Everyday Bronx, South Carolina Water Quality, Covid-19 Experiences, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, May 14, 2023


New-to-me, from the New York Times: Taking Photos to Change the Way We See the Bronx. “Everyday Bronx has been described as grass-roots storytelling that is changing the way the world sees the Bronx, one photograph at a time. It started with an Instagram account in 2014 and now has some 6,000 photographs — and an exhibition.”

WLTX: South Carolina DHEC tool helps swimmers make informed decisions. “South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has launched a new tool to help residents check the water quality of public recreation areas.”

Clarkson University: Archive of Interviews Collected by Clarkson University Professor, Students Published on New York Heritage. “While the yearslong impact of COVID-19 was endured by the global community, each person remembers their own unique experiences with the pandemic. Thanks to an archive of interviews on New York Heritage curated by Clarkson University Associate Professor of History Laura Ettinger and her students as a collaboration with the Clarkson Libraries, many of those experiences are now documented.”


The Register: GitHub code search redesign can’t find many fans. “GitHub introduced faster code search earlier this week though the accompanying interface revision and search options have left developers wishing for a way to return to the old version. Feedback posted over the past four days to a GitHub Community discussion of the new search experience has been largely dissatisfied, reflecting the internet community’s two stages of redesign grief – shitposting and thread closure.”


PC Mag: Why Google’s New ChatGPT-Style Search Could Kill the Websites That Feed It. “Google’s new AI search experience pushes links to articles below the digital fold, summarizing the response to a search query up top as a conversational, ChatGPT-style paragraph. Content in the answer, a mini-article in itself, can theoretically come from PCMag and a host of other publications.” More than theoretically. OpenAI’s trained on millions of Web sites, including mine. 25+ years of work and expertise and they just took it. Will I ever get paid? Of course not. Because I’m just one person and they don’t care.

ABC News (Australia): Meteorologists are the new targets in global social media misinformation. “Once trusted faces on the news, meteorologists now brave threats, insults and slander online from conspiracy theorists and climate change deniers who accuse them of faking or even fixing the weather.”

Washington Post: ‘Medical moms’ share their kids’ illnesses with millions. At what cost?. “The parents behind these accounts say they’re sharing the content to raise awareness about the realities of disability, fight social stigma and foster a community for others in their situation. But as scrutiny of influencer parents sharpens, some creators are walking back old decisions to share their kids’ faces and deleting old videos.”


Reuters: Data of 237,000 US government employees breached. “The personal information of 237,000 current and former federal government employees has been exposed in a data breach at the U.S. Transportation Department (USDOT), sources briefed on the matter said on Friday.”

New York Times: First Came the Sports Betting Boom. Now Comes the Backlash.. “Legislators and regulators who began the headlong expansion of legalized gambling in the United States are now moving in spots nationwide to tighten oversight of the gambling industry, particularly as it relates to advertising that may reach underage bettors.”

Associated Press: Child social media stars have few protections. Illinois aims to fix that. “The Illinois bill would entitle child influencers under the age of 16 to a percentage of earnings based on how often they appear on video blogs or online content that generates at least 10 cents per view. To qualify, the content must be created in Illinois, and kids would have to be featured in at least 30% of the content in a 30-day-period.”


The Verge: Google’s AI pitch is a recipe for email hell. “Of all the emotions I expected out of this week’s Google I/O keynote, ‘dread’ was not on my short list. Google has spent a couple of decades creating products that make my life easier. This week, it demonstrated the exact opposite: a way to make communicating with other people worse.”

Wall Street Journal: Help! My Political Beliefs Were Altered by a Chatbot!. “When we ask ChatGPT or another bot to draft a memo, email, or presentation, we think these artificial-intelligence assistants are doing our bidding. A growing body of research shows that they also can change our thinking—without our knowing.” Good evening, Internet…

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