Ballotpedia, Louisiana Infrastructure Projects, Yandex, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 6, 2023


Ballotpedia News: Ballotpedia launches database of asset management companies that contract with state pensions. “Ballotpedia publicly launched a new database on April 4 designed to help interested parties better understand the relationships between state pension funds and asset management firms. Over the course of several months last year, Ballotpedia researchers compiled the names of all asset management companies that handle state pension money and the total assets under management by each company for each state.”

State of Louisiana: Gov. Edwards Unveils Online Dashboard for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Projects. “The map can be filtered by category, program, agency, parish and congressional district. The site also features BIL implementation progress and priorities, resources and guidelines on how you can become involved, an archive of news and announcements, reference tools for upcoming events, and deadlines for open funding opportunities.”


Meduza: Yandex launches beta-version of Shedevrum, an AI app that generates ‘artwork’. “The IT giant Yandex has launched a beta-version of Shedevrum, an AI-powered app that generates images using a neural network method.”

Dartmouth College: Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive to Mark 150,000 Tracks. “This spring, 21 years after the archive’s modest launch, it will surpass 150,000 tracks dating back to the early 1900s, encompassing radio broadcasts, religious services, personal histories, Yiddish and Klezmer music, and more.”


Washington Post: ChatGPT invented a sexual harassment scandal and named a real law prof as the accused . “One night last week, the law professor Jonathan Turley got a troubling email. As part of a research study, a fellow lawyer in California had asked the AI chatbot ChatGPT to generate a list of legal scholars who had sexually harassed someone. Turley’s name was on the list.”

Penn Today: Penn Libraries receives archive of writer, activist, and historian James G. Spady. “The University of Pennsylvania Libraries recently acquired the archive of James G. Spady, a writer, historian, and activist who shed light on understudied aspects of African American history, and whose legacy and intellectual output made him a salient and influential African American figure in his own right.”


TechCrunch: Twitter could be facing slew of fines in Germany over illegal hate speech. “Elon Musk’s Twitter could be on the hook for a pipeline of multi-million dollar penalties for failing to take down illegal hate speech in Germany. Fines could even stack up to billions if the federal government acts on the scores of cases of content moderation inaction that have already been reported to it and German courts confirm the law has been breached.”


University of Saskatchewan: Medieval monks’ moon-watching sheds light on volcanoes and climate change. “An international research team including the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has used meticulous medieval-era records scribed by monks about the colour of lunar eclipses to develop a new, deeper understanding of volcanoes and climate change.”

Reuters: King Charles backs research into monarchy’s slave links. “King Charles has given his support to research that will examine the British monarchy’s links to slavery, Buckingham Palace said on Thursday, after a newspaper report said a document showed a historical connection with a transatlantic slave trader.”

Johns Hopkins University: Tax Loopholes Abound, But AI Could Shut Them Down. “To eliminate tax loopholes that cost the federal government billions of dollars every year, tech and law experts are working together to create artificial intelligence that can find loopholes better than a legion of blue-chip tax accountants.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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