Virginia Deaf Community, Animal Rights Network, Google Advertising, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, May 3, 2023

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Daily News-Record: Library of Virginia Creates A Digital Map Of Virginia’s Deaf Communities. “The Library of Virginia added a digital map resource to Virginia’s Deaf Culture Digital Library, a website with information for the commonwealth’s deaf community created by the library in collaboration with Central Rappahannock Regional Library, a press release announced.”

North Carolina State University: New Animal Rights Network Oral Histories Digitized. “The Animal Rights Network Oral History Collection has been digitized and is now available on the Special Collections Digital Collections website. These oral histories (transcripts included) are interviews with prominent figures in the animal rights and welfare movement, including Christine Stevens, Michael Fox, John Hoyt, and Roger Caras.”


New York Times: Google Promised to Defund Climate Lies, but the Ads Keep Coming. “In a report released on Tuesday, researchers from the organizations accused YouTube of continuing to profit from videos that portrayed the changing climate as a hoax or exaggeration. They found 100 videos, viewed at least 18 million times in total, that violated Google’s own policy. They found videos accompanied by ads for other major brands like Adobe, Costco, Calvin Klein, and Politico. Even an ad for Google’s search engine popped up before a video that claimed there was no scientific consensus about the changing climate.”


Lifehacker: This Chrome Extension Quickly Creates Flash Cards Based on Any Article or Video. “Wisdolia is a browser extension that automatically generates digital flash cards in Google Chrome or other Chromium web browsers such as Microsoft Edge or Brave. The cards divide content into bite-sized chunks in a neat question-answer format, making it easier to understand and remember the information presented.”

Larry Ferlazzo: “Readm” Looks Like A Great New & Free AI-powered Site For Ells. “Based on what I’ve seen so far (and I’ve just begun exploring it), it has lots of simple books, with simple text, that is supported by audio. Its very best feature, though, is that the reader can record each line in the book, and have it evaluated by the site’s AI. It will tell you how you’ve done with pronunciation, and show which words you’ve said correctly and which ones you should try again.”


WIRED: ‘Everybody’s So Creative!’ and the Rise of the Recipe Reactions. “It’s no longer news that disgusting food videos on TikTok are intentional rage bait, designed to rile up viewers and gain comments, shares, and views for creators. Yet while no one eats the food in these ridiculous recipe videos, they do feed an entire online ecosystem.”

Architectural Record: ‘One House Per Day’ Catalogs an Architect’s Ongoing Social Media Experiment. “‘I had been trying to get into the habit of drawing daily on a number of occasions,’ architect Andrew Bruno explains. ‘But I’m not someone who has a lot of discipline. Posting on Instagram to a public audience was a way to keep me accountable.’ Bruno’s new book, One House Per Day, collects the first 365 drawings from his self-initiated social media experiment to design, sketch, and share a single dwelling every day.”


Ars Technica: T-Mobile discloses 2nd data breach of 2023, this one leaking account PINs and more. “T-Mobile on Monday said it experienced a hack that exposed account PINs and other customer data in the company’s second network intrusion this year and the ninth since 2018. The intrusion, which started on February 24 and lasted until March 30, affected 836 customers, according to a notification on the website of Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey.”

Techdirt: Twitter Abruptly Stops Reporting On Gov’t Requests As Data Reveals Elon Obeys Gov’t Demands Way More Often Than Old Twitter. “Russel Brandom over at Rest of World, realized that Twitter has still been automatically reporting government demand info to the good folks at the LumenDatabase… and from that found that Elon’s Twitter has been way more compliant in giving in to exactly what governments are demanding, both for removing content and for handing over information.”


Oregon State University: OSU-Cascades researcher explores AI solution for tracking and reducing household food waste. “A researcher at Oregon State University-Cascades has received funding to develop a smart compost bin that tracks household food waste. The project led by Patrick Donnelly, assistant professor of computer science in the OSU College of Engineering, seeks to make a dent in a multi-billion-dollar annual problem in the United States: More than one-third of all food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten.”

University of Michigan: Sensor enables high-fidelity input from everyday objects, human body. “Couches, tables, sleeves and more can turn into a high-fidelity input device for computers using a new sensing system developed at the University of Michigan. The system repurposes technology from new bone-conduction microphones, known as Voice Pickup Units (VPUs), which detect only those acoustic waves that travel along the surface of objects.”


Slashgear: This Skyrim Mod Uses ChatGPT To Create Realistic Conversations With NPCs . “The as-of-yet unfinished mod uses ChatGPT to come up with the responses to the player character’s prompts, but also xVASynth to synthesize the voice. In theory, this will allow players to have somewhat natural-sounding conversations with NPCs aside from having to pick from the same few dialog choices.” Good morning, Internet…

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