EMS HeatTracker, Twitter, Classroom AI Tools, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, August 10, 2023


US Department of Health and Human Services: Biden-Harris Administration Launches National Dashboard to Track Heat-Related Illness. “The EMS HeatTracker will be used to help state, regional, and local government officials, such as city and regional planners, determine where to prioritize heat mitigation strategies, like street trees, parks, and cool roofs. It will also be used to help mayors and public health officials prioritize interventions like cooling centers and outreach to at-risk populations during periods of extreme heat.”


The Guardian: ABC exiting Twitter: Australia’s national broadcaster shuts down almost all accounts on Elon Musk’s X. “The ABC is shutting down almost all of its official accounts on Twitter – now known as X under Elon Musk’s ownership – citing ‘toxic interactions’, cost and better interaction with ABC content on other social media platforms.”

Washington Post: Twitter gutted its policy team. Some of the band is getting back together.. “Over a dozen former executives who led Twitter’s public policy team on Wednesday are launching a new political advisory group, taking the practically unheard of step of reuniting en masse after the company, since-rebranded X, shed much of its own shop under Elon Musk. The newly minted Blue Owl Group, a nod to Twitter’s once-iconic bird logo, is stacked with longtime tech veterans looking to use the new perch to shape major debates about the internet, artificial intelligence and climate — while recapturing the company’s sensibilities.”


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.”

Make Tech Easier: 13 Tips for Using Live Photos on iPhone. “Live photos have been around on iOS devices for a few years, allowing you to capture specific moments in precisely 1.5 seconds of motion before or after snapping a photo. You can do many things with a live photo on your iPhone or iPad. You can convert it into a still image, change effects, edit it as you would a regular photo, and more. This guide serves up the best tips to use Live Photos on iPhone.”


ProPublica: How Social Media Apps Could Be Fueling Homicides Among Young Americans. “As shooting rates among the young remain stratospheric, evidence suggests social media is serving as an accelerant to violence. Taunts that once could be forgotten now live on before large audiences, prompting people to take action.”

WNCN: Cary 911 using video livestreams to see emergencies before crews arrive. “Emergency telecommunicators in Cary can now use livestreams to see fires, break-ins, and more while a caller is on the phone, with permission.”

The Hill: Hate-speech watchdog being sued by Musk says it will defend suit ‘vigorously’. “A nonprofit organization that tracks online hate-speech pledged to keep pushing forward with its goal of holding tech companies accountable even as the group fends off a lawsuit from the world’s wealthiest man, Elon Musk.”


Make Zine: 3D Printing Paganini’s Famous Violin. “The illustrious ‘Il Cannone di Paganini,’ once owned by the renowned Genovese musician Niccolò Paganini and now preserved at Palazzo Tursi, inspired the creation of a faithful 1:1 replica using 3D printing technology. The replica, crafted with meticulous attention to detail, features white resin and strings in the striking red nylon, evoking the colors of the San Giorgio flag.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: ICIJ Joins Global Initiative To Set AI Guidelines For Journalists. “ICIJ executive director Gerard Ryle, journalist Maria Ressa and other industry leaders have pledged to work together to develop a set of principles, rights and obligations regarding the use of AI-based systems.”

PsyPost: ChatGPT is much better than humans at accurately identifying emotions in fictional textual scenarios. “A new study found that ChatGPT, an increasingly popular AI chatbot capable of natural language processing, greatly outperformed humans in emotional awareness tasks in a set of fictional textual scenarios. It was much better than typical people at estimating the emotions characters would likely experience. The paper was published in Frontiers in Psychology.”


VietNamnet: Foreign travelers now can look up street names via QR codes. “Tam Ky built a database and digitized the names of streets and routes in the city in a plan to apply high technology to store, disseminate and explain the history of the country and localities. This allows locals and foreign travelers to learn about every street in a simple way, with their smartphones via QR Code.” Good morning, Internet…

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