Ruptured Domesticity, Sunny Bank Mills Archive, Search Engine Chatbots, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 23, 2023


PBS News Hour: What it means to be Iraqi, 20 years after the U.S. invasion. “The 2003 invasion of Iraq is a memory forever etched in the minds of millions of Iraqis who were living in and outside the country at the time. Years of war, followed by continued instability in the country, has cost generations time and trauma. In Ruptured Domesticity, a digital archive, Iraqi researcher Sana Murrani has collected the memories of Iraqis living inside and outside the country during the times of war.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Significant textile archive goes online thanks to year-long project. “ONE of the most significant woven textile archives in the UK is now available online thanks to a year-long collaboration. Called Weaving the Web, it means that the historic Sunny Bank Mills Archive can now be viewed in 3D on the web.”


The Verge: Google and Microsoft’s chatbots are already citing one another in a misinformation shitshow. “Microsoft’s Bing said Google’s Bard had been shut down after it misread a story citing a tweet sourced from a joke. It’s not a good sign for the future of online misinformation.”


Ars Technica: Are Roblox’s new AI coding and art tools the future of game development?. “At the Game Developers Conference Monday, Roblox rolled out a new set of AI tools designed to let the company’s millions of player-creators create usable game code and in-game 2D surfaces using nothing but simple text descriptions.”

Axios Cleveland: RadioGPT brings AI to the airwaves. “Driving the news: Local media company Futuri has launched RadioGPT, the world’s first-ever radio platform powered by artificial intelligence. Why it matters: RadioGPT could transform the broadcast industry, enabling companies to cut costs while determining some, if not all, of a radio station’s content.”


WIRED: The Scorched-Earth Tactics of Iran’s Cyber Army. “Within its borders, the Iranian regime controls its population through one of the world’s toughest internet filtering systems, physical crackdowns, and mass arrests carried out with impunity. However, the IRI is vulnerable beyond its physical and virtual borders, as the regime struggles to contain the discourse and silence dissidents. To combat opposition narratives in the West and among VPN-armed domestic activists online, the IRI cyber army deploys multifaceted, devious, and sometimes clumsy tactics.”

BBC: How Elon Musk’s tweets unleashed a wave of hate. “There have been hundreds of posts, many including misogynistic slurs and abusive language. There have also been threatening messages, including depictions of kidnap and hanging.”

Bleeping Computer: Dole discloses employee data breach after ransomware attack. “Fresh produce giant Dole Food Company has confirmed threat actors behind a February ransomware attack have accessed the information of an undisclosed number of employees. Dole employs around 38,000 people worldwide, providing fresh fruits and vegetables to customers in more than 75 countries.”


HuffPost: We Were All Supposed To Leave The Twitter Dumpster Fire. Why Are We Still Here?. “The social media platform was supposed to be canceled right after spoiled man-baby Elon Musk purchased the site. But, for some reason, we just can’t leave it alone.” I suspect the “some reason” is that social media sites have destroyed the decentralized nature of the Web and there are no good alternatives.

University of Kentucky: UK’s Brent Seales launches global competition to decipher Herculaneum scrolls. “Brent Seales, a computer science professor at the University of Kentucky, is leading a global competition to read the charred scrolls after demonstrating that an artificial intelligence program (AI) can successfully extract letters and symbols from X-ray images of the unrolled papyri (EduceLab-scrolls).” Good afternoon, Internet…

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