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How AI-powered video compression could make an honest man out of...

How AI-powered video compression could make an honest man out of Elon Musk
“LIDAR is a fool’s errand. Anyone relying on LIDAR is doomed. Doomed! Expensive sensors that are unnecessary. It’s like having a whole bunch of expensive appendices. Like, one appendix is bad, well now you have a whole bunch of them, it’s ridiculous, you’ll see.” Elon Musk, April 2019. Tesla’s approach to driverless vehicle technology has…

Study shows how AI exacerbates recruitment bias against women

Study shows how AI exacerbates recruitment bias against women
A new study from the University of Melbourne has demonstrated how hiring algorithms can amplify human gender biases against women. Researchers from the University of Melbourne gave 40 recruiters real-life resumés for jobs at UniBank, which funded the study. The resumés were for roles as a data analyst, finance officer, and recruitment officer, which Australian Bureau of Statistics…

A foolproof guide to image manipulation in Python with OpenCV

A foolproof guide to image manipulation in Python with OpenCV
Whether you want to build a complex deep learning model for a self-driving car, a live face recognition program, or making your image processing software for your graduate project, you will have to learn OpenCV along the way. OpenCV is a huge image and video processing library designed to work with many languages such as…

Astongate: Aston Martin exec behind ‘PR firm’ peddling bogus anti-EV study

Astongate: Aston Martin exec behind ‘PR firm’ peddling bogus anti-EV study
Strap yourselves in folks, because we’ve got a wild one for you. It’s perhaps the wildest story since General Motors decided it would be a good idea to acquire hydrogen truck startup Nikola — the deal has since fallen through, though — so this is bigger. Reports are surfacing that British sports car maker and…

Here are all the camera features enabled by the new Qualcomm...

Here are all the camera features enabled by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Last night, Qualcomm announced its newest flagship mobile chipset Snapdragon 888. Today, the company revealed more about the processor’s capabilities and features that might benefit upcoming top-end Android phones. One of the sections of the chipset announcement I look forward to every year is to discover the new processor’s camera feature support. While final images…

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis

The Journey of Electronic Bottles and the Ocean Plastic Crisis
Someone living along the Ganges River in India recently received a gift that we can safely say no one on Earth had ever gotten before. At first, it must have looked like an ordinary plastic bottle floating down the river, save for the rod poking out of its top, like a sailboat with a mast…

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed
This spring, services from heavy hitters like Google and Facebook seemed glitchy or inaccessible for people worldwide for more than an hour. But it wasn't a hack, or even a glitch at any one organization. It was the latest mishap to stem from design weaknesses in the "Border Gateway Protocol," the internet's foundational, universal routing…

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place
High-flying balloons are bringing broadband connectivity to remote nations and post-disaster zones where cell towers have been knocked out. These “super-pressure” helium-filled polyethylene bags float 65,000 feet up in the stratosphere, above commercial planes, hurricanes, and pretty much anything else. But keeping a fleet of tennis-court-sized, internet-blasting balloons hovering over one spot has been a…

19 Delightful Gifts for Music Lovers and Audiophiles

19 Delightful Gifts for Music Lovers and Audiophiles
Whether you're trying to find a turntable so Mom and Dad can bust out their vintage vinyl collection, or you want to give the gift of great sound to a younger music enthusiast or middle-aged audiophile, it can be tough to find great-sounding gear that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. That's where we…

The Best Barefoot Shoes for Walking or Running

The Best Barefoot Shoes for Walking or Running
You were born barefoot, and a growing body of evidence suggests you should have stayed that way. The technology and padding of the modern shoe protect your feet, but protection isn't always what you want. Feet were made to stretch, flex, roll, and bend, and letting them do what they evolved to do can reduce…

Norway notes Campylobacter, E. coli and Salmonella rise

Norway notes Campylobacter, E. coli and Salmonella rise
The number of Campylobacter, E. coli, and Salmonella infections all increased in Norway this past year. Overall, there were more food and waterborne infections in 2019 compared to 2018, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet). For information on outbreaks see our previous article. Campylobacteriosis went past 4,000 cases and, as in previous…

$5,000 reward offered in series of ‘unprovoked attacks’ in Massachusetts

$5,000 reward offered in series of ‘unprovoked attacks’ in Massachusetts
Authorities in Massachusetts offered a $5,000 reward in its search for a suspect who is believed to be responsible for a series of at least 10 “unprovoked, random assaults” in the city of Waltham.Police in the city of Waltham, about 12 miles west of downtown Boston, said Tuesday that the city was “dramatically increasing” its…