Florida Civil Rights, 1960s San Francisco Photography, Google Chrome, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, October 10, 2023


WFSU: A new virtual museum helps visitors learn about Florida’s civil rights leaders. “The first virtual civil rights museum in Florida launched earlier this month. It features civil rights leaders from the early 1900s all the way into the early 60s. Two Tallahassee natives, Jackie Perkins and Delaitre Hollinger, created the virtual museum. It tells the stories of what the founders call ‘pioneers’ in both education and civil rights. Perkins says the museum includes individuals from all walks of life regardless of race, color or religion.”

San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. mystery images find a permanent home (where you can see them too). “A cache of mysterious Kodachrome slides found abandoned on a Mission District street corner are going to the San Francisco Public Library’s History Center — where they’ll join collections including Harvey Milk’s papers and the San Francisco Call-Bulletin photo morgue.” The digitizing process is already underway.


Bleeping Computer: Google Chrome’s organize tabs will automatically reorder tabs. “In a bid to upgrade user experience, the Chrome team is developing an ‘Organise Tabs’ feature, soon to be seen at the top left corner of the browser, adjacent to the tab search function. This new addition would be a natural extension of Tab Groups functionality.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Launches October 2023 Core Algorithm Update. “Google has confirmed the rollout of its latest core algorithm update, dubbed the ‘October 2023 Core Update.’ This marks the third core update to Google’s search ranking systems this year, following the March and August core updates.”


New York Times: Graphic Images of Violence Flood Social Media Amid Israel-Gaza Conflict. “On X, formerly known as Twitter, a violent video claiming to show the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers had been viewed hundreds of thousands of times on Saturday morning. The New York Times found hundreds of X accounts sharing images of dead bodies, claiming to be Israeli civilians killed in the past 24 hours of fighting. Some of the images viewed by The Times appeared to be manipulated and edited. Underneath some of the videos and images posted on X, people warned that they could be spread as part of a campaign to stoke fear among Israelis. Some of the accounts claimed to be working on behalf of Hamas.”

Ars Technica: 4chan users manipulate AI tools to unleash torrent of racist images. “Despite leading AI companies’ attempts to block users from turning AI image generators into engines of racist content, many 4chan users are still turning to these tools to ‘quickly flood the Internet with racist garbage,’ 404 Media reported.”

Daily Bruin: UCLA Library receives donation of political cartoon collection dating back to 1690. “The collection, donated by Michael and Susan Kahn, contains more than one million political cartoons and caricatures originating between 1690 and 2022. The donation from the family also includes additional funding for classes and workshops focused on political cartoons…. The political cartoon collection contains works from 59 countries and in 30 languages, according to the UCLA Library. It will be available digitally during the 2024-2025 academic year through the UCLA Library Special Collections.”


Bloomberg: Alphabet’s Pichai Set to Testify in Google Pay Antitrust Trial. “Alphabet Inc. Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai is set to be called by Epic Games Inc. to testify in an antitrust trial over Google Play policies that could threaten billions of dollars in revenue generated by the app marketplace.”

Hyperallergic: Artists Call on Congress to Stop Corporations From Copyrighting AI Art. “To keep large corporations from gaining copyrights over art made with AI, artists and allies are being called upon to post about the AI Day Of Action on their social media accounts today and to contact their congresspeople using links and scripts provided by Fight for the Future. Artists’ rights over their work have long been contested, yet nothing has brought the conversation to such a head as the advent of generative AI and its potential for corporate exploitation.”


ABS: ABS Joins Korean Industry Leaders on 3D Printing Project for Ship Operations . “ABS signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work with key stakeholders in Korea to develop and demonstrate a 3D printing system for ocean-going vessels. Using a digital library for the design process, the system aims to support rapid maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) by using 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), to manufacture parts on a vessel while at sea.”

Nature: ‘In case I die, I need to publish this paper’: scientist who left the lab to fight in Ukraine. “When Russia invaded his home country in February 2022, neuroscientist Sergiy Sylantyev was leading a research programme at the University of Aberdeen, UK, investigating chemical signalling in the brain. Within weeks, Sylantyev — who had no military experience — travelled to Ukraine, where he was quickly deployed to the front lines as a foot soldier.”

Princeton University: The world has a food-waste problem. Can this wireless tech help fix it?. “One bad apple may not spoil the whole bunch, but when it comes to distributing food, a lot of good goes out with the bad. Now, researchers from Princeton University and Microsoft Research have developed a fast and accurate way to determine fruit quality, piece by piece, using high-frequency wireless technology. The new tool gives suppliers a way to sort fruit based on fine-grained ripeness measurements.” Good morning, Internet…

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