“There’s now a very large dataset of carefully curated photos of people from roughly 10 years ago and now.”

Facebook's Ten Year Challenge a Method to Train Facial Recognition Software

#Privacy

Wed, Jan 23rd, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Wired, Kate O'Neill argues that Facebook's 10 year challenge is actually a method for the social media giant to train facial recognition software on age progression, using nice clean data.

Sure, you could mine Facebook for profile pictures and look at posting dates or EXIF data. But that whole set of profile pictures could end up generating a lot of useless noise. People don’t reliably upload pictures in chronological order, and it’s not uncommon for users to post pictures of something other than themselves as a profile picture. A quick glance through my Facebook friends’ profile pictures shows a friend’s dog who just died, several cartoons, word images, abstract patterns, and more.

In other words, it would help if you had a clean, simple, helpfully labeled set of then-and-now photos.

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“[T]here has never been this kind of financial incentive to make shorter songs.”

Songs are getting shorter

#Music

Tue, Jan 22nd, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Quartz, popular songs are decreasing in length since streaming services will pay the same price regardless of how long a song is.

Payments from music streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music made up 75% all US music revenues in 2018 (pdf), compared to just 21% in 2013. Streaming services pay music rights holders per play. Spotify doesn’t say the exact amount it pays artists for each stream, but reports suggest it is somewhere between $0.004 and $0.008. Every song gets paid the same. Kanye West’s 2010 five-minute opus “All Of the Lights” gets the same payment as West’s two-minute long 2018 hit “I Love it”.

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Folding Laundry Without Arms or Legs

How DOES she do it?

#Video

Mon, Jan 21st, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The next time you feel that your life is hard, take a look at Amy Brooks. Despite being born with tetra-amelia syndrome, an illness that impacts the development of limbs in the utero, Amy demonstrates how she can perform every day tasks we take for granted.

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“A short cut through spacetime allowing for travel over cosmic scale distances in a short period.”

Rotating black holes as portals for hyperspace travel

#Space

Thu, Jan 17th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Gaurav Khanna, a Professor of Physics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, argues that rotating black holes could potentially be used as portals for hyperspace travel. I know what you are thinking, but Khanna argues that "not all blackholes are created equally" and some are "weak" enough that the singularity would not cause any damage to objects that interact with it.

My team at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a colleague at Georgia Gwinnett College have shown that all black holes are not created equal. If the black hole like Sagittarius A*, located at the center of our own galaxy, is large and rotating, then the outlook for a spacecraft changes dramatically. That’s because the singularity that a spacecraft would have to contend with is very gentle and could allow for a very peaceful passage.

The reason that this is possible is that the relevant singularity…

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Time Lapse of Planet Earth as Seen from the Space Station

The World Below

#Space

Wed, Jan 16th, 2019 15:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Vimeo, Bruce W. Berry Jr has posted a timelapse of planet Earth from footage made on board the International Space Station (ISS) that is publicly available.

All of 4K video and Time-lapse sequences were taken by the astronauts onboard the ISS (NASA/ESA). All footage has been edited, color graded, denoised, deflickered, stabilized by myself. Some of the 4K video clips were shot at 24frames/sec reflecting the actual speed of the space station over the earth. Shots taken at wider angels were speed up a bit to match the flow of the video.

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“If you fell asleep in 1945 and woke up in 2018 you would not recognize the world around you.”

A brief history of the U.S. economy after World War II

#History

Tue, Jan 15th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Collaborative Fund, Morgan Housel explains how this all happened: from the moment World War II ended to the world we live in today, one event after another.

If you fell asleep in 1945 and woke up in 2018 you would not recognize the world around you. The amount of growth that took place during that period is virtually unprecedented. If you learned that there have been no nuclear attacks since 1945, you’d be shocked. If you saw the level of wealth in New York and San Francisco, you’d be shocked. If you compared it to the poverty of Detroit, you’d be shocked. If you saw the price of homes, college tuition, and health care, you’d be shocked. Our politics would blow your mind. And if you tried to think of a reasonable narrative of how it all happened, my guess is you’d be totally wrong. Because it isn’t…

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Read Advice People Wish They Had at Your Age

Hey From The Future

#Life

Mon, Jan 14th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Hey From the Future allows you to read advice people wish they had at your age. Feel free to post your own.

Ever wanted to send a message to your past self? What would you do if you woke up and the last ten years had been a dream? Would you change anything, do something differently?

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Walking Car Concept

The Hyundai Cradle

#Driving

Sun, Jan 13th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Hyundai has announced their Elevate concept vehicle, an emergency walking car that is capable of driving normally but equipped with movable legs to traverse any kind of terrain it encounters.

This is a complete animation; not a short animation that was slowed down to match real time. This is also highly accurate, though we have already documented improvements we plan to make for the final game. The animation includes text frequently appearing with what is happening on board the ship. This includes visuals of various interior rooms flooding, lifeboats launching, rockets firing, and the Californian on the horizon.

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Watch the Titanic Sink

In real time

#Video

Sat, Jan 12th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The creators of a video game set during the sinking of the Titanic have released this two hours forty-one minute long video showing the sinking of the Titanic in real time. Apparently this video has been around for some time now, but I have only just seen it.

This is a complete animation; not a short animation that was slowed down to match real time. This is also highly accurate, though we have already documented improvements we plan to make for the final game. The animation includes text frequently appearing with what is happening on board the ship. This includes visuals of various interior rooms flooding, lifeboats launching, rockets firing, and the Californian on the horizon.

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The Racist, Sexist Tendencies of AI

How artificial intelligence becomes biased

#Technology

Fri, Jan 11th, 2019 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Despite the best intentions behind it, AI has shown to have biases. This video by Tomorrow Today Videos explored what went wrong and what can be done to prevent from happening it again.

Artificial intelligence is being built into everything; it will manage our cities, our gadgets, and our jobs. But over the past few years, it's been shown to succumb to racist and sexist tendencies - even when it's build by the biggest companies in the world. Find out how that happens, and the steps we can take to stop it.

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