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AI Meets VR in New Nvidia Tech
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Nvidia has announced a breakthrough in 3D rendering research that may have far-reaching ramifications for future virtual worlds. A team led by Nvidia VP Bryan Catanzaro discovered a way to use a neural network to render synthetic 3D environments in real time, using a model trained on real-world videos. With Nvidia’s technology, worlds can be […]

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Facebook Ends Platform Policy Banning Apps That Copy Its Features
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Facebook will now freely allow developers to build competitors to its features upon its own platform. Today Facebook announced it will drop Platform Policy section 4.1, which stipulates “Add something unique to the community. Don’t replicate core functionality that Facebook already provides.” TechCrunch reports: Facebook had previously enforced that policy selectively to hurt competitors that […]

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Australian Fence of Sound Halves Roadkill On One Deadly Stretch of Road
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Researchers in the Australian state of Tasmania are using a “virtual fence” system, consisting of alarm units mounted on posts along the side of a three-mile stretch of road, to reduce the number animals that get struck and killed by cars on a particularly deadly stretch of road. “These alarm units, around 80 feet apart, […]

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NASA Is Outsourcing Its Next Moon Lander To a Private Company
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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Thursday that nine U.S. companies will compete to deliver experiments to the lunar surface. The space agency will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there, he said. The Press Herald reports: The goal is to get small science and technology experiments to the […]

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Insurance startup Bright Health raises $200M at ~$950M valuation
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A flurry of digital-first insurers are betting they can surpass industry incumbents with a little help from technology and a lot of help from venture capitalists. The latest to land a massive check is Bright Health, a Minneapolis-headquartered provider of affordable individual, family and Medicare Advantage healthcare plans in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, New York City, Ohio and Tennessee. The company, founded by […]

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Amazon Is Launching Pay-As-You-Go Cloud Computing In Space
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At its annual re:Invent conference in Seattle this week, Amazon unveiled a service that lets owners of satellites rent time on Amazon-managed ground stations to send and receive data from orbit. “The service, called AWS Ground Station, works in much the same way as Amazon’s well-established business for tapping computing capacity via the cloud,” reports […]

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AR technology helps the blind navigate by making objects 'talk'
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If you're blind, finding your way through a new area can sometimes be challenging. In the future, though, you might just need to wear a headset. Caltech researchers have developed a Cognitive Augmented Reality Assistant (CARA) that uses Microsoft's…

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Hollywood Wants Hosting Providers To Block Referral Traffic From Pirate Sites
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The US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator is working hard to update his copyright enforcement plans. In a written submission, Hollywood’s MPAA shared a few notable ideas. The group calls for more cooperation from Internet services, including hosting providers, who should filter infringing content and block referral traffic from pirate sites, among other things. From a […]

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Physics can explain the fastball’s unexpected twist, new study finds
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Enlarge / Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivers the pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. (credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) The fastball is, as its name implies, the fastest pitch in major league baseball, reaching speeds in excess of […]

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