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Updates to Google Earth

Journalists Toolbox: “Typically, we cover AI tools in this newsletter but today I wanted to touch on some of the changes to Google Earth. I’ve taught Earth tools in newsrooms for eight years as part of a Google News Lab trainers program, and journalists have used them to tell some incredible stories. others, just like a Google Sheet or Google Doc.

  • Streamlined actions. Its interface makes it easier to find and use tools.
  • Work across devices. You can now work on projects from your browser or mobile, and add places and images from both.

Google has moved the toolbar from the left side to the top, making it a bit easier to find things. You can launch and manage projects down the left rail, where the tools used to be.
Other handy Google Earth tools:

  • Timelapse: Track 38 years of satellite photos over a given area of the earth. The timelapse shows changes over that period of time. Easy to embed, the free Timelapse is a super tool for telling environment, weather and development stories. Want to build your own timelapse apps? Tap into the Earth Engine apps page.
  • Earth Studio: Browser-based tool lets you record flyover videos, zoom-ins, orbits and more. Easy export to .mp4 format. The free tool also lets you export high-resolution images from it.
  • Google Earth Pro: Free tool downloads to your desktop and lets you search archived satellite images for dozens of years and record flyover videos. The interface is a bit clunky by today’s standards, but it’s excellent for digging up old satellite images…”

Test of 4 Different AI Image Detectors: Here’s How Accurate They Were

MakeUseOf: I tested the capabilities of four AI image detectors—Illuminarty, AI or Not, Hive Moderation, and SDXL Detector—using two AI images generated by DALL-E and one photo taken by a human. The results varied among the detectors, with some accurately distinguishing AI-generated images from real ones, while others made some mistakes. Even the most accurate… Continue Reading

Wayback Machine: 5 Alternatives To Try

Search Engine Journal – “Discover alternatives to the Wayback Machine for preserving website history and data. Explore web archives and their unique features for SEO, The internet is constantly changing, with websites appearing and disappearing and information being added or removed constantly. This makes it hard for people who study and analyze the internet or… Continue Reading

Artificial Intelligence Index Report 2024

Stanford University, Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence Index Report 2024. “Welcome to the seventh edition of the AI Index report. The 2024 Index is our most comprehensive to date and arrives at an important moment when AI’s influence on society has never been more pronounced. This year, we have broadened our scope to more extensively… Continue Reading

AI in Finance and Banking, April 15, 2024

Via LLRX – AI in Finance and Banking, April 15, 2024 – This semi-monthly column by Sabrina I. Pacifici highlights news, government reports, NGO/IGO papers, industry white papers, academic papers, conferences and speeches on the subject of AI’s fast paced impact on the banking and finance sectors. The chronological links provided are to the primary sources,… Continue Reading

Democracy Dies Behind Paywalls

The Atlantic [unpaywalled]- “The case for making journalism free—at least during the 2024 election…Paywalls create a two-tiered system: credible, fact-based information for people who are willing to pay for it, and murkier, less-reliable information for everyone else. Simply put, paywalls get in the way of informing the public, which is the mission of journalism. And… Continue Reading

New Report on the Nation’s Foreign-Born Population

United States Census April 9, 2024: “From 2010 to 2022, the nation’s foreign-born population increased by 15.6%. According to a new report The Foreign-Born Population in the United States: 2022 released by the U.S. Census Bureau today, the foreign-born population was 46.2 million (13.9% of the total population) in 2022 compared to 40.0 million (12.9%… Continue Reading

US drug shortages reach record high with 323 meds now in short supply

Ars Technica: “Drug shortages in the US have reached an all-time high, with 323 active and ongoing shortages already tallied this year, according to data collected by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The current drug shortage total surpasses the previous record of 320, set in 2014, and is the highest recorded since ASHP… Continue Reading

US DOT – PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program Award Recipients

PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program Fact Sheet –  “The vision of the PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program is to fund projects that address the climate crisis by improving the resilience of the surface transportation system, including highways, public transportation, ports, and intercity passenger rail. Projects selected under this program should be grounded in the best available scientific… Continue Reading