The Technology 202: NYU report calls social media titans to stop outsourcing content moderation (Washington Post)

Washington Post: The Technology 202: NYU report calls social media titans to stop outsourcing content moderation. “The report says big social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube need to use more of their own employees – instead of the outside contractors on which they currently largely depend – to make calls about what posts and photos should be removed. Misinformation is becoming an increasingly big problem on tech platforms during the protests against racial injustice and the novel coronavirus pandemic, and both are happening during an election year in which the industry is already braced for action by bad actors.”

New York University: Combination of Artificial Intelligence & Radiologists More Accurately Identified Breast Cancer

New York University: Combination of Artificial Intelligence & Radiologists More Accurately Identified Breast Cancer. “An artificial intelligence (AI) tool—trained on roughly a million screening mammography images—has identified breast cancer with approximately 90 percent accuracy when combined with analysis by radiologists.”

New York University: NYU Launches Center for Social Media and Politics

New York University: NYU Launches Center for Social Media and Politics. “NYU has established the Center for Social Media and Politics, which will examine the production, flow, and impact of social media content in the political sphere, as well as support research that uses social media data to study politics.”

Washington Square News: NYU, Mayor’s Office Develop Interactive Efficiency-Tracking Map of City Buildings

Washington Square News: NYU, Mayor’s Office Develop Interactive Efficiency-Tracking Map of City Buildings. “An NYU team and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability consolidated six years of data to make an interactive map that color codes buildings based on energy efficiency. NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management and the NYU Urban Intelligence Lab — led by a professor at the institute with the goal of using data to address city problems — helped create the tool. When they go on the site, a user is allowed to enter any address within the city and see a 3D model of the building and area, each building color-coded based on how energy efficient it is.”

New York University: NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center’s Kress Program in Paintings Conservation Awarded $1.3M in Support of Teaching, Research, and Treatment of Old Master Paintings

New York University: NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center’s Kress Program in Paintings Conservation Awarded $1.3M in Support of Teaching, Research, and Treatment of Old Master Paintings. “The Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center at NYU has been awarded a $1,375,000 grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to support the longstanding Kress Program in Paintings Conservation, inaugurated in 1989. The award sustains the unique partnership between the two organizations, which serves to educate the next generation of Old Master painting conservators and the conservation and research of invaluable artworks in the dispersed Kress Collection.”

New York University: Hate speech on Twitter predicts frequency of real-life hate crimes

New York University: Hate speech on Twitter predicts frequency of real-life hate crimes. “According to a first-of-its-kind study, cities with a higher incidence of a certain kind of racist tweets reported more actual hate crimes related to race, ethnicity, and national origin.”

Wired: To Fight Deepfakes, Researchers Built a Smarter Camera

Wired: To Fight Deepfakes, Researchers Built a Smarter Camera. “One of the most difficult things about detecting manipulated photos, or ‘deepfakes,’ is that digital photo files aren’t coded to be tamper-evident. But researchers from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering are starting to develop strategies that make it easier to tell if a photo has been altered, opening up a potential new front in the war on fakery.”

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News: PTSD Diagnosed through Voice Analysis Using AI

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News: PTSD Diagnosed through Voice Analysis Using AI. “Scientists in the United States have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool, or classifier, that can diagnose posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans by analyzing their voices. Tests showed that the new tool could distinguish between individuals who did or did not have PTSD, with 89% accuracy. With further refinement the tool could potentially be used in a clinical setting to remotely diagnose PTSD, a condition for which the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine-led team acknowledges there is currently no objective test.”

Tackling Domestic Disinformation: What the Social Media Companies Need to Do (New York University)

New York University: Tackling Domestic Disinformation: What the Social Media Companies Need to Do. “A growing amount of misleading and false content infests social media. A new report from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights focuses on domestically generated disinformation in the US: the nature and scope of the problem, what the social media platforms have done about it, and what more they need to do.”

New York University: Who Owns an Ancestral Photo, Song, or Language?

New York University: Who Owns an Ancestral Photo, Song, or Language? . “Last August at the Library of Congress, Dwayne Tomah, an elder of the Passamaquoddy Tribe—a Native American community from what is now Maine and parts of Canada—leaned close to the microphone and began to sing in a deep, slow cadence. The first song was about doing business—a trading song that was historically sung to let people know you were ready to make a deal. The audience was brought to tears.”

New York University: Research to Use Innovative Data Science Tools to Study Pretrial Detention in More than 1,000 U.S. Counties

New York University: Research to Use Innovative Data Science Tools to Study Pretrial Detention in More than 1,000 U.S. Counties. “A team of researchers from NYU’s Public Safety Lab will use data science techniques to study the impacts of pretrial detention in more than 1,000 U.S. counties—including many rural counties that have remained largely unstudied.”

Psychology Today: Google and Facebook AI Make New Linguistics Discovery

Psychology Today: Google and Facebook AI Make New Linguistics Discovery. “How did human language emerge and evolve? The challenge to solving this mystery is largely due to the scantiness of empirical evidence. The other roadblock is time—it could take many years, even centuries, to observe and understand the patterns of emergence and evolution of natural language. Recently, researchers from Google AI, Facebook AI, and New York University deployed AI deep learning to simulate and understand the emergent phenomena of language, and released their findings in arXiv in January 2019.”

EurekAlert: NYU researchers pioneer machine learning to speed chemical discoveries, reduce waste

EurekAlert: NYU researchers pioneer machine learning to speed chemical discoveries, reduce waste. “…researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering are tapping a new set of capabilities in this field of artificial intelligence, combining artificial neural networks with infrared thermal imaging to control and interpret chemical reactions with precision and speed that far outpace conventional methods.”

PR Newswire: Google, Facebook, and Twitter Release Data on Political Ads (More or Less) (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Google, Facebook, and Twitter Release Data on Political Ads (More or Less) (PRESS RELEASE). “Using cutting-edge machine learning and data scraping tools, computer scientists at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering today released the first database and analysis of political advertising based on more than 884,000 ads identified by Google, Twitter, and Facebook. The team launched their user-friendly Online Political Ads Transparency Project in July with data from Facebook, which was the first company to provide it. But the researchers were forced to switch techniques when Facebook blocked their data collection two weeks later. Today’s report is the first to include not only Facebook (including Instagram), but data newly shared by Twitter and Google.”

EurekAlert: New platform by NYU Tandon, Frick, brings art history research into the digital age

EurekAlert: New platform by NYU Tandon, Frick, brings art history research into the digital age . “Can 21st century data science and visualization revolutionize the impact of art created millennia ago? Experts in the VIDA (Visualization Imaging and Data Analytics) research center at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and art historians at the Frick Art Reference Library, one of the most prestigious art institutions in New York City, answered in the affirmative – and decided to offer the fruits of their digital collaboration free of charge to art historians, curators, and researchers worldwide.”