Asteroid Mining, San Francisco Political History, AI in Classrooms, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, May 30, 2023


Phys .org: Want to be an asteroid miner? There’s a database for that. “Asteroid mining is slowly but surely coming closer to reality. Many start-ups and governmental agencies alike are getting in on the action. But plenty of tools that would help get this burgeoning industry off the ground are still unavailable. One that would be particularly useful is a list of potential candidate asteroids to visit. While the information has been available in various places, no one has yet combined it into a single, searchable database until now.”

Beyond Chron: 40 Years That Shaped San Francisco: The New [Tenderloin Housing Clinic] Archive. “The archive may be the largest source of stories on how San Francisco went from never passing a tenant ballot measure until 1992 to now having the nation’s strongest tenant protection laws. The city also has the most powerful protections for SRO hotels and rental housing.”


United Nations: UNESCO unveils new AI roadmap for classrooms. “The UN convened the first ever global meeting with education ministers from around the world to explore risks and rewards of using chatbots in classrooms, announcing on Friday a new roadmap to chart a safer digital path for all.”


Review Geek: Brave Invents a Convenient Alternative to Incognito Browsing. “The Brave Browser 1.53 update, which should arrive in the coming weeks, introduces a feature called ‘Off the Record’ or ‘OTR.’ The idea is pretty simple; websites can mark themselves as ‘sensitive,’ and when visited, users will have the option to view this site without leaving a paper trail.”


Larry Ferlazzo: This Week’s Free & Useful Artificial Intelligence Tools For The Classroom. “At least, for now, I’m going to make this a weekly feature which will highlight additions to THE BEST NEW – & FREE – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TOOLS THAT COULD BE USED IN THE CLASSROOM.”


WBZ: One Salem Museum Looks For Social Media Savvy Student For New Program. “One Salem museum is looking for someone with a knack for TikTok to join their team as part of a new program. Peabody Essex Museum is hiring for its first-ever TikTok Creator and Residence Program to get the museum seen from a different perspective.”


The Hill: Ocasio-Cortez says fake Twitter account impersonating her. “The account, which has amassed nearly 100,000 followers and is dubbed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Press Release (parody), has tweeted a number of times with false or misleading statements while claiming to be the congresswoman from New York.”

Bloomberg Law: US Supreme Court Turns Away Social Media Sex Trafficking Case. “The US Supreme Court turned away an appeal from victims of child pornography who claimed Reddit Inc. knowingly facilitates and benefits from images of child sexual abuse. The justices without comment left in place a ruling that affirmed Reddit can’t be held liable for violating sex trafficking laws when people use its platform to post pictures of minors being abused.”


Stuff New Zealand: To combat AI this election, we need to rediscover the art of conversation. “ChatGPT, the AI engine at the centre of the current controversies around machine intelligence, itself suggests the negative impacts could be disinformation and manipulation, deepfake technology, biased algorithms, voter profiling and microtargeting – proving that ChatGPT might be more self-aware than the average beltway politician.”

Yale: New AI platform aims to improve disaster response. “Picture this: a magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes San Francisco in the dead of night. As local and federal officials scramble to assess the damage and plan a response, they have a sophisticated new dashboard in front of them with real-time, on-the-ground data—informed by commercial satellite imagery and Tweets, with analysis by artificial intelligence.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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