Indie Video Game Publishers, Butterflies Worldwide, NY Citizen Preparedness, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 18, 2023


Game World Observer: This free database of indie game publishers contains over 100 companies filtered by budget and more. “Unifiq Games founder Seyed Nasrollahi has created a free database of active indie publishers and investors. This spreadsheet should help game developers find companies they could pitch their projects to.”

WAMC: Global butterfly database launched. “The Vermont Center for Ecostudies is part of a collaborative launching a digital platform that identifies and catalogues butterflies from around the world. The Center is working with the University of Ottawa and Espace pour la vie in Montréal to launch eButterfly, a database that includes nearly 20,000 butterfly species – all currently known species on the planet.”

Governor of New York: Governor Hochul Announces New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps Trainings Now Online in Multiple Languages. “Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps program is now offering online training to New Yorkers in English and with subtitles for 12 additional languages.”


9to5 Google: Google Colab adding Codey for AI-powered code generation . “At I/O 2023, Google announced Codey as a ‘family of code models built on PaLM 2’ and it’s soon coming to Google Colab. Aimed at machine learning, education, and data analysis, Google Colab lets you write and execute Python in a browser.”


PC Magazine: How to Securely Dispose of a Printer. “We all know it’s important to wipe our personal data before selling or discarding a computer or smartphone. Do you have to worry about privacy when getting rid of a printer?” I don’t believe in clickbait so I’ll tell you up front the answer is “it depends,” but if you’ve got a multi-function printer or one with memory you’ll appreciate this article.


Rolling Stone: Professor Flunks All His Students After ChatGPT Falsely Claims It Wrote Their Papers. “Texas A&M University–Commerce seniors who have already graduated were denied their diplomas because of an instructor who incorrectly used AI software to detect cheating.”


NBC News: Intel leak suspect was warned about mishandling classified info, prosecutors say. “The Air National Guardsman accused of one of the most significant intelligence leaks in years was warned repeatedly by superiors about his handling of classified information, prosecutors said Wednesday, alleging that he may have shared sensitive secrets with people outside the United States.”


Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): How U.S. adults on Twitter use the site in the Elon Musk era . “Six-in-ten U.S. adults who have used Twitter in the past year say they have taken a break from the platform recently. And a quarter of these users say they are not likely to use Twitter a year from now, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. The Center’s new analysis of actual behavior on the site finds that the most active users before Musk’s acquisition – defined as the top 20% by tweet volume – have seen a noticeable posting decline in the months after. These users’ average number of tweets per month declined by around 25% following the acquisition.”

Farmers Weekly (New Zealand): Waste not want not in database project. “A Plant & Food Research effort to match up food processors grappling with waste byproducts with innovators seeking animal feed solutions will help keep thousands of tonnes out of landfills in coming years. The research agency is using the Canterbury region as the test bed for a database to match up processors with potential end users, with a view to eventually rolling out the project nationally.”

Motherboard: I Asked ChatGPT To Control My Life, and It Immediately Fell Apart. “After 35 years of living in relative control of my decisions, I had decided to see what would happen if I asked AI to control my life instead. Years of suboptimal performance, both personally and professionally, and numerous failed attempts at self-improvement had convinced me there had to be a better way, and I wondered if the collective knowledge hidden inside OpenAI’s hit tech product could help me.” I have rarely laughed so hard at an article. Good afternoon, Internet…

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