Not content to simply allow you to respond to your friends posts with text chat or its recently launched Reactions which no one uses anyway , Facebook is devising a way to turn you into an emoji.Here s how it would work, according to the patent: When a user goes to enter a common emoji using its text-activated outline in a comment or message thread, Facebook will identify an image of the user that corresponds to the selected emoji an image of the person smiling in exchange for a smiley emoticon, for example .Facebook s personalized emoji process as illustrated in its patentThe patent will likely rely on Facebook s facial recognition software, which scans tagged photos for biometric data that can help it identify corresponding faces in other images.Despite legal action banning the auto-tagging system in parts of Europe and in Canada, it is still widely used in the U.S. on Facebook, and its Moments app.We re guessing it will be limited to smileys and other emotive face icons that can be customized to fit user images.Seeing as Facebook patented its Reactions feature almost two years prior to its release, we could be in for a bit of a wait before we can run rampant with our very own miniature icons.
To be more specific, he needs to convince several thousand of them, aged around 24, to be weighed, prodded and quizzed, donate blood and urine as well as undergo scans of their livers, hearts, necks and entire bodies.Their data has been used in more than 1,200 academic papers worldwide, including ones showing the benefits of eating fish during pregnancy, that peanut oil in baby lotions is linked to later peanut allergy, and that 15 minutes of exercise a day halves the risk of childhood obesity.This may sound a lot, but the Bristol study is part of a bigger and more unusual enterprise, a remarkable series of birth cohort studies that have tracked successive generations born in Britain.Researchers around the world are keen to use the data: "We have a clutch of proposals every week," says Nicholas Timpson, a genetic epidemiologist who leads many of the omic studies for ALSPAC.Around 1,000 cohort members have already attended the latest clinic, Focus @ 24 , which will collect measurements when these young adults are at their physical prime.Another project will also start this year involving wiring up the bodies and homes of 30 study members with sensors to measure how active they are, and in-house sensors and cameras to monitor eating, sleeping and TV watching.
But at its very core, AI is supposed to help relieve humans of mundane and repetitive tasks.Snips, a young Paris-based startup, believes in that kind of AI vision, and it is starting somewhat from the ground up with an iOS app that focuses on the first, and most important, foundation of artificial intelligence: memory.Whereas the likes of Siri and Google Now routinely connect to remote servers not only to get data but to "phone home", Snips keeps everything local on your device.As proof of its commitment to privacy, it even hired Javier Aguera, the founder of the privacy-focused but not so successful Blackphone.But the data sources it pools from is also quite limited at this point.You might find "Intelligent Memory" to be a bit underwhelming compared to less privacy conscious personal assistants, but that's OK. Snips admits that it is just the first baby step, the necessary cornerstone for future AI apps.
BSIP via Getty ImagesCOPENHAGEN Thomson Reuters Foundation - Countries which fail to invest in young women s health will be left behind because the underdeveloped brains of their children will not be equipped to compete in an increasingly complex, digital world, the head of the World Bank said on Wednesday.He said when finance ministers approach the World Bank for loans they say they are not going to use the money for women and children, but for hard infrastructure like roads and energy.Kim said brain scans showed that young children who don t have sufficient nutrition or stimulation in their early years have fewer neural connections which impacts their cognitive potential.For every country in the world looking at a future that s going to ... require huge amounts of digital competence we are now saying to these governments how are you going to walk into the future with 45 percent stunting.He said investing in women s health, education and economic empowerment was crucial for ending global poverty and the World Bank would be making special investments to address the high numbers of girls dropping out in secondary school.Editing by Ros Russell; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, which covers humanitarian news, women s rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change.
Participants were tasked with getting from A to B while MRI scans of their brain were taken.These scans showed which parts of the brain are involved in planning and making decisions.The group, which included Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, concluded that the brain splits the task of completing a journey into different jobs, with different parts of the brain handling different elements of the task.Parts of the cortex, for example, showed more activity when the participant had to change lines, while other parts of the brain appeared "more excited" as the participant got closer to the final destination.Studying the human brain like this can help companies like Google DeepMind to make advances in the field of artificial intelligence.Developers can create AIs that can calculate all the possible consequences of a single action but humans have to create and execute a plan, the paper states.We mentally invent different "layers" to organise our actions and then think about the bigger picture rather than individual steps, according to the study."We're interested in trying to find machine-learning solutions to difficult tasks and real-life problems," said Google DeepMind scientist Jan Balaguer, who is also completing a PhD at Oxford University, in a statement."In machine learning, having a hierarchical representation for decision making might be helpful or harmful depending on whether you choose the right hierarchy to implement in the first place."As one might expect, humans took longer to plan a journey with several line changes than they did to plan journeys that involved a high number of station stops on the same line.DeepMind, which employs around 250 people in King's Cross, is famous for creating an AI agent called AlphaGo that successfully took on the best player in the world at ancient Chinese board game Go last month.But the company, which Google acquired for a reported £400 million in January 2014, has a wide range of other projects on the go that it doesn't reveal to the public, including a little-known fashion website called KITSEE that was killed off around the time of the Google acquisition.DeepMind is also looking at how its technology can be applied in healthcare, announcing a partnership with the NHS in February that has proved to be controversial due to an extensive data-sharing agreement.NOW WATCH: This smart earpiece translates languages as they are spokenLoading video...
Included on Friday s list is a great calendar app, an app that will lock your private photos away, a very cool app that lets you record video of your iPhone screen, an awesome VR app, a memory manager, an app that lets you control your drone from an iPad, and much more.MUST SEE: How I added microSD support to my iPhone 6sThese are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers.PRIVATE BROWSER– Private browser with its own Secrete browsing historyNo cache and history will not performSite scansPop-up is blockedVideo and music runs easilyThe ability to link to other browsers.VOICE RECORDER– Unlimited recording time– Loop recordings– Trim recordings– Favorite recordings– Attractive and easy to use UIDISCLAIMER: All your private data is locked inside the app and is protected with a code of your choice.** FEATURES **• Fully Simulated Mouse• Magic Trackpad• Multi-Touch Gestures• Function Keyboard in Landscape Mode full version only • Key Combination Input• Media Remote need unlocking – Support iTunes, Keynote, Powerpoint, Hulu and Powerpoint for Mac– Support Windows Media Player, Window Photo Viewer, Powerpoint and iTunes on Windows– Physical Volume Buttons Control to adjust computer volume and change presentation slides• Image Transfer need unlocking • Spotify Remote need unlocking • Application Launcher & Switcher• Shut Down / Sleep / Restart / Log Off Remotely• Numeric Keyboard• Swaying Mode Control• Remotely Typing with Voice need Siri • Connect via IP & QR code• Password Protection• Customizable Interface• Customizable Wallpapers• Works under Wi-Fi and 3G network• Compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, Vista, Mac OSX 10.6 ** TO GET STARTED, YOU ALSO NEED **1.Advanced Algorithm– Generate local coherent playlists– No Internet access needed– Fast and AccurateBeautiful Design– Feel material design in iOS– Content yourself with bright and colourful UIEasy to Use– Innovative interactionsPremium Features Including:– Using system music player: merge Ripple into the system music app, enabling playing statistics, repeat modes and full background music playing– More UI customization: more special themes and other options will be added in the future updatesNote:– Apple Music not supported yet.
During the last Google I / O was presented Project jacquard, which is a bet on connected and touch-sensitive clothes. Through a special kind of conductive yarn and thread, optional parts of the garments work much like a trackpad and used for example to control a connected smartphone. Left arm can register scans and prints. Down at the keys is a control unit that includes battery, Bluetooth, a vibration motor, sam a small LED lamp. The jacket can be washed in the washing machine which garments any time and is as durable as a regular jean jacket. The control needs to be removed before washing.
This makes finding a motorcycle helmet that fits perfectly tricky.Mass-produced helmets don t match well with everyone s cranial oddities, and ill-fitting protection can lead to serious injury in the event of a crash.The company, which has been making helmets for 60 years, spent the past three years making bespoke helmets by 3-D scanning customers noggins.Not everyone with a funky dome has that kind of money though.Its ProFIT system offers five shell sizes that s the hard exterior of the helmet and six impact liner sizes that s the soft inside material that keeps your coconut comfortable and holds it in place .It chose those variables based in part on three years worth of customer head scans it won t reveal how many people it s got data on .
Though they may not show obvious signs of sleep like snoring and , a new research study suggests our forest friends may be resting their limbs in a very sleep-like manner.Led by András Zlinszky of the Centre for Ecological Research in Tihany, Hungary, this is the first time a diurnal activity similar to sleep has been observed in trees.It also enabled them to conduct the experiment without using a light source, which could affect the results of the study by disrupting the tree s nighttime behavior.The team studied two birch trees, collecting 11 hourly scans of the tree in Finland and 77 scans or the tree in Austria at 10-minute intervals.Scans were conducted on a non-windy night and during the equinox to remove external variables that could influence the outcome of the study.When reviewing the results, the researchers discovered that the tree branches drop more at night than during the day, with some tree branches drooping up to 10 centimeters by the end of the night.
View photosMoreThe logo of Samsung Electronic is seen at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, April 4, 2016.REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiSEOUL Reuters - South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics Co said on Wednesday that it is launching a new tablet device in India for government and enterprise use equipped with iris-recognition technology.Samsung, in a statement, said the Android-powered tablet - called Galaxy Tab Iris - will be equipped with technology to allow authentication through the recognition of a person's iris for applications including banking and healthcare.The iris readings would be possible through one of the cameras on the 7-inch display device.The product will be compliant with India's Aadhaar system, an identification database of residents that stores the biometric and demographic data of residents such as photographs, fingerprints and iris scans.Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Ryan Woo
We all have boxes and boxes worth of photographs from the days before digital photography, just begging to be rescued from obscurity.Unfade is a new app from the team behind Scanbot to help photographers immortalize their images.The app uses the technology that makes Scanbot great, and adds a layer of ease-of-use for photography buffs, taking the hassle and inconvenience out of turning the shoeboxes of photos into a more permanent set of memories, whether they find a new home on Facebook, get tucked away safely on a hard drive or are uploaded to the cloud for safekeeping.Unfade s interface is minimalist in the extreme, but is perfect for quick scanning jobs where speed and convenience is more important than quality.The app is particularly tuned to older photographs, automatically detecting faded colors and applying intelligent filters to coax them back to their former glory.For the average person who has a whole family history worth of images in photo albums and boxes, it makes perfect sense to digitize the old memories with a phone camera; it s much faster and easier than using a proper scanner, and if the target for the scans is Facebook or other online destinations, perhaps the time/quality trade-off doesn t quite make sense.
If you ve ever attempted to restore an old photographic print, you know it s not an easy task.Getting rid of the unwanted tints and bringing back to life the faded colors not only requires knowledge of how the image should look, but also the skills and time to get the job done in Photoshop.Developed by the team behind the Scanbot app, Unfade is a new iPhone app that scans old photos with your iPhone s camera and restore the vibrant colors and aesthetics of the image.Simply lay the print down on a flat surface, open up the app, put the image in the frame, and Unfade will do the rest of the work using its Magic Color filter.More features will be added in the near future, but no specific ideas have been mentioned by the development team.If you don t mind reading into things though, from a teaser icon on Unfaded s website, it looks like the developers might soon add layers, manual edits, an undo feature, brushes, and even a movie mode.
According to Jacobo Elosua, a co-founder of Iris AI — a Singularity University portfolio company — the research process is very often tedious and unfruitful.Machine learning is powerful because it allows programmers to assign a task to an algorithm — in this case, combing through scientific literature — and then let the code teach itself to improve its model as it is fed more data over time.By identifying emerging trends and concepts within the areas of science that may impact a researcher s domain of interest, AIs can shoulder some of the burden of constantly scanning new literature.Though global trends in academia have shown a shift to open access, many research papers are locked away in closed databases.Also, Iris's proof of concept scans the science literature contained in TED talks, a fairly broad set of areas.Earlier this month, for example, Google announced exciting progress in natural language understanding and open-sourced machine learning code in the area, which may further empower AI-assisted research tools.
Build 14352, which comes two weeks after the release of build 14342, comes with a few useful update to Windows 10 s Cortana personal digital assistant and the Windows Ink feature for writing on apps with a stylus that was released to Insiders last month.Cortana now lets you set a timer, cancel it, and find out how much time is left.Currently the Cortana s Groove smarts are limited to U.S. English users, but the feature will become available to more users over time, Aul wrote.As for Windows Ink, the Sticky Notes application is getting more sophisticated.Again, this is only available for U.S. English users right now; access will expand with time.The ruler in Windows Ink now features a compass, Aul wrote.Elsewhere, there are a few other changes.The Windows game bar, with its DVR function, now works in full screen mode with more games, specifically Battlefield 4, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, Diablo III, Dota 2, League of Legends, and World of Warcraft.And upgrading from Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise is simpler.These periodic scans will utilize Automatic Maintenance—to ensure the system chooses optimal times based on minimal impact to the user, PC performance, and energy efficiency—or customers can schedule these scans.Rendering with devices with Intel HD Graphics 3000 or Intel HD Graphics 2000 integrated graphics when using the Edge browser wasn t working properly, but now it is.
Dubai-based Mark Rofe racked up £1,500 of free Uber rides in a year by using an automated Twitter botNow that everyone has Uber, you would think dishing out sign-up codes to new users in return for £10 of free credit would be almost impossible.Mark Rofe, a British-born digital marketing manager who lives in Dubai, set up a simple piece of software that automatically scans Twitter for anyone looking for referral codes.By treating Twitter's search function like Google, Rofe was able to fine-tune his bot.The bot was then hosted for $5 £3.40 a month on Digital Ocean, a cloud computing platform, and left to do its thing."From Twitter's point of view there isn't really an incentive to close the bot account , it doesn't impact them...I believe my bot is genuinely useful."Rofe would not show us the bot or tweets it has sent, but explained how it "specifically targets users who have included highly relevant keywords which suggest they are looking for an Uber code.
Many existing video games have now been made into VR games and are available for throw away prices on Oculus and HTC Vive.Comparatively the level of immersion porting to VR provides over the high resolution video game is supposed to be quite heady!Below are astronauts preparing for upcoming missions using VR:Source:Here are some of the best VR applications that available for education on the very affordable Google Cardboard.Simon Parkin s book Death By Video Game is an interesting and ambitious exploration of the obsessive gamer s psyche.Consider for example a really interesting VR experience in combination with ready at hand 3D printed food and the toilet lazy boy below:How many of us will stop imbibing this new opiate and go smell the roses ... and maybe the coffee?Who will tell the already billion dollar VR gaming industry?
Here s how it works: rather than a single-file line, travelers can queue up and file into divestment points to drop their stuff off for scanning and move straight onto the body scans.Rather than wait for slow-moving passengers to empty their pockets, prepared travelers can simply drop their stuff off and move onto the scan, possibly leapfrogging dawdlers.Bags go through the scanners as you do like they do now , so there s little risk of confusion on the other end.Delta says it hopes to double the productivity of TSA lines with this concept, which means up to a 50 percent reduction in how long it takes you to get through checkpoints.That could help the TSA staff appropriately, and reduce the need for agents to step away to inspect bags.Delta s $1 million investment is only live in Atlanta, and there s no word on whether it will roll out to other airports.
Image: Flickr Creative CommonsSchizophrenia is a mysterious, misunderstood mental illness without a full cure.However, researchers from the United Kingdom and China may have found a clue that could help to understand it better.According to Science Daily, a new study that looked at MRI scans shows that while schizophrenic participants showed a reduction in brain tissue volume, subtle increases in brain matter were seen in certain areas of the brain.Our results highlight that despite the severity of tissue damage, the brain of a patient with schizophrenia is constantly attempting to reorganize itself, possibly to rescue itself or limit the damage, said Dr. Lena Palaniyappan, an author on the study.But the research shows that, while subtle, the process could be reversible.The brain may be capable of fighting off some of the effects of schizophrenia on its own and could lead to more answers in the fight against the disease, maybe including treatments that utilize the brain, researchers stated.
Photo: REUTERS / Umit Bektas Windows Defender is a point more active in Windows 10, if the user so wishes. Windows 10 learn to make periodic virus scans on your computer as part of the end of July high Anniversary Update, Microsoft says in his blog. Operating your own virus protection, Windows Defender tends to make these Limited Periodic Scanning check within such time as not to interfere, for example, plays for computer users. If the Defender is not the default Windows virus scanner, is also not limited Periodic Scanning activated automatically, but the user must individually put it on. According to Microsoft, is designed to provide the user with an additional line of defense in the event that the user päätorjunta deceive and malware's over. in the light of history, it is unclear how effectively Windows Defender will actually detect such malware that others go unnoticed.
Thomas McGinn, chairman of medicine at a major New York hospital system, is betting he can predict if a patient has strep, pneumonia or other ailments not by ordering traditional lab tests or imaging scans, but by calculating probabilities with a software program.Dr. McGinn, who is with Northwell Health, which has 21 hospitals in New York, is running a pilot program to test the system on patients with suspected pulmonary embolism in emergency departments at two of the hospitals he oversees.As would be expected, many doctors balk at the idea of a computer program telling them how to do their job.The calculator makes diagnosis and treatment decisions seem simple when they really aren t, says John Beasley, a family doctor for more than 40 years whose Verona, Wis., clinic is participating in one of the trials.But proponents of predictive models say doctors are free to ignore calculated predictions, particularly if their instinct is to dig deeper.The study results were disclosed in May at a meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine.