Visual Search Engine, California Auto Repair, Fire Mapping Tools, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 18, 2021 – ResearchBuzz


News18: ‘Same Energy’ is a Visual Search Engine Which Finds Similar Images to Match the ‘Vibe’ Perfectly. “Same Energy is a new web tool (still in development) that’s perfect for anyone looking for visual inspiration – It’s an AI-powered visual search engine that provides a fast and simple experience for exploring visually similar photos.” I played with it a little. Loved its wicked-fast response and the way the results filled the screen.

NBC Bay Area: Shady Auto Shops Easier To Spot. “A new state tool might help take the guesswork out of picking an auto repair shop or a smog test station. The Bureau of Automotive Repair recently rolled out a new map-based search tool that cross checks state disciplinary records.” This is for California.


US Forest Service: Forest Service, NASA upgrade online active fire mapping tool . “The new Fire Information for Resource Management System US/Canada application will provide wildfire management teams and the public real-time access to data, maps and visualizations of active wildfires across the nation.”

King City Rustler: More early issues of King City Rustler available online. “San Antonio Valley Historical Association (SAVHA) has announced that issues of the King City Rustler newspaper from 1926 to 1936 are now available online through the California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC).”


The Verge: Facebook employee warned it used ‘deeply wrong’ ad metrics to boost revenue. “Some Facebook employees believed they were promoting ‘deeply wrong’ data about how many users advertisers could reach, and one warned that the company had counted on ‘revenue we should have never made’ based on its inflated numbers, according to recently unsealed internal emails.”

PopSugar: How TikTok (and Twitter) Became Gen Z’s Best Resource For Skin-Care Advice. “Cardi B’s viral Twitter moment is just one example of how easy it is to come across skin-care tips on social media these days. While not every individual has a dedicated social following of 17 million, plenty of us do have access to a handful of social media platforms with dozens of aestheticians and dermatologists doling out skin-care advice to hungry, impressionable audiences mostly made up of young people who probably wouldn’t have access to the information otherwise.”

BBC: Facebook Australia: PM Scott Morrison ‘will not be intimidated’ by tech giant. “Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said his government will not be intimidated by Facebook blocking news feeds to users. He described the move to ‘unfriend Australia’ as arrogant and disappointing.”


National Law Review: Polish government to pass law that will allow it more control over the Internet content and legitimize blocking access to certain websites . “On February 1, 2021, a new draft act on freedom of speech on social media platforms appeared on the Polish Ministry of Justice website. Works on the draft act, originally announced by the ministry in December last year, gained momentum in mid-January amid Twitter and Facebook blocking Donald Trump’s accounts, which the Polish government viewed as censorship.”


The Markup: Trump’s False Posts Were Treated with Kid Gloves by Facebook. “Overall, we gathered Facebook feed data from more than 2,200 people and examined how often those users saw flagged posts on the platform in December and January. We found more than 330 users in the sample who saw posts that were flagged because they were false, devoid of context, or related to an especially controversial issue, like the presidential election. But Facebook and its partners used the ‘false’ label sparingly—only 12 times.”

EurekAlert: AI may mistake chess discussions as racist talk. “‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ the recent TV mini-series about a chess master, may have stirred increased interest in chess, but a word to the wise: social media talk about game-piece colors could lead to misunderstandings, at least for hate-speech detection software.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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