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Károly of Two Minute Papers explains how Researchers at Google have devised an AI-backed translation tech which maps speech to speech without an intermediate translation to text. What’s really amazing is that it can synthesize the voice of the original speaker into the other language. Listen to some of its voice samples here.

Faking Talking Heads

Faking Talking Heads

Scientists from Samsung’s Moscow-based AI Research Center recently showed off “Few-Shot Adversarial Learning” tech, which can generate talking head videos from just a handful of still images, and a source video of another head. It’s so impressive, they even made the Mona Lisa talk.

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Festo BionicSoftHand

Festo BionicSoftHand

Robotics firm Festo shows off its impressive design for a pneumatic hand with flexible fingers that can grip things like humans do. It uses AI tech to learn to grasp objects, and has sensors to help it model the shape of the object it’s holding.

High Capacity Battery Charger

High Capacity Battery Charger

Stop shuffling batteries between remotes and just invest in a battery charger already. This handy 2600 mAh battery charger from RavPower comes with 8 AA batteries, and it’s on sale today in The Awesomer Shop.

Lyrebird Voice-cloning AI

Lyrebird Voice-cloning AI

Bloomberg journalist Ashlee Vance sat down with the founders of Lyrebird, a startup developing artificial intelligence tech that can learn the sound of any human voice, then make it say anything. Amazing, yet creepy stuff. Try an early version here.

Fooling Image Recognition Tech

Fooling Image Recognition Tech

Modern image recognition technology is getting really good at identifying objects. But engineers at MIT CSAIL show us how simply playing with their textures can confuse the AI into thinking an object is something completely different than what it actually is.

Cruising with Cadillac Super Cruise

Cruising with Cadillac Super Cruise

The world’s first hands-free interstate cruising system is here, and we were one of the first to test it out on a trip from Cleveland to Memphis via Chicago. We were left thoroughly impressed by this “Super Cruise” setup, and what it means for the future of highway travel as we know it.

3D Nano Printing

3D Nano Printing

Most desktop 3D printers have difficulty handling individual layers thinner than 50 microns, so it’s pretty mindblowing to think that engineers have managed to 3D print a castle on the tip of a pencil, with a resolution of 0.1 micron, using multiphoton lithography.

The Five Stages of Machine Telepathy

The Five Stages of Machine Telepathy

Mice, keyboards, touchscreens. Siri, Alexa, Google. All these input methods could be replaced by simply thinking, if the tech exurb1a describes ever becomes mainstream. But the stuff that really gets us thinking is the idea of the real world Borg collective.

Lexus x Mark Levinson

Lexus x Mark Levinson

We went behind the scenes with Mark Levinson to learn about the audiophile grade sound systems they make for Lexus vehicles. There’s no way to convey how amazing they sound without listening in person, but read on to get a sense of just what goes into making these systems so good.

Roomscale Wireless Power

Roomscale Wireless Power

Scientists from Disney Research are working on tech which uses something called “quasistatic cavity resonance” to emit magnetic fields that can safely deliver up to 1900 watts of wireless power to devices placed anywhere in a room. It’s still in its infancy, but the result is awesome.

How Do Machines Learn?

How Do Machines Learn?

Ever wanted to know how the algorithms that drive modern computer systems and robots actually work? CGP Grey provides a pretty solid layperson’s primer to the concepts of machine learning and artificial intelligence in this informative video.

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Casually Explained: The Future

Casually Explained: The Future

“Check when Elon Musk says it’ll happen on Twitter… and it’s not that.” Casually Explained looks at some of the many things we’re hopeful for in the future, and does his best to predict new products and when we can expect them.

Quantum Computers Explained

Quantum Computers Explained

You’ve probably heard the term “quantum computing” at some point, but most of us don’t have a solid grip on what makes it key to our technological future. Here, KurzGesagt puts the science of making computers that can defy physical limits in terms we can all understand.

EM-Sense Object Detection Tech

EM-Sense Object Detection Tech

Engineers from Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have developed a smartwatch technology which uses electromagnetic signals to detect what objects a user is touching, augmenting the world with contextually appropriate applications.

The Lightest Metal Ever

The Lightest Metal Ever

Aircraft maker Boeing shows off Microlattice, an incredibly lightweight, but resiliant metal structure that’s formed from 99.99% air. It’s hoped that this technology may someday translate to a reduction in weight for airplanes and other vehicles.

The Thousand Robot Swarm

The Thousand Robot Swarm

Inspired by the way that single cells assemble into complex organisms, researchers at Harvard University built an army of 1,024 Kilobots – tiny robots that work autonomously to form complex shapes by cooperating with one another.

MULTI Elevator System

MULTI Elevator System

The rope and pulley system used in elevators for 160+ years has its limitations. ThyssenKrupp envisions a new elevator with a self-contained drive system, the ability to stack multiple elevators in a shaft, and even move horizontally.

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