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Criminals' drone swarm used to obstruct FBI hostage raid

Last winter, as an FBI hostage rescue team took up an elevated position to assess an unfolding crisis, agents heard the buzz of small drones approaching.<p>Soon, the tiny unmanned aircraft had the team surrounded, swooping past in a series of "high-speed low passes at the agents in the observation …

Unmanned Aircraft

Zero-sum games are turning AIs into powerful creative tools

In 2018, a new kind of AI will show off its ability to produce artworks that can not only imitate old masters but which can take off in startling new …

Female bobsleigh team become first athletes to reach Winter Olympics in Nigeria's history

Nigeria’s female bobsleigh team has qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics, meaning the three athletes will become the first in any sport to …

AI-generated pop song puts human composers on notice

At the rate AI-generated music is progressing, it could be old-fashioned to manually compose songs in as little as a decade. The latest step forward …

Artificial Intelligence

Machine learning tackles quantum error correction

(Phys.org)—Physicists have applied the ability of machine learning algorithms to learn from experience to one of the biggest challenges currently …

Microsoft's new iPhone app narrates the world for blind people

The app uses AI to recognize people, objects, and scenes<p>Microsoft has released Seeing AI — a smartphone app that uses computer vision to describe the world for the visually impaired. With the app downloaded, the users can point their phone’s camera at a person and it’ll say who they are and how …

Artificial Intelligence

A friendly introduction to Convolutional Neural Networks and Image Recognition

How Deep Neural Networks Work

A friendly introduction to Deep Learning and Neural Networks

The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions

"We found a world that we had never imagined."<p>Last year, neuroscientists used a classic branch of maths in a totally new way to peer into the …

Breaking down Apple’s new augmented reality platform

A stepping stone, but a pretty cool one<p>Apple finally announced an augmented reality platform for developers yesterday, and it’s about time. ARKit, as the tool is called, lets app makers draw on detailed camera and sensor data to map digital objects into 3D space. This lets them move beyond simple …

How artificial intelligence optimizes recruitment

While we worry about artificial intelligence driving us into unemployment, a lot of job positions remain vacant and a large percentage of applicants never hear back from employers.<p>This is largely due to the inefficiency of the manual recruitment tools and processes, which make it extremely hard for …

Artificial Intelligence

Gary Lineker appears alongside Rolf Harris, Jimmy Savile and Fred West in disastrous Walkers campaign

In this post-Boaty McBoatface landscape, you'd think any company putting together a social media campaign would be aware that the public cannot, can absolutely not, be trusted to behave in the manner you would like them to.<p>Walkers Crisps, however, seem to have missed the memo. As a result, the …

Here’s What Happened When Computers Tried Naming Metal Bands

Remember when metal band names were good? Names like RATT and Poison and Mötley Crüe elicited the perfect image: slick, sweaty men licking their …

Artificial Intelligence

Introducing Travel Mode: Protect your data when crossing borders

We often get inspired to create new features based on feedback from our customers. Earlier this month, our friends at Basecamp made their Employee …

Information Systems

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Watch these declassified nuclear test films on YouTube

There's something both beautiful and unnerving about a mushroom cloud. The United States conducted around 216 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1992, many taking place in Nevada and the Pacific Proving Grounds. Now, rare videos of those detonations are declassified and available to the …

Physics

You can use this machine learning demo to roll Keanu Reeves’ (or anyone’s) eyes

Another day, another fun internet thing that uses neural networks for facial manipulation. This time it’s DeepWarp, a demo created by Yaroslav Ganin, Daniil Kononenko, Diana Sungatullina, and Victor Lempitsky, that uses deep architecture to move human eyeballs in a still image.<p>First spotted by</i> …

'AI brain scans' reveal what happens inside machine learning

Deep Learning

Nigeria’s ex-oil minister will have to give up $153 million in stolen cash

In what could be president Muhammadu Buhari’s first big publicized corruption win, the government will reclaim up to $153.3 million in misappropriated funds from Nigeria’s controversial former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.<p>Alison-Madueke, 56, who fled Nigeria soon after Buhari came to …

Africa

Meta’s New AR Glasses Let You Touch The Virtual World

The $949 headset, which is shipping now, lets you interact with digital objects without the need for physical controllers.<p>It takes automakers many years to go from design concept to showroom-ready cars, and by the time designers see their new vehicles in the flesh, it’s often too late to make any …

Augmented Reality

Google's AI just created its own universal 'language'

Google has previously taught its artificial intelligence to play games, and it's even capable of creating its own encryption. Now, its language …

DNA-editing breakthrough could fix 'broken genes' in the brain, delay ageing and cure incurable diseases

Scientists have discovered a new way to edit DNA that could fix “broken genes” in the brain, cure previously incurable diseases and potentially even …

Relive lets you watch your rides from above

In an age where every ride must be logged and shared on Strava, there’s a new app that lets you show off your route from above — and you don't even …

Cycling

The Dimond Marquise is an extreme looking tri bike

A “renaissance-inducing, triathlete's dream”. These are the bold and somewhat impenetrable words that Dimond uses to describe its new Marquise …

Triathlete

Sony's prototype projector turns any tabletop into a touch-sensitive display

A step toward holograms<p>Sony's Future Lab is a R&D group responsible for taking crazy ideas into the prototype phase, and one impressive vision shown here at SXSW in Austin this week is a projector that turns any flat surface into a screen for light to play on. The "Interactive Tabletop" concept …

Augmented Reality

Making it up as you go along: how your brain improvises

When your brain becomes ‘quieter’, remarkable things can happen. It’s time to go with the flow<p>Have you ever been at a concert and seen a musician or rapper start to improvise? It can often seem effortless or even magical. Few people can freestyle like Kendrick Lamar and Notorious BIG, or improvise …

Kendrick Lamar

'5D' discs can store data until well after the sun burns out

Researchers at the University of Southampton's Optical Research Center announced on Tuesday that they've perfected a technique that can record data in 5 dimensions and keep it safe for billions of years. The method etches data into a thermally stable disc using femtosecond laser bursts. The storage …

Human Rights

Nigeria’s Buhari needs to avoid telling the ‘single story’ about Nigerians abroad

Earlier this week, in the course of answering a question in an interview in London with British newspaper The Telegraph, Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari gave an insight into his thinking that promptly kicked off a firestorm on Nigerian social media.<p>Here’s the relevant section of that …

Africa