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ladajo
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Re: Skynet is coming.

Postby ladajo » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:59 pm

So what you are really saying here is that rogue rouge is in style...
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Re: Skynet is coming.

Postby Diogenes » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:37 pm

These incredibly realistic fake faces show how algorithms can now mess with us


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Nvidia researchers posted details of the method for producing completely imaginary fake faces with stunning, almost eerie, realism (here’s the paper).

The researchers, Tero Karras, Samuli Laine, and Timo Aila, came up with a new way of constructing a generative adversarial network, or GAN.

GANs employ two dueling neural networks to train a computer to learn the nature of a data set well enough to generate convincing fakes. When applied to images, this provides a way to generate often highly realistic fakery. The same Nvidia researchers have previously used the technique to create artificial celebrities (read our profile of the inventor of GANs, Ian Goodfellow).



https://www.technologyreview.com/s/6126 ... s-with-us/
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Re: Skynet is coming.

Postby williatw » Thu May 16, 2019 5:29 pm

The Wall Street Journal
Secret U.S. missile reportedly can kill terrorist targets without an explosion and with minimized collateral damage
Published: May 16, 2019 1:09 p.m. ET


ImageDetail from illustration of the R9X weapon system

The R9X is known colloquially as the ‘flying Ginsu,’ for the blades that can cut through buildings or car roofs and kill the target. The nickname is a reference to the sold-on-TV knives whose commercials showed them cutting through tree branches and tomatoes alike. The weapon has also been referred to as the ‘Ninja bomb.’




WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has developed a specially designed, secret missile for pinpoint airstrikes that kill terrorist leaders with no explosion, drastically reducing damage and minimizing the chances of civilian casualties, multiple current and former U.S. officials said.

Both the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon have used the weapon while closely guarding its existence. A modified version of the well-known Hellfire missile, the weapon carries an inert warhead. Instead of exploding, it is designed to plunge more than 100 pounds of metal through the tops of cars and buildings to kill its target without harming individuals and property close by.

The R9X is known colloquially as the ‘flying Ginsu,’ for the blades that can cut through buildings or car roofs and kill the target. The nickname is a reference to the sold-on-TV knives whose commercials showed them cutting through tree branches and tomatoes alike. The weapon has also been referred to as the ‘Ninja bomb.’


To the targeted person, it is as if a speeding anvil fell from the sky, the officials said. But this variant of the Hellfire missile, designated as the R9X, also comes equipped with a different kind of payload: a halo of six long blades that are stowed inside and then deploy through the skin of the missile seconds before impact to ensure that it shreds anything in its tracks.

Details about the secret weapon and its deployment were confirmed by more than a dozen current and former U.S. officials. Its development and use haven’t been previously disclosed, though its existence has been the subject of speculation.







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Re: Skynet is coming.

Postby choff » Sat May 18, 2019 5:55 pm

Didn't the first Sherman Tank ammo in WW2 use a coiled razor sharp ribbon in the shell that would unravel inside the target?
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