Alphabet’s Loon internet balloons launch in Kenya in first commercial deployment – CNET

Residents in Kenya looking at Loon balloons. Loon Loon, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, said Tuesday that it’s launched a fleet of high-flying balloons over Kenya to beam internet signals down to the country’s population.  The launch marks the first commercial deployment of the technology, which up till Read more…

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Rousing NASA Perseverance rover mission trailer will get you hyped for Mars – CNET

NASA/JPL-Caltech Can you feel that? That vibration? That hum? That’s the excitement building around the upcoming launch of NASA’s Perseverance rover mission to Mars. NASA is feeding the enthusiasm for its newest robotic explorer with an inspirational promo video for the mission released on Tuesday. Octavia Spencer, who played groundbreaking Read more…

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Researchers detail texture-swapping AI that could be used to create deepfakes

In a preprint paper published on Arxiv.org, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Adobe Research describe the Swapping Autoencoder, a machine learning model designed specifically for image manipulation. They claim it can modify any image in a variety ways, including texture swapping, while remaining “substantially” more efficient compared Read more…

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