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Fake Video is Now Indistinguishable from Real

July 25, 2017

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Artificial video can now be so realistic that a jury could be convinced you confessed to using a time machine to steal Abe Lincoln's wooden teeth after clobbering him with, in your own words, "a very large bad smelling onion." Despicable, how could you? Don't try to deny it, we saw your confession. Systems for […]

Fingerprint Building, Privacy Erosion

July 25, 2017

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Here's a biometric building design, great idea for a crime lab. This building does not exist, it's a digital fake, but a true strange incident did occur involving fingerprints and a building: The FBI once entered and demanded the fingerprints of everyone in a building, to be used to open iPhones. The idea was that […]

Survive the Top Human Threat: Artificial Super Intelligence

July 8, 2017

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What most threatens humankind? The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, you may be surprised to learn, puts Artificial Intelligence at the top of the list. (Sample video lecture) 10 THREATS TO MANKIND Artificial intelligence Bio-hacking Killer robots Nuclear war Climate change Asteroid impact Loss of reality Food shortage Particle accelerator Tyrannical ruler Link […]

Avoid Spam: Temporary Phone Numbers

July 6, 2017

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This is potentially very useful for those who value their time and privacy. Many places make you give a phone number and they send you a text code to verify you. Then they later sell your phone number or get hacked and you get fake and spam calls, or someone hacks your phone or steals […]

Invented: Urine Power that Kills Bacteria

July 2, 2017

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Here are two practical ideas implemented in one human waste processing system: Researchers have developed a system which can generate electricity from urine — enough to charge a mobile phone — and also kill bacteria harmful to humans, an advance that could be harnessed to treat wastewater. In this process, wastewater flows through a series […]

$120 Million Fine for Robocall Scammer

June 22, 2017

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If you’ve ever been annoyed by automated phone calls, you may be interested to learn that one man was responsible for 97 million robocalls in just three months. Federal regulators on Thursday said they’ve identified “the perpetrator of one of the largest … illegal robocalling campaigns” they’ve ever investigated. The Federal Communications Commission has proposed […]

Verizon Bought Yahoo, Here’s My New Protonmail Address

June 13, 2017

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I do not trust that Verizon can maintain customer privacy, and Yahoo had a huge breach, so I’m ditching my Yahoo email. Here is my new secure protonmail address: xeno(at)xenomail.us The old address xeno735@yahoo.com will start bouncing soon. Protonmail is supposed to be more secure: ProtonMail is an end-to-end encrypted email service founded in 2013 at the CERN […]

World’s Largest Non-Secret Human Aircraft 

June 1, 2017

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In considering strange sky phenomena, it helps to know wingspans of interesting  aircraft. The space shuttle: 78 ft Airlander 10: 142 ft Boeing 767:  156 ft  C-17 Military Transport: 169.8 ft B-2 Spirit (Stealth Bomber): 172 ft B-52 Stratofortress: 185 ft Martin Mars flying boat: 200 ft NASA Centurion flying wing: 206 ft Lockheed C-5B transport: […]

NASA Probe to Touch the Sun’s Corona

May 31, 2017

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A NASA heat shield technology can, in the size of a small car, create a room temperature space when the heat shield is facing temperatures of 2,500 F (1,377 C). I was surprised that they can navigate this probe to avoid the full heat of the corona, which can reach 3.5 million degrees F. In […]

Gene Therapy Brings Hearing to Deaf Mice 

May 30, 2017

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This is an exciting area of research. I hope we aren’t far from restoring human hearing with it. In the summer of 2015, a team at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School reported restoring rudimentary hearing in genetically deaf mice using gene therapy. Now the Boston Children’s research team reports restoring a much higher […]

Boeing 737 Autopilot 

May 17, 2017

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A robot can successfully land a Boeing 737 in a simulator in the year 2017. Hmm. A new video shows an autonomous ‘robot pilot’ successfully flying and landing a Boeing 737 in a simulator. The creepy robotic arm shifts around the cockpit as it rhythmically changes the air speed, adjusts the wing flaps and fires […]

Ransomeware Attack Hits 99 Countries

May 13, 2017

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Some of the NSA’s leaked code appears to have been used to create a massive ransomware worm which has infected over 230,000 computers in 99 countries. The software scrambles files demanding ransom payments in bitcoin in 28 languages. If the ransom is not paid by a certain time, the fee is doubled. After several days […]

Breakthrough Artificial Photosynthesis Cleans Polluted Air, Makes Energy

April 26, 2017

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An invention by scientists at the University of Central Florida turns greenhouse gases into clean air, producing fuel at the same time. By mixing titanium with organic molecules, they created metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) tuned to blue light. These ‘light-harvesting antennae’ created reactions which turned CO2 into two reduced forms of cabon, formate and formamides, described […]

Wikipedia to create fact checking news service, Google changes to help

April 25, 2017

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Our survival as a species may depend on getting our facts straight. Google recently changed its search engine to help, and the founder of Wikipedia is going to launch a fact checking news site. (Story below.) The problem is, we misinterpret things constantly because brains learn through the distorted lens of past experience. Decisions are based […]

Voice Cloning, AI Does Celebrity Impersonations

April 24, 2017

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Would you like to hear your favorite celebrity wish you a happy birthday? Would you like to sing anything and have the result be industinguishable from your favorite singer, living or dead? Would you like the voice of a deceased loved one speak to you? These things may be possible through improvements in voice cloning […]

FightBit? Device Predicts Fights Among Couples

April 24, 2017

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This AI wearable device can predict arguments. It could be the precursor to eventual home couple’s therapy robots (CTRs).  Wearables have become typecast as fitness trackers, but projects like this one show that they could have an impact on many aspects of our health and well-being. The University of Southern California has published the results […]

Earth Day: Thousands of Scientists to Protest in the Streets

April 21, 2017

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People in white lab coats and many more will take to the streets in America on April 22, Earth Day, in a march to protest a disturbing trend away from evidence based decision making.  Find the Science March in your area. If the majority of scientists are correct, very stupid decisions are being made and […]

AutoDraw: Free AutoCorrect for Drawings

April 12, 2017

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Today’s true strange news award goes to a fun graphical AI. Try AutoDraw, free from Google. It’s like autocorrect, but for drawings. See if it can guess what you are trying to sketch. It can be a really useful tool for some projects. It guessed my Mona Lisa. Google AI can now turn your crappy […]

How hackers may have triggered 156 emergency sirens in Dallas, Tx

April 9, 2017

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How did hackers set off 156 tornado sirens in Dallas, Texas Friday night? Here’s an educated guess. They are usually activated by a radio signal sending a dual-tone multi-frequency signaling (DTMF) tone. Here’s what that looks and sounds like, from a video uploaded on Nov 6, 2011.   This was recently shared on Reddit. Oops. Problem […]

Surreal AI Art with Google’s DeepDream

April 7, 2017

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Google’s DeepDream AI can be used to make some wild art. The artificial intelligence can try to match what it sees in videos or still images with images in its huge database, then can overlay what it finds over the original. The results are strange, and some would say nightmarish, collages. It was originally trained on images […]

Breakthrough: Old mice made young with cell-penetrating peptide

April 7, 2017

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An amazing peptide drug that induces the death of senescent cells which cause aging is named FOXO4-DRI.  Researchers designed a cell-penetrating peptide (CPP) called FOXO4-DRI that selectively targeted senescent cells for apoptosis and restored function in tissues affected by chemotherapy and aging. … Authors observed an interaction between FOXO4 and p53—a protein that regulates apoptosis […]

World Wide Web Inventor Wins Computing’s “Nobel Prize”

April 5, 2017

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The world has changed rapidly since Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web in 1991, but it hasn’t really changed in the direction he intended.  His Turing award is well deserved, especially when you consider that an estimated 3.7 billion of the 7.5 billion people alive on earth are using the Internet (which includes the Web, […]

No consciousness in control: Self-driving car crash, no one hurt

March 26, 2017

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A car in self-driving mode (the one on its side in the photo) was just involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona. Having recently driven 18,000+ miles in 3 months through every lower US state, I am skeptical of self-driving cars. Also, beating my chess computer at the highest setting yesterday morning made me trust self-driving […]

Robots to take 38% of U.S. jobs by 2030s

March 25, 2017

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The rise of the robots is well underway. Artificial intelligence is predicted to reach a singularity, where machines outthink humans and take over.  Okay, here’s what only a few know, the biggest secret: Intelligent conscious machines took over long long ago. What we are experiencing now is all a simulation they are playing of the time […]

Yes, there are Internet connected ovens

March 13, 2017

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The first food related appliance connected to the Internet was a Coke machine in 1982, in Carnegie-Mellon’s Computer Science Department, so it should not be surprising that over 30 years later we have some Internet connected ovens.  LG had an Internet-enabled microwave oven. The LG Lifestyle MG-5682NL is a microwave that lets you download recipes […]

NASA ground based long range sensors find lost lunar orbiter

March 13, 2017

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NASA can not only hit the moon with radar and get a reflection, they can now detect a 5 ft cube orbiting the moon using only ground based radar. They proved it by finding a lost lunar orbiter from India.   China, Japan, India, Russia, and the US either have sent or plan to send satellites […]