Local Finnish officials unaware of US firm's big data centre plans


The US-headquarted consortium Silent Partner Group is planning to build three massive data centres in Finland, IT-news outlet Tietoviikko reported on Monday (in Finnish). When the data centres are operational they will reportedly each have a minimum capacity of 250MW of electricity, which would place them at the top end of the data market, according to Data Economy magazine. According to Tietoviikko, the firm has decided on the locations of all three of the planned data centres in Finland, but has so far only announced two. One of the centres is reportedly to be built in the town of Hamina, about 145km east of Helsinki, while the other site is planned in the municipality of Sotkamo, located in the Kainuu region. The company has not announced the location of its third planned data centre in Finland, according to Tietoviikko.

Helsinki to Frankfurt in 20 milliseconds: The Baltic cable that's breaking data speed records


Cinia has finished laying the new Baltic fiber-optic subsea cable linking Finland and Germany. Finland's aspirations to become a global data hub have been boosted with the launch of a new high-speed submarine data cable connecting the Nordic country directly with Germany. The 1,172km fiber-optic cable system is called C-Lion1 and also dubbed Northern Digital Highway. It runs between Helsinki and Rostock, buried one metre into the Baltic seabed. The cable joins existing terrestrial networks in both countries to improve capacity and latency.

News: Rid of routine coding – AI automates the construction of large information systems


Business Finland has granted 678,000 euros to a team lead by Aalto University's Jussi Rintanen for the commercialisation of a new information system technology based on artificial intelligence. Rintanen wants not only to automate the development of large information systems but also to integrate all parts of software development into a single functioning whole. Information systems projects in health care and in public sector administration, for instance, are highly labour intensive. The whole information system market in Finland is worth about two billion euros annually, and worldwide the figure is about 200 billion. Information systems projects with overruns in time and costs, or projects that cannot be completed at all, suffer from the same basic problem: a massive amount of routine programming work whose management is extremely difficult.

ExprGAN: Facial Expression Editing With Controllable Expression Intensity

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Facial expression editing is a challenging task as it needs a high-level semantic understanding of the input face image. In conventional methods, either paired training data is required or the synthetic face’s resolution is low. Moreover,only the categories of facial expression can be changed. To address these limitations, we propose an Expression Generative Adversarial Network (ExprGAN) for photo-realistic facial expression editing with controllable expression intensity. An expression controller module is specially designed to learn an expressive and compact expression code in addition to the encoder-decoder network. This novel architecture enables the expression intensity to be continuously adjusted from low to high. We further show that our ExprGAN can be applied for other tasks, such as expression transfer, image retrieval, and data augmentation for training improved face expression recognition models. To tackle the small size of the training database, an effective incremental learning scheme is proposed. Quantitative and qualitative evaluations on the widely used Oulu-CASIA dataset demonstrate the effectiveness of ExprGAN.

Stephen King uses a George Orwell quote to destroy Trump and Putin


When it comes to taking down Trump on Twitter, Stephen King regularly employs his full bag of writer's tricks to make sure the task is carried out as efficiently as possible. Sometimes, though, all he needs is a well-placed quote. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling and Stephen King join forces to troll Donald Trump Following Trump and Putin's summit in Helsinki earlier this week, the horror master took to Twitter to quote George Orwell. George Orwell on Trump and Putin, in 1945: "The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which." That quote is from the end of Orwell's Animal Farm.