Old Man of the Mountain, Living Wages, AAPI Artists, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 2, 2023


Dartmouth College: Interactive 3D Model Recreates Old Man of the Mountain. “Twenty years after the Old Man of the Mountain collapsed, people around the world will now be able to explore the iconic symbol of New Hampshire through an online interactive 3D model created by Matthew Maclay, a graduate student in earth sciences at the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.”

United Nations Global Compact: UN Global Compact launches Living Wage Analysis Tool. “The UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, today launched a new Living Wage Analysis Tool (‘the Tool’) to help companies identify actions and further opportunities to provide a living wage to ensure all workers, families and communities can live in dignity.”


Google Blog: 20 new Chrome themes from Asian American and Pacific Islander artists. “For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), we commissioned five Asian American and Pacific Islander artists to design 20 new Chrome browser themes. The collection reflects each artist’s unique background and experiences, and celebrates the diversity within the Asian community.”


Deadline: Striking Writers Rally On Social Media; “Don’t Believe The Spin That’s Already Coming Out. We’re Going To Fight”. “Minutes after the Writers Guild of America declared it was on strike, members lit up social media with vows to stay strong as they prepare to hit the picket lines on Tuesday.”

The Playlist: Academy Sets New Social Media, Screenings Rules For 2024 Oscars. “In regard to social media, The Academy reiterated that, obviously, members can post about performances, films, etc. What they cannot do is reveal their own voting preferences, decisions, and strategies, or discuss eligibility requirements. This is in response to Frances Fisher, who used her Instagram to instruct fellow Acting branch members on how to rank their votes in order to help [actress Andrea] Riseborough get a nomination.”


Search Engine Journal: WordPress Vulnerability Hits +1 Million Using Header & Footer Plugin. “The WPCode – Insert Headers and Footers + Custom Code Snippets WordPress plugin, with over a million installations, was discovered to have a vulnerability that could allow the attacker to delete files on the server.”

KSTP: Regulating social media content as more deaths are livestreamed. “More than 145,000 people have watched the final moments of a Minneapolis man’s life – it unfolded on Facebook and they even heard the gunshots that killed him.”


Stanford University: New Tool Helps AI and Humans Learn To Code Better. “Before the Parsel framework, complex code written by LLMs was prone to failure because a single mistake would cause the entire program to break. Leveraging Parsel means that LLMs can finally write successful multi-part code based on the same algorithmic reasoning style that human programmers use, and all that’s needed is natural language as input.”

Berkeley News: ‘Raw’ data show AI signals mirror how the brain listens and learns. “New research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that artificial intelligence (AI) systems can process signals in a way that is remarkably similar to how the brain interprets speech, a finding scientists say might help explain the black box of how AI systems operate.”


Hackaday: Machine Vision Automates Trainspotting With Unique Full-Length Portraits. “As hobbies go, trainspotting is just as valid a choice as any — we don’t judge. But it does present certain logistical challenges, such as having to be in visual range of a train to be able to spot it. There’s also the fact that trains are very large objects, and they tend to move very fast. What’s a railfan to do?” Good afternoon, Internet…

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