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AI edges closer to understanding 3D space the way we do

If I show you single picture of a room, you can tell me right away that there’s a table with a chair in front of it, they’re probably about the same size, about this far from each other, with the walls this far away — enough to draw a rough map of the room. Computer vision systems don’t have this intuitive understanding of space, but the latest research from DeepMind brings them closer than ever before.

The new paper from the Google-owned research outfit was published today in the journal Science (complete with news item). It details a system whereby a neural network, knowing practically nothing, can look at one or two static 2D images of a scene and reconstruct a reasonably accurate 3D representation of it. We’re not talking about going from snapshots to full 3D images (Facebook’s working on that) but rather replicating the intuitive and space-conscious way that all humans view and analyze the world.

When I say it knows practically nothing, I don’t mean it’s just some [...]  read more

‘The Last of Us: Part II’ may jump between two points in time

Speaking at the E3 Coliseum on Tuesday, game director Neil Druckmann referenced Left Behind, saying that “we had two timelines that we were playing with [in Left Behind] and that’s something that’s an intriguing way to tell a story.” He then went on to drop the vaguest of details about how The Last of Us: Part II may implement a similar storytelling tool. “At least in this demo, you’re seeing two times of where the story takes place,” he said, “and maybe that expands further.” (You can hear this for yourself at about 5:52 in the above video).

Naturally, panel moderator and IGN editor Lucy O’Brien ribbed Druckmann for his tiny drop of info and moved on, but it’s still a noteworthy detail to hear that the story will take place in two different timelines. Ever since last year’s ultra-violent [...]  read more

Welcome to TechRadar’s World Cup season: tech and the beautiful game

There is always electricity in the air when it is a World Cup year. The build up, the hype, the injured players, the team sheets, the sticker collections… everything culminates into what is a tournament of 32 teams fighting it out over four weeks to become the greatest in the world. 

Sports and technology have always gone hand in hand, and over the course of 30 articles and four weeks, TechRadar, in association with Honor, will bring you all you need to know about football and technology. 

From understanding how the entire infrastructure of the greatest show on earth works, to the wearables the players and everyone else is wearing to make sure their football is the best it can be, TechRadar’s World Cup hub is the place for tech lovers and football fans alike. 

Throughout the next month we will be updating this very page with all the fantastic articles we have lined up to celebrate the World Cup. So, bookmark and every day you will learn something new. 

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Facebook’s longtime head of policy and comms steps down

A prominent figure that helped shape Facebook public perception over the course of the last decade is on the way out. In a Facebook post today, Elliot Schrage, vice president of communications and public policy, announced his departure.

Schrage joined the company in 2008 after leaving his position in the same role at Google. He had come under fire over the last year at Facebook for his influence in shaping Facebook’s highly criticized public reaction to a series of scandals that began with the platform’s policies during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In response to questions about Facebook’s potential unwitting role in influencing the outcome of the election, Mark Zuckerberg famously dismissed such concerns as a “pretty crazy idea.”

via Facebook/Elliot Schrage

In a Facebook post, Schrage elaborates:

After more than a decade at Facebook, I’ve decided it’s time to start a new chapter in my life. Leading policy and communications for hyper growth technology companies is [...]  read more

Inspector General Criticizes FBI and James Comey, But Some Want More

In a highly anticipated report released Thursday, the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General found that political bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation didn’t influence the outcome of its 2016 probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

As part of their investigation, inspector general Michael Horowitz and his team reviewed 1.2 million documents and interviewed more than 100 subjects, including former FBI director James Comey, former attorney general Loretta Lynch, and President Bill Clinton, among others. They concluded that while then-FBI director Comey may not have been driven by partisanship, his actions related to the Clinton case did deviate from department norms to the detriment of the FBI’s reputation.

“While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey’s part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and Department norms, [...]  read more

YouTube ran ads on AIDS conspiracy theory videos

Undark reported recently that a commercial for a Toyota Corolla appeared before a video denouncing HIV tests and treatments while one for Mercedes-Benz aired before a video titled “The AIDS Myth Unraveled.” Adweek also spotted ads for the website building platform Wix, mattress company Saatva and insurance company Lemonade when viewing AIDS and HIV conspiracy theory videos claiming HIV isn’t dangerous, that it doesn’t cause AIDS and that antiretroviral medications are more dangerous than HIV. None of these claims are backed by the scientific or medical communities and all available evidence supports the contrary. Further, these sorts of videos stand to cause real harm to those with HIV or those at risk of contracting the virus.

Previously, YouTube has come under fire for airing ads alongside videos depicting extremist content, exploiting [...]  read more