Massachusetts Police Misconduct, Microplastics Database, AI-Generated Images, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, August 23, 2023


Worcester Telegram: Mass. POST Commission releases police discipline database; 46 Worcester officers included. “The Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission on Tuesday morning released a database containing 3,413 disciplinary records involving law enforcement officers from across the state dating to December 1984, including 71 records involving 46 current or former Worcester police officers.”


NOAA: Sail & Explore Association Partnership Expands Microplastics Database. “The National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) archives data collected by a variety of scientists and institutions. The partnership between NCEI and nonprofit organization Sail & Explore Association has improved and expanded the Marine Microplastics database. The goal of this partnership is to not only expand the database, but to establish a diverse international community of public users and data providers.”

Designboom: AI has generated 150 years worth of photographs in less than 12 months, study shows. “Stock image search engine Everypixel released a detailed report that quantifies that growing phenomenon with a rough estimate: In only 12 months, text-to-image algorithms generated over 150 billion images. ‘Since the launch of DALL·E 2, people are creating an average of 34 million images daily,’ writes Everypixel. According to the report, it took us humans 150 years to amass 10% (15 billion) of that mark, demonstrating the incredible — and equally alarming — power of machine learning.”


Tom’s Hardware: Google’s AI Bots Tout ‘Benefits’ of Genocide, Slavery, Fascism, Other Evils . ‘For example, when I went to and asked “was slavery beneficial” on a couple of different days, Google’s SGE gave the following two sets of answers which list a variety of ways in which this evil institution was “good” for the U.S. economy. The downsides it lists are not human suffering or hundreds of years of racism, but that “slave labor was inefficient” or that it “impeded the southern economy.”’

New York Times: After Vice’s Downfall, Top Journalists Start Their Own Tech Publication . “After watching Vice Media descend into bankruptcy this spring, a group of journalists from its popular tech brand, Motherboard, decided that the best way to do their work in a financially sustainable way was to strike out on their own. And so 404 Media was born.”


Bleeping Computer: Sneaky Amazon Google ad leads to Microsoft support scam. “A legitimate-looking ad for Amazon in Google search results redirects visitors to a Microsoft Defender tech support scam that locks up their browser.”

BBC: Baghdad advertising boards turned off over porn screening. “Iraqi officials have ordered all electronic advertising screens to be shut down in Baghdad after a hacker used one to show a pornographic film. It happened at a major road junction in the Iraqi capital. Videos have been shared widely on social media. A man has been arrested in connection with the incident, police say.”


SiliconAngle: Harvard researchers clone supercomputer on Google Cloud. “Researchers at Harvard University have used Google LLC’s public cloud infrastructure platform to create a clone of a supercomputer that was used to perform a heart disease study. They claim it’s a highly original use of cloud computing resources that can help other researchers who are struggling to access powerful supercomputers to complete their studies.”

Mashable: Your mental health internet search may lead to malware. “New research conducted by Beyond Identity, a passwordless identity management provider, analyzed high-volume mental health search terms and found that many of them involve an elevated risk of encountering links leading to software that can steal data or damage your device or network.”

Newswise: Rediscovering the joy of music collection. “A series of three studies led by Prof. Ofer Bergman from Bar-Ilan University in Israel has uncovered a fascinating relationship between music collection and listening enjoyment in the era of streaming music. The studies shed light on the impact of streaming applications on the subjective evaluation of music and suggest that rediscovering the act of music collecting can significantly enhance the overall listening experience.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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