Deepfakes algorithm nails Donald Trump in most convincing fake yet

A YouTuber this week created a convincing fake video of Donald Trump using the deepfakes algorithm. We’ve written previously about the algorithm, specifically about its use in creating fake pornographic videos featuring the face of your favorite celebrities and the body of a passable porn actress. Now that popular platforms like Reddit, Imgur, and Pornhub …

Spotify ‘on its way’ to creating first hardware product

A trio of job listings on Spotify’s website are again getting the rumor mill swirling about new hardware. First spotted by MusicAlly, one of the jobs details the company is “on its way to creating its first physical products,” and that it was seeking someone to work in its Stockholm office to handle “manufacturing, supply …

Samsung announces a whopping 30TB SSD

Samsung today announced it has begun mass production of the world’s largest solid state drive (SSD). While unassuming in its 2.5 inch form factor, this drive packs a whopping 30.72 terabytes and leverages Samsung’s latest V-NAND technology. Called the PM1643, the drive combines 32 new 1TB NAND flash sticks, each comprised of 16 stacked layers …

Historians battle publishers for the right to resurrect dead MMOs

Fans of abandoned online games are close to bringing back certain “dead” titles — if the US Copyright Office doesn’t side with the studios, who this week began pushing back against their efforts. The US Copyright Office, which oversees the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), renews its provisions every three years. These provisions include the …

The Stanford gaydar AI is hogwash

Last year a couple of Stanford researchers created an algorithm to determine whether Caucasians are gay or not with better accuracy than humans. The algorithm, trained with human bias, is better at determining whether or not other humans will think a face is gay. Unfortunately the researchers don’t present their work that way. The Journal …

DNA data storage system rises past 400 megabytes — find out how to store yours

University of Washington researcher Lee Organick (foreground) and Microsoft researcher Yuan-Jyue Chen (background) work in the Molecular Information Systems Lab. (UW Photo / Dennis Wise) Scientists from the University of Washington and Microsoft are improving their system for preserving digital data in strands of synthetic DNA — and they’re giving you the chance to participate. The …

Billionaire Robert Bigelow sets up new company to operate future space stations

An artist’s conception shows three Bigelow Aerospace B330 modules linked together to create a space station being serviced by SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. Such a configuration would provide as much pressurized volume as the International Space Station. (Bigelow Aerospace Illustration) Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace has had space modules in orbit for more than a decade, but now …

Bill Gates to guest star on ‘The Big Bang Theory’

The Big Bang Theory season 7 episode “The Proton Transmogrification.” (Sonja Flemming / CBS Photo) It’s only taken eleven seasons, but Leonard and Sheldon may finally get to meet Bill Gates. Warner Bros. and CBS, the studio and network behind the series The Big Bang Theory, revealed today that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will guest …