Iowa Veteran Services, Wolfram Language, Barbie Selfies, More: Saturday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 8, 2023


Iowa Workforce Development: New IowaWorks Portal Will Ease Path For Veterans In Search Of New Careers. “Iowa Workforce Development today announced the launch of a new online portal that will make it easier for Veterans and their families to find a new career in Iowa. The new portal,, was created to help Veterans connect with one-on-one job search assistance and to aid employers with locating and hiring people who have experience from the armed forces.”


Wolfram Blog: New in 13.2: The Beginnings of Astro Graphics. “Last year we released Version 13.1 of the Wolfram Language. Here are the updates in astro computation since then, including the latest features in 13.2.”

Digital Trends: Barbie selfie generator: how to use the barbie filter. “Here’s the good news: you don’t need to be a Photoshop pro to make your Barbie poster. Instead, all you need to do is visit the Barbie Selfie Generator website. It’s an official site created by Warner Bros., and using it is a piece of cake.”


Politico: Russia is waging a disinformation war in the Middle East. “Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year, the United States, United Kingdom and European Union all took quick and decisive action to counteract Russian propaganda, banning its state-sponsored television channels — Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik — from the airwaves, with YouTube also blocking their channels. In the Arabic-speaking world, however, Russian disinformation still hasn’t received the same attention — and as a result, Russia is doing a lot better on that front in the wider Middle East.”

TechCrunch: Twitter won’t let you retweet, like or reply to Substack links. “Twitter is censoring Substack links by making the posts impossible to reply to, like or retweet. While quote-tweeting works, simply pressing the retweet button surfaces an error message: ‘Some actions on this Tweet have been disabled by Twitter.'” This story is changing a lot – some people are accusing Twitter of offering malicious links and changing search results related to Substack. I am not interested in indexing all of EM’s antics but it looks like a security risk might have been introduced here.


Mother Jones: Alleged Fraudster Guo Wengui’s Social Media App Was a Big Security Risk, Ex-Employees Say. “A Twitter-knockoff chasing the anti-woke crowd, Gettr initially branded itself as being led by ‘former President Donald Trump’s team.’ Guo’s quiet influence over the platform highlights his success in using a fortune he made in Chinese real estate to buy his way into the MAGA movement.”

Engadget: Three Samsung employees reportedly leaked sensitive data to ChatGPT. “Soon after Samsung’s semiconductor division started allowing engineers to use ChatGPT, workers leaked secret info to it on at least three occasions, according to The Economist Korea (as spotted by Mashable). One employee reportedly asked the chatbot to check sensitive database source code for errors, another solicited code optimization and a third fed a recorded meeting into ChatGPT and asked it to generate minutes.”

Ars Technica: Florida officials deleted data, stats from dubious COVID analysis: report. “Florida health officials deleted key data and statistics from a state analysis on the safety of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, falsely making them appear unsafe for young men, according to draft versions of the analysis obtained by the Tampa Bay Times through public records requests.”


Cornell Chronicle: AI tool gains doctors’ trust by giving advice like a colleague. “A new study led by Qian Yang, assistant professor of information science in the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science, suggests that if AI tools can counsel the doctor like a colleague – pointing out relevant biomedical research that supports the decision – then doctors can better weigh the merits of the recommendation.” As long as they don’t hallucinate the citations, I suppose…

University of Missouri: Mizzou Team Developing AI-based Tool To Predict Trends In Steel Prices. “A multidisciplinary research team at Mizzou is harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a tool that can predict the trend in steel prices. Sharan Srinivas, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering (ISE), is the principal investigator on a sponsored project with Trinity Products, a Missouri-based steel supplier.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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