New Zealand Ministry for Culture & Heritage: New Zealand’s first national register of 20th Century public artworks goes live. “The website is a New Zealand first, providing a single place for New Zealanders to gain knowledge of 20th Century public artworks located in towns and cities across Aotearoa, including works that have been hidden, lost, destroyed, or deaccessioned. At launch the register contains over 380 works which can be searched by information about each of the artworks, the artists, and their locations.”
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources: DHHR’s Bureau for Behavioral Health Announces Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Clearinghouse. “The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) has launched the BBH Clearinghouse, an online database of evidence-based practices to help individuals, families, providers, schools, communities, and other partners make informed decisions about selecting effective prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery services.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
CNN: ChatGPT creator pulls AI detection tool due to ‘low rate of accuracy’. “Less than six months after ChatGPT-creator OpenAI unveiled an AI detection tool with the potential to help teachers and other professionals detect AI generated work, the company has pulled the feature. OpenAI quietly shut down the tool last week citing a ‘low rate of accuracy,’ according to an update to the original company blog post announcing the feature.”
BBC: TikTok adds text-only posts as social media battle escalates. “Chinese-owned video streaming app TikTok says it will offer text-only posts as competition between social media giants heats up.” Remember when everybody said video was going to kill text content on the Internet? lol.
AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD
Ars Technica: Borax is the new Tide Pods, and poison control experts are facepalming. I’m facepalming too. When I was growing up Borax was a home remedy against mice. “In the latest health fad to alarm and exasperate medical experts, people on TikTok have cheerily ‘hopped on the borax train’ and are drinking and soaking in the toxic cleaning product based on false claims that it can reduce inflammation, treat arthritis, and ‘detoxify’ the body.”
9Honey: Australian grandmother’s fight to get life-changing drug snatched up by social media fad. “Ozempic, a brand name for the drug semaglutide, is typically prescribed for patients with Type 2 diabetes, but a new social media weight loss fad has caused a worldwide shortage. The shortage hit Australia last year after TikTok videos of women claiming to have achieved drastic weight loss with minimal effort on the drug went viral. It made global demand for Ozempic skyrocket, with thousands seeking the drug, but the subsequent shortage is putting Aussies like [Judith] Lipp at risk.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
CNBC: Elon Musk’s rebrand of Twitter to ‘X’ could get him in legal trouble with Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft, experts say. “Elon Musk’s Twitter rebrand could land him in legal hot water with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others, experts say. On Sunday, Musk announced that he was getting rid of the Twitter brand and logo. The social media platform is now known as ‘X,’ CEO Linda Yaccarino confirmed on Sunday.”
Engadget: Mastodon’s decentralized social network has a major CSAM problem. “Of course, the big problem with unfederated social media platforms such as Mastodon is that no one company or entity controls everything on the platform. Every instance has its own administrators, and they are the ones who are ultimately responsible. However, those admins cannot control and moderate what goes on in other instances or servers. This isn’t uniquely a Mastodon problem, either.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
NPR: Firefighters and researchers are turning to AI to help fight fires. “Climate change. Firefighters and researchers hope to spot fires more quickly and cut response times using artificial intelligence. Zachary Wells is a deputy chief with the Kern County Fire Department in California’s Central Valley.” This is a transcript of a radio interview.
Beyond Search: And Now Here Is Sergey… He Has Returned. “My personal view is that item one, management’s inability to hit a three point shot, let alone a slam dunk over Sam AI-Man, requires the 2023 equivalent of asking Mom and Dad to help. Some college students have resorted to this approach to make rent, bail, or buy food. The return is not yet like Mr. Terminator’s, Mr. Man-with-No-Name’s, or Mr. Brady’s. We have something new. A technology giant with billions in revenue struggling to get its big tractor out of a muddy field. How does one get the Google going?” Good afternoon, Internet….
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