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Deep learning[133] uses several layers of neurons between the network's inputs and outputs. The multiple layers can progressively extract higher-level features from the raw input. For example, in image processing, lower layers may identify edges, while higher layers may identify the concepts relevant to a human such as digits or letters or faces.[134] Deep learning has drastically improved the performance of programs in many important subfields of artificial intelligence, including computer vision, speech recognition, image classification[135] and others. Deep learning often uses convolutional neural networks for many or all of its layers.


Octopus-like craft will live in Earth's orbit and grab dead satellites as they float past

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The UK government yesterday announced a raft of new measures designed to drive sustainability in space and help clear up the millions of shards of debris clogging up near-Earth orbit. This includes an'Active Debris Removal' programme, which involves launching a new spacecraft to physically collect and destroy pieces of space junk floating around the Earth. The project, which will receive £5 million in funding from the UK government, is set to launch in 2026. It is not a new idea – private space companies such as ClearSpace and Astroscale are already building spacecraft to capture debris in near-Earth orbit. However, they are focused on removing just one bit of junk at a time.


How 'The Dress' Sparked a Neuroscience Breakthrough

WIRED

Back in 2015, before Brexit, before Trump, before Macedonian internet trolls, before QAnon and Covid conspiracy theories, before fake news and alternative facts, the disagreement over the Dress was described by one NPR affiliate as "the debate that broke the internet." The Washington Post called it "the drama that divided the planet." If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. The Dress was a meme, a viral photo that appeared all across social media for a few months.


Mysterious Drones Strike Russian Oil Refinery, Sending Ball Of Flame Into Sky

International Business Times

Mysterious drones hit a major Russian oil refinery in Novoshakhtinsk in the Rostov region, which is near the border with Ukraine, the plant's management said Wednesday. The incident came as the fight between Ukraine and Russia is about to enter its fifth month. The strike sent a ball of flame and black smoke straight into the sky, prompting the suspension of operations, the authorities told local media. A video was shared on the Telegram messaging service, showing a twin-boom tail configured drone crashing into the Russian oil refinery. There are speculations it was a "kamikaze" drone strike conducted by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, according to the Drive.


Czech Presidency sets out path for AI Act discussions

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The upcoming Czech Presidency shared a discussion paper with the other EU governments to gather their views on AI definition, high-risk systems, governance and national security. The paper, obtained by EURACTIV, will be the basis for the discussion in the Telecom Working Party on 5 July, with the view of providing an updated compromise text by 20 July. The member states will then be asked to provide written comments on the new compromise by 2 September. "The CZ Presidency has identified four high-level outstanding issues which require a more thorough discussion and where receiving directions from the member states would be crucial to moving the negotiations to the next level," the document reads. The document is the first of the Czech Presidency, which formally will only start in July. The draft indicates continuity with the direction taken by the French Presidency and provides the main topics where the Czechs will focus.


Aimed at connecting artworks and culture, Microsoft develops AI-powered platform

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INTERWOVEN represents these visually and intuitively, encouraging further exploration, discovery and cross-cultural exchange. The Museum of Art and Photography (MAP) and Microsoft announced the launch of a novel artificial intelligence (AI)-powered platform for connecting artworks and cultures around the world. The platform called INTERWOVEN is rooted in MAP's vast collection of South Asian textiles and was developed as part of Microsoft's AI for Cultural Heritage initiative, which leverages technology to empower people and organisations dedicated to the preservation and enrichment of art and culture. INTERWOVEN brings together collections from key institutions and partners across the world alongside MAP's (including the V&A in London, MET in New York, Rietberg in Zurich and the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada) to reveal connections between artworks from different cultures, mediums and time periods. INTERWOVEN represents these visually and intuitively, encouraging further exploration, discovery and cross-cultural exchange.


Kamikaze Drones in Russia's War Against Ukraine Point to Future "Killer Robots"

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Editorial note: due to the time-sensitive nature of this topic, we are releasing this to all readers immediately rather than only to our paying subscribers. This is a first in a series of articles covering the impact of AI in Russia's war against Ukraine; subscribe to read future ones. You can support Ukraine with these highly rated charities. "Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world."[1]


Is Web Scraping Stealing?

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We're sure you've heard the claim that "data is the new oil". Web scraping is the process of mining data from the World Wide Web for a specific purpose. In the most simple form, it is copying and pasting a specific set of information to a local database for archival use, scientific analysis, or some other use. Some of the most widely used examples include aggregator websites which provide price comparisons for online goods. There are also sites like archive.orgthat


If the Metaverse Is Left Unregulated, Companies Will Track Your Gaze and Emotions

TIME - Tech

The world's leading neurologists assembled in Seattle earlier this month for a Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications. Sponsors of the event included Google and Reality Labs, a division of Meta Platforms, Inc., the company formerly known as Facebook. Poets say the eyes are the window into a person's soul. Neurologists are less romantic, finding that eye movements can reveal our thought processes. The companies that once harnessed psychological research to design products that would hold the user's attention are now probing how to build a new business--the metaverse--around neurological science.


Ukraine's valiant efforts to defeat Russia being undermined by Chinese technology

FOX News

Ukrainian member of parliament Rustem Umerov reacts to President Biden announcing on Wednesday another $1.2 billion in security and humanitarian assistance on'Fox News @ Night.' An individual's location is typically known to someone or thing at any given time whether using a smartphone or device – such as a drone. This issue has become one of tremendous strategic importance for Ukrainians in their battle against Russian aggression. Allegations have arisen that Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI), a Chinese company that is the world's largest civilian drone manufacturer, has been providing the Russian military with software to track Ukrainians piloting DJI drones used to conduct operations. The matter raises grave new concerns about the behavior of another Beijing technology behemoth and its impact on Ukrainian self-defense efforts. Ukraine's minister of digital transformation sent an open letter to DJI founder Frank Wang in March accusing Russia of using "an extended version of DJI AeroScope" to navigate missiles that are killing Ukrainian civilians.