Royal Court Theatre, Secure AI System Development, Google Accounts, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 27, 2023



BroadwayWorld: The Royal Court Theatre Creates Digital Archive Allowing Open Access For All. “The Royal Court Theatre announced the launch of Living Archive, their first ever standalone online archive. The digital archive holds information on every play which has ever been presented on the Royal Court stages from when it opened its doors in 1956 to the present day, totalling almost 2000 works by over 1000 writers.”

CISA: DHS CISA and UK NCSC Release Joint Guidelines for Secure AI System Development. “…the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) today jointly released Guidelines for Secure AI System Development to help developers of any systems that use AI make informed cybersecurity decisions at every stage of the development process.”


NPR: Google is deleting unused accounts this week. Here’s how to save your old data. “Starting Dec. 1, Google will start deleting ‘inactive’ accounts — that is, accounts that haven’t been used in at least two years. Google accounts give access to the company’s other products, including Gmail, Drive, Docs, Meet, Calendar, Photos and YouTube. That means emails, videos, photos, documents and any other content sitting in an inactive account are at risk.”


New York Times: Audrey Salkeld, Pioneering Historian of Everest, Dies at 87

. “Audrey Salkeld, a pioneering historian of Mount Everest who herself made it to within 8,000 feet of the summit, died on Oct. 11 in Bristol, England. She was 87…. In a tribute, Climbing magazine called Ms. Salkeld ‘the world’s pre-eminent expert in Everest history.’”

Rest of World: The end of anonymity on Chinese social media. “On October 31, Weibo, as well as several other major Chinese social media platforms including WeChat, Douyin, Zhihu, Xiaohongshu, and Kuaishou, announced that they now required popular users’ legal names to be made visible to the public. Weibo stated in a public post that the new rule would first apply to all users with over 1 million followers, then to those with over 500,000.”


Associated Press: Pentagon’s AI initiatives accelerate hard decisions on lethal autonomous weapons. “Artificial intelligence employed by the U.S. military has piloted pint-sized surveillance drones in special operations forces’ missions and helped Ukraine in its war against Russia. It tracks soldiers’ fitness, predicts when Air Force planes need maintenance and helps keep tabs on rivals in space. Now, the Pentagon is intent on fielding multiple thousands of relatively inexpensive, expendable AI-enabled autonomous vehicles by 2026 to keep pace with China.”

Georgia Tech: Largest Study of its Kind Shows Outdated Password Practices are Widespread. “Three out of four of the world’s most popular websites are failing to meet minimum requirement standards and allowing tens of millions of users to create weak passwords. The findings are part of a new Georgia Tech cybersecurity study that examines the current state of password policies across the internet.”


The Conversation: Forget dystopian scenarios – AI is pervasive today, and the risks are often hidden. “The Biden administration’s recent executive order and enforcement efforts by federal agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission are the first steps in recognizing and safeguarding against algorithmic harms. And though large language models, such as GPT-3 that powers ChatGPT, and multimodal large language models, such as GPT-4, are steps on the road toward artificial general intelligence, they are also algorithms people are increasingly using in school, work and daily life. It’s important to consider the biases that result from widespread use of large language models.”

PsyPost: People worse at detecting AI faces are more confident in their ability to spot them, study finds . “In new research published in Psychological Science, a team of scientists have shed light on a perplexing phenomenon in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI): AI-generated faces can appear more ‘human’ than actual human faces.”

The Guardian: ‘Cultural vandalism’: row as Kew Gardens and Natural History Museum plan to move collections out of London. “London’s ageing buildings, crumbling storage space, and soaring land prices mean a move beyond the M25 is the only realistic way to protect the capital’s swelling backroom collections of scientific and cultural treasures while improving researchers’ access to them, say senior museum staff. The total price-tag for the venture could top half a billion pounds. But this vast rehousing project has not been universally welcomed.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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