Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Nonverbal Vocalizations, Accessible Text Over Images, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, August 8, 2023


ArtDaily: Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein has relaunched online collection offering free access to artworks. “Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is again presenting the relaunched online collection! Art lovers and enthusiasts can now visit … for free access to almost 3000 artworks from the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein collection.”

Scientific Data: ReCANVo: A database of real-world communicative and affective nonverbal vocalizations . “Here, we present ReCANVo: Real-World Communicative and Affective Nonverbal Vocalizations – a novel dataset of non-speech vocalizations labeled by function from minimally speaking individuals. The ReCANVo database contains over 7000 vocalizations spanning communicative and affective functions from eight minimally speaking individuals, along with communication profiles for each participant.”


Smashing Magazine: Designing Accessible Text Over Images: Best Practices, Techniques, And Resources (Part 1). “In this two-part series of articles, Hannah Milan covers the best practices when using various accessible text over images techniques for designing your web and mobile app content. These practices can help you to make the text over images more accessible while retaining an aesthetically pleasing look. Get ready to deep-dive through the subtle changes in your design, such as the text’s position, size, and background style, and explore the importance of using real text for accessibility purposes, as opposed to using images of text.”

WIRED: How to Automatically Delete Passcode Texts on Android and iOS. “IT’S NOT ALWAYS easy juggling digital accounts when you’re signed up to dozens of them—or perhaps even hundreds (you know who you are). While password managers can ease some of the strain, we’re also big fans of two-factor authentication, which helps those services make sure you are who you say you are. That’s where passcodes come in.”


New York Times: A Global Web of Chinese Propaganda Leads to a U.S. Tech Mogul. “The Times unraveled a financial network that stretches from Chicago to Shanghai and uses American nonprofits to push Chinese talking points worldwide.”

Cabin Radio: Google and Apple aren’t sure if the highway’s open, either. “Head spinning from the number of recent NWT highway closures brought on by nearby wildfires? You aren’t alone. Major tech companies seem to be struggling to stay on top of the situation, too. Early on Saturday, several Yellowknife residents reported an inability to plan any Google Maps route to or from Yellowknife involving Highway 3.”


Ars Technica: What are “drainer smart contracts” and why is the FBI warning of them?. “The FBI is advising potential NFT buyers to be on the lookout for malicious websites that use ‘drainer smart contracts’ to surreptitiously loot cryptocurrency wallets.”

The Hill: Wisconsin judge orders release of records on fake elector. “A judge ordered the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) on Friday to release records related to one of its members accused of posing as a fake elector in a scheme to overturn the state’s 2020 election results for former President Trump.”

CBS News: Cyberattack causes multiple hospitals to shut emergency rooms and divert ambulances. “Cybercriminals attacked the computer systems of a California-based health care provider causing emergency rooms in multiple states to close and ambulance services to be redirected. The ransomware attack happened at Prospect Medical Holdings of Los Angeles, which has hospitals and clinics in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas. Prospect Medical is investigating how the breach happened and is working on resolving the issue, the company said in a statement Friday.”


Bleeping Computer: New acoustic attack steals data from keystrokes with 95% accuracy. “A team of researchers from British universities has trained a deep learning model that can steal data from keyboard keystrokes recorded using a microphone with an accuracy of 95%. When Zoom was used for training the sound classification algorithm, the prediction accuracy dropped to 93%, which is still dangerously high, and a record for that medium.”

Wall Street Journal: Why ChatGPT Is Getting Dumber at Basic Math. “But new research released this week reveals a fundamental challenge of developing artificial intelligence: ChatGPT has become worse at performing certain basic math operations. The researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley said the deterioration is an example of a phenomenon known to AI developers as drift, where attempts to improve one part of the enormously complex AI models make other parts of the models perform worse.”


Hackaday: Browser-Based Robot Dog Simulator In ~800 Lines Of Code. “[Sergii] has been learning about robot simulation and wrote up a basic simulator for a robodog platform: the Unitree A1. It only took about 800 lines of code to do so, which probably makes it a good place to start if one is headed in a similar direction.” Good morning, Internet…

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