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Sony reveals Spatial Reality Display, a 4K screen with glasses-free 3D

Volumetric 3D displays are neither easy to produce nor common, as holographic imagery generally requires a mix of stereoscopic screen technology and unique optics, sometimes backed by high-speed eye tracking. Today, the display experts at Sony are throwing their hat into the ring with a new option called the ELF-SR1 — also known as the Spatial Reality Display — which is initially being targeted at professional users in content creation businesses, but with an eye towards future use in consumer-facing applications. Resembling a traditional computer monitor fixed on a 45-degree recline with a triangular frame, the Spatial Reality Display combines a 15.6-inch screen with a micro optical lens coating and an eye-tracking camera. While the display packs a conventional 4K resolution, the pixels are effectively split into twin 2K arrays for your left and right eyes, using live pupil tracking data and precision alignment of the micro-lenses atop pixels to deliver sharp, realistic 3D imagery. The results are digital 3D objects that appear to be floating right in front of the screen, and switch perspectives smoothly as your head and eyes move. In other words, if you can imagine computer-generated holograms coming to life and being viewable from whatever angle you prefer relative to the display, that’s what Sony is promising here. Apart from the laptop-like screen size, the only catch is that the volumetric imagery only looks optimized for an audience of one person at a time. Similar technology appeared in consumer form within Nintendo’s 3DS, but it was…Continue readingSony reveals Spatial Reality Display, a 4K screen with glasses-free 3D

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Study reveals big regional divides in views on AI risks

A new study of opinions on using AI in decision-making shows views on the risks and benefits vary greatly between regions and nations. Researchers from the Oxford Commission on AI and Good Governance revealed the findings after analyzing survey data from a sample of 154,195 respondents in 142 countries collected for the 2019 World Risk Poll. One question asked respondents whether “machines or robots that can think and make decisions, often known as artificial intelligence” will mostly help or harm people in their country in the next 20 years. Worries that it will be mostly harmful were highest in Latin America and the Caribbean (49% of respondents), North America (47%), and Europe (43%), and lowest in East Asia (11%) and Southeast Asia (25%). People in China appear particularly enthusiastic about the prospects. Despite numerous reports of Xi Jinping’s government using AI to foster totalitarian rule, only 9% of respondents in the country said the tech will be mostly harmful, while 59% believe it will be mostly beneficial. [Read: US joins G7 AI alliance to counter China’s influence] The study also explored how opinions vary by profession. Over 40% of construction, manufacturing, and service workers view AI as mostly harmful, which is unsurprising given their potential vulnerability to automation. The most optimistic profession was executives in business or government, 47% of whom believe AI will be mostly helpful. Office workers, professionals such as doctors or engineers, and agricultural workers were also more likely to be positive about the prospects. The study team says further research is required to explain the variations, and whether they relate…Continue readingStudy reveals big regional divides in views on AI risks

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Sony reveals list of PS4 games that won’t work on PlayStation 5

Sony today finally clarified which, out of the thousands of PS4 games, won’t work on the PlayStation 5. Thankfully, the list is mercifully small, though even the games that work might have some problem. Still, if you’re getting the PS5 a month from now, there are only a handful of games you won’t be able to play. A PlayStation support article titled “Backwards compatibility” clarifies that the “overwhelming majority” of PS4 games will be playable on PS5. It also adds that some of the games will benefit from Game Boost, which will make them run at higher frame rates, but doesn’t specify which games those will be. According to the article, you should be able to pop your disc into the PS5‘s disc drive, or download it from your game library depending on which version of the console you have, and be able to play it. Here’s a list of the PS4 games that can’t be played at all on PS5: DWVR Afro Samurai 2 Revenge of Kuma Volume One TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 Just Deal With It! Shadow Complex Remastered Robinson: The Journey We Sing Hitman Go: Definitive Edition Shadwen Joe’s Diner There doesn’t seem to be a common theme with the games — some are VR games, some aren’t. Titles like We Sing are likely not going to be playable because the publisher would have to relicense their songs, while Afro Samurai 2 has been pulled from all game stores since its release. There…Continue readingSony reveals list of PS4 games that won’t work on PlayStation 5

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Study reveals the simple way people get around Facebook’s fact-checking AI

Recently, Facebook has been taking a harder stance on misinformation. The company banned content related to the conspiracy theory and cracked down on coronavirus . But it’s still not enough.  According to a recent by the non-profit advocacy group Avaaz, Facebook is failing in a major, basic way. Facebook Pages that spread misinformation are finding their way around one of the platform’s most important tools for fighting fake news: its AI system. When Facebook’s fact-checkers debunk a claim in a post, its AI is supposed to flag and label alternative versions of the post spreading the same misinformation. But the study says Pages are getting around these fact-checks.  How? By slightly tweaking the photos and memes used to spread misinformation. Avaaz’s researchers looked into 119 “repeat misinformers” – pages that have spread misinformation a minimum of three times – to understand how these pages get around Facebook’s AI detection.  Turns out, all they have to do is change the background color or font on the photo or meme they’re sharing. They can also change up the location of the text on the meme or try cropping it.  Below is an example from the study showing two pieces of content spreading the same fact-checked claims. The image on the left just needed to change the format and text placement of the image on the right to avoid the fact-check label from Facebook. A fact-checked meme could easily avoid a Facebook warning label by just tweaking some attributes. Another workaround is to…Continue readingStudy reveals the simple way people get around Facebook’s fact-checking AI

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‘The Crown’ reveals first look at Princess Diana’s wedding dress

fans are eating well this week. This time, we get to devour a delectable glimpse at Season 4’s portrayal of Princess Diana in her iconic wedding dress. Played by new talent Emma Corrin, the show debuted her look as Princess Di on Wednesday, Sept. 30. That photo drop also delivered our first scintillating tease of national treasure Gillian Anderson as the equally iconic Margaret Thatcher. Here’s Corrin in a recreation of the famed dress. A first glimpse of Princess Diana’s wedding dress. Emmy award-winning costume designer Amy Roberts wanted to capture the same spirit and style of David & Elizabeth Emanuel’s original design, without creating a replica for Emma Corrin. pic.twitter.com/iYXN66aFjh — The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) October 3, 2020 The dress, credited to award-winning costume designer Amy Roberts, certainly captures the original’s strong ’80s energy. But a tweet also clarifies that it is indeed an interpretation rather than a stitch-by-stitch replica, focused on evoking the spirit but perhaps not the overabundance of shoulder pads that hasn’t aged as well as our memories of the princess herself. The crown’s recreation of Princess Diana’s wedding dress is a modern reimagining. Image: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images For fans of fashion, pop culture, and the royal family, The Crown‘s tease is nothing short of catnip. From the intricate lacing at the bottom to Corrin’s delicately folded hands, the image is both visually lush and emotionally telling. We’re all but ready to say, “I do” to Season 4 of the Netflix hit, which is supposed…Continue reading‘The Crown’ reveals first look at Princess Diana’s wedding dress

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Cobra Kai season 3 trailer reveals January 2021 release date and dark times for its heroes

Cobra Kai will start the next chapter of its epic dojo rivalry on January 8, 2021, when the reboot returns for its third season on Netflix. Star and producer William Zabka unveiled the trailer on Twitter today, which showed the fallout of the distressing events of the Season 2 finale. While not much about the Season 3 plot was revealed, we do know now that Season 4 is already in production. The first two seasons of the show premiered on YouTube Red before Netflix acquired the show in June of this year. We’ll have to wait and see if that Netflix money leads to an increase in production values for the new season, because the new trailer drops a few juicy tidbits but otherwise doesn’t show much footage. Season 3 @CobraKaiSeries premieres January 8, 2021 only @netflix Season 4 officially in training. Cobra Kai Never Dies #CobraKaiOnNetflix pic.twitter.com/0peIU8MccROctober 2, 2020 In the new trailer – which is filled with spoilers from the previous season’s finale – we see that Cobra Kai phenom Miguel, who was badly hurt in the previous season, does survive his injuries. But whether he fully recovers from them remains to be seen.  Meanwhile, his teacher, Johnny Lawrence, looks haunted after Miguel’s injury and losing the dojo to Kreese, and both he and his son Robbie appear to be behind bars during various shots of the trailer. While Johnny fights to win Cobra Kai back, Daniel LaRusso — star of the original Karate Kid films — must…Continue readingCobra Kai season 3 trailer reveals January 2021 release date and dark times for its heroes

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Mariah Carey reveals hidden vocals on ’90s alt-rock song and we are screaming

Mariah Carey worked on an alternative album during the 1990s while creating her own hit album Daydream, the singer revealed on Twitter Sunday morning.  Carey presented the news as a “fun fact” that wouldn’t make fans scream, along with a short musical clip set to video footage of her annotated memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey. At the end of the video clip, Carey reveals that it’s a song from Chick’s Someone’s Ugly Daughter, released in 1995 (as was Daydream). She may or may not have worked on tracks besides “Hermit,” which features in the Twitter video and this sampler on YouTube. She also cites “Demented,” which features the lyric “I crave you” over and over — Carey’s short-lived ’90s label at Sony was called Crave, a name that she said “came from a song I wrote that no one’s ever heard.” Um??? Knowledge is power and all that, but it isn’t much else in a digital era 25 years removed from that release date. The album is almost completely unavailable for purchase (sold out on eBay and almost $1,000 on Amazon) and virtually nonexistent on streaming. Carey’s tweet sounds like she recorded an entire secret album and this might just be a taste of what it contains. I remember this album. Malibu was my favorite song. I had purchased this album at the time it was released hearing rumors it was a band you had put together. — Chuck Walter (@chuckny508) September 27, 2020 “I’d bring my little alt-rock…Continue readingMariah Carey reveals hidden vocals on ’90s alt-rock song and we are screaming

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Sony reveals new Final Fantasy and Harry Potter games at PS5 event

Sony‘s PlayStation 5 event showed everyone what games will be coming to the console when it finally launches on November 12. The event, which ostensibly was about the details on the hardware, managed to sneak in some details on new games — so much so that they managed to push off the actual details of the console’s price and release date by almost an hour. Granted, lots of the show was filled with info on stuff we’d seen before, but there were some new reveals. These are the ones we thought were most interesting. Final Fantasy XVI One of the more exciting games shown was the latest game in the Final Fantasy series. I would have thought it’d be hard to follow up on FFXV, and it appears the new title will borrow from that game’s combat system. It appears to be a more Western medieval-inspired adventure — if you’ve ever wanted to see a Chocobo running around the world of Kingdom Come: Deliverance, this is the game for you. Other than that, it appears to be yet another FF title involving crystals, and the playable character appears to be the bodyguard of a small boy named Joshua. Beyond that, we know the game will be a PS5 exclusive, but will also release on PC. Hogwarts Legacy You know that Harry Potter RPG that got leaked a few millennia ago? Well I don’t know if Hogwarts: Legacy is the same game, but it looks pretty darned close. Very little detail about story was in the trailer, but it…Continue readingSony reveals new Final Fantasy and Harry Potter games at PS5 event

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GM reveals the ‘Ultium’ motors that are key to its all-electric shift

For its part, GM said that its five Ultium Drive motors (packaged with single-speed transmissions) will make EVs lighter and more efficient. That’s because the power electronics are built into the drive assemblies, reducing their mass by half while increasing capability. That also makes it easier to scale the Ultium motors and batteries to high output vehicles like pickup trucks and performance EVs. The company will develop the motors alongside its next-gen EVs in order to keep everything in-house. Future vehicles using the tech could include Cadillac’s’ freshly announced Lyriq luxury SUV, the Hummer EV coming next month, the next-gen Bolt EV (delayed until next year) and the crossover Bolt EUV coming in summer 2021. Source linkContinue readingGM reveals the ‘Ultium’ motors that are key to its all-electric shift

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Apple reveals date for September event

After weeks of speculation, Apple finally told us when it’ll reveal at least part of its fall product lineup. Tim Cook’s tech giant announced Tuesday that it would hold a virtual event on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. There won’t be a live audience this time around, but you’ll be able to watch along on Apple’s website. Of course, Apple didn’t spoil all the surprises for us, leaving us to speculate on what we’ll actually see at the event. Apple’s official invitation. We could see some combination of new iPhones, Apple Watches, and a new iPad. Rumors have pointed to four new iPhones, all branded iPhone 12, launching this year. We expect two of them to be standard iPhone 12s and the other two to be iPhone 12 Pro models.  Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, however, said Apple won’t reveal the iPhones until October.  Apple is also expected to launch the follow-up to the Apple Watch Series 5 and a new iPad Pro this year. Don’t be surprised if this event is primarily focused on the new Apple Watch; the official invite sent to Mashable and other outlets contained the words “Time Flies,” likely a not-subtle reference to Apple’s signature smart watch. COVID-19 may have thrown a wrench into everyone’s plans for 2020, but it couldn’t stop Apple’s new product launches forever. Update: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 12:03 p.m. ET: This story was updated to reflect the possibility that Apple only reveals a new iPad and Apple Watch on Sept.…Continue readingApple reveals date for September event