Behind the Motion Photos Technology in Pixel 2

Background motion estimation in motion photos. By using the motion metadata from Gyro and OIS we are able to accurately classify features from the visual analysis into foreground and background. Source: googleblog

A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal”

So yeah. Nectome is a preserve-your-brain-and-upload-it company. Its chemical solution can keep a body intact for hundreds of years, maybe thousands, as a statue of frozen glass. The idea is that someday in the future scientists will scan your bricked brain and turn it into a computer simulation. That way, someone a lot like you, […]

The Military-Industrial Complex Roots of GPS

The story of the Navstar Global Positioning System starts in 1973, when the US Department of Defense approved funding for the technology, and the system was built out in bits and pieces up until 1995. Source: vice

Open Source Neural Network Synthesizer

NSynth Super is part of an ongoing experiment by Magenta: a research project within Google that explores how machine learning tools can help artists create art and music in new ways. Technology has always played a role in creating new types of sounds that inspire musicians—from the sounds of distortion to the electronic sounds of […]

Cloudflare JavaScript Workers are $0.50 per million requests

Exactly one year ago today, Cloudflare gave me a mission: Make it so people can run code on Cloudflare’s edge. At the time, we didn’t yet know what that would mean. Would it be container-based? A new Turing-incomplete domain-specific language? Lua? ‘Functions’? There were lots of ideas. Source: cloudflare

Gitkube – Deploy to Kubernetes Using Git Push

Ideal for development where you can push your WIP branch to the cluster to test. Reference implementation for writing git-based automation on your server. Fork this repo and create your own CRD + controller + git remote hook that can do things on the Kubernetes cluster. Source: gitkube

Study Reveals Brain Mechanisms That Allow “Iceman” Unusual Resistance to Cold

Practice of the Wim Hof Method made Hof’s skin temperature relatively invariant to cold exposure, a finding the researchers attributed to his increased sympathetic innervation and glucose consumption in intercostal muscle revealed by PET imaging. The method appeared to allow him to generate heat that dissipates to lung tissue and warms circulating blood in the […]