Maryland Traffic Accidents, Opera Browser, Twitter, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, April 13, 2023

SEARCH GIZMO OF THE DAY: Category Cheat Sheet
CCC takes a Wikipedia category, reviews the first 500 pages in it, and gets their page view counts for the past month. Then the top 20 most-viewed pages in the category are listed with brief summaries and a link back to the full Wikipedia page.


CBS Baltimore: Maryland DOT unveils new data dashboard to help prevent deadly highway crashes. “The Maryland Department of Transportation showcased a new tool to help prevent deadly crashes on the state’s highways. Before unveiling it, MDOT revealed 563 people died in these crashes in 2022. It’s the same number as 2021.”


TechCrunch: Opera brings its free VPN to iOS to rival Apple and Google’s paid alternatives. “Opera, the makers of an ad-blocking web browser, whose most recent claim to fame is having TikTok built-in, announced today it’s rolling out an updated version of its iOS app that now includes its free VPN.”

Politico: Twitter releases more political ad data after POLITICO report. “Twitter’s latest data shows revenue from political advertising since early March was more than 50 times higher than the company had previously reported. Twitter did not explain why it released more data, or why at least two promoted tweets identified by POLITICO were still not included. The company’s press email still replies with a poop emoji.”


ZDNet: How to clean up your Google Contacts (and why you should). “The only thing you’ll need is the Google Contacts app installed on your mobile device. I’ll demonstrate on a Pixel 6 Pro, so if you’re using a different device, the instructions may slightly differ.”


Ars Technica: Elon Musk reportedly purchases thousands of GPUs for generative AI project at Twitter. “Despite recently calling for a six-month pause in the development of powerful AI models, Twitter CEO Elon Musk recently purchased roughly 10,000 GPUs for a generative AI project within Twitter, reports Business Insider, citing people familiar with the company. The exact nature of the project, however, is still a mystery.”

Motherboard: ‘Overemployed’ Hustlers Exploit ChatGPT To Take On Even More Full-Time Jobs. “Over the last few months, the exploding popularity of ChatGPT and similar products has led to growing concerns about AI’s potential effects on the international job market—specifically, the percentage of jobs that could be automated away, replaced by a well-oiled army of chatbots. But for a small cohort of fast-thinking and occasionally devious go-getters, AI technology has turned into an opportunity not to be feared but exploited, with their employers apparently none the wiser.”


Washington Post: Leaker of U.S. secret documents worked on military base, friend says. “The man behind a massive leak of U.S. government secrets that has exposed spying on allies, revealed the grim prospects for Ukraine’s war with Russia and ignited diplomatic fires for the White House is a young, charismatic gun enthusiast who shared highly classified documents with a group of far-flung acquaintances searching for companionship amid the isolation of the pandemic.”

Reuters: S.Korea’s top court tells Google to disclose user information sharing -report . “South Korea’s top court on Thursday said Alphabet Inc’s Google should disclose whether the technology giant had shared local user information with third parties, news agency Yonhap reported, sending the case back to a lower court.”

Government Technology: States Push to Curtail Children’s Access to Social Media. “Several states are pushing legislation that would limit online access and social media use by kids, setting up yet another potential confrontation between states and Congress on technology policy.”


University of Hawaii: Insta-worthy catch? Social media helps UH Hilo researchers track changes in fisheries. “While studying new fishing habits that arose during the pandemic and how those changes were impacting local fisheries, the researchers also confirmed something interesting about data collection in the age of social media. Catch photos posted to Instagram told a story about changes in fishing behavior much more quickly than conventional approaches to data collection.”

The Tablet: New Discovery Finds Hidden Text Between the Lines of Biblical Passages. “The findings stem from the research of Grigory Kessel, a medievalist from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, who believes the hidden texts may date back 1,750 years…. Kessel was able to rediscover the hidden text, which could be found in Matthew chapters 11 and 12, with ultraviolet photography. The hidden words were found under three layers of text in a manuscript.”

Stanford News: The promise – and pitfalls – of medical AI headed our way. “Doctors across all disciplines, with assistance from artificial intelligence, may soon have the ability to quickly consult a patient’s entire medical file against the backdrop of all medical health care data and every published piece of medical literature online. This potential versatility in the doctor’s office is only now possible due to the latest generation of AI models.” Good morning, Internet…

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