Kansas Wildfire Risk, Luxembourg Chatbots, Cryptoeconomics Knowledge, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, October 6, 2023


KWCH: Kansas Forest Service introduces risk map to assist in fight against wildfires. “Drought conditions continue to impact a large portion of Kansas and with the dry weather comes the threat of wildfires. The Kansas Forest Service is working to increase preparation with a new tool: a wildfire risk map.”

National Library of Luxembourg: receives new chatbot. “Drawing on a technology in use at ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence-based chat agent developed by OpenAI, the BnL’s experts have indexed digitised Luxembourgish documents and prepared a high-performance database that supports semantic searches. This breakthrough marks a major milestone in the BnL’s mission to offer easier and enhanced access to its digitised Luxembourgish resources.”

UC Cincinnati: Cincinnati Edition: A new tool to protect cryptocurrency investors. “A 10-question survey, which is open source and available for any institution to use for free to measure the cryptoeconomics knowledge of their clients or population base, measures users’ knowledge about cryptoeconomics. A higher score represents a greater understanding of cryptoeconomics. The average score has been six, Jones said, with 40% of people scoring less than a five.”


PC World: 10 ChatGPT Alternatives & Competitors (Free and Paid). “Ever since artificial intelligence became available to the public, ChatGPT has been one of the go-to services for many user’s AI needs. By now, millions of people have visited the Chat GPT website, and many more continue to do so. However, ChatGPT isn’t the only framework for AI – nor is it necessarily the best option out there. There are other sites that offer similar or even better services than ChatGPT.”


Royal Academy of Dance: The Royal Academy of Dance acquires Dancing Times photographic archive. “After Dancing Times ceased publication following 112 years in print, the archive is now housed at the RAD’s headquarters in Wandsworth. The archive comprises approximately 38,000 black and white and colour prints, spanning the period from c.1920 to 2000, making it one of the largest collections of 20th century dance in the world.”

Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of American History Acquires Objects and Archives From America’s First Microbrewery. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has recently acquired objects and archival materials from the now-closed Anchor Brewing Co., generally known as the nation’s original microbrewery, for its collections. The museum collected the company’s business records and a selection of items from the historic San Francisco brewery.”

TechCrunch: Generative AI removing background noise from recordings is just one of the new tools for podcasters. “Yes, there are clear concerns about AI’s potential for auto-generating disinformation. But as a tool for creatives to better create, AI is having its moment. And the AI-driven tools designed to assist creators in producing their podcast are clearly on a roll. Podcastle, a full-service podcasting platform which we covered when it raised $7 million in a round led by RTP Global and Point Nine Capital, is today joining the trend with a new tool it calls Magic Dust AI.”


Reuters: US in antitrust trial accuses Google of illegal methods to push up ad prices. “A lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department pressed a Google executive on Wednesday about techniques the search and advertising giant used to push up online advertising prices in an allegedly unfair way.”

ProPublica: Southeast Asian Casinos Emerge as Major Enablers of Global Cybercrime . “A growing number of casinos in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar are engaging in large-scale money laundering, facilitating cyberfraud that is costing victims in America and abroad billions of dollars, according to new research by the United Nations.”

Associated Press: Jury acquits delivery driver of main charge in shooting of YouTube prankster . “A jury on Thursday found a delivery driver not guilty in the shooting of a YouTube prankster who followed him around a mall food court earlier this year. Alan Colie, 31, was acquitted of aggravated malicious wounding in the shooting of Tanner Cook, 21, who runs the ‘Classified Goons’ YouTube channel.”


Rolling Stone: Twitter Is at Death’s Door, One Year After Elon Musk’s Takeover. “Musk is not without his salesmanship, which, combined with unconditional, breathless hype from supporters, has kept alive the notion of his entrepreneurial and innovative genius. He and this audience are both expending more energy each day on flat denials of grim headlines and vague assurances that X is actually ‘thriving’ like never before. Sooner or later, that magical thinking will run ashore on reality, and until then, yes, the site will survive — but in a state of waking demise, with a user base divided between those cannibalizing what’s left and the stunned spectators.”

Stanford Medicine: Wearable device data reveals that reduced sleep and activity in pregnancy is linked to premature birth risk. “In the study, which published online Sept. 28 in npj Digital Medicine, the researchers collected data from devices worn by more than 1,000 women throughout pregnancy. With a machine learning algorithm, the scientists sifted through participants’ activity information to detect fine-grained changes in sleep and physical activity patterns.” Good morning, Internet…

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