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Cheddar Man: DNA shows early Briton had dark skin

<b>A cutting-edge scientific analysis shows that a Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark brown skin and blue eyes.</b><p>Researchers from London's Natural History Museum extracted DNA from Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest complete skeleton, which was discovered in 1903.<p>University College London researchers then …


You may soon be able to send ‘Human Ubers’ as your surrogate - BBC Three

Tomasz Frymorgen1 February 2018<p>Before you ask, no this is not a teaser of a new Black Mirror episode.<p>This is 100% genuine, real-life 2018.<p>And in this world we live in, people are developing technology that will allow you to send human surrogates to represent you at meetings, parties and untold …


Avatar therapy 'reduces power of schizophrenia voices'

<b>Confronting an avatar on a computer screen helped patients hearing voices to cope better with hallucinations, a UK trial has found.</b><p>Patients who received this therapy became less distressed and heard voices less often compared with those who had counselling instead.<p>Experts said the therapy could add …

Mental Health

Face ID iPhone X 'hack' demoed live with mask by Bkav

A Vietnamese cyber-security firm has shown the BBC how a mask can be used to unlock Apple's new iPhone X.<p>The demo took place about a week after Bkav first claimed to have undermined the handset's security.<p>But other experts have cast doubt on what the "hack" amounts to.<p>Apple has not commented beyond …

Face ID

Why these faces do not belong to 'real' people

A pair of algorithms which work together to generate photorealistic faces has been developed by Nvidia.<p>BBC Click finds out more.<p><b>See more at</b> Click's website <b>and</b> @BBCClick<b>.</b>


Still photographs spring to life

New software makes it possible to breathe life into still photo portraits.<p>The project was developed in Israel with the help of a leading social network.<p>It has the potential to become the net's next viral hit, but also has more serious long-term uses, as one of its creators explains.


Lana Del Rey's defiant response to stalker

US singer Lana Del Rey spoke emotionally to her fans after a man was arrested with a knife last week at her concert in Orlando, having made threats to kidnap her.<p>"You can't let one person stop you from doing your favourite things," she told the crowd in Atlanta.

Lana Del Rey

Faces recreated from monkey brain signals

<b>Scientists in the US have accurately reconstructed images of human faces by monitoring the responses of monkey brain cells.</b><p>The brains of primates can resolve different faces with remarkable speed and reliability, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood.<p>The researchers showed pictures …

The Brain

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2 artists sculpting each other<br>(Original video: by Sarath Chandrajeewa)

Bored Panda

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If you’ve ever wanted to imagine yourself younger or older — or a different gender — this new selfie app can help

FaceApp can even turn that frown upside down.<p>Moving from one gender role to another is a long, time-consuming process. Trust me, I know.<p>But realistically changing genders in a photo is now a snap, thanks to a new, free iPhone App. And FaceApp is also good for seeing what you might look like older …

Machine Learning

Biometric recognition at airport border ​​raises privacy concerns, says expert

Plan would involve 90% of passengers being processed through Australian immigration without human involvement<p>A plan to rely on biometric recognition to further automate airport border processing raises privacy and ethical concerns about data security, according to an expert.<p>But another information …

Australia wants to replace passports with facial recognition technology

If you're the type of traveler that can never remember which pocket you put your passport in when asked to produce it by airport officials, then Australia's plan for a major overhaul of its checking systems is likely to appeal.<p>The nation's Department of Immigration and Border Protection is aiming …


Mini Review: itSeez3D Game Avatar iOS App

<b>Update 7 June 2017</b><p>itSeez3D just released version 1.0 of their Avatar Web API and a beta plugin for Unity.<p>A while ago I wrote that itSeez3D announced …

iOS Apps

Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition

Hyperface project involves printing patterns on to clothing or textiles that computers interpret as a face, in fightback against intrusive technology<p>The use of facial recognition software for commercial purposes is becoming more common, but, as Amazon scans faces in its physical shop and Facebook …

Facebook stalls in lawsuit alleging its facial recognition tech violates Illinois law

An Illinois law is proving a thorn in Facebook’s side as a class action lawsuit, alleging mishandling of biometric information, moves toward trial. The latest developments in the case have the social network objecting against releasing or even admitting the existence of all manner of data, but the …

Reconstructed face of Robert the Bruce is unveiled

<b>Historians have unveiled a digitally-reconstructed image of the face of Robert the Bruce almost 700 years after his death.</b><p>The image has been produced using casts from what is believed to be the skull of the famous Scottish king.<p>It is the culmination of a two-year research project by researchers at …


Blippar wants your face in its app

Ever seen someone across a crowded room and struggled to remember who they are? Well now there's an app which would allow you to fit the face to a name.<p>Blippar, the augmented reality business, is adding facial recognition to its app. Some will find that cool, others will see it as a creepy invasion …

Augmented Reality

Facetune is looking to prove that the subscription iPhone app model can work

The original version of the digital facelift tool was a one-time purchase.<p>The app Facetune became a hit by allowing iPhone owners to improve their selfies with softer skin and more glowing cheeks.<p>Now, Facetune is hoping to make its own alteration. With a new version being released on Friday, …


The first smart mirror you can actually buy focuses on your flaws

Staring lovingly at your reflection in the mirror gets old, especially if it's not a magical one that tells you you're the fairest of them all. But what if all that time you already spend in front of a mirror could actually make you the most beautiful person in the land? Many smart mirrors already …


FaceTune 2 puts a powerful selfie studio in your pocket

A plastic surgeon for iOS<p>One of the mobile era's bestselling photo apps now has a sequel — and in a nod to the changing economics of the App Store, it's going free for the first time. FaceTune 2, from Israeli developer Lightricks, arrives on iOS today boasting a series of radical improvements over …

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[1611.05358] Lip Reading Sentences in the Wild

Computer Science > Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition<p>Title: Lip Reading Sentences in the Wild<p>Abstract: The goal of this work is to recognise …

Facebook's acquisition will enhance its Snapchat-like filters

Facebook has snapped up a facial recognition startup to help it win the war it waged against Snapchat. The social network has acquired FacioMetrics, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff that developed a few face detection apps, including one that can recognize seven different emotions in human …

Pioneering new standards of beauty - CNN Style

Written by Madeline Schwartzman<p>Madeline Schwartzman is a New York-based writer, filmmaker and architect. This is an edited excerpt from her latest book, "See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded," published by Black Dog Publishing.<p>Do you feel your head as a sandwich -- as layers of bone, skin and …


Facial Recognition Technology Raises Privacy Concerns

LONDON — A new immersive experience for moviegoers is highlighting privacy concerns surrounding facial recognition technology that's being deployed by governments and the private sector.<p>"RIOT" by British filmmaker Karen Palmer simulates a protest scenario, employing facial recognition technologies …


BBC Radio Sheffield - Rony Robinson, Paralympics