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Oct 16, 2020

Ultrafast camera films 3D movies at 100 billion frames per second

Posted by in categories: entertainment, mobile phones

In his quest to bring ever-faster cameras to the world, Caltech’s Lihong Wang has developed technology that can reach blistering speeds of 70 trillion frames per second, fast enough to see light travel. Just like the camera in your cell phone, though, it can only produce flat images.

Now, Wang’s lab has gone a step further to create a camera that not only records video at incredibly fast speeds but does so in three dimensions. Wang, Bren Professor of Medical Engineering and Electrical Engineering in the Andrew and Peggy Cherng Department of Medical Engineering, describes the device in a new paper in the journal Nature Communications.

The , which uses the same underlying technology as Wang’s other compressed ultrafast photography (CUP) cameras, is capable of taking up to 100 billion frames per second. That is fast enough to take 10 billion pictures, more images than the entire human population of the world, in the time it takes you to blink your eye.

Oct 14, 2020

How A.I. Is Changing Video Games

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

AI is revolutionizing the way we build video games.

Oct 13, 2020

NASA advances plan to commercialize International Space Station

Posted by in categories: entertainment, habitats, space

The planned launch of a private commercial airlock to the International Space Station in November will accelerate NASA’s plan to turn the station into a hub of private industry, space agency officials said.

The commercialization plan also includes the launch of a private habitat and laboratory by 2024 and a project NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced on Twitter in May in which actor Tom Cruise will film a movie in space.

The 20-year-old space station may even have a private citizen on board again for the first time in years in late 2021, according to Phil McAlister, NASA’s director of commercial spaceflight. It’s part of a plan to wean the space station off NASA’s public funding of $3 billion to $4 billion per year.

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Sep 30, 2020

Cruise Crews and ISS News

Posted by in categories: entertainment, habitats, space travel

Cruise to cruise to crew the International Space Station (ISS) to film a movie in space! The latest on the leak being isolated (almost found), ISS debris dodging, Chinese challenge to ISS with their own ISS, and two crew launches to ISS and a cargo launch this month. Also see how the ISS commercial crew and cargo programs have played a strong role in spurring further space development and settlement to include SpaceX’s Starship program with ambitions to settle Mars!

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Sep 28, 2020

‘Deep fakes are a threat to liberal democracy’ — Nina Schick final

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Hey! You might be interested in my latest interview with Nina Schick, author of ‘Deep Fakes and the Infocalypse’. We discuss both the advantages of the huge advances in AI generated synthetic media (personalised movies, video games etr) and the darker side with deep fakes (political misinformation, involuntary pornography etr). Thanks!


I interview Nina Schick, author of Deep Fakes and the Infocalypse, about the rise of synthetic (or AI generated) media and why she fears the deep fakes it is enabling could undermine liberal-democracy and pose major privacy questions (e.g. involuntary deep-fake pornography). We also discuss the advantages of synthetic media (personalised movies, video games etr).

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Sep 28, 2020

First ‘dynamic’ film lets viewer play god over A.I.-powered beings

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Filmmakers in Canada have created the first-ever “dynamic film,” using A.I. to create new storylines every time you watch.

Sep 25, 2020

Astronauts that will launch on SpaceX’s third crewed flight are actively training to ride Dragon

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment, space travel

ESA Astronaut Pesquet revealed Crew-2 has been actively training for “Mission Alpha” aboard Crew Dragon. He shared photographs via Twitter of him training on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon simulator which involves learning how to control the spacecraft’s functions via a trio of touchscreen displays. – “Here’s the posse together, training on @SpaceX crew dragon. @Aki_Hoshide looking like a boss, and all of us wishing we had as cool socks as our awesome pilot @Astro_Megan. #MissionAlpha,” he wrote. During training, all astronauts are wearing face masks to protect each other from the coronavirus respiratory illness, pictured below.

Here’s the posse together, training on @SpaceX crew dragon. @Aki_Hoshide looking like a boss, and all of us wishing we had as cool socks as our awesome pilot @Astro_Megan. #MissionAlpha pic.twitter.com/UCDJvTcRgp— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) September 23, 2020

To familiarize with the spacecraft, the astronauts train with an interactive simulator and touchscreen interface that is a replica of Dragon’s cockpit. Earlier this year, SpaceX released an online game that allows players to try to dock the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the Space Station, using similar controls the astronauts will use during their voyage in space. You can play the online game on SpaceX’s website: Crew Dragon Simulator.

Sep 23, 2020

Details emerge about Tom Cruise’s future flight aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon

Posted by in categories: entertainment, space travel

Earlier this year, Axiom Space announced it signed a deal with SpaceX to launch a crew of four private passengers to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft. New details emerged about who those passengers will be, turns out, the voyage is booked for Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, who is notorious for putting his life on the line to perform his own stunts in the action-packed saga ‘Mission: Impossible.’

Cruise will ride alongside producer Doug Liman who will film the first movie in outer space. One of the passengers will be former NASA Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria. He is heading back to orbit as Dragon-ship commander for Axiom’s space tour with Cruise. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will propel Dragon to orbit towards the Space Station where they will stay for eight days to film in microgravity and enjoy beautiful views of Earth. The fourth passenger has not been revealed yet, it will probably be a Hollywood actress that will join them. They are scheduled to embark on a 10-day voyage to the Space Station in October 2021. These details were released in a graph about planned launches to ISS, created by Space Shuttle Almanac, pictured below.

So its confirmed that @CommanderMLA is flying the @Axiom_Space @SpaceX #CrewDragon tourist mission with Director @DougLiman & Tom Cruise. One seat still to be filled. They are to launch in October, 2021. pic.twitter.com/dn6SLvCOGz — Space Shuttle Almanac (@ShuttleAlmanac) September 19, 2020

Sep 21, 2020

Dining in Space Bubbles at Cafe du Soleil

Posted by in categories: entertainment, food

Outdoor diners are enjoying their meals in enclosed space bubbles set up at Upper West Side French restaurant Cafe du Soleil.


Here’s one way to enjoy outdoor dining well into October, as well as on rainy nights.

Another video shows diners enjoying live jazz in their bubbles on a recent rainy night.

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Sep 20, 2020

MITCHIE BRUSCO: First-ever Big Air 1260 | World of X Games

Posted by in categories: entertainment, media & arts

Circa 2019


Watch Mitchie Brusco land the first 1260 in skateboard history in the Skateboard Big Air final, Saturday at X Games Minneapolis 2019.

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