How-To Geek: “UnstableFusion” Makes AI Art Easy on Windows, Mac, and Linux

How-To Geek: “UnstableFusion” Makes AI Art Easy on Windows, Mac, and Linux. “‘UnstableFusion’ is another front-end that is rising in popularity, available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It’s a native desktop application, instead of a command-line tool or a local web server, so it’s one of the easiest ways to try Stable Diffusion right now. The main catch is that you still need to install Python, the Stable Diffusion model, and other components on your own — the full instructions are available in the readme file.”

Illinois News Bureau: More physical activity, less screen time linked to better executive function in toddlers, study finds

Illinois News Bureau: More physical activity, less screen time linked to better executive function in toddlers, study finds . “Reported in The Journal of Pediatrics, the study found that 24-month-old children who spent less than 60 minutes looking at screens each day and those who engaged in daily physical activity had better executive function than those who didn’t meet the guidelines.”

Cell Phone Accessibility: Improving, but Gaps Remain, CACP Researchers Find (Georgia Tech)

Georgia Tech: Cell Phone Accessibility: Improving, but Gaps Remain, CACP Researchers Find . “Cell phones are becoming more accessible, but gaps remain — including fewer features for people with cognitive disabilities, emerging issues such as vehicle connectivity, and surprising roadblocks such as poor battery life, according to the latest biennial analysis of cell phone accessibility by Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP).”

The Splinternet is Here: How to Make the Most of it (Center for European Policy Analysis)

Center for European Policy Analysis: The Splinternet is Here: How to Make the Most of it. “The Open Internet turned out to be an illusion. Tech giants created a commercial space, not a public commons, more like a shopping mall than a public park. In this ‘space,’ the public discourse is owned by corporations accountable to a different set of interests than democratically elected governments. In countries such as Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, and Ethiopia, social media has had bad, and in some cases, tragic side effects.”

Washington College: New social media guidelines are hindering student voices

Washington College: New social media guidelines are hindering student voices. “Students should have the right to post the school as they see fit. While some comments may reflect negatively on WC, they should be used as a basis for change. The voice of student life should be uplifted and heard instead of silenced in shame. The new social media guidelines are intended to stop harassment in its tracks and maintain a good image for the College, but students should be allowed to have fun with each other and make comments about their school.”

The Conversation: As pandemic measures are lifted, social media use has declined with the exception of TikTok

The Conversation: As pandemic measures are lifted, social media use has declined with the exception of TikTok . “Our report findings show that Canadians’ use of social media has declined from its early pandemic peak; however, Canada continues to be one of the most connected countries in the world — 94 per cent of online adults use at least one social media platform. We found that TikTok had the largest gain (an increase of 11 per cent) in the number of Canadian adults who reported having an account on the platform in 2022, compared to data we collected in 2020.”

Stanford News: New 3D printing method designed by Stanford engineers promises faster printing with multiple materials

Stanford News: New 3D printing method designed by Stanford engineers promises faster printing with multiple materials. “Stanford engineers have designed a method of 3D printing that is 5 to 10 times faster than the quickest high-resolution printer currently available and is capable of using multiple types of resin in a single object.”

MIT: AI system makes models like DALL-E 2 more creative

MIT: AI system makes models like DALL-E 2 more creative. “The internet had a collective feel-good moment with the introduction of DALL-E, an artificial intelligence-based image generator inspired by artist Salvador Dali and the lovable robot WALL-E that uses natural language to produce whatever mysterious and beautiful image your heart desires. Seeing typed-out inputs like ‘smiling gopher holding an ice cream cone’ instantly spring to life clearly resonated with the world. Getting said smiling gopher and attributes to pop up on your screen is not a small task.”

MIT Technology Review: There’s no Tiananmen Square in the new Chinese image-making AI

MIT Technology Review: There’s no Tiananmen Square in the new Chinese image-making AI. “The new text-to-image AI developed by Baidu can generate images that show Chinese objects and celebrities more accurately than existing AIs. But a built-in censorship mechanism will filter out politically sensitive words.”

TechRadar: 100TB cartridges set to rival tapes, hard drives, DNA for data archiving domination

TechRadar: 100TB cartridges set to rival tapes, hard drives, DNA for data archiving domination. “Optical storage (think DVD and Blu-ray) has been in the shadows as tape, exotic media (like silica or DNA) and hard disk drives vie for supremacy in the hotly contested area of archiving. However, one newcomer, Folio Photonics, aims to deliver the goods faster than everyone by taking a new spin on existing optical technology.”

PetaPixel: Getty Images Ban AI-Generated Pictures, Shutterstock Following Suit

PetaPixel: Getty Images Ban AI-Generated Pictures, Shutterstock Following Suit. “Getty Images has announced it will not accept submissions that were created with AI-image generators and will remove all such artworks. The world’s largest repository of images shared with PetaPixel the note sent to contributors stating that images generated from artificially intelligent (AI) image generators such as Stable Diffusion, DALL-E, and Midjourney will not be allowed on the site.”

Ars Technica: AI model from OpenAI automatically recognizes speech and translates it to English

Ars Technica: AI model from OpenAI automatically recognizes speech and translates it to English. “On Wednesday, OpenAI released a new open source AI model called Whisper that recognizes and translates audio at a level that approaches human recognition ability. It can transcribe interviews, podcasts, conversations, and more.”

Emo-jional rescue: UBCO researchers create tool to measure the emotion in emojis (University of British Columbia)

University of British Columbia: Emo-jional rescue: UBCO researchers create tool to measure the emotion in emojis. “How much is really known about those smiley faces staring back at from smartphone screens? Anyone who has ever wondered if the people sending them are really that happy is not alone. Thanks to a pair of UBC Okanagan colleagues, researchers striving to better understand the ever-expanding world of emojis now have a new tool to keep pace with technology—what they call a multidimensional lexicon of emojis (MLE).”

The Verge: I tried replacing Google with TikTok, and it worked better than I thought

The Verge: I tried replacing Google with TikTok, and it worked better than I thought. “What I found was, in a sense, not terribly surprising: there are things for which TikTok is an absolutely useful search engine, even if TikTok’s algorithm and content aren’t quite tuned for that yet. But for what Google does best, there’s no competition. Ultimately, I don’t think Google is actually nervous about TikTok’s growing search prowess. But YouTube probably should be.”

University of Bristol: New research shows U.S. Republican politicians increasingly spread news on social media from untrustworthy sources

University of Bristol: New research shows U.S. Republican politicians increasingly spread news on social media from untrustworthy sources. “A study analysing millions of Tweets has revealed that Republican members of the US Congress are increasingly circulating news from dubious sources, compared to their European counterparts.”