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An Historic Cape Town Grain Silo Converted into 80 Cylindrical Art Galleriesby on September 18, 2017

Housed in what was once Cape Town’s tallest building is the newly unveiled Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), created by …

Architecture

Navy plans to use Xbox controllers for new periscope systems

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy plans to use Xbox 360 controllers to operate periscopes aboard its newer submarines.<p>The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, reported Saturday that the Navy's Virginia-class subs don't have a traditional rotating periscope. They're being replaced by …

U.S. Navy

The Companies That Will Track Any Phone on the Planet

Tracking or tapping phones across the planet used to be a niche capability. Now, a myriad of for-profit spy companies sell border-crossing surveillance of mobile phones.<p>As soon as the target switches the phone on, it’s already too late. Digital spies have pinpointed the phone’s location and, …

Surveillance

Massive robot dance sets a Guinness world record

Cowboys, disco divas and "Thriller" zombies aren't the only ones who can line dance in unison. Earlier this month, robots showed off their dance skills, which may have included twerking, and broke a Guinness World Record at the same time.<p>A total of 1,069 robots -- Wltoys F8 Dobi Intelligent …

Robots

Over 50,000 digitized pieces of vinyl can now be listened to on Internet Archive

Get familiar with the Great 78 Project<p>New York’s ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) has been preserving audiovisual materials since 1985, and a little over a year ago, it partnered with the Internet Archive to bring its Great 78 Project to the public. Along with audiovisual digitization vendor …

Vinyl Records

No Place Like Home, GPS shoes

<b>Date:</b> 2012 <b><br>Materials:</b> Leather, Micro-processor, GPS, LEDs<p>Dominic Wilcox has created the world’s first fully functional pair of GPS shoes that will …

Robots at Work and Play

Advancements in robotics are continually taking place in the fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more. These machines—some fully autonomous, some requiring human input—extend our grasp, enhance our capabilities, and travel as our surrogates to places …

Robots

Logitech's latest MX mice are ready for your multi-PC setup

Most mice are designed with the assumption that you'll pair them with one PC at a time. But that's just not realistic these days -- there's a good chance you have multiple systems. And Logitech thinks it can do something about this with its latest flagship mice. It's introducing the MX Master 2S …

Logitech

Music for 18 Musicians - Steve Reich ; Video clip made with Machine Learning.

NASA Has Recorded The First Sounds of The Eerie Void Inside Saturn's Rings

Hold me.<p>If you happen to have an irrational fear of one day getting sucked out into space to die a lonely, silent death in the sad, black void of the …

Hear

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”<p>You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything else—a collection slated to …

Publishing

CBS audio PA echo issue frustrates Jim Nantz, attendees, and viewers

Apr 1, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; A general view as players run the court in the semifinals of the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four between the Oregon Ducks …

The death of interactive infographics?

<i>(This is a write-up of the talk I gave at</i> <i>INCH Munich</i> <i>on March 11 )</i><p><i>(edit:</i> <i>Gregor released a new blog post</i><i>, clarifying some of the aspects and made some</i> …

node 5:5

Las Vegas bets big on new esports arena attracting millennials

Set to open Friday, a new esports arena could hold the cards for the future of Las Vegas. Or, so it hopes.<p>The 15,000 square foot venue features all the glitz and glamor of a professional arena: lights, large screens for spectators, even a tunnel for athletes — and I use the term loosely — to walk …

Consumer Tech

Valve promises more realistic audio for VR

Most of the effort in improving virtual reality focuses on the visuals. But what about audio -- isn't it jarring to hear sound that clearly doesn't mirror the world you're in? Valve thinks it can fix that. It just released a Steam Audio kit that lets developers provide more immersive sound in games …

Virtual Reality

How small are we in the scale of the universe?

6 areas of AI and machine learning to watch closely

For more AI news and analysis, sign up to my newsletter here.<p>Distilling a generally-accepted definition of what qualifies as artificial intelligence …

The End Of User-Friendly Design

As emotive, verbal AI colonizes our world, “user-friendly” doesn’t mean what it once did.<p>There’s a new sub-genre of ghost stories out there today–one where the antagonist isn’t quite human. You can find these tales on user forums for many voice assistants: One user reports he and his wife heard …

UX Design

Move over science, humanities’ tech-savvy research is making waves

From digital archives to 3D modelling, humanities research has undergone a technological revolution<p>When you think of research on the cutting edge of technological change or bringing in investment from business you are more likely to think of engineering than history.<p>But while research in arts and …

The 10 Best Data Visualization Articles of 2016 (and Why They Were Awesome)

2016 was an astounding year for insightful, informative data visualization articles — here were the top 10 I saw all year (in no particular order), …

The Most Wonderful Ornament tracks your USPS packages with notifications right on your tree

‘Tis the season to be sending gifts. Whether you’re waiting on that last-second gift to arrive or receiving a present from a loved one, you’ve probably been refreshing those tracking numbers all month. The United States Postal Service has come up with a cool holiday keepsake that visually notifies …

U.S. Postal Service

Preserving the Little-Known Works of a Groundbreaking Guatemalan Sound Artist

For the past five decades, in a Guatemala City studio, 85-year-old sound artist Joaquín Orellana has been building unusual, sculptural <i>útiles sonoros,</i> …

Palette Gear

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It's no Christmas No 1, but AI-generated song brings festive cheer to researchers

‘Neural karaoke’ program can take any digital photo and transform it into a computer-generated singalong<p>It will not, if there is any certainty left in the world, top the charts this Christmas. But what it lacks in party hit potential, it more than makes up for with its unique, if vaguely …

Artificial Intelligence

Deep Learning Reinvents the Hearing Aid

My mother began to lose her hearing while I was away at college. I would return home to share what I’d learned, and she would lean in to hear. Soon …

Machine Learning

Google’s new multilingual Neural Machine Translation System can translate between language pairs even though it has never been taught to do so

Google Neural Machine Translation (credit: Google)Google researchers have announced they have implemented a neural machine translation system in …

Machine Learning

Researchers crack the world's toughest encryption by listening to the tiny sounds made by your computer's CPU - ExtremeTech

Researchers crack the world’s toughest encryption by listening to the tiny sounds made by your computer’s CPU<p>By on December 18, 2013 at 2:27 …