Routes to Return, the V&A Museum, Getty Images, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 26, 2023


Council for Museum Anthropology: Routes to Return. “Routes to Return is a new web resource providing information to aid those interested in understanding pathways for international repatriations from European museums.”

Design Week: V&A launches interactive website in a bid to engage Generation Alpha. “The V&A has launched Mused, a new interactive website, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Digital Accelerator for Arts and Culture, in a bid to engage young people in art, design, performance and creativity.” The site was designed with 10-14 year-olds in mind.


PetaPixel: Getty Images Makes U-Turn as it Launches its Own AI Image Generator. “After months of rejecting AI imagery, Getty Images has today launched its own AI image generator that is exclusively trained on its extensive photo library. Getty is the last of the major photo stock libraries to launch its own AI image generator after it had previously taken a stance against artificial intelligence (AI) — filing a lawsuit against Stable Diffusion and banning AI images from its platform.”


Lifehacker: You Can Now Get Your Free Credit Report Every Week, Forever. “Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, each credit bureau offered one free credit report per year, meaning consumers generally could obtain three reports annually before having to pay as much as $14 per request. Those same reports were made available weekly at no additional charge in early 2020, a program that was extended several times, ultimately through December 2023. Now, free access to weekly credit reports has been made permanent so it’s easier to monitor your report regularly.”


NME: Kevin James meme explained: why are people sharing ‘King Of Queens’ photo?. “Social media users might have noticed an old photo of Kevin James doing the rounds on social media this week in the form of various memes. The photo shows the US actor pulling a sheepish smirk while shrugging his shoulders, which has been memed with various captions such as ‘when u accidentally like a selfie from 34 weeks ago’ and ‘Hey aren’t you that guy from that meme’.”

Florida State University: FSU philosopher awarded NEH grant to archive, translate the works of a trailblazing German philosopher. “A researcher from Florida State University’s Department of Philosophy, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, has received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore and archive the works of the renowned 18th-century German philosopher Johannes Nikolaus Tetens.”


Ars Technica: FCC plays whack-a-mole with telcos accused of profiting from robocalls. “A suspicious phone company is on the verge of having all its calls blocked by US-based telcos after being accused of ignoring orders to investigate and block robocalls. One Owl Telecom is a US-based gateway provider that routes phone calls from outside the US to consumer phone companies such as Verizon.”

New York Times: Will Hurd Releases A.I. Plan, a First in the Republican Presidential Field. “The policy plan on artificial intelligence released by former Representative Will Hurd of Texas on Wednesday makes him the first candidate in the Republican presidential field to formally propose a way to navigate the uses and dangers of a technology so thorny he likened it to nuclear fission.”


North Carolina State University: New Method Helps AI Navigate 3D Space Using 2D Images. “Photos are two-dimensional (2D), but autonomous vehicles and other technologies have to navigate the three-dimensional (3D) world. Researchers have developed a new method to help artificial intelligence (AI) extract 3D information from 2D images, making cameras more useful tools for these emerging technologies.”

Harvard Gazette: How federal missteps opened door to COVID misinformation. “Federal agencies helped set the stage for a wave of COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories about its origins through early missteps in messaging about the virus and control measures, stumbles that fueled public distrust and hampered government efforts, according to New York Times health and science reporter Apoorva Mandavilli. For instance, public health agencies failed to speak clearly and in a timely fashion about how the virus could spread indoors, Mandavilli said in a talk sponsored by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health Communication on Wednesday afternoon.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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