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Watch Rocket Lab’s first commercial launch, ‘It’s Business Time’ [Update: Postponed] – TechCrunch

June 27, 2018

Rocket Lab, the New Zealand-based rocket company that is looking to further amplify the commercial space frenzy, is launching its first fully paid payload atop an Electron rocket tonight — technically tomorrow morning at the launch site. If successful, it will mark a significant new development in the highly competitive world of commercial launches. Update: […]

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This smart prosthetic ankle adjusts to rough terrain – TechCrunch

June 25, 2018

Prosthetic limbs are getting better and more personalized, but useful as they are, they’re still a far cry from the real thing. This new prosthetic ankle is a little closer than others, though: it moves on its own, adapting to its user’s gait and the surface on which it lands. Your ankle does a lot […]

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Species-identifying AI gets a boost from images snapped by citizen naturalists – TechCrunch

June 21, 2018

Someday we’ll have an app that you can point at a weird bug or unfamiliar fern and have it spit out the genus and species. But right now computer vision systems just aren’t up to the task. To help things along, researchers have assembled hundreds of thousands of images taken by regular folks of critters […]

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Official near-earth object plan will look into nuking asteroids and other ‘planetary defense missions’ – TechCrunch

June 20, 2018

Space is a big place, and mostly empty — but there’s no shortage of objects which, should they float our direction, could end life as we know it. A new national plan for detecting and handling such objects was proposed today, and it includes the possibility of nuclear strikes on the incoming asteroids and other […]

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Truepic raises $8M to expose Deepfakes, verify photos for Reddit – TechCrunch

June 20, 2018

How can you be sure an image wasn’t Photoshopped? Make sure it was shot with Truepic. This startup makes a camera feature that shoots photos and adds a watermark URL leading to a copy of the image it saves, so viewers can compare them to ensure the version they’re seeing hasn’t been altered. Now Truepic’s […]

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Football matches land on your table thanks to augmented reality – TechCrunch

June 19, 2018

It’s World Cup season, so that means that even articles about machine learning have to have a football angle. Today’s concession to the beautiful game is a system that takes 2D videos of matches and recreates them in 3D so you can watch them on your coffee table (assuming you have some kind of augmented […]

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What’s under those clothes? This system tracks body shapes in real time – TechCrunch

June 19, 2018

With augmented reality coming in hot and depth tracking cameras due to arrive on flagship phones, the time is right to improve how computers track the motions of people they see — even if that means virtually stripping them of their clothes. A new computer vision system that does just that may sound a little […]

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Facebook’s new AI research is a real eye-opener – TechCrunch

June 16, 2018

There are plenty of ways to manipulate photos to make you look better, remove red eye or lens flare, and so on. But so far the blink has proven a tenacious opponent of good snapshots. That may change with research from Facebook that replaces closed eyes with open ones in a remarkably convincing manner. It’s […]

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Elizabeth Holmes reportedly steps down at Theranos after criminal indictment – TechCrunch

June 15, 2018

Elizabeth Holmes has left her role as CEO of Theranos and has been charged with wire fraud, CNBC and others report. The company’s former president, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, was also indicted today by a grand jury. These criminal charges are separate from the civil ones filed in March by the SEC and already settled. There […]

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Machines learn language better by using a deep understanding of words – TechCrunch

June 15, 2018

Computer systems are getting quite good at understanding what people say, but they also have some major weak spots. Among them is the fact that they have trouble with words that have multiple or complex meanings. A new system called ELMo adds this critical context to words, producing better understanding across the board. To illustrate […]

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