Motherboard: AI Is Probably Using Your Images and It’s Not Easy to Opt Out

Motherboard: AI Is Probably Using Your Images and It’s Not Easy to Opt Out. “Viral image-generating AI tools like DALL-E and Stable Diffusion are powered by massive datasets of images that are scraped from the internet, and if one of those images is of you, there’s no easy way to opt out, even if you never explicitly agreed to have it posted online. In one stark example of how sensitive images can end up powering these AI tools, a user found a medical image in the LAION dataset, which was used to train Stable Diffusion and Google’s Imagen.”

Guttmacher Institute: Guttmacher Institute Releases Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator, A New Online Tool for Estimating Health Benefits of Investing in Family Planning in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Guttmacher Institute: Guttmacher Institute Releases Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator, A New Online Tool for Estimating Health Benefits of Investing in Family Planning in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. “Today, the Guttmacher Institute released its Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator, an interactive, web-based tool designed to estimate the positive impacts of investments in family planning services. For any given investment amount, the calculator estimates the number of modern contraceptive users that would be served, unintended pregnancies and abortions that would be averted, women’s and girls’ lives that would be saved, and cost savings that would accrue for health systems.”

NME: Developers had no idea Google Stadia was shutting down

NME: Developers had no idea Google Stadia was shutting down. “Yesterday (September 29) Google announced it would be ‘winding down’ its cloud-based gaming service Stadia, but several developers have now revealed they were not told about the closure in advance – despite having games due out on the service.” Wow, that’s almost a Twitter-level disregard for third-party developers.

CNET: How to Watch SpaceX Launch NASA Astronauts on the Crew-5 Mission to ISS

CNET: How to Watch SpaceX Launch NASA Astronauts on the Crew-5 Mission to ISS. “With Hurricane Ian heading up the Atlantic coast, NASA and SpaceX are looking to get their next big mission off the ground in Florida as early as Tuesday. The Crew-5 mission will send NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada to the International Space Station aboard the Dragon Endurance capsule. They will be joined by JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina.”

Daily Nexus: BeReal is the False Heir of Social Media and Casual Authenticity

Daily Nexus: BeReal is the False Heir of Social Media and Casual Authenticity. “Before a camera, users are bound to perform. The deception lies in the frame we show the audience. The problem is that these intentional moments — parties, concerts and outings — are simply framed as everyday life. To be warped into this deception is to confront online inauthenticity all over again. And once again I ask myself, ‘What’s the point?’”

Ars Technica: Coroner lists Instagram algorithm as contributing cause of UK teen’s death [Updated]

Ars Technica: Coroner lists Instagram algorithm as contributing cause of UK teen’s death [Updated]. “In a London court this week, coroner Andrew Walker had the difficult task of assessing a question that child safety advocates have been asking for years: How responsible is social media for the content algorithms feed to minors? The case before Walker involved a 14-year-old named Molly Russell, who took her life in 2017 after she viewed thousands of posts on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest promoting self-harm.”

Ars Technica: Stadia controllers could become e-waste unless Google issues Bluetooth update

Ars Technica: Stadia controllers could become e-waste unless Google issues Bluetooth update . “Google’s Stadia game-streaming service will die a nearly inevitable death early next year. Google is refunding players the cost of all their hardware and game purchases. But, so far, Google is also leaving Stadia players with controllers that, while once costing $70, will soon do less than a $20 Bluetooth gamepad.”

Rest of World: Central America’s first metaverse is off to a bad start

Rest of World: Central America’s first metaverse is off to a bad start. “As countries, and platforms like OpenSea, attempt to come to grips with the legal implications surrounding digital assets, some entrepreneurs have continued to navigate the vacuums created by this growing and unregulated space. Speaking to experts and members of the Platzees community, before and after the OpenSea ban, Rest of World found how, after spending years effectively mobilizing his social media influence to raise a substantial amount of money from NFT sales, the creator of Guatemala’s first metaverse is now facing mounting questions about these investments from his previously trusting followers.”

PC Magazine: Why This Online Archivist Isn’t Feeling Much Angst About AI-Generated Art

PC Magazine: Why This Online Archivist Isn’t Feeling Much Angst About AI-Generated Art. “The rise of the creative machines–AI routines that can generate original pictures in response to simple descriptions of the desired image–isn’t something to fear, according to a longtime scholar of digital culture. ‘I am no more scared of this than I am of the fill tool,’ Jason Scott said in a talk at The Atlantic Festival in Washington, comparing AI image generators like DALL-E 2 and Stable Diffusion to features in Adobe Photoshop. ‘Or the clone brush.’”

BBC: Roblox removes ‘meat grinder’ Ukraine v Russia game

BBC: Roblox removes ‘meat grinder’ Ukraine v Russia game. “The world’s biggest gaming platform for children, Roblox, has removed two games that allowed players to fight and kill each other as Russians or Ukrainians. One of them, called War on Larkiv: Ukraine, was showcased to users in the Roblox discovery section. It clocked up 90,000 plays in less than two weeks.”

News@Northeastern: Northeastern Professor Uncovers Oldest Japanese American Film

News@Northeastern: Northeastern Professor Uncovers Oldest Japanese American Film. “For 108 years, ‘The Oath of the Sword,’ a 1914 silent film released by one of a handful of Japanese American film companies, has gone unseen by audiences. Tucked away in the archives of Rochester’s George Eastman Museum, the only remaining print of the film was collecting dust–until Denise Khor discovered it.”