazette: HBCU Library Alliance and Harvard team up to expand access to Black history. “On Wednesday, the HBCU Library Alliance and Harvard Library announced a project to sustain and deepen capacity for the digitization, discovery, and preservation of African American history collections held in HBCU libraries and archives across the U.S.”


Asahi Shimbun: GaaSyy refuses to appear in Diet to apologize, risking expulsion. “Yoshikazu Higashitani, a YouTuber-turned-lawmaker known online as ‘GaaSyy,’ has informed his secretary he will not attend the March 8 plenary session of the Diet, as ordered by the Upper House’s disciplinary committee, to apologize for failing to appear for any parliamentary proceedings.”

Rolling Stone: Twitter Bots Are Promising Cheap Guns to Anyone Using the N-Word. “When Elon Musk acquired Twitter, he made it clear that eradicating spam bots was a top priority. But his strategies on that front have produced, at best, mixed results. Moreover, in recent months, some users have been plagued by a type of spam that directly violates Twitter policy: automated replies from accounts offering guns for sale.”

Bleeping Computer: FBI investigates data breach impacting U.S. House members and staff. “The FBI is investigating a data breach affecting U.S. House of Representatives members and staff after their account and sensitive personal information was stolen from DC Health Link’s servers.”


The Conversation: The retention problem: Women are going into tech but are also being driven out. “In seeking answers to this retention problem of the tech industry, our research found that women’s negative experiences range from minor to severe harassment, sexism, discrimination and misogyny to explicit death threats. Their expertise is challenged, their contributions are not well-received and their roles are diminished.”

Ars Technica: Google’s PaLM-E is a generalist robot brain that takes commands. “On Monday, a group of AI researchers from Google and the Technical University of Berlin unveiled PaLM-E, a multimodal embodied visual-language model (VLM) with 562 billion parameters that integrates vision and language for robotic control. They claim it is the largest VLM ever developed and that it can perform a variety of tasks without the need for retraining.” Good evening, Internet…

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