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Emotional Fugitive Detector turns your face into a game controller | GamesBeat
The computer showed me three prompts: anger, happiness, and sadness. I had to keep my expression blank so that the computer didn’t pick up any traces of them, but I still needed to indicate to my partner which prompt I’d just seen. His job was to pick which emotion I was trying to communicate.
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yesterday by seaugust
Google’s AVA data set raises the bar for identifying human actions in videos | TechCrunch
Google’s AVA is short for atomic visual actions. In contrast to other data sets, it takes things up a notch by offering multiple labels for bounding boxes within relevant scenes. This adds more detail in complex scenes and makes for a more rigorous challenge for existing models.
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yesterday by seaugust
Xperia Hello! is Sony’s robotic butler slash smart speaker
It uses the same custom-made agent that Sony put inside the Xperia Ear buds, and promises a more conversational approach to interacting with the Xperia Hello! But like Samsung Bixby, it suffers the same homegrown problems. Unlike Bixby, however, Sony has yet to prove its functionality.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Google’s DeepMind unveils AlphaGo AI that learns from itself and beat its predecessors
What remains to be seen is how well these techniques and concepts generalize to problems outside the realm of Go. While AlphaGo’s effectiveness in human games and against itself has shown that there’s room for AI to surpass our capacity in tasks that we think are far too difficult, the robot overlords aren’t here yet.
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2 days ago by seaugust
The first ever Giant Robot Duel is as epic as it sounds - SlashGear
So is it time for the world to enjoy giant robot battles? Hardly. But it’s still good fun, but only if you’re just watching from YouTube.
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2 days ago by seaugust
AdHawk’s tiny sensors could enable much smaller VR headsets and AR glasses
The Kitchener, Canada-based company has raised $4.6 million in a funding round led by Intel. AdHawk Microsystems said that its smaller, faster, more power-efficient motion-tracking solutions will render camera-based eye tracking obsolete. And they will pave the way for a new generation of highly immersive AR/VR experiences.
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2 days ago by seaugust
CNN Uses Vantage Robotics' Snap Drone to Win FAA Fly-Over-People Waiver
The FAA is allowing the cable news network to use a drone to obtain video over uninvolved people, even crowds assembled at places like sporting events.
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2 days ago by seaugust
This Robot Tractor Is Ready to Disrupt Construction
In this dusty arena, a startup called Built Robotics is testing what it thinks is the future of construction: the autonomous track loader. Give it coordinates, tell it what size the hole should be, hit enter, and it tears off and digs the thing with impressive accuracy.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Swedish lock giant Assa Abloy acquires smart lock maker August Home
This morning, Assa Abloy, the $23 billion Swedish lock giant that owns Yale and many other brands — announced that it is buying US-based smart lock maker August Home to double down on new technology.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Relativity Space wants to launch rockets for 90% less with 3D printing
What makes Relativity capable of doing this? Well, the founder’s histories help. Co-founders Tim Ellis and Jordan Noone worked at Blue Origin and SpaceX respectively, and realized that the vast majority of their production costs was still labor, despite the efforts by both companies to decrease the price of launches considerably vs. what companies like the United Launch Alliance were charging.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Wattpad’s storytelling app, now with 60M monthly users, adds a subscription service
The service will cost $5.99 per month, or $60 per year, the company says, and will be available to the company’s now over 60 million monthly global users.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Nielsen will now measure TV audiences on Netflix
Nielsen’s new offering initially only works with Netflix, but expects to add Amazon Prime and Hulu in 2018.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Intel launches developer kit for Alexa integration
The Developer Kit features algorithms for acoustic echo cancellation and noise reduction, dual DSP with an inference engine, and an 8-mic circular array.
ss  ears 
2 days ago by seaugust
Veo Robotics raises $12 million for its vision of a harmonious human-robot workplace
“In the same way that a farmer might use a plow horse and be confident that the horse will not step on the farmer, we make robots see where people are and then respond to their presence,” he told me.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Night Vision for Self-Driving Cars
AdaSky is developing a far infrared thermal camera called Viper that it says can expand the conditions that automated cars will be able to operate in, and improve safety.
ss  eyes 
2 days ago by seaugust
Intel Announces ‘Nervana’ Neural Network Processor
The Nervana NNP is designed from the ground up with this type of computing in mind. This is what’s known as an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), so it’s not useful for general computing tasks. However, if you’re trying to run or train a neural network, Nervana could be many times faster than existing hardware. Nervana will be adept at matrix multiplication, convolutions, and other mathematical operations used in neural networks.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Computing and the Fermi Paradox: A New Idea Emerges—They're All Asleep
You might think that if waiting 1,000 billion years is good, waiting 2,000 billion years would be better. Anders and his colleagues say no: The universe doesn’t just get colder and colder forever. Eventually some exotic physics comes into play that limits the ultimate cold to 2.6 x 10-30 kelvins. And that should happen in 1,400 billion years, give or take. So any advanced civilization pursuing this aestivation strategy would know when it’s time to end the big sleep.
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2 days ago by seaugust
Google launches “strongest security” opt-in program for high risk users
“We took this unusual step because there is an overlooked minority of our users that are at particularly high risk of targeted online attacks. For example, these might be campaign staffers preparing for an upcoming election, journalists who need to protect the confidentiality of their sources, or people in abusive relationships seeking safety. Sometimes even the most careful and security-minded users are successfully attacked through phishing scams, especially if those phishing scams were individually targeted at the user in question,” Google writes.
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2 days ago by seaugust
LiShield Can Block Smartphone Cameras for Privacy's Sake
The prototype privacy measure uses a smart LED to give off a high-frequency flickering pattern that interferes with the camera sensors on mobile devices such as smartphones. Such flickering creates a vertical striped pattern effect in the photo or video frames taken by digital smartphone cameras without interfering with human eyesight or harming human eyes. It’s a first step toward enabling a cloak of privacy to be thrown over live events or exhibits, even in the presence of dozens of smartphones.
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2 days ago by seaugust
LEGO Women of NASA set release date and pricing info
This Women of NASA LEGO set will be available to the public starting on November 1st, 2017. At that time it’ll be available in all LEGO Stores for approximately $25 USD.
space  inthing  ss 
2 days ago by seaugust

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