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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web 

Disney’s Latest AI Tool De-Ages Actors in Seconds

Disney researchers have revealed FRAN, a new artificial intelligence tool that can convincingly age or de-age an actor in a fraction of the time.

FRAN uses deep learning networks to analyze the facial features of any given subject and then generate new images based on those features. The original photo is shown at left; the newly generated image is shown at right.

The process is incredibly fast—FRAN can change an actor’s appearance from young to old in just 6 seconds.

The State of the Transistor in 3 Charts

The transistor has come a long way in a short time.

In 1947, there was only one transistor. According to TechInsight’s forecast, the semiconductor industry is on track to produce almost 2 billion trillion (10^21) devices this year. That’s more transistors than were cumulatively made in all the years prior to 2017.

Rolls-Royce Tests Hydrogen-Fueled Aircraft Engine in Aviation World First

Rolls-Royce has conducted the world’s first test of its new hydrogen-fueled aircraft engine. The ground test, which took place at a government test facility at Boscombe Down, used green hydrogen generated by wind and tidal power from the Orkney Islands in Scotland.

The company hopes that this is just another step toward making hydrogen a viable option for reducing harmful carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

The Hibernator’s Guide to the Galaxy

Scientists are on the verge of figuring out how to put humans in a state of suspended animation. It could be the key to colonizing Mars.

In recent years, these researchers have been piecing together the molecular changes that occur when certain species ratchet down their metabolism. And since so many hibernators are our close genomic cousins, there is good reason to believe that we can tweak our brains and bodies to mimic what they do.

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Emotion AI – How Emotional Intelligence Is Changing The Way We Communicate

Emotion AI is the next must-have tool for leaders looking to improve employee performance. It's a way to bridge the gap between the physical and digital worlds and connect us, opening up channels of communication in our personal and professional lives. Being able to infuse these conversations — no matter where or when they occur — with emotional intelligence and empathy has become a top priority for leaders eager to help employees become more effective and genuine communicators.

However, the human emotion that goes into communication is often a hidden variable, changing at any moment. In customer-facing roles, for example, a representative might become sad after hearing why a customer is seeking an insurance claim, or become stressed when a caller raises their voice. The emotional volatility surrounding customer experiences requires additional layers of support to meet evolving demands and increasing expectations.

The rise of emotion AI

Given how quickly emotion can change, it has become more important for technology innovations to understand universal human behaviours. Humans have evolved to share overt and sometimes subconscious non-lexical signals to indicate how conversations fare. By analysing these behaviours, such as conversational pauses or speaking pace, voice-based emotion AI can reliably extract insights to support better interactions. Read more...

Web3 Antivirus Is The Browser’s First Line Of Defense Against Blockchain Hacks

It's a new world out there.

You visit a website, a service, a community, or a game, hoping to check it out and maybe join. But before you can even get through the door, the service asks you to connect a cryptocurrency wallet like MetaMask. It’s the digital equivalent of being able to shop in a boutique only after handing the store owner all your banking details. It feels backward, unnecessary, and dangerous.

What can you do?

Serial entrepreneur Alexei Dulub thinks he has the answer: web3 “antivirus.” Years of building blockchain and auditing smart contract solutions for clients via his outsourced software development firm PixelPlex taught him that web3 is riddled with errors. Those errors can be exploited by hackers, or just smart technologists who find ways to use the smart contracts in ways their creators did not intend. 

That’s where Web3 Antivirus comes in. Installed as a Chrome plugin, Web3 Antivirus activates when you’re about to sign a transaction, then momentarily pauses the transaction and analyses it for risk factors. Having a website that’s on what the company says are “thousands” of block lists is one, as is code that requests access to all your crypto, or instructions that are hard-coded and therefore presumably act only in favour of the smart contract author. Read more...


ChatGPT is an open-source model that can hold a conversation in the format of a chat. It is able to do so by responding to a followup question, admitting its mistakes, challenging incorrect premises, and rejecting inappropriate requests. This makes it possible for ChatGPT to be used in many different situations where human interaction is necessary.

ChatGPT has been released by OpenAI, which is an organization dedicated to using artificial intelligence (AI) for good. The model was created by researchers at OpenAI and Stanford University who were interested in making AI more humanlike.

To create ChatGPT, the researchers used text from over one million conversations between humans on Reddit. They then used this data to train their model on how humans converse with each other online so that it could learn how to interact in similar ways with new people over time. Read more...

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