1970s Greenwich Village, Peel Art Gallery, CNET, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 17, 2023


Greenwich Society for Historical Preservation: New Historic Image Collections Show Greenwich Village in the 1970s and More. “Our new Riccardo Spina Collection shows photos from a longtime resident who was born in Greenwich Village in the 1950s and raised in the neighborhood before eventually moving to the Netherlands.”

Region of Peel (Ontario Canada): PAMA launches a new online open access collections catalogue. “The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) has launched a new online collections management system known as an open public access catalogue (OPAC). The catalogue is an automated research tool that will allow the public to search for information in the PAMA art gallery, museum and archives collections.”


WIRED: CNET Published AI-Generated Stories. Then Its Staff Pushed Back. “IN NOVEMBER, VENERABLE tech outlet CNET began publishing articles generated by artificial intelligence, on topics such as personal finance, that proved to be riddled with errors. Today the human members of its editorial staff have unionized, calling on their bosses to provide better conditions for workers and more transparency and accountability around the use of AI.”

Ars Technica: Google’s new “inactive account” policy won’t delete years of YouTube videos. “A day later, Google now says there will be no digital burning of Alexandria. YouTube’s creator liaison, Rene Ritchie, clarified on Twitter that Google has ‘no plans to delete accounts with YT videos.'” I have no evidence for my suspicion that this policy is a poorly-planned plan to save money.

The Scotsman: Google testing ad blocker ban on video streaming platform YouTube. “Google has revealed that it is experimenting with a new feature to try and thwart YouTube users who use ad blockers. The new software will block users from using the video streaming platform if they have an ad blocker enabled on their browser.”


CNBC: Google plans to use new A.I. models for ads and to help YouTube creators, sources say. “The company has given the green light to plans for using generative AI, fueled by large language models (LLMs), to automate advertising and ad-supported consumer services, according to internal documents.”

The Verge: It looks like Google’s working on a dashcam feature for Android phones. “Google appears to be working on a native dashcam recording feature for some Android phones that could run in the background for up to 24 hours, and it sounds pretty great.”

Glossy: Elizabeth Arden uses generative AI for new virtual store launch. “Launching on Tuesday, the immersive VR store created by experiential e-commerce firm Obsess allows users to click through a virtual space based on Elizabeth Arden’s historic Fifth Avenue salon with its iconic red door. It features product information alongside a mini online museum on the history of the brand.”


Motherboard: Homeland Security Uses AI Tool to Analyze Social Media of U.S. Citizens and Refugees. “Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is using a tool called Babel X that can link a person’s Social Security number to their social media posts and location data, according to an internal CBP document obtained by Motherboard.”

WIRED: ChatGPT Scams Are Infiltrating the App Store and Google Play. “There are paid versions of OpenAI’s GPT and ChatGPT for regular users and developers, but anyone can try the AI chatbot for free on the company’s website. The scam apps take advantage of people who have heard about this new technology—and perhaps the frenzy of people clamoring to use it—but don’t have much additional context for how to try it themselves.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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