Nebraska Cultural Heritage, Scotland Endangered Archives, Google Chrome, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, May 27, 2023


Lincoln Journal-Star: WanderNebraska kicks off second year with 150 sites across state. “This Memorial Day weekend, the Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation will launch its 2023 WanderNebraska Travel Adventure Program with an expanded list of more than 150 sites across the state…To make things easier, the foundation also launched a new website featuring information about all 150 sites, including hours of operation, upcoming events, a map for directions and more.”


Hold the Front Page: Newspaper archive featuring almost 1,000 titles saved after fundraising success. “A bid to save a collection of almost 1,000 historic newspapers has succeeded after raising more than £115,000 in six months. The National Library of Scotland launched the ‘Save Our Stories’ campaign, backed by The Scotsman, after warning around two-thirds of the newspapers in its archives risked being lost unless ‘essential conservation and preservation work’ was carried out.”

9to5 Google: Google Chrome extensions can now create a side panel UI. “In addition to your Bookmarks and Reading List, the desktop Chrome side panel will soon support Manifest V3 extensions that want to display an interface.”


Tom’s Hardware: Windows XP Offline Activation Enabled With This New Tool. “A recent blog post by TinyApps highlights the arrival of an offline tool that can successfully activate a Windows XP install. The new tool is safer than prior solutions, it isn’t a crack and it works completely offline. It doesn’t require online connectivity (a risky area for Win XP machines to tread), which is a considerable bonus.”


Washington Post: Japan’s unlikely venue for G-7 discussions: A website beloved by anime fans. “The gathering of world leaders here has attracted an unlikely audience online: Japanese youths glued to more than 72 hours of summitry and offering real-time commentary on a livestreaming site popular among anime fans.”

Jerusalem Post: A digital Jewish library aims to add women’s Torah scholarship to its shelves. “Sefaria, the app that contains a digital collection of Jewish texts, has made everything from Genesis to an essay on Jewish law and gambling accessible at the tap of a finger. But in one way, it’s the same as nearly every other Jewish library in history: Almost all the texts, from ancient times to the present, are written by men. Now, Sefaria is hoping to chip away at that gender disparity by organizing and supporting a group of 20 women Torah scholars who are writing new books on Jewish texts.”


WIRED: Deepfakes, Cheapfakes, and Twitter Censorship Mar Turkey’s Elections. “This election cycle has been marred by a torrent of misinformation and disinformation on social media, made more difficult by a media environment that, after years of pressure from the government, has been accused of systematic bias toward the incumbent president. That has intensified as the Erdoğan administration struggles to hold onto power.”

Bloomberg: China cracks down on over 1 million social media posts, accounts. “China said it took action on more than 1 million social media posts and accounts in its latest campaign to moderate online content that it regards as malicious. Authorities permanently banned 66,000 accounts and cracked down on 928,000 others in the drive that started in March, China’s cyberspace regulator said in a statement on Saturday.”

Reuters: US jury says Google owes Sonos $32.5 million in smart-speaker patent case. “Alphabet Inc’s Google must pay $32.5 million in damages for infringing one of smart-speaker maker Sonos Inc’s patents in its wireless audio devices, a San Francisco federal jury decided on Friday.”


Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence: Chat AIs can role-play humans in surveys and pilot studies. “Synthetic data from large language models can mimic human responses in interviews and questionnaires. Research data from popular crowdsourcing platforms may now contain fake responses that cannot be reliably detected, raising the risk of poisoned data.”

USC Viterbi School of Engineering: Can AI Teach Your Child Perseverance?. “A team of researchers that includes Emmanuel Johnson, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Information Sciences Institute (ISI), has been awarded a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund a new artificial intelligence institute focused on AI in education.”

University of Rochester: Large language models could be the catalyst for a new era of chemistry. “Large language models like the one behind the popular ChatGPT could transform the future of chemistry, according to a researcher at the University of Rochester. Andrew D. White, an associate professor of chemical engineering, outlines why he believes large language models (LLMs) represent the future of the field in an article published by Nature Reviews Chemistry.” Good morning, Internet…

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