Greek-Canadians, AI-Generated Content, Google Fi, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, March 19, 2023


New-to-me, from Ekathimerini: Canada’s Greeks share their stories. “These and many more stories form the core of the Virtual Museum of Greek Immigration to Canada, an initiative that is part of the Immigrec project, and an interdisciplinary educational partnership that comprises research teams from three Canadian universities with Greek studies programs (McGill, Simon Fraser and York) and the University of Patras, with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.”


The Guardian: ‘ChatGPT said I did not exist’: how artists and writers are fighting back against AI. “Vast amounts of imaginative output, work made by people in the kind of jobs once assumed to be protected from the threat of technology, have already been captured from the web, to be adapted, merged and anonymised by algorithms for commercial use. But just as GPT-4, the enhanced version of the AI generative text engine, was proudly unveiled last week, artists, writers and regulators have started to fight back in earnest.”

ReviewGeek: You Can Now Try Google Fi Without a Subscription. “Of all the carriers available in the United States, Google Fi is one of the most enticing. It offers affordable unlimited-data plans and comes with some cool perks, including Wi-Fi access outside your home. Now, Google Fi is testing a free trial system with a limited number of users.”


Make Tech Easier: Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts Cheatsheet. “With over 1.5 billion users worldwide, Gmail has easily become the most commonly used email client for people across the world wide web. In fact, many people use Gmail for both their personal and professional email accounts, and it’s easy to see why when you look at all of the fantastic features and automations Gmail offers its users.”

MakeUseOf: 8 AI-Powered Chrome Extensions to Summarize YouTube Videos. “Lots of YouTube videos are unnecessarily long. This becomes a real problem when you’re looking to get some information quickly, but are forced to watch the entire video for it. Luckily, it’s possible to generate short, to-the-point summaries of lengthy videos on YouTube. So, whether you need to summarize videos for work or personal usage, here are the eight AI-powered Chrome extensions to summarize YouTube videos.”


Associated Press: Pro-Russian voices spread anti-U.S. propaganda about Ohio train disaster on Twitter . “Soon after a train derailed and spilled toxic chemicals in Ohio last month, anonymous pro-Russian accounts started spreading misleading claims and anti-American propaganda about it on Twitter, using Elon Musk’s new verification system to expand their reach while creating the illusion of credibility.”

Techdirt: Game Jam Winner Spotlight: To And Again. “So far in our series of posts on showcasing the winners in all six categories of the fifth annual public domain game jam, Gaming Like It’s 1927, we’ve featured Best Remix winner Lucia and Best Visuals winner Urbanity. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the winner of the Best Adaptation category: To And Again by Perrin Ellis.”

Vox: What YouTube hustle gurus are really selling you. “These self-anointed gurus often share interests — sports cars, wristwatches, combat sports, strict diets, rocket ship emoji, lengthy Twitter threads, Sun Belt states with relatively low tax burdens — but tend to make their millions in a few different ways.”


Krebs on Security: Feds Charge NY Man as BreachForums Boss “Pompompurin”. “The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this week arrested a New York man on suspicion of running BreachForums, a popular English-language cybercrime forum where some of the world biggest hacked databases routinely show up for sale.”

Security Affairs: The risk of pasting confidential company data into ChatGPT. “Researchers from Cyberhaven Labs analyzed the use of ChatGPT by 1.6 million workers at companies across industries. They reported that 5.6% of them have used it in the workplace and 4.9% have provided company data to the popular chatbot model since it launched. ChatGPT uses this data to build its knowledge base, but it publicly shares information built on it.”

Wall Street Journal: Online-Books Lawsuit Tests Limits of Libraries in Digital Age. “A federal judge on Monday will weigh pleas by four major book publishers to stop an online lending library from freely offering digital copies of books, in a case that raises novel questions about digital-library rights and the reach of copyright law that protects the work of writers and publishers.”


WIRED: AI-Generated Voice Deepfakes Aren’t Scary Good—Yet. “There have been a couple of high-profile incidents in recent years in which cybercriminals have reportedly used voice deepfakes of company CEOs in attempts to steal large amounts of money—not to mention that documentarians posthumously created voice deepfakes of Anthony Bourdain. But are criminals at the turning point where any given spam call could contain your sibling’s cloned voice desperately seeking ‘bail money?’ No, researchers say—at least not yet.” Good morning, Internet…

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