It is quite remarkable how much empathy can be wrung out audiences if you put a pair of sad eyes on a box. Despite a relatively straightforward narrative in Hum, its creative team certainly know the importance of character design, and, in a stylishly impressive short reminiscent of WALL-E, they are able to ladle on the melodrama to such an extent that this reviewer neared his breaking point.
Daily Archives: October 29, 2016
How Skyscrapers Are Being Built Higher and Higher
Tall buildings often have tuned mass dampers hidden inside their structures to stabilize them against the wind. Those tuned mass dampers are huge and heavy and help limit a building’s movement by swaying in the opposite direction of the building. That is, if the wind is making a skyscraper sway to the right, the damper will sway to the left to dissipate the kinetic energy, and reduce the, um, swaying. What’s interesting is that the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, doesn’t have that.
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Bill Cosby Is ‘Legally Blind’ and Can’t Identify Accusers, Say Lawyers
Lawyers for Bill Cosby are arguing that the comedian is “legally blind” and therefore can’t identify his sexual assault accusers, reported NBC News. Cosby’s legal team made the written claim in a court document filed in Pennsylvania on Thursday. Cosby’s team was recently accused of attempting to hide Cosby’s “true nature” to get the case dismissed.
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Google’s AI created its own form of encryption
Researchers from the Google Brain deep learning project have already taught AI systems to make trippy works of art, but now they’re moving on to something potentially darker: AI-generated, human-independent encryption. According to a new research paper, Googlers Martín Abadi and David G. Andersen have willingly allowed three test subjects — neural networks named Alice, Bob and Eve — to pass each other notes using an encryption method they created themselves.
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Zip around on the Gogoro S electric scooter
Gogoro’s battery-powered scooter left us rather impressed after our test ride in Taiwan back in 2015, and the startup has since sold over 14,000 units locally plus rolled out 240 GoStations nationwide for customers to quickly swap batteries — as opposed to having their electric scooters plugged in for hours.
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Marijuana Legalization 2016: A Voter Guide
Voters in nine states will have the chance this year to decide whether they want to legalize the recreational or medical use of marijuana.