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Rolls Royces Self-Driving Concept Car is a Wild and Crazy Vision of the Future

Supercar Blondie got to visit the Rolls Royce HQ to check out the Rolls Royce Vision 103EX concept car. The futuristic vehicle is Rolls Royce’s interpretation of what their self-driving car of the future might look like. The ‘Vision’ marks the 103rd experimental vehicle built by Rolls Royce. While these concept cars rarely make it to production as they are presented, they often provide inspiration for future models to come. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/rolls-royce-vision-103ex-concept-car-tour/

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A Neo-Noir Short Made from Actual Photos of Rosettas Historic Comet Landing

In 2016 an exciting mission came to its planned end. The Rosetta spacecraft made its final maneuver—a controlled hard-landing on the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67p). Before that, Rosetta accompanied the Comet for more than 2 years. It researched valuable scientific data, brought a lander to the comet’s surface and took a vast number of images. In 2017, the ESA released over 400,000 images from Rosetta’s historic mission. Based on this incredible source material, motion designer Christian Stangl and composer Wolfgang Stangl, worked together to create this neo-noir short film. Read more:…

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This is What Happens When You Teach an AI to Play Hide and Seek

The team at OpenAI observed agents discovering progressively more complex tool use while playing a simple game of hide-and-seek. Through training in their new simulated hide-and-seek environment, agents build a series of six distinct strategies and counterstrategies, some of which we did not know our environment supported. The self-supervised emergent complexity in this simple environment further suggests that multi-agent co-adaptation may one day produce extremely complex and intelligent behavior. You can find a detailed analysis and breakdown of this experiment at OpenAI Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/teaching-an-ai-to-play-hide-and-seek/

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Some WeWork board members reportedly looking to remove Adam Neumann as CEO

New York (CNN Business)Some WeWork board members want to remove Adam Neumann as chief executive of the company, the Wall Street Journal and other outlets reported Sunday, citing people involved in the talks. Softbank has invested billions into The We Company. Ronald Fisher, vice chairman at Softbank, and Mark Schwartz, former board director at Softbank, joined the company’s board as part of a 2017 $4.4 billion investment in We by Softbank. But Neumann, who is one of seven board members, is We’s controlling shareholder, giving him the power to fire…

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Huawei is about to unveil the Mate 30, its first flagship phone without Google services

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Huawei is about to find out just how important the Google ecosystem is to its global smartphone business. Europe in particular was a market where Huawei had been successfully selling high-end phones, such as the Mate and P series. The company shipped 26.3 million smartphones in Western Europe in 2018, up more than 60% from the previous year, according to market research firm IHS Markit. While the Mate 30 “will help Huawei compete in China — still the largest smartphone market in the world — the firm…

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The Unsung 3rd Member of the Apollo 11 Crew Reflects on the 50th Anniversary

On July 21st, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to ever set foot on the moon. The third member of the historic Apollo 11 mission was Command Module Pilot, Michael Collins, whose mission was to bring everyone home. In this animated Google Doodle, Collins reflects on the 50th anniversary of the mission that changed our world forever. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/michael-collins-reflects-on-50th-anniversary-moon-landing/

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This Crazy Tech Can Turn Anybody in a Photo Into a Moving Animation

Photo Wake-Up is a research project by Chung-Yi Weng, Brian Curless, and Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman of the University of Washington. Per their paper’s abstract: We present a method and application for animating a human subject from a single photo. E.g., the character can walk out, run, sit, or jump in 3D. The key contributions of this paper are: 1) an application of viewing and animating humans in single photos in 3D, 2) a novel 2D warping method to deform a posable template body model to fit the person’s complex silhouette to…

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Richard Branson is taking Virgin Galactic public

London (CNN Business)Richard Branson is bringing Virgin Galactic to the stock market. The startup’s current management team will stay in place after the merger, and, as part of the deal, existing investors in Galactic are being offered a combination of SCH stock and cash. Galactic’s primary backers are Branson and his own Virgin Group, a UK-based investment and branding company that functions like his private wealth management firm. SCH’s stock was up nearly 3% on Tuesday. Looking ahead Galactic has yet to fly a mission for paying customers, but the…

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Bill Gates reveals the biggest mistake of his career

San Francisco (CNN Business)Bill Gates has a resume of career highs, but he calls Microsoft’s failure to become Apple’s chief iOS rival his “greatest mistake.” In an interview Monday at the Economic Club in Washington, DC, Gates said the antitrust trial it faced at the time was a major distraction. He also said the company failed in how it assigned staff to work on mobile. “We knew the mobile phone would be very popular so we were doing what was called Windows Mobile. We missed being the dominant mobile operating…

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Trump suggests using Huawei as a bargaining chip in US-China trade deal

Hong Kong (CNN Business)US President Donald Trump has raised the possibility of easing restrictions on Huawei as part of a broader trade deal with Beijing, despite labeling the Chinese telecommunications giant “very dangerous.” “It’s possible that Huawei even would be included in some kind of trade deal,” Trump said. “If we made a deal, I can imagine Huawei being included in some form of, some part of a trade deal.” The United States has long branded Huawei — the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker and the No. 2 smartphone brand…

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Trump tweets support for far-right figures banned by Facebook

New York (CNN)Facebook barred seven users from its services earlier this week, citing its policies against “dangerous individuals and organizations.” Now President Donald Trump is siding with the people who were banned and railing against social media “censorship” — all while using one of his favorite social sites. “We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business when the bans were put into effect on Thursday. The action affected Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who’s…

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10 Robots Working Together To Pull a Giant Truck

Watch 10 Spot Robots from Boston Dynamics work together to haul a truck across a parking lot (~1 degree uphill, truck in neutral). These Spot robots are coming off the production line now and will be available for a range of applications soon. For more information visit www.BostonDynamics.com/Spot Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/robots-pulling-truck-together/

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