Twitter data could have been a source of Kremlin intelligence during the 2014 Ukraine conflict

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Kremlin analysts could have used Twitter as a source of military intelligence to inform their actions in the 2014 Russia–Ukraine conflict, a study has found. University of California experts showed that location-tagged tweets by Ukraine residents could have been used to map out sentiments towards Russia in real-time. The map they made of pro-Kremlin regions turned out to bear a striking resemblance to the actual areas to which Russia dispatched its special forces. Specifically, this included Crimea and regions in the far east of Ukraine -- where the incoming forces would have been most likely to be seen as liberators. In contrast, the data could also reveal those areas where dispatching forces would have lead to greater resistance and corresponding casualties and costs.


Video shows rescue workers help an injured hiker get down from atop of 400-foot cliff with a drone

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A 65-year-old woman in Utah's Snow Canyon State Park got some unexpected help from a drone operated by the local sheriff's department, after injuring her ankle while hiking with friends. While walking near the edge of Island in the Sky, a famous canyoneering and rock climbing route, she slipped and fell several feet, injuring her ankle to the point where she could no longer stand or support her own weight. The group of three friends she was with called the sheriff's search and rescue team rather than attempt to carry her back down the steep and sandy trail themselves. Search and rescue workers from the Washington Country Sheriff's Department in Utah used a drone to deliver then 660 feet of twine to help setup a rappelling system to get an injured hiker down from a clifftop The sheriff's team decided to bring the woman down from the 400-foot-tall cliff, the equivalent of 40 stories, by strapping her to a stretcher and using a rappelling system to guide her down. The only problem was they didn't have enough rope to reach actually reach the ground.


Federated machine learning is coming – here's the questions we should be asking

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Wouldn't it be better if we could run the data analysis and machine learning right on the devices where that data is generated, and still be able to …


Cheaper Cloud AI deployments with NVIDIA T4 GPU price cut

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This is helpful for machine learning (ML), since you may want to adjust your vCPU count based on your pre-processing needs.



Phiar launches AI-powered AR navigation app in invite-only iPhone beta

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Phiar, a Palo Alto-based startup that is using artificial intelligence and augmented reality to enhance vehicular navigation, is finally making its long-awaited AR driving app available for the first time -- albeit in a limited fashion. The company today announced the start of a private beta program for iPhone users, and plans to expand the program to Android devices later in 2020. Founded by experts in computer vision and machine learning, Phiar spent 2018 and 2019 raising funds and developing its mobile app, which is designed to serve as an augmented navigational head-up display (HUD) that sits on a car's dashboard. Instead of filling a phone's screen with a 2D or 3D map, the app can superimpose guidance lines, arrows, and icons atop live camera feeds of streets. Phiar notes that the app automatically picks visible AR overlays by looking at the road, lighting, weather, and objects present in the live video, drawing pathways using either lines or higher contrast patterns that will be more visible as you drive.


Candidate Experience and Automation PeopleScout

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On a sleepy Saturday morning, you grab your laptop and spend two hours applying to your dream job. It's worth the extra cup of coffee because you like this role and company enough to ignore the annoyance of a long application. Finally, you submit your application. An instant later, you receive a reply in your inbox. "We regret to inform you that, after careful review, you are no longer being considered for this role."


Intel's Blockbuster Results Lift Shares to Dotcom Peak, Fire Up Sector

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Shares of AMD, which will report earnings next week, rose 1% to a record high. Nvidia shares were also up 1%. Intel's stock was up 8.6% at $68.75, a level it has not seen since the peak of the dotcom boom in 2000, propelling the broader Nasdaq and the Philadelphia SE Semiconductor Index to record highs. Other major chipmakers such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) and Texas Instruments have also given upbeat forecasts this month, cementing hopes of a rebound in the market that fell nearly 12% in 2019, according to research firm Gartner. However, Intel has struggled with delays in its 10nm chip technology, losing its lead to rival TSMC in the race to supply to the "new data economy", which includes 5G, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence.


Researchers use AI to deblur human faces in photos

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The researchers say that their model achieves state-of-the-art performance with respect to dynamic deblurring and leads to better restoration results compared with several baselines. "By comprehensively fusing the deblurring features from different domains, [our model is] able to reconstruct the image with explicit structure and semantic details," wrote the paper's coauthors. "Such a design leads to a unified, human-aware, and attentive deblurring network.


NeoRhythm: headband that uses neurostimulation to hack your brain

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Hacking into your brain seems all the range these days. Just over the past few weeks we saw the unveiling of Muse S and and URGONight at CES 2020. We can now add one more device to this list, the Indiegogo funded NeoRhythm. The thing is designed to fit around your head, from where it emits dominant and accompanying frequencies using a non-invasive magnetic method of neuromodulation. Different frequencies have varying effects on the brain and the app allows you to choose between the programs.