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Daily Archives: June 9, 2024

Buzzy AI Search Engine Perplexity Is Directly Ripping Off Content From News Outlets

Forbes [unpaywalled]:” AI-powered search startup Perplexity appears to be plagiarizing journalists’ work through its newly launched feature, Perplexity Pages, which lets people curate content on a particular topic. Multiple posts that have been “curated” by the Perplexity team on its platform are strikingly similar to original stories from multiple publications, including Forbes, CNBC and Bloomberg. The posts, which have already gathered tens of thousands of views, do not mention the publications by name in the article text — the only attributions are small, easy-to-miss logos that link out to them. For instance, a Perplexity aggregation of Forbes’ exclusive reporting on Eric Schmidt’s stealth drone project contains several fragments that appear to have been lifted, including a custom illustration. Over the past several months, Forbes has broken a series of stories on the former Google CEO’s secretive efforts to develop AI-guided aircraft for the battlefield, and this week reported that Schmidt had poached talent from SpaceX, Apple and Google, and has been testing his drones in the wealthy Silicon Valley town of Menlo Park. Portions of the post contain nearly identical wording and it includes all of the details first reported by Forbes. The only attribution is a small, barely identifiable Forbes logo as a citation. The Perplexity aggregation also includes an image created by the Forbes design team that looks to be slightly modified by Perplexity. Perplexity’s aggregated blog was the top item on its Discover tab and has more than 17,000 views…”

Same Energy

“Same Energy is a visual search engine. You can use it to find beautiful art, photography, decoration ideas, or anything else […similar to Pinterest but provides many more images uncluttered by text and comments]. We believe that image search should be visual, using only a minimum of words. And we believe it should integrate a… Continue Reading

All the place where you can now find microplastics

Washington Post [unpaywalled]: “Microplastics have popped up in rivers, oceans, soil, food, tea and even Antarctic snow — and now these tiny plastic particles are showing up in clouds. A group of researchers from Waseda University in Tokyo recently found microplastics in the clouds above Mount Fuji. In a paper published in Environmental Chemistry Letters,… Continue Reading

It’s Official: Long COVID Is a Chronic Disease

HealthCentral: “A new report from the Social Security Administration and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine confirms that COVID can cause long-term illness and, for some, permanent disability. We spoke to one of the report’s leading scientists. HealthCentral first asked the question, “What If COVID Is Chronic?“ in early 2021. As the initial… Continue Reading

New database features 250 AI tools that can enhance social science research

Stubbs-Richardson, M., Brown, L., Paul, M., & Brenner, D., (2023). Artificial Intelligence Applications for Social Science Research. Scholars Junction, Mississippi State University. “Our team developed a database of 250 Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications useful for social science research. To be included in our database, the AI tool had to be useful for: 1) literature reviews,… Continue Reading

Find books with just one search

“Since 1997, BookFinder has made it easy to find any book at the best price. Whether you want the cheapest reading copy or a specific collectible edition, with BookFinder, you’ll find just the right book. searches the inventories of over 100,000 booksellers worldwide, accessing millions of books in just one simple step.” Continue Reading

Gem Vintage Clothing Search

“Gem finds products [for women and men] from marketplaces such as eBay, Etsy, Poshmark, Grailed, The RealReal, Vestiaire Collective, Mercari, Rubylane, Farfetch, Fashionphile, Garmentory, ASOS Marketplace, LiveAuctioneers, Reversible, GoodwillFinds and hundreds of independent online stores. No extra cost for users or sellers – Gem doesn’t promote or endorse any search result over others. Results are… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 8, 2024

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 8, 2024: Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

AI in investigative journalism: mapping the field

Online Journalism Blog: “Investigative journalists have been among the earliest adopters of artificial intelligence in the newsroom, and pioneered some of its most compelling — and award-winning — applications. In this first part of a draft book chapter, I look at the different branches of AI and how they’ve been used in a range of… Continue Reading