Accurate, Focused Research on Law, Technology and Knowledge Discovery Since 2002

Author Archives: Sabrina I. Pacifici

Twitter Is Dead, Long Live the Portal

Wired: “The NYC-Dublin portal gives us a peek into the future of online community building in the wake of Twitter’s demise. Twitter is officially dead. Last week, twitter.com became x.com, marking the final step in a rebranding effort that the company’s owner, Elon Musk, announced last year. The change marks a shift for the now birdless app under Musk’s reign, which has welcomed Nazis and white supremacists back to the platform, dissolved its Trust and Safety council, and has become a cesspool of disinformation and conspiracy. Meanwhile, people seem to still long for authentic connection—like with the Dublin to New York portal that connects the cities through a live videostream. Today on WIRED Politics Lab, we trace Twitter’s demise and delve into what the rise of the portal could mean for the evolution of how we talk to each other and consume politics online.”

Google scrambles to manually remove weird AI answers in search

The Verge: “…Google continues to say that its AI Overview product largely outputs “high quality information” to users. “Many of the examples we’ve seen have been uncommon queries, and we’ve also seen examples that were doctored or that we couldn’t reproduce,” Google spokesperson Meghann Farnsworth said in an email to The Verge. Farnsworth also confirmed… Continue Reading

How to Detect and Guard Against Deceptive AI-Generated Election Information

Brennan Center – “Time-tested fact-checking practices will help limit the effectiveness and spread of misleading election information. Generative artificial intelligence is already being deployed to mislead and deceive voters in the 2024 election, making it imperative that voters take steps to identify inauthentic images, audio, video, and other content designed to deceptively influence their political… Continue Reading

Training Program for Dementia Caregivers

The DICE Approach Online Training Program: “Are you are caregiver of a person with dementia? Are you trying to manage behavioral symptoms such as agitation, wandering, aggression, anxiety (and so many others)? Welcome to your one-stop location for evidence-informed training for assessing and managing the behavioral symptoms of dementia! Years of research, hands-on experience and… Continue Reading

New FTC Data Shed Light on Companies Most Frequently Impersonated by Scammers

FTC: “New data from the Federal Trade Commission shows that Best Buy/Geek Squad, Amazon, and PayPal are the companies people report scammers impersonate most often. A newly released data spotlight shows that consumers in 2023 submitted about 52,000 reports about scammers impersonating Best Buy or its Geek Squad tech support brand, followed by about 34,000… Continue Reading

We’re All Roadkill. Now Cars flatten animals and humans

Slate – “…Alongside washed-up Coke bottles and cigarette butts, the Anthropocene’s most ubiquitous emblem might be roadkill. The demolished deer, the obliterated opossum, the wrecked raccoon: This is the detritus of our human-dominated age. Every day in the U.S. alone, more than a million vertebrate animals meet their end on the asphalt, among them rarities… Continue Reading

Hacked data reveals which US gun sellers are behind Mexican cartel violence

USA TODAY exclusive: “A massive leak of Mexican military intelligence has exposed for the first time in two decades U.S. gun shops and smugglers tied to 78,000 firearms recovered south of the border – and which types of guns are being trafficked. The nuggets of information are among roughly 10 million records hacked by an… Continue Reading

Best Practices for Using AI When Writing Scientific Manuscripts

ACS Nano 2023, 17, 5, 4091–4093 Best Practices for Using AI When Writing Scientific Manuscripts Caution, Care, and Consideration: Creative Science Depends on It. February 27, 2023 https://doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.3c01544 – “Science is communicated through language. The media of language in science is multimodal, ranging from lecturing in classrooms, to informal daily discussions among scientists, to prepared… Continue Reading

Here are the companies OpenAI has made deals with to train ChatGPT

Fast company: “OpenAI’s chatbots scored a big new data source following the company’s deal with News Corp. on Wednesday. With the stroke of a pen, ChatGPT and the company’s other services added the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, MarketWatch, Barron’s, and other publications to its database. The deal, which did not include Fox News… Continue Reading

What are location services and how do they work?

Proton: “Location services refer to a combination of technologies used in devices like smartphones and computers that use data from your device’s GPS, WiFi, mobile (cellular networks), and sometimes even Bluetooth connections to determine and track your geographic location. This information can be accessed by your operating system (OS) and the apps installed on your… Continue Reading