Aug 22, 2017At this moment, computer-generated skeletons are competing in a virtual race, running, hopping and jumping as far as they can before collapsing in an electronic heap. Meanwhile, in the real world, their coaches teams of machine learning and artificial intelligence enthusiasts are competing to see who can best train their skeletons to mimic those complex human movements. Perhaps the coaches are doing it for glory or prizes or fun, but the event's creator has a serious end goal: making life better for kids with cerebral palsy.
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Aug 22, 2017Modern films and TV shows are filled with spectacular computer-generated sequences computed by rendering systems that simulate the flow of light in a three-dimensional scene and convert the information into a two-dimensional image. But computing the thousands of light rays (per frame) to achieve accurate color, shadows, reflectivity and other light-based characteristics is a labor-intensive, time-consuming and expensive undertaking. An alternative is to render the images using only a few light rays. That saves time and labor but results in inaccuracies that show up as objectionable "noise" in the final image.
Aug 22, 2017Each day billions of photographs are uploaded to photo-sharing services and social media platforms, and Cornell computer science researchers are figuring out ways to analyze this visual treasure trove through deep-learning methods.
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Aug 22, 2017Java and C continue to lead the Tiobe index of programming language popularity, but both dropped to all-time lows in the just-published August release of the index. The longtime leaders have had to share the programming landscape with a growing number of language options attracting developers, which has caused their slippage in the index. Javas rating this month was 12. 961 percent, a drop of more than six percentage points since August 2016, while Cs rating was 6. 477 percent, a year-over-year drop of nearly five points. Javas rating last month was 13. 774 percent while C was rated at 7. 321 percent. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here.
Aug 22, 2017Its newest app for Android gives parents a peek at their children's online activities while giving millions of kids 12 and under access to Google services.
Aug 22, 2017There are nearly 2 million youth who spend at least one night homeless each year in the United States. An estimated 7 percent of homeless youth are likely to be HIV positive.
Aug 22, 2017In a move that should come as no surprise given the declining need for proprietary rich Internet plug-ins, Adobe on Tuesday said it will cease updating and distributing its Flash Player at the end of 2020. Content creators will instead be encouraged to migrate existing content to new, open formats such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly. Adobe cited the advent of these standards as having matured enough to provide capabilities pioneered by Flash. Today, most browser vendors are integrating capabilities once provided by plug-ins directly into browsers and deprecating plug-ins, the company said. [ Only on InfoWorld: A beginners guide to Angular. Get started today! | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorlds App Dev Report newsletter. ]Adobe said it will continue with development of new web standards including HTML5 while participating in the WebAssembly Community Group. Indeed, seeing the writing on the wall, Adobe has been making accommodations for HTML5 for several years now. The companys Animate CC tool, for designing animations, supports both HTML5 and WebGL. Apples refusal to support Flash on its wildly popular iOS mobile platform was perhaps the watershed moment for the technology. Flash also has had its share of security issues. YouTube backed away from Flash in 2015, defaulting to HTML5. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here.
Aug 22, 2017Researchers from Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, studied satellite photographs of Lake Catalina, an ice-dammed lake in East Greenland and were truly amazed: Unnoticed by science as well as people living in the area, the lake has been the source of four major outburst floods over the last 50 years - each representing an astounding mass of energy, equaling up to 240 Hiroshima-bombs. "The next outburst is certainly building and may happen as soon as 2018-19", says Aslak Grinsted, head of the research team.
Aug 22, 2017Three European companies are to work on a pioneering project to build a fully-automated supply ship, the French member of the scheme announced on Tuesday.
Aug 22, 2017Even though Tesla's Model X SUV has been on the market for over a year now, it still feels like a car from the future.
Aug 22, 2017COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A. P. Moller-Maersk has been fortified by the $7. 5 billion sale of its oil and gas business to France's Total, but the company's main sea freight business faces the threat of a new price war in a consolidating industry.