USPS Data Dashboards, Google, iPhones, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, May 22, 2023


US Postal Service: U.S. Postal Service Launches Service Performance Dashboard. “After prompting users to enter only a ZIP Code, the website provides customers with a variety of useful information, including the percentage of on-time delivery for specific mail and shipping products in each USPS district. This data, updated weekly, is based on scans collected when mail enters the network, during processing and at the point of delivery.”


Investing .com: Samsung to keep Google as default search engine, no longer mulls switch to Bing. “According to the people familiar with the matter, the world’s largest smartphone maker has suspended its internal review and is no longer mulling a switch to Microsoft’s Bing search engine, citing ‘concerns over how the switch could be perceived by the market as well as the impact on its wide-ranging business relations with Google.'”


How-To Geek: 10 iPhone Spotlight Search Features You Should Be Using. “The iPhone is chock full of handy features to make your life easier, but Spotlight Search doesn’t get the attention it deserves. This humble search bar is your gateway to finding almost anything on your iPhone. Are you using it?”

Larry Ferlazzo: The Best 34 Free AI Tools For Education In 2023 – So Far. “I’ve begun posting my mid-year ‘Best’ lists, and this is a new one – the first time I’ve shared a ‘Best’ list specifically on AI tools.”


The Guardian: ‘There was all sorts of toxic behaviour’: Timnit Gebru on her sacking by Google, AI’s dangers and big tech’s biases . “The Ethiopian-born computer scientist lost her job after pointing out the inequalities built into AI. But after decades working with technology companies, she knows all too much about discrimination.”

Museum Next: Exploring the power of open APIs with the Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo. “As Senior Advisor for Visitor Experience at Oslo’s Nasjonalmuseet, Tord Nilsen has a passion for presenting cultural heritage data using new technology to create innovative solutions. As his museum looks to digitise its collections, Tord believes that APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) are crucial tools in enabling cultural organisations to get their own systems interacting with others.”

EdScoop: UC Berkeley to open college of computing, data science. “The University of California Board of Regents voted Thursday to approve the creation of a College of Computing, Data Science and Society at the University of California Berkeley — the first new college to be created at the university in more than 50 years.”


Reuters: London Court Throws Out Lawsuit Against Google Over Medical Records. “Google on Friday defeated a lawsuit brought on behalf of 1.6 million people over medical records provided to the U.S. tech giant by a British hospital trust. The Royal Free London NHS Trust transferred patient data to Google’s artificial intelligence firm DeepMind Technologies in 2015 in relation to the development of a mobile app designed to analyse medical records and detect acute kidney injuries.”

The Guardian: Elections in UK and US at risk from AI-driven disinformation, say experts. “Next year’s elections in Britain and the US could be marked by a wave of AI-powered disinformation, experts have warned, as generated images, text and deepfake videos go viral at the behest of swarms of AI-powered propaganda bots.”

Times of India: Rampant breach of baby food norms on social media: Report. “The report, covering violations between June 2022 and May 2023, documented the emergence of several new players in the infant food and feeding bottle business who have been involving celebrities, mothers who are social media influencers, and mother bloggers on Instagram and YouTube to promote their products. This is a clear violation of the IMS Act – Infant Milk Substitutes Feeding Bottles, and Infant Foods (Regulation of Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 1992.”


University of Hawaii News: New AI reef conservation tool monitors, measures from space . “A new coral reef conservation tool has been developed by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa researchers using cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technology. By developing novel deep learning algorithms, coral ecologists in the UH Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) are now able to identify and measure reef halos from space.”

The Conversation: Teenage brains are drawn to popular social media challenges – here’s how parents can get their kids to think twice. “Almost all American teens today have access to a smartphone and actively use multiple social media platforms – with YouTube, TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat being the most popular among this age group. Meanwhile, the teenage years are linked to an increase in risk-taking. The human brain isn’t fully developed until a person reaches their mid-20s, and the parts of the brain that relate to reward and doing what feels good develop more quickly than areas linked to decision-making.” Good morning, Internet…

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