fake news
Insanely Accurate Lip Syncing Tech Could Turn Fake News Videos into a Real Problem

Imagine the worst case scenario. Dubious filmmakers use artificially intelligent computers to feed raw audio into a simulated version of Barack Obama. The audio is actually Obama’s voice, and the face really is his face. But the lip movements? Totally fake. The filmmakers publish the video on the internet, and it’s virtually impossible to see that it’s a fake, because the technology is so good. This is not a hypothetical situation any more. Read More >>

drones
This Quadcopter Can Perform Insane Stunts Completely Autonomously

Quadrotors need outside help to navigate and perform their remarkable stunts, whether it be a human behind the controls or an array of complex sensors placed around a room. But not this one. Developed by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, this drone is practically autonomous—which means it’s an actual drone. The future is finally here. Read More >>

cars
Cambridge Engineers are Teaching Phones to Think Like Autonomous Cars

A team of researchers from Cambridge University is borrowing some of the techniques used in autonomous vehicles to teach your phone to navigate, even when it doesn’t have access to positioning information like a GPS signal. Read More >>

art
CGI Wizards Transpose George W. Bush Speech Onto Famous Faces

In the world of computer graphics, anything seems possible these days. It is possible, for instance, to make Ian McKellen or Barack Obama's faces deliver a George W. Bush speech. Or you could make Hillary Clinton do it. Or James Bond, if you want! Welcome to the world of tomorrow and all that. Read More >>

research
How to Make Cheap 3D Scanners 1,000 Times Better

Scientists developed pretty good 3D-imaging technology a while ago. They’ve also developed cheap 3D-imaging technology. Good and cheap has always been tough, but researchers at MIT have made a breakthrough using old fashioned polarisation. The quality isn’t just good either–it’s great. Read More >>

computers
Artificial Neural Networks Can Day Dream – Here’s What They See

When you look for shapes in the clouds, you’ll often find things you see every day: Dogs, people, cars. It turns out that artificial “brains” do the same thing. Google calls this phenomenon “Inceptionism”, and it’s a shocking look into how advanced artificial neural networks really are. Read More >>

computers
Someone Built AdBlock for the Real World 

AdBlock's been around the internet for ages, but it only extends to the edges of your browser window. What if a device existed that could block logos and brand names from the world around you? Read More >>

computers
Computers Think These are Real Animals and Objects

Even computers can be fooled by optical illusions. While computer vision is rapidly advancing, this set of bizzare images can fool even the best algorithms into thinking that they're real objects. Read More >>

art
Computers See Faces in the Clouds, Just Like You

Humans are all about pattern recognition: we want — and maybe need? — to believe that there's order and meaning behind everything we see and do in life. The future is divined in teacups, superstitions are put on random objects, and — of course — we see ourselves in everything around us. Like the sky. Read More >>