JAPANESE tech whizzes have developed a tool that can dream up a photo-realistic person in seconds. The software, powered by artificial intelligence, builds brand new faces, hair, outfits, and all from scratch at the click of a button. Developed by tech firm DataGrid, the software could one day be used by clothes companies to whip up photogenic models without forking out for real ones. In a video showcasing the tool, the AI morphs and poses dozens of models as their outfits transform around them. Colourful dresses turn into bomber jackets before warping into t-shirts. Experts at DataGrid, which is based at Kyoto University, trained the AI using thousands of photos of real models. It works by pitching two clever AIs against one another, a system called a generative adversarial network (GAN). While one algorithm builds a new person, the other rates it on its realism and sends it back if it's not good enough. Through this rapid algorithmic back-and-forth, the pair … [Read more...] about Creepy AI creates photo-realistic models and outfits from scratch
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How politically realistic are the climate action goals that European governments are setting in lockstep with the United States? Some analysts are warning that the rich can afford the necessary changes, but the burdensome costs of a green transition for middle-class and poorer voters could trigger a backlash and prompt electoral reversals. Others worry European governments have still not fleshed out in practical terms how to meet their ambitious climate action and emissions reduction goals and that a failure to deliver solutions, as happened after the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, risks undermining an emerging public consensus about the danger of climate change and a recognition action is required. “If you create a deadline that is unrealistic, which we will not be able to actually achieve, you put it completely beyond the bounds of possibility — that doesn’t mean you can’t have a high bar, you should be aiming for a high bar — but it can’t be unrealistic,” Jamie … [Read more...] about Are Europe’s Climate Action Goals Realistic?
'Even with 3 lakh cases a day, we have saturated our resources.' IMAGE: A woman waits to receive oxygen support at a gurdwara in Ghaziabad, April 27, 2021. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters More than 3 lakh covid cases every day. Thousands of people dying, gasping for breath. That is the situation India is in right now. Will there be a pause in the way the coronavirus is spreading? Is the graph of the infection going to come down? Unlikely, says Dr Anoop Thekkuveettil , senior scientist in the division of molecular medicine at the Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology in Thiruvanathapuram, whose team has been studying the virus from the time it made its appearance in India. In an interview with Shobha Warrier/ Rediff.com , Dr Thekkuveettil, explains how the R value is important to study to control the spread of virus. IMAGE: Family members mourn a COVID-19 victim at the Patna Medical College and Hospital, April … [Read more...] about ‘We may have 5 lakh-10 lakh infections per day and around 5,000 deaths a day by mid-May’
I’ve loved cyberpunk since I was old enough to dig through a second-hand bookstore on my own. But I’m tired, and I know I’m not alone. It’s hard to keep waving a flag for a genre that's so often boiled down to a Hot Topic look and recycled stories. Perhaps the final nail in the coffin was the shambling disappointment of Cyberpunk 2077, which CDPR is still determined to keep working on . What many people recognize as cyberpunk today is mostly cosmetic , and reusing that aesthetic again and again is becoming tedious and meaningless. "What bothers me about cyberpunk is that it often gets carried away fetishizing the high-tech world it is ostensibly critiquing," says indie designer Phoebe Shalloway. "It makes tech look sleek, sexy, and cool." Shalloway has a different interest: she makes explicitly solar punk games, which offer a fresh new way to imagine the future. Solarpunk still includes working with technology, but with a positive focus on sustainability, community, and … [Read more...] about Enough cyberpunk—it’s solarpunk’s time to shine
Mumbai: It has been a year today since Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan passed away after battling cancer. Remembering his late father, his son Babil Khan penned an emotional note on Thursday morning, stating that no one can ever replace his beloved 'Baba'. Babil shared a candid picture of Irrfan trying his hand at building a table from the time he was undergoing chemotherapy and wrote, "Chemo burns you from the inside, so to find joy in the simple things, like building your own table to write your own journals." View this post on Instagram A post shared by Babil (@babil.i.k) Untitled Carousel Babil Khan remembers dad Irrfan Khan on his birth anniversary, says ‘this time I could not forget your birthday’ On late Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan’s 54th birth anniversary today, his son Babil Khan shared an emotional post on Instagram as he remembered him. He shared a throwback video that … [Read more...] about Remembering Irrfan Khan: Nobody can ever replace Baba, pens son Babil Khan