North Carolina Newspapers, New York Economic Incentives, YouTube, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 10, 2023


Digital NC: 42 Newspapers from the North Carolina Collection. “Here we have new papers from the North Carolina Collection that have never been microfilmed! The North Carolina Collection originated in 1844 and is the largest traditional collection of library materials for any state.”

Governor of New York: New Database Builds on Governor’s State of the State Commitment to Making State Government Work Better for New Yorkers. “Governor Kathy Hochul today launched the enhanced Database of Economic Incentives as part of her ongoing commitment to transparency and making state government work better for New Yorkers…. The Database has expanded from 26 to 55 data fields and contains thousands of projects from 45 programs spanning multiple state agencies. The enhanced Database now contains an interactive dashboard offering high-level summary information of all projects.”


The Verge: YouTube is testing a chatbot that will appear under select videos. “YouTube’s latest AI experiments includes a new chatbot that’s designed to give you more information about a video you’re watching. The conversational AI tool, as Google’s support post calls it, aims to answer your questions about a video and can also recommend related content.”


MIT News: Explained: Generative AI . “A quick scan of the headlines makes it seem like generative artificial intelligence is everywhere these days. In fact, some of those headlines may actually have been written by generative AI, like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, a chatbot that has demonstrated an uncanny ability to produce text that seems to have been written by a human. But what do people really mean when they say ‘generative AI?'”


New York Times: The New Enemies of Argentina’s Far Right: Swifties and the BTS Army. “Javier Milei, a far-right libertarian economist, has stayed aloft in Argentina’s presidential campaign on the wings of the youth vote. To win the runoff election this month, he will need to hold on to that key demographic, pollsters say. But now, a major hurdle stands in his way: Swifties.”

Vernon Morning Star: Hiker rescued off B.C. cliffside after taking non-existent Google Maps trail . “The group says Saturday was the third time they’ve been called in to the area near Mount Fromme for a hiker in danger. The group says it had been concerned people were following what was marked as a path on Google Maps between the mountain and the Kennedy Falls area. In fact, North Shore SAR says, there are no trails in the area, only steep, wooded terrain and cliff bands.”


Ars Technica: Data broker’s “staggering” sale of sensitive info exposed in unsealed FTC filing . “One of the world’s largest mobile data brokers, Kochava, has lost its battle to stop the Federal Trade Commission from revealing what the FTC has alleged is a disturbing, widespread pattern of unfair use and sale of sensitive data without consent from hundreds of millions of people.”

Deutsche Welle: EU to crack down on targeted social media ads. “The European Union intends to usher in stricter rules on social media microtargeting — including tougher barriers for advertisers outside of the bloc to buy political ads aimed at residents of EU member states.”


The Conversation: People dig deeper to fact-check social media posts when paired with someone who doesn’t share their perspective – new research. “People fact-checked social media posts more carefully and were more willing to revise their initial beliefs when they were paired with someone from a different cultural background than their own, according to a study my collaborators Michael Baker and Françoise Détienne and I recently published in Frontiers in Psychology.”

University of Washington: New AI noise-canceling headphone technology lets wearers pick which sounds they hear. “…a team led by researchers at the University of Washington has developed deep-learning algorithms that let users pick which sounds filter through their headphones in real time. The team is calling the system ‘semantic hearing.’ Headphones stream captured audio to a connected smartphone, which cancels all environmental sounds. Either through voice commands or a smartphone app, headphone wearers can select which sounds they want to include from 20 classes, such as sirens, baby cries, speech, vacuum cleaners and bird chirps.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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