Gears & Gadgets

Facebook unveils smart displays, promises not to snoop on your video calls

Facebook’s new Portal and Portal+ smart displays. Facebook The $ 199 Portal has a 10-inch, 1280×800 touchscreen. Facebook Both Portals use AI technology to make video chatting better. Facebook The $ 349 Portal+ has a 15-inch, 1920×1080 display that can pivot into portrait and landscape modes. Facebook Along with video chatting through Facebook Messenger, both […]

Gaming

An A.I. is designing retro video games — and they’re surprisingly good

[embedded content] Google DeepMind demonstrated a few years back that artificial intelligence (A.I.) could learn to play retro video games better than the majority of human players, without requiring any instruction as to how they should accomplish the feat. Now, researchers from Georgia Tech have taken the next logical leap by demonstrating how A.I. can be […]

Emerging Tech

Don’t be fooled — this automated system sneakily manipulates video content

[embedded content] A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an artificial intelligence system that automatically transfers content from one film into the style of another. In the vein of “deep fakes”, the A.I.-augmented videos infamous for superimposing one person’s face onto another’s body, the CMU system presents another case for how difficult […]

Gears & Gadgets

Video: A quick explainer on the promise—and risks—of TrueDepth in the iPhone XS

Valentina Palladino and iOS developer Nathan Gitter explain Apple’s TrueDepth camera. Click here for transcript. Apple’s new iPhones launch this week, and unlike last year, every one of the new devices comes equipped with the TrueDepth sensor array originally found in the iPhone X. Most consumers who are interested in Apple’s products know that piece […]

Top Stories

Facebook ramps up effort to combat fake images, video

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News) Tony Romm Staff writer covering technology policy Drew Harwell National technology reporter covering artificial intelligence and big data September 13 at 12:21 PM Facebook said Thursday it would expand its efforts to scan photos and videos uploaded to the social network for evidence that they’ve been manipulated, as lawmakers sound new alarms […]