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Welcome to deepfake hell: How realistic-looking fake videos left the uncanny valley and entered the mainstream

“Deepfakes” as we know them first started to gain attention in December 2017, after Vice’s Samantha Cole published a piece for Motherboard on AI-manipulated porn that appeared to feature “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot. The videos took on their unique name due to a prolific Reddit user called “deepfakes” who …

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Cheating Death: Inside the Cryonics Institute, Where Your Body Is Frozen With Hopes of Revival

Until the day he died, in 2011, Robert Ettinger hoped humanity would figure out a way to cheat death. Today, his body is stored in a cryonic vessel filled with liquid nitrogen and frozen to –196 degrees Celsius. He lies in cryopreservation at the Cryonics Institute in Michigan—which he founded—alongside …

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Facebook took down a bunch of political Huawei adverts in the latest blow to the Chinese tech firm

Huawei Chairman Ken Hu at Davos 2019.AP Photo/Markus Schreiber Facebook has removed Huawei adverts for carrying political messages. Huawei has been at the heart of a geopolitical skirmish between the US and China, which escalated last month when America blacklisted the company. One of the adverts warned against “mixing politics …

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Pete Buttigieg says it’s ‘almost certain’ that there’s been a gay US president in the past

Mayor Pete Buttigieg says &quotstatistically it’s almost certain” there’s been a gay US president in history.Screenshot/Axios Pete Buttigieg, a breakout 2020 Democratic candidate, said that it’s “statistically almost certain” the US has had a gay president in the past. Buttigieg said he couldn’t be certain who the past president was …

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Uber, MasterCard, Visa and other big companies have reportedly signed on to Facebook’s blockchain efforts

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Getty It sounds like Facebook has persuaded a suite of heavyweight companies to get involved in its secretive blockchain project. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Silicon Valley technology giant has enlisted a number of high-profile firms – including Uber, MasterCard, Stripe, Visa, and Booking.com …

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