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Aug 14, 2022

For Rent: 327 Square Foot Apartment With 5 Rooms—Thanks to Robot Furniture

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

With the push of a button, a messy bedroom becomes a spotless living room. America’s housing crisis isn’t going away, but technology that allows small spaces to serve multiple purposes could help.

Aug 14, 2022

Improving crop resilience with nanoparticles

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, nanotechnology

Materials that can carry CRISPR gene-editing into plant cells could be key in the fight against global hunger.

Aug 14, 2022

Why dance is NOT a universal language | Fangfei Miao | TEDxUofM

Posted by in category: futurism

This performative talk comes from the speaker’s personal experience as an artist scholar and outside insider who travels between the US and China for dance production and research.

Dr. Fangfei Miao is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the School of Music at U-M. She is also an accomplished international dance scholar, choreographer, and dancer. Her current research on dance and Asian studies has led to her book project that focuses on historical “errors” in cross-cultural dance transmissions in Reform Era China (1978-present). She has toured internationally and staged her experimental choreography in New York City, Los Angeles, Auckland, and Beijing. Miao previously received her PhD in Culture and Performance (2019) from UCLA, MFA in Choreography (2011) and BA in Dance History and Theory (2008) from the Beijing Dance Academy, China’s premier dance conservatory. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Aug 14, 2022

Samsung’s AI: Megapixel DeepFakes! 📷

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

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📝 The paper “MegaPortraits: One-shot Megapixel Neural Head Avatars” is available here:

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Aug 14, 2022

Elon Musk said he and the ‘whole of SpaceX’ had to be drug tested for a year after he smoked weed on Joe Rogan’s podcast

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, Elon Musk, space travel

“Some people are still pretty uptight about these things,” he added.

Musk didn’t comment on how often he smokes weed, but said he’s not very skilled at it.

“I don’t even know how to smoke a joint, obviously. I mean, look at me, I have no joint-smoking skills,” he said.

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Aug 14, 2022

Apple Expecting to Ship 1.5 Million Units of $2,000+ AR/VR Headset in 2023

Posted by in category: futurism

Apple plans to ship approximately 1.5 million units of its upcoming AR/VR headset in 2023, according to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

In a research note, Kuo reiterated that Apple plans to announce its long-rumored mixed-reality headset during an event in January 2023. The company’s first AR/VR headset is expected to cost upwards of $2,000, making it a niche product. As a result, Kuo says shipments of the device are unlikely to exceed 1.5 million units in 2023.

Aug 14, 2022

10 Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About Elon Musk

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, entertainment

Elon Musk’s first entrepreneurial venture was selling a video game called Blastar when he was 12 years old. Here’re a few more examples.

Aug 14, 2022

Pretoria-born billionaire Elon Musk says violence and bullying in South Africa motivated him

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

Pretoria-born Elon Musk opened up about the difficulties he faced in dealing with violence and bullying while growing up in South Africa and how it helped him.

Aug 14, 2022

Visual-Inertial Multi-Instance Dynamic SLAM with Object-level Relocalisation

Posted by in categories: electronics, mapping

Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) is a task of simultaneously estimating the sensor pose as well as the surrounding scene geometry. However, most existing SLAM systems are designed for the static world, which is unrealistic.

A recent paper on proposes a robust object-level dynamic SLAM system.

Aug 14, 2022

Major Twitter flaw exposes millions of celebrity and company accounts

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

A cybersecurity expert that goes by the name Zhirinovskiy took to the HackerOne forum in January to report a vulnerability within Twitter’s login pipeline. According to the report, the vulnerability was a gaping hole within the platform’s cybersecurity, and just within a few days, Zhirinovskiy was able to successfully infiltrate and discover Twitter accounts linked to specific numbers and email addresses. Zhirinovskiy explained that a malicious party could easily find an individual’s Twitter account with a phone number or email address.

Zhirinovskiy contacted Twitter support about the security flaw, which was found in Twitter’s Android app, and was rewarded a $5,040 bug bounty for the discovery. A patch was rolled out that fixed the major issue, but according to Restore Privacy, it was already too late as a malicious individual that uses the username “devil” had already exploited the flaw and scraped 5,485,636 Twitter accounts. The swath of data was then thrown onto the dark web hacking community forum ‘Breached Forums’, where the lister claimed that the data included users that “range from Celebrities to Companies, randoms, OGs, etc.

Furthermore, the authenticity of the data that was stolen was verified by Restore Privacy, as well as the hacker that stole it. Notably, Devil listed the data for sale with an asking price of $30,000. It’s not known if the stolen Twitter data was purchased by another party or is still available.

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