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  • The dream of a crowdsourced poop database is finally real
    October 30, 2019

    This is not a drill: two health-tech companies are building the world's first database for images of poop and they need your poop pics. The campaign is called "#GiveAShit For Science" and asks people to upload photos of their bowel movements by using a smartphone browser to visit seed.com/poop (yes, that's the whole URL). The companies behind the initiative are Seed, a "microbial sciences" company that conducts microbiome research (and sells a probiotic), and Auggi, …

  • Learn AI and machine learning from a top online instructor for $29
    October 29, 2019

    TL;DR: The innovative Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Certification Bundle is on sale for $29, a savings of 98%.  Artificial intelligence is no longer just the plot of sci-fi movies. It's here and it's one of the fastest growing tech sectors. In fact, AI powers everything from self-driving cars to Netflix suggestions. And you know how your internet browser seems way too familiar with your interests? Yup, AI and machine learning are to blame. If you want to get ahead of t …

  • Wonder what your dog would look like as a cat? There's a new AI tool for you.
    October 28, 2019

    If you've ever pondered what your dog might look like as a cat, or another dog, your time is now. And even if you haven't, the tech company NVIDIA wants to show you. NVIDIA has leveraged big gains in AI technology to develop a fun tool called the GANimal App, which allows users to upload a photo of their pet and generate pictures of what it would  look like as either different breeds of the same animal — or a different animal altogether.  After watching the demo, I decided to give the …

  • 'Jexi' is, unfortunately, a movie fit for our times
    October 12, 2019

    This review contains major spoilers for Jexi.  In his recent New York Times op-ed, "How to Stop Superhuman A.I. Before It Stops Us," Dr. Stuart Russell, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, advises people to create artificial intelligence machines that work toward our (human) objectives rather than their nonhuman ones. That way, machines will "always defer to humans" and "ask for permission when appropriate." Jexi, a new sci-fi …

  • A paralyzed man walked with a brain-controlled exoskeleton
    October 6, 2019

    A man mostly paralyzed from the shoulders down has spent the last two years working with researchers to control an exoskeleton with his mind. On Thursday, researchers at the University of Grenoble released results of the trial (funded by Clinatec), saying the work indicates that operating a four-limb robotic system could be feasible for patients with tetraplegia (loss of control of all four limbs). In the most complex use of the system, the patient, a 28-year-old french man identified as Thibaul …