Iowa State University: Researchers explore how people adapt to cybersickness from virtual reality

Iowa State University: Researchers explore how people adapt to cybersickness from virtual reality. “In health care, VR has been used to prepare surgeons for complicated operations and help burn patients better manage their pain. In education, it’s opened doors for students to tour world famous museums, historical sites – even the human brain. But Jonathan Kelly, a professor of psychology and human computer interaction at Iowa State University, says the biggest barrier to VR becoming mainstream is cybersickness. Previous studies show more than half of first-time headset users experience the phenomenon within 10 minutes of being exposed to VR.”

Bellingcat: These are the Tools Open Source Researchers Say They Need

Bellingcat: These are the Tools Open Source Researchers Say They Need. “Researchers told us that the tools they are most likely to use need to be free, clearly describing what they are capable of doing and how they can be used. Given that only a quarter of our respondents knew how to use the command line, tools which do not require more advanced technical skills are particularly welcome. Nearly 200 of our respondents provided concrete suggestions for tools which could help them in their work, which we have provided in a publicly-accessible spreadsheet.”

University of Florida News: What job applicants need to know about AI in hiring

University of Florida News: What job applicants need to know about AI in hiring. “Artificially intelligent programs now routinely screen job applications, often before a human hiring manager ever sees a single resume. Companies are also increasingly turning to AI job interviews, a kind of recorded interview that can screen for job knowledge and even analyze body language. At the end of the day, the same skills that work for the traditional hiring process can be applied to this brave new world. Here are some simple tips on how to sail through the AI systems so you can land your dream job.”

Penn State: Deepfakes expose vulnerabilities in certain facial recognition technology

Penn State: Deepfakes expose vulnerabilities in certain facial recognition technology. “Mobile devices use facial recognition technology to help users quickly and securely unlock their phones, make a financial transaction or access medical records. But facial recognition technologies that employ a specific user-detection method are highly vulnerable to deepfake-based attacks that could lead to significant security concerns for users and applications, according to new research involving the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology.”

The Conversation: Don’t be too quick to blame social media for America’s polarization – cable news has a bigger effect, study finds

The Conversation: Don’t be too quick to blame social media for America’s polarization – cable news has a bigger effect, study finds. “…when scientists investigated social media echo chambers, they found surprisingly little evidence of them on a large scale – or at least none on a scale large enough to warrant the growing concerns. And yet, selective exposure to news does increase polarization. This suggested that these studies missed part of the picture of Americans’ news consumption patterns. Crucially, they did not factor in a major component of the average American’s experience of news: television.”

Motherboard: Widely Mocked Anti-Piracy Ads Made People Pirate More, Study Finds

Motherboard: Widely Mocked Anti-Piracy Ads Made People Pirate More, Study Finds. “An infamous anti-piracy ad from 2004 tried to convince us all that downloading a pirated movie is no different than stealing a car. We’ve all seen it, but according to a new study published in The Information Society, we were not convinced. In fact, the study found that by hugely overstating the negative impact of piracy, the ad may have caused people to pirate even more.”

Search Engine Journal: Facebook’s Popularity Plummets As YouTube Takes Top Spot With Teens

Search Engine Journal: Facebook’s Popularity Plummets As YouTube Takes Top Spot With Teens. “A Pew Research Center survey of American teenagers ages 13 to 17 finds Facebook usage is down as they gravitate toward video-centric social media apps. The percentage of US teens who say they use Facebook dropped from 71%, recorded in a similar survey in 2015, to 32% in 2022.”

New York Times: Don’t Tweet That. Take It to the Group Chat.

New York Times: Don’t Tweet That. Take It to the Group Chat.. “I’m what you’d call a ‘very online’ person. I love the high of connection, and at another time, Twitter or Instagram might’ve been where I posted that Covid test pic, along with all my feelings. But I’m also Gen X. My reluctance to over-share in public, and the rising toxicity of social media platforms, often holds me back from posting.”

Semiconductor Engineering: Tradeoffs In Archiving Data

Semiconductor Engineering: Tradeoffs In Archiving Data. “For the semiconductor industry, the great irony of digital preservation is that we may not be able to trust the technology we’ve created. Electronics fail and companies get bought or go out of business. Moreover, storing data has an economic component, whether that is measured in memory, energy costs, real estate, or simply maintaining a database that allows data to be accessed whenever it’s needed. And the more data that is stored, the greater the likelihood that something could go wrong.”

Freethink: Text-to-image AIs are changing art forever

Freethink: Text-to-image AIs are changing art forever . “The beta launch of DALL-E 2 is the latest big move in the growing text-to-image AI space. Here’s more about the industry-leading system, its competitors, and the impact this tech could have on the world of art.” I got my beta invitation Saturday morning. DALL-E is amazing and exciting and intriguing and an ENORMOUS timesink.

USC Viterbi: Busting Anti-Queer Bias in Text Prediction

USC Viterbi: Busting Anti-Queer Bias in Text Prediction. “A team of researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Information Sciences Institute and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, led by Katy Felkner, a USC Viterbi Ph.D. in computer science student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient, has developed a system to quantify and fix anti-queer bias in the artificial intelligence behind text prediction.”

Penn State: Lessons on nutrition easy to digest in virtual reality spaces

Penn State: Lessons on nutrition easy to digest in virtual reality spaces. “Virtual reality (VR) may provide nutrition teachers and dietitians with an entirely new way to serve real lessons on healthy eating, according to a team of Penn State researchers. In a study, students learned about nutrition both through an interactive VR lesson, as well as during a more traditional lecture that was hosted in a VR environment. The research also showed that nutrition educators might not even need all the bells and whistles of VR interactivity for those lessons to be effective.”