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 UW-Microsoft team laid out the method in a research paper published this week in Nature Biotechnology. For the experiment described in the paper, text files as well audio, images and a high-definition music video featuring the band OK Go were first digitally encoded, and then converted into chemical coding — that is, adenine, thymine,… Read More

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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 are cracking down on the practice, AI enthusiasts are turning their attention to newer, SFW applications. This is good. But also not. Take this example, which features Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live doing his famous impersonation of President Trump. YouTuber ‘derpfakes‘ trained the AI… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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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 chain, sales, and marketing.” Products, plural, is perhaps what’s most interesting. While it’s easy to envision an iPod-like device that steals fractional marketshare from competitors like Apple, it’s difficult to wrap your head around what appears to be Spotify’s big picture idea for the hardware… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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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 of 512Gb V-NAND chips. Nerd speak aside, these 1TB packages allow for super speedy transfer — about three to four times that of an average SSD — and incredible capacity to boot. Each drive is reportedly capable of storing 5,700 full HD movies. With our… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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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 billionaire founder Robert Bigelow is starting a new push to operate commercial space stations. To that end, he has set up a separate company called Bigelow Space Operations, or BSO, with the aim of having Bigelow’s expandable B330 modules sent into orbit. Two of the 330-cubic-meter (12,000-cubic-foot) habitats are due to be ready for launch… Read More

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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 specific rules which criminalize any attempts to circumvent copyright protection, and the exemptions to those rules. During the renewal, it takes public comment and petitions on whether any new exemptions should be made. A new comment, submitted last October by the Museum of Art and… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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