Innovation

New frontier for fake news? This AI can put words in Barack Obama’s mouth

In news that has made pranksters around the world pay attention, there is now a computer program that can create a realistic simulated video of someone speaking. Researchers at the University of Washington have proved their point by creating a lip-synced video of former US…

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A computer was asked to predict which start-ups would be successful. The results were astonishing

In 2009, Ira Sager of Businessweek magazine set a challenge for Quid AI’s CEO Bob Goodson: programme a computer to pick 50 unheard of companies that are set to rock the world. The domain of picking “start-up winners” was – and largely still is –…

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Opening up data can make a real difference to the Global South

The modern era is marked by growing faith in the power of data. “Big data”, “open data”, and “evidence-based decision-making” have become buzzwords, touted as solutions to the world’s most complex and persistent problems, from corruption and famine to the refugee crisis. While perhaps most…

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Researchers have created a battery-free phone that is powered by sunlight

Instead of batteries, a new cell phone harvests the few microwatts of power it needs from a different source: ambient radio signals or light. Researchers were also able to make Skype calls using the battery-free phone, demonstrating that the prototype—made of commercial, off-the-shelf components—can receive…

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These futuristic spacecrafts could nudge asteroids away from us

NASA has given the go-ahead for work to design a spacecraft that will test nudging an Earth-threatening asteroid out of its menacing orbit. The space agency’s OK kicks off the preliminary design phase for DART, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission. “DART is a critical…

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How much screen time is too much?

In today’s media-rich world (or media-saturated, depending on your view), one rarely has to look far to find parents concerned about the ways that kids engage with technology. Recently, managing “screen time” seems to be on everyone’s mind – particularly during these summer months when…

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Why we might need an ‘interpreter’, to build our trust in AI

A team of researchers is working to build trust between humans and artificial intelligence (AI) by creating an “interpreter” that can explain how an AI arrived at the answer to a specific question. In an age of self-driving cars and autonomous drones, AI is becoming…

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Tech for dinner: how our food is changing as fast as our iPhones

A decade ago, the tech giant Apple released the first iPhone. Picture your life before then. Did you keep your personal calendar in a book? Did you own a camera or unfold a map when you got lost? A decade from now, the food we…

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This new ‘vertical bike’ allows people to scale buildings

In our increasingly vertical and densely populated cities, space saving is vital; there’s not always room to install full-size elevator shafts in apartment blocks where space is at a premium. Enter Vycle, a concept developed by design graduate Elena Larribathat boasts the bonus of health…

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Scientists think they might soon be able to edit human memories

How Memories Work Researchers have recently discovered two different types of memory use completely different processes in the same nerves, opening the way for a new pharmaceutical solution for treating anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The find challenges earlier research that had suggested memories…

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