Ackland Art Museum, East Village Eye, Washington Telehealth, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 8, 2023

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Codart: Ackland Art Museum Launches Website Entirely Dedicated to a Collection of Drawings. “In 2017, UNC alumnus Dr. Sheldon Peck and his wife Dr. Leena Peck gave the Ackland Art Museum their collection of seventeenth and eighteenth-century Dutch and Flemish drawings, along with an endowment to support a new curatorial position, future art acquisitions, exhibitions, educational materials, and public programs. Central to their vision was a robust website on the leading edge of the digital humanities, that would make possible a deep and significant virtual experience of the art in the collection.”

The Village Sun: East Village Eye archive sees its way to N.Y.P.L.. “Founded by Leonard Abrams, its publisher and editor, ‘The Eye’ put out 73 issues from 1979 through 1987. It mainly focused on local topics, particularly art, music, politics and gentrification.” A complete digital archive is freely available.

Washington State Department of Health: Telehealth sexual and reproductive health care services now available in Washington. “The new DOH webpage and tool offers information about 37 clinics in the Washington State Sexual and Reproductive Health Network that provide telehealth appointments. Available telehealth services include birth control refills, pregnancy options counseling, emergency contraceptives, and screenings for sexually transmitted infections.”


Engadget: Microsoft says Bing has crossed 100 million daily active users. “In addition to seeing a boost in numbers, Microsoft is also apparently enjoying a growth in engagement, with more people conducting more searches. The company credits two factors for that particular victory, the first being Edge’s growth in usage, most likely aided by the addition of Bing’s chat AI as a new feature.” Don’t look at me, I’m still there for the RSS feeds.

Gizmodo: AI Seinfeld Show ‘Nothing, Forever’ Gets Un-Cancelled. “Nothing, Forever, the AI-generated and Seinfeld-inspired Twitch stream that first launched in December 2022, is coming back online. The company behind the surreal vortex of animated 90’s New York nostalgia, Mismatch Media, announced the show’s return Tuesday night on Twitter.” Almost hypnotically weird.


Hongkiat: 5 Best Free Realistic Text-to-Speech Tools. “The web is brimming with text-to-speech tools, but most of the good ones (with realistic/ natural speech) aren’t free. Nevertheless, we’ve stumbled upon some tools that are free and offer high-quality output.”


GamesIndustry: Games tackle the villainy of propaganda. “This is also a time when we’re seeing more games that tackle disinformation, often in much the same way as Not For Broadcast: through satire and the practice of media manipulation. Last year, Tilt Games released Cat Park, the latest in its series of games about social media manipulation. Cat Park is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and is specifically designed to teach players how disinformation works and how to spot fake news.”

NPR: From TV to Telegram to TikTok, Moldova is being flooded with Russian propaganda. “As Russia’s war in Ukraine drags on, neighboring Moldova is feeling the consequences. Civil society groups and social media researchers say Russia is ramping up its efforts to destabilize the former Soviet state, a candidate for European Union membership, through propaganda and false information.”


Motherboard: ‘Horribly Unethical’: Startup Experimented on Suicidal Teens on Social Media With Chatbot. “Koko, a mental health nonprofit, found at-risk teens on platforms like Facebook and Tumblr, then tested an unproven intervention on them without obtaining informed consent.”

University of Waterloo: Computer scientists paint a picture of six decades of movies. “From the sepia tones of a Coen brothers film set in the Depression-era Dust Bowl to a child’s red coat in Schindler’s List, filmmakers have long known the power of colour in movies. Now, computer scientists have analyzed 60 years of films to paint a picture of the past six decades in film.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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