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La nueva arma de las 'fake news': una IA que imita la voz de cualquiera

La tecnología ofrece una especie de disfraz vocal que permite hablar con la voz de otra persona, como por ejemplo Obama. Aunque sus creadores intentan que el sistema no se use para la manipulación informativa, cualquiera podría crear una versión similar para difundir mentiras cada vez más creíbles
Source: MIT

El desierto de Atacama revela nuevas pistas sobre la vida en Marte

Una investigación ha simulado una expedición de un róver en el territorio chileno. Sus resultados demuestran la existencia de zonas muertas y ofrece detalles sobre cómo se podría distribuir la vida bajo la superficie del planeta rojo, una información que podría ser de gran utilidad para la NASA
Source: MIT

Colleges Need Influencers, but Do Influencers Need College?

About a third of Gen Z wants to grow up to be YouTubers. Which doesn’t really require a college education.
Source: Wired

Ford is expanding its self-driving vehicle program to Austin

Ford is preparing to open an autonomous vehicle program in Austin as the automaker continues to ramp up testing ahead of launching a self-driving taxi and delivery service in 2021, according to sources familiar with the development.

A new job listing for an autonomous vehicles “market specialist” based in Austin validates the information. Austin is the fifth city to join the automaker’s testing program, which already includes Detroit, Miami, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.

Ford didn’t confirm or deny that Austin was the next city.

“We are on track to announce the next deployment city in which we plan to expand our self-driving technology and business testing efforts by the end of this year. We will provide more details at the appropriate time,” a Ford spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

The job posting for an “autonomous vehicles market specialist” in Austin reads:

We are seeking exceptional candidates to join our growing Autonomous Vehicle (AV) business team! AVs are an important part of Ford’s future and we’re looking for the best and brightest. The role will require critical thinking, problem solving capabilities, and a “get it done” attitude to help make strategic decisions that will enable Ford to be a leader in autonomy, connectivity, mobility, analytics and customer experience.

Ford is a bit different from other companies that have launched autonomous vehicle pilots in the United States. The automaker is pursuing two parallel tracks that will eventually combine ahead of its commercial launch in 2021. The automaker is testing and homing in on what its AV business model might look like, while separately developing autonomous-vehicle technology.

Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based company into which Ford invested $1 billion in 2017, is developing the virtual driver system and high-definition maps designed for Ford’s self-driving vehicles. Meanwhile, Ford is testing its go-to-market strategy through pilot programs with partners like Walmart, Domino’s and Postmates, and even some local businesses.

Ford will likely institute a similar rollout plan for Austin as it has in its previous cities. Argo AI first uses its AV vehicles to map the city. Meanwhile, Ford uses research vehicles to test various business cases, many of which have historically involved local companies.

Ford also opens terminals in each of the autonomous vehicle test program cities. These terminals, or operations centers, are where the AV test fleet vehicles will be stored. It also acts as a light maintenance facility and data center.

In the past, Ford has launched its mapping and testing before the terminal has been completed. It’s possible Ford will try to establish the autonomous vehicle operations terminal first, a slight departure from previous launches.

Ford has spent the past year ramping up its autonomous-vehicle program and plans to spend $4 billion through 2023 under an LLC created last year that’s dedicated to building out an autonomous-vehicles business.

Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC will house the company’s self-driving systems integration, autonomous-vehicle research and advanced engineering, AV transportation-as-a-service network development, user experience, business strategy and business development teams. The $4 billion spending plan includes a $1 billion investment in startup Argo AI.

The new LLC is primarily based at Ford’s Corktown campus in Detroit and will hold Ford’s ownership stake in Argo AI, the company’s Pittsburgh-based partner for self-driving system development.


Source: TechCrunch

Verizon 5G Is Coming for Real, but It Will Cost You

Verizon said it will introduce 5G wireless service in selected areas in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11, for an additional $10 a month.
Source: Wired

Ysplit wants to make it so you never owe your friends money again

When you live with roommates or go out often with friends, it’s common for someone to front the payment — be that for utilities, the cable bill, rent or the restaurant bill — and have everyone else pay them back via cash, Venmo or Apple Pay. But Ysplit, a company launching out of Y Combinator, wants to make it so you never have to owe anyone ever again.

It works by creating a virtual card that automatically deducts money from everyone’s bank account. So, the person who usually fronts the payment would instead use Ysplit’s virtual card.

“We front the payment and as we’re fronting payment, we’re ensuring everyone on the card has enough money,” Ysplit co-founder Tunde Alao told TechCrunch. “We authorize the payment and then charge everyone at the same time.”

Ysplit is totally free to users but makes money through interchange fees. Since the payment happens through Ysplit’s card, it’s able to charge the utility provider between 1.3 to 2 percent of the transaction.

Ysplit spun out of Alao and his co-founders’ first startup, Cluttr. While the three of them were interning at Google, they shared a house and came up with the idea to help them organize their shared finances.

“We created something to track how much we owed each other,” Alao said. “It got quite popular in the U.K. but we realized we’re not solving any problem by helping people track how much they owe each other. We wanted to stop people from owing each other entirely.”

Cluttr, which Alao said was similar to Splitwise, was basically Splitwise plus scheduling. Splitwise allows you to easily track bills and other expenses with friends. There are numerous other apps that make it easy to track how much you owe someone, but few — if any — that let you so easily split the expenses upfront.

Ysplit is currently in closed beta with about 40 households using the product. After Y Combinator demo day next week, Ysplit will roll out the app to an additional 500 people. Ysplit is initially focused on utility payments for roommates, but plans to add additional service providers down the road.

“It scales into a lot of situations,” Alao said.


Source: TechCrunch

How Google Influences the Conversation in Washington

Google has spent more money on lobbying in each of the last two years than any other company. But that’s only the tip of the firm’s efforts to influence federal policy.
Source: Wired

Dell XPS 13 vs. HP Spectre x360 13

Dell’s XPS 13 has been our favorite 13-inch laptop for a while, but HP’s latest Spectre x360 13 2-in-1 presents a serious challenge. Which wins out in a head-to-head comparison?

The post Dell XPS 13 vs. HP Spectre x360 13 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Apple Music comes to Fire TV

Apple Music is launching on Amazon Fire TV in the U.S. today, after rolling out in December to Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers. The news is notable as it’s yet another example of the eased tensions between the two rivals following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s 2017 announcement of Apple’s agreement with Amazon. Their deal allowed Amazon’s Prime Video app to launch on Apple TV and saw the return of Apple products on Amazon.com.

Since then, the companies have made several moves to honor their deal.

Last year, for example, Amazon expanded its assortment of Apple inventory to include other devices beside Apple TV – like iPads, iPhones, Apple Watch and Beats headphones. It also brought its FreeTime Unlimited app to iOS. And most recently, Apple Music arrived on Echo.

Now it’s coming to Amazon Fire TV, too.

The launch will allow Apple Music subscribers the ability to access the streaming service’s catalog of 50 million songs just by asking Alexa. Users can request songs, artists, playlists and albums, by saying things like “Alexa, play today’s hits on Apple Music,” or “Alexa, play music by [artist’s name] on Apple Music,” for example.

On Fire TV Cube, Apple Music can also be streamed within multi-room music groups.

To use Apple Music on Fire TV, you’ll have to enable the Apple Music skill and link your account. (Those who had already done so in order to listen on their Echo device won’t need to do this again.)

Amazon isn’t the only company benefiting from Apple’s decision to shift more of its company’s focus to subscription services – like its streaming music offering and, soon, its streaming video service.

Apple also recently announced a partnership with Samsung to bring iTunes content to Samsung Smart TVs through a dedicated app, and related deals with TV makers like Vizio and LG to support AirPlay. It’s said to be working on a similar deal to get AirPlay supported on Roku.

Apple Music is available to U.S. Fire TV owners starting today.

Amazon says Apple Music support will roll out to both Fire TV and Echo users in the U.K. in the weeks ahead.


Source: TechCrunch

Take NVIDIA’s new Deep Learning Robotics Workshop at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI

As part of TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI, we are happy to announce a partnership to deliver a brand new course from NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Institute (DLI). Called the NVIDIA Deep Learning for Robotics Workshop, this brand new, never before offered workshop will provide training in a new 3D accelerated remote desktop environment on April 17 in Berkeley, the day before the main show.

Under this supervision of a NVIDIA DLI instructor, the 60 participants will explore how to create robotics solutions on a Jetson for embedded applications and how to implement and deploy an end-to-end project through hands-on training. This eight-hour workshop will also teach how to:

  • Apply computer vision models to perform detection
  • Prune and optimize the model for embedded application
  • Train a robot to actuate the correct output based on the visual input

Upon completion, participants will know how to deploy high-performance deep learning applications for robotics and can earn an NVIDIA certificate upon completion of a code-based assessment.

What are the prerequisites? All that’s required is a basic familiarity with deep neural networks and basic coding experience in Python or a similar language.

Registration is $299* for workshop tickets. All supplies will be provided except for a laptop. (We’re providing the super-fat bandwidth the course requires.) There are only 60 spots available, so grab tickets while they last.

Check out the website for more information.

*Tickets to the April 17 NVIDIA workshop do not grant access to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI on April 18. Tickets are sold separately.


Source: TechCrunch

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