Fidel V. Ramos, Midjourney, Firefox Relay, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 19, 2023


ABS-CBN News: Online presidential library memorializes late Fidel V. Ramos. “Aside from his leadership journey which can be seen in the archival collection of photos and videos, speeches, and key governance documents that marked and drove the structural reforms during his term, the pioneering library also ‘illustrates and documents’ the milestones of Ramos’ personal life to provide a more ‘genuine and human view of the country’s 12th president.'”


Ars Technica: AI-imager Midjourney v5 stuns with photorealistic images—and 5-fingered hands. “On Wednesday, Midjourney announced version 5 of its commercial AI image-synthesis service, which can produce photorealistic images at a quality level that some AI art fans are calling creepy and ‘too perfect.’ Midjourney v5 is available now as an alpha test for customers who subscribe to the Midjourney service, which is available through Discord.”

PC World: Firefox’s new feature protects against email tracking and spam. “In welcome news for all Firefox users, Mozilla announced this week that Firefox Relay, its version of email masking, will become integrated into its browser. Launched in 2020, Relay has only been accessible so far through a browser add-on.”


LinkedIn: Your Ultimate Guide To Creating Stunning, Practical Data Dashboards. “In this 8-part series, I’ll guide you through all you need to know to create gorgeous, highly functional data dashboards that your users will love. Whether you’re using Tableau, Power BI, Looker, or some other tool, the information I provide here will help you take your dashboard design game to the next level.”


Mashable: HustleGPT is a hilarious and scary AI experiment in capitalism. “The internet is overflowing with examples of what GPT-4’s advanced intelligence can accomplish. It can write usable lawsuits, build websites from text prompts, automate online dating, and is generally freaking people out about all the jobs it can replace. [Jackson Greathouse] Hall has taken this a step further by harnessing its capabilities into an age-old ambition that’s the backbone of capitalist society: making money with as little effort as possible.”

CNN: Hi-res art scans from famous Taiwan museum leak online… and turn up for sale on Chinese online shopping platform . “A Taiwanese museum that houses some of the world’s most precious Chinese artworks has confirmed that up to 100,000 high-resolution images of paintings and calligraphy leaked online – some of them turning up for sale on a Chinese shopping platform for less than $1.”


9to5 Google: Pixel Markup vulnerability lets some screenshots be un-redacted, un-cropped; fixed by March update. “For example (as shared on Twitter), let’s say you upload a screenshot from a hypothetical bank app/website that includes a picture of your credit/debit card. You crop out everything save for the card and then use Markup’s Pen tool to black out the 16-digit number. You then share that message on a service, like Discord. Given a vulnerability in how Markup works, somebody that downloads the image is able to perform a ‘partial recovery of the original, unedited image data of [the] cropped and/or redacted screenshot.'”

CBC: Google says it will volunteer its top execs to testify at parliamentary committee. “Google said it will volunteer some of its top executives to testify at a parliamentary committee that is studying the actions of the Silicon Valley giant after it ran a five-week test that blocked news links to some of its Canadian users.”


WIRED: I Got Investigated by the Secret Service. Here’s How to Not Be Me. “It was unbelievable to me that a federal agent saw my old drunken tweet and considered it important enough to be investigated, much less to find my contact information and call me to confirm whether or not I was a threat. Back then, I had an unhealthy relationship with Twitter.”

Deseret News: How FamilySearch is using the future to discover the past with AI. “With the development of new artificial intelligence technology, there’s more hope of getting billions of records to families looking for information about their relatives in as little as five years. And it’s already being tested and used.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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