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Selfie Righteous: New Tool Corrects Angles and Distances in Portraits
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Selfie Righteous: New Tool Corrects Angles and Distances in Portraits

A new tool can correct distortions in self-portrait photographs by making a subject's face appear as if it were photographed from a longer distance or a different...

Facebook's Really Big Plans For Virtual Reality
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Facebook's Really Big Plans For Virtual Reality

The office building on Facebook Way is in the unfinished style that honors materials like plywood, concrete, and steel.

New Method Reconstructs Highly Detailed 3D Eyes From a Single Photograph
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New Method Reconstructs Highly Detailed 3D Eyes From a Single Photograph

Disney researchers say they have developed a technique that can capture the important, yet subtle details of human eyes with a single facial scan or photo.

New Movie Screen Allows For Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale
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New Movie Screen Allows For Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale

Researchers have demonstrated a display on which audiences can watch three-dimensional films in a movie theater without additional eyewear.

Consumers and 3D Printing: The Future
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Consumers and 3D Printing: The Future

The market, currently dominated by professional and hobbyist makers, could be changing.

Single Camera Can Capture High Quality Facial Performance
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Single Camera Can Capture High Quality Facial Performance

Researchers have developed a method of using one camera to obtain facial performance capture, a key component of visual effects for movies and computer games.

Smartphone Apps For Social Good
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Smartphone Apps For Social Good

Mobile apps make it easier, faster, and cheaper to create massive impact on social causes ranging from world hunger to domestic violence.

Reinforcement Renaissance
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Reinforcement Renaissance

The power of deep neural networks has sparked renewed interest in reinforcement learning, with applications to games, robotics, and beyond.

Character Animation Technique Produces Realistic-Looking Bends at Joints
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Character Animation Technique Produces Realistic-Looking Bends at Joints

Phys.orgDisney researchers have developed a method to pre-compute an optimized center of rotation for each vertex in a character model.

Microsoft's Project Malmo Public Release Brings AI to Minecraft
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Microsoft's Project Malmo Public Release Brings AI to Minecraft

Microsoft announced the open source code underlying its Project Malmo is now publicly available, enabling artificial intelligence experimentation by Minecraft users...

Accelerating Search
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Accelerating Search

The latest in machine learning helps high-energy physicists handle the enormous amounts of data produced by the Large Hadron Collider.

Legal Advice on the Smartphone
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Legal Advice on the Smartphone

New apps help individuals contest traffic, parking tickets.

Speaking in Song
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Speaking in Song

Researchers have developed voice synthesis software they say can make anyone's singing voice sound more melodious.

Can Computers Do Magic?
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Can Computers Do Magic?

Queen Mary University of London researchers have found magicians could use computers to create new magic effects and find new ideas for their performances. 

Why the World Hates Silicon Valley
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Why the World Hates Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the new Rome. As in the time of Caesar, the world is grappling with an advanced city-state dominating much of the planet, injecting its technology...

Kellogg S. Booth: 2016 Canadian Digital Media Pioneer Award
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Kellogg S. Booth: 2016 Canadian Digital Media Pioneer Award

Kellogg Booth’s career has been dominated by an unwavering belief that Canada could make a serious and positive impact on the evolution of digital media.

Google ­nveils 'artificial Creativity'
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Google ­nveils 'artificial Creativity'

Google's Magenta artificial intelligence is being challenged to produce original music and other art.

Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched
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Study of 1 Million Sites Shows Just How Closely We're Watched

The web is watching you. Chunks of code hide inside every website, tracking your online behaviour.

Games that Teach Coding
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Games that Teach Coding

A growing number of games seek to introduce the concepts of programming to young players.

What Happens When Big Data Blunders?
From Communications of the ACM

What Happens When Big Data Blunders?

Big data is touted as a cure-all for challenges in business, government, and healthcare, but as disease outbreak predictions show, big data often fails.
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