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Jun 1, 2023

AI deepfakes fuel the flames of debate among Hollywood stars

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Artificial Intelligence’s growing capacity to generate realistic content, such as deep fakes, is stirring debate in Hollywood over actor compensation and content creation.

The use of artificial intelligence in creating realistic videos has become a contentious issue within Hollywood. Famed director Wes Anderson appears to be part of a trend, as fake movie trailers bearing his distinctive style have popped up on YouTube, featuring significant stars like Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. But Anderson or his stars didn’t craft these trailers, and they were generated by AI, stirring debate among actors, writers, and studios.

“Hollywood” by Marcus Vegas is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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Jun 1, 2023

Welcome to the new surreal. How AI-generated video is changing film

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Exclusive: Watch the world premiere of the AI-generated short film The Frost

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Jun 1, 2023

The world is finally spending more on solar than oil production

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The International Energy Agency just released its annual investment report. Here’s where the money is going.

Money makes the world go round.

The International Energy Agency just published its annual report on global investment in energy, where it tallies up all that cash. The world saw about $2.8 trillion of investments in energy in 2022, with about $1.7 trillion of that going into clean energy.

Jun 1, 2023

Fish evolution takes place in decades — not millions of years

Posted by in categories: biological, evolution, genetics, singularity

Given this new information humans could modify their genetic code to rapidly accelerate their evolution aswell leading to a biological singularity of evolution.

Codfish have been telling a story of rapid fish evolution, reshaped by human activity more swiftly than previously assumed, reveals a cutting-edge study led by Rutgers University.

This evolutionary tale, illuminated during the latter half of the twentieth century, signifies the impact of human-driven overfishing. The findings suggest that evolutionary changes, once thought to span millions of years, can be catalyzed within mere decades.

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Jun 1, 2023

NLRP12 as a new drug target for infection, inflammation and hemolytic diseases

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Infections and other diseases can cause red blood cells to rupture, releasing the oxygen-binding molecule hemoglobin, which breaks down into heme. Free heme can cause significant inflammation and organ damage, leading to morbidity and mortality.

Researchers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital discovered NLRP12, an innate immune pattern recognition receptor, to be the key molecule responsible for inducing inflammatory cell death and pathology in response to heme combined with other cellular damage or infection. The finding provides a new potential drug target to prevent morbidity in certain illnesses. The research was published today in Cell.

Many infectious and , including malaria or SARS-CoV-2 virus infections and sickle cell disease, cause to break apart and spill their contents. The process, hemolysis, releases the hemoglobin. In the bloodstream, hemoglobin then breaks down into a substance called heme.

Jun 1, 2023

New AR laptop with a virtual screen could revolutionize remote work

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, computing

Sightful, a startup based in Tel Aviv, is rolling out what it calls the world’s first augmented reality (AR) laptop following nearly three years of under-the-radar development.

Designed for the “work from anywhere” movement, the 13-inch Spacetop takes full advantage of AR to transform the area around users into 100 inches of virtual screen space.

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Jun 1, 2023

Are the olfactory responses of patients in a coma or vegetative state signs of consciousness?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Severe brain injuries or head traumas in humans can lead to various stages of so-called disorders of consciousness (DoC). These are states in which consciousness is either partly or entirely absent, such as a coma; unresponsive wakefulness syndrome, also known as a vegetative state; and minimally conscious state.

Accurately evaluating who have lost consciousness is of crucial importance, as it allows doctors to determine what treatments to administer and how to facilitate the re-emergence of consciousness. Typically, to clinically evaluate consciousness, doctors observe the behavior of patients in response to , such as sounds or images.

For instance, while patients in a are awake but continue to be unresponsive to , patients with MCS exhibit some behaviors that indicate that they are conscious. So far, most methods to assess the consciousness level of patients rely on sounds or , yet olfactory stimuli could potentially prove useful too.

Jun 1, 2023

Implementing Risk-Based Vulnerability Discovery and Remediation

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Detect, prioritize, and patch vulnerabilities efficiently with threat intelligence feeds and automation. Learn how to leverage the power of automation.

Jun 1, 2023

Saving Cost, Kerala Architect Used Upcycled Wood & Tiles To Build His Dream Home

Posted by in categories: habitats, sustainability

Making homes for more than a decade, Joseph Mathew accumulated a host of ideas but most important of all, he wanted his house to be sustainable. Here are some pictures of his dream house.

Jun 1, 2023

New links found between personality and cognitive abilities

Posted by in categories: mathematics, military, neuroscience

In a new landmark study, University of Minnesota research shows surprising links between human cognition and personality—pillars of human individuality that shape who we are and how we interact with the world. Personality influences our actions, emotions and thoughts, defining whether we are extroverted, polite, persistent, curious or anxious.

On the other hand, cognitive ability is the umbrella that reflects our capability for navigating complexity, such as articulating language, grasping intricate mathematics and drawing logical conclusions. Despite the prevailing belief that certain connections exist—for instance, introverted individuals are often perceived as more intelligent—scientists lacked a comprehensive understanding of these intricate connections.

The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, synthesizes data from over 1,300 studies from the past century, representing more than 2 million participants from 50 countries and integrating data from , test manuals, military databases, previously unpublished datasets and even proprietary databases of private companies.

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