WWII Aerial Photography, Microsoft Copilot AI, Twitter, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 15, 2023


BBC: World War Two aerial photos opened to public for first time. “A collection of photographs taken during World War Two have been opened to the public for the first time. The aerial images were taken by the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) Photographic Reconnaissance units while stationed at bases across England in 1943 and 1944.”


The Verge: Microsoft’s Copilot AI can now help deploy field workers. “Microsoft is bringing generative AI to frontline field workers by integrating its Copilot AI assistant into its field services platform, streamlining workflows but also enabling supervisors to know what technicians are doing on the job.”

TechCrunch: X, formerly Twitter, slowed down access to Threads, The New York Times, Bluesky and more. “X, formerly known as Twitter, was throttling traffic to websites that the social network’s owner Elon Musk publicly dislikes. The platform slowed down the speed it takes when accessing links to a handful of websites, including The New York Times, Instagram, Facebook, Bluesky, Threads, Reuters and Substack. The platform appears to be reversing the slow access to news sites on Tuesday afternoon.”


MakeUseOf: The Best Snapchat Filters List and Essential Snapchat Lenses . “This list of the best Snapchat filters and lenses covers the essentials: the basic filters Snapchat offers, the names of some big Snapchat filters, how to access your local geofilters, and some of the best Snapchat lenses to use.”


Rolling Stone: These Women Tried to Warn Us About AI. “TIMNIT GEBRU DIDN’T set out to work in AI. At Stanford, she studied electrical engineering — getting both a bachelor’s and a master’s in the field. Then she became interested in image analysis, getting her Ph.D. in computer vision. When she moved over to AI, though, it was immediately clear that there was something very wrong.”

ABC News (Australia): Nurse stranded in desert without food, water after Google Maps gave her wrong directions. “Police are urging travellers to properly prepare before driving in the outback after botched Google Maps directions left an Alice Springs nurse stranded in the Central Australian desert without food or water.”


New York Times: When Hackers Descended to Test A.I., They Found Flaws Aplenty. “The hackers tried to break through the safeguards of various A.I. programs in an effort to identify their vulnerabilities — to find the problems before actual criminals and misinformation peddlers did — in a practice known as red-teaming. Each competitor had 50 minutes to tackle up to 21 challenges — getting an A.I. model to ‘hallucinate’ inaccurate information, for example. They found political misinformation, demographic stereotypes, instructions on how to carry out surveillance and more.”

Ars Technica: Illinois just made it possible to sue people for doxxing attacks. “Last Friday, Illinois became one of the few states to pass an anti-doxxing law, making it possible for victims to sue attackers who ‘intentionally’ publish their personally identifiable information with intent to harm or harass them. (Doxxing is sometimes spelled ‘doxing.’)”


University of Wisconsin-Madison: During pandemic, proponents of ‘doing your own research’ believed more COVID misinformation. “According to a new study Chinn and Hasell published recently in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Misinformation Review, people who were supportive of the phrase ‘doing your own research’ were more likely to be distrustful of scientists and more likely to believe misinformation about COVID-19. Even when controlling for the type of media they consumed, the DYOR fans among the researchers’ panel of about 1,000 survey respondents grew more distrustful and more ill-informed about COVID-19 even as news of successful vaccine trials emerged.”

UC Davis: UC Davis Researchers Exploring Data and AI Tools for Animal Health Diagnosis and Treatment. “The rise of AI based technology may play an important role in human healthcare from diagnostics to treatment. Using a data-driven approach, AI may be able to help doctors analyze and assess diseases more efficiently. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, are now exploring ways to use AI for the benefit of animal health.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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  1. Loved the WW2 aerial photo site — thanks!

    (When I was a boy I used to imagine myself as a WW2 bomber pilot as I rode my bike around town. The manhole covers and various other things embedded in the street surface were enemy factories and anti-aircraft gun emplacements, so I never lacked for targets as I flew around.)

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