Microsoft’s ‘CaptionBot’ Adds Incorrect Captions to Your Favourite Pictures

Microsoft, as part of its new research into storytelling by artificial intelligence, has released CaptionBot, an AI designed to recognise images and add an appropriate descriptive caption. However, like its previous attempt at AI – chatbot Tay – CaptionBot isn’t entirely successful. As with Tay, though, the results are hilarious (and without any fascistic or incestuous overtones).

The accompanying academic paper, titled Visual Storytelling [PDF], describes how the Microsoft Sequential Image Narrative Dataset (SIND) applies value judgements to picture content, setting, composition, and human expression in an attempt to describe the scene. The paper adds:

“There is a significant difference, yet unexplored, between remarking that a visual scene shows “sitting in a room” – typical of most image captioning work – and that the same visual scene shows “bonding”. The latter description is grounded in the visual signal, yet it brings to bear information about social relations and emotions that can be additionally inferred in context.”

To set CaptionBot’s base level, 10,117 CC-licensed Flickr albums were ploughed through by Amazon Mechanical Turks, who assigned tradition captions to a series of pictures. An ‘average’ description of each picture was derived by the multitude of entries, and that average was reduced to an algorithm that CaptionBot could apply to fresh images in order to evaluate them.

“Captioning is about taking concrete objects and putting them together in a literal description,” Margaret Mitchell, lead researcher on the project, said in a Microsoft blog post. “What I’ve been calling visual storytelling is about inferring conceptual and abstract ideas from those concrete objects.”

What Happens When You Open and Save a JPEG 500 Times?

Many years ago, back in the first days of digital photography, torture testing JPEG images to determine how much quality has been lost by making multiple edits was quite a big thing. JPEG’s use a technique called lossy compression that drops information to keep file sizes at a manageable level.

A YouTuber and a keen studier of generation loss, Jon Sneyers resurrects this with a very quick video demonstrating the effect of opening and resaving the same JPEG 500 times. He does so using several different compression methods too,  such as JPEG, WebP and BPG. The video demonstrates some of the formats maintain quality much better than the others.  In fact, some of them change and give a very interesting metamorphosis.

From the video, it’s quite easy to see that the JPEG format is the best of them all when it comes to retaining its original form after hundreds of saves. When working with photos and having seen the video above, it certainly makes sense to use the RAW format when working with constant edits to images. However, JPEG is still a very good format for images, it keeps the file sizes fairly regular and makes it a lot easier for taking a quick photo without having to go through the hassle of post-image processing in Photoshop.

Fair Use Limits Challenged by ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ as 569 GIFs

In a challenge of just how far the fair usage doctrine can be pushed, Jean-Baptiste Henri Franck Cyrille Marie Le Divelec has released his project 2001: A Gif Odyssey. The work is a comprehensive construction of the Stanley Kubrick sci-fi classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, using only GIF images, 569 of them to be exact. Le Divelec accurately sliced the film into small enough chunks that they could be saved as individual animated gif images and repeated this for the entire 161-minute runtime of the film, which is a lot of effort just to test a point.

Fair usage is a principle that allows people to use small amounts of copyrighted materials for the purpose of commentary, criticism, parody, news reporting, scholarship or research. This protects artists who make work based around or criticizing copyrighted works, but also limits the amount of the original work that they can make use of, to also protect the original copyright holders.

Gif images have had a varied history with fair usage, as while for the majority of the time, the small amounts of content that can be contained within one of the images is too small for most copyright holders to care, recently, NFL and others have tried to stop users from posting gifs to Twitter and other platforms. This is where Gif Odyssey comes in, with each gif individually being argued as fair usage as criticism, but, as a whole, does this change matters? “Will this page get shut down? Will the fair use doctrine prevail? Will it break the internet? Only time will tell.” says Le Divelec in the release trailer for the project.

Currently, the project is hosted on Giphy and devoid of any audio, with the gif images containing subtitles in its place, but Le Divelec aims to create his own website to host it in future and include the soundtrack, which is free of copyright. If it doesn’t get taken down first at least.

Facebook Is Mapping the World With AI

These days having a social media presence is up there alongside having a driving license or passport, for everything from seeing your friends get new jobs and houses to checking out potential employers (or being checked out by a potential employer). Facebook is keen to do a lot in the new year, and its made its first step by mapping where people live using AI.

The social network has been mapping the world using artificial intelligence, scaning satellite images and using it to identify where human-built structures are. While an impressive sight, the tool is designed to be useful as well, with the hopes that it could help them deploy their internet streaming drones.

Facebook though isn’t just ending it there, with hopes that it could be used for everything from “socio-economic research” to “risk assessment for natural disasters”.

The results of the scans are shown below, showing just how accurate the AI is at picking out what a human being would struggle to spot from an image.

In their blog post, Facebook stated that they have now analyzed 20 countries with a total of 21.6 million square kilometers. The total size of these images is a whopping 350TB of data,

If this wasn’t enough, Facebook announced they will be releasing the data to the general public later this year, meaning that everyone from you and me to Universities and Governments can use it to help with anything from figuring out a nice quiet neighborhood for a party to a nicely populated town to retire in.

Youtuber Uses Minecraft to Prey on Underage Fans

The internet is a wide and wonderful place, being able to play games with people all over the world and listen to music at the press of a button the ability to communicate and share your experience with the world is just a moment away. Sadly though, some people seek to use this ability for less than honourable reasons, as shown by a recent Youtuber who tweeted out inappropriate images of a fan.

The act of streaming of your gaming experience and sharing it, sometimes even in the game, with fans from around the world, is not rare these days with many people making a life out of the activity. Marcus Wilton, who went by LionMaker, is a streamer based in Belgium who often streamed he popular block-based game, Minecraft. He has made up an audience of over 600,000 subscribers, many of whom are young teens or even pre-teen in age.

It now appears that he used that position to have inappropriate conversations and obtain indecent images of people, including trying to obtain an image of a 12-year-old via Skype and a 16-year-old girl and that’s believed to be the tip of the iceberg.

In defence of himself, Wilton claims that he was hacked on several occasions including on the 21st December when pictures of the 16-year-old girl in question were posted via his twitter feed. This has yet to be independently confirmed, but a third girl has come forward stating that she was offered $500 for images of herself, with the money being transferred through PayPal even when the offer was refused.

We at eTeknix would like to remind everyone to be safe online, be mindful of the images and details you share with people online and if you ever suspect something or receive messages that upset you, then contact a family member and report the messages, be they received by Skype, Facebook or any other method for that matter. If you receive the messages by text or a phone call then contact your service provider and report the offending number immediately.

The US Snowfall Captured Through a Lense

The recent US snowfall has absolutely hammered the East Coast of America in terms of size and ferocity which has led to the cancellations of thousands of flights as well as leaving tens of thousands without power, below is a selection of stats which conveys the extent of this force of nature.

  • 40 inches of snow – Has been recorded in Glengary, West Virginia; 39 inches fell in Philomont, Virginia; and Redhouse, Maryland, received 38 inches.
  • 11 states declared states of emergency – Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. Washington, D.C., has declared a “snow emergency.
  • 8,569 flights – Have been cancelled for Saturday and Sunday
  • More than 74,000 people – Without power.

Below is a selection of beautiful, fantastic yet thought-provoking images that conveys just how disruptive this storm has been for residents as well as the country as a whole.

Below is the first image of “Henry Street in the Chinatown neighbourhood of New York”, as you can see, this bustling street has rather ground to a halt.

Next Image below is of a “snowball fight at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC”, this image has been captured in pretty good detail.

The next image below conveys a gentleman by the name of “John Mexner who tries to make headway by shoveling  his vehicle out in Washington”. The morning commute looks rather in vain after the size of disruption from the storm.  

The next image below certainly conveys the amount of snow that has been dumped on the US, the gentleman within the photo is “Ben Osborn who walks with a shovel past a line of snowed-in cars in northeast Washington”, each car looks similar to a giant snowball.

The next image below is beautifully shot and conveys an individual who is producing a “snow angel in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C”, the blueness of the sky is a striking contrast to both the memorial and also the snow.

The last image is certainly thought-provoking and shows “Gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia”  being almost completely hidden from snow.

The last image may not be relevant to the US, but it is certainly stunning, it conveys a frozen mast within Fujian Jiuxian China, wow.

Image courtesy of BBC

Breathtaking Images From an Astronaut Aboard the ISS

Space has always provided a glimpse into many a fascinating world over the years, from research that has been undertaken by NASA to the Astronauts who have boarded the International Space Station as well as successfully landing on the moon. One such Astronaut, Scott Kelly, has been posting breathtaking images on social media that have included Twitter (1,158 photos and counting) and Instagram (684 posts and counting) during his yearlong visit to the ISS, below is a snapshot of these images.

The first image represents the massive blizzard passing over Chicago on Saturday 23rd January 2016, the image looks awe-inspiring.

The next image below is of what is known as “thundersnow” from the blizzard and was captured, again, on the 23rd January 2016.

The next image below, wow, is of an aurora and was captured on the 27th August 2015, this looks akin to a science fiction film.

The next image below is of Spain, well, more specifically Barcelona and was captured on the 28th July 2015, this is both a stunning and a detailed image.

The next image below is the Astronauts latest Twitter post as of writing (26th January 2016) and has the caption “Day 304. That’s 4,864 orbits a’round’ our beautiful planet #Earth. #GoodNight from @space_station! #YearInSpace”, it is certainly a brilliant image.

The last image is of Scott Kelly undertaking a Q&A on Reddit from space, well, yes, as you do, this image was posted on the 23rd January 2016

A Look At Time Magazines Selected Space Images Of 2015

Long lasting American magazine “Time” has recently announced a selected list of 55 space images that have captured the imagination of readers and experts alike, below is a look at just a few of these amazing and awe-inspiring pics.

Below is a fantastic image that was captured by The Hubble Space Telescope of the Eagle Nebula “Pillars of Creation”, this was published in January 2015 and it is an incredible image, the detail certainly captures the imagination of space for both budding and also veteran astronomers.   

The image below was captured by the New Horizons spacecraft of Pluto in July 2015, “The New Horizons mission is helping NASA understand worlds at the edge of the solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the dwarf planet Pluto and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt – a relic of solar system formation”.   The image is fantastic and conveys a world that has previously been out of reach for explorers.  

Below is an image that was captured of an Orbital ATK Antares rocket which exploded just after launching from Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, on Oct. 28, 2014. The rocket was carrying an unmanned Cygnus spacecraft filled with NASA cargo, this image was finally released in 2015.  The image feels as if it has just been lifted from a blockbuster movie set or a newly released video game, certainly a spectacular image.

This image below is of Astronaut Scott Kelly who re-entered the International Space Station (ISS) after a space walk, as you do, the image is again spectacular and was released in October 2015. 

The final image was released in December 2015 and is of the Vega rocket that was launched with the aim of testing a variety of methods to detect gravitational waves, the image was released in December 2015. The image certainly conveys the power needed to propel a rocket into space.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Fantastic Sand Dunes Of Mars

Space exploration is a fascinating subject which encompasses a wide selection of avenues which include the search for other life forms to new discoveries both concerning known and also unknown distant plants. NASA has recently released images from the Curiosity Mars rover which show a fantastic selection of images of Sand Dunes from the red planet.

Below is a selection of images of Sand Dunes which have been both snapped and also transmitted back by Curiosity, it conveys an extremely steep surface where “cascading sand has sculpted very different textures”  Researchers are implementing the rover with the aim of examining examples of the Bagnold Dunes, “this is a band of dark sand dunes lining the northwestern flank of Mt. Sharp”. 

The Curiosity rover “conveys the downwind side of a dune at around about 13 feet high within the Bagnold Dunes field on Mars”. Below is an image which really does capture both the steepness and also the varying textures, The mission’s dune-investigation campaign is designed to increase understanding about how “wind moves and sorts grains of sand in an environment with less gravity and much less atmosphere than well-studied dune fields on Earth”

Below is another incredible image, the Curiosity rover has been stationed on Mars since August 2012 and had managed to reach the base of Mount Sharp in 2014. This image was also taken from the “telephoto-lens camera of the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, this reveals fine details of the downwind face of Namib Dune. Sand on this face of the dark dune has cascaded down a slope of about 26 to 28 degrees”.

 

It’s certainly impressive and what space discoveries are all about, it also makes you wonder what else will be found within the near future, perhaps there really is life on Mars, if not, the advancement within this area of tech will make it a possibility of deeper and more detailed space exploration.

Weaponslist From Upcoming DOOM Closed-Alpha Leaked

DOOM is one of those games that started the modern gaming era for real and the newest addition to the game series is about to hit the closed alpha phase where previous players of Wolfenstein: The new Order can register for access to play. Now a few screenshots of the upcoming Alpha have hit the internet thanks to DSOG, but they sadly don’t show any in-game footage.

We’ve previously been teased with the new game, first with a 3-second trailer during E3 and later on a little early in-game video. This time we get a look at the weapons list, what will be available and what functions they have. The weapons look relative normal for DOOM from a function point of view and fans will be glad that the super shotgun is back, but fans have already called them both boring and lifeless.

We have to keep in mind that this is pre-early-alpha screenshots, so we can expect a lot to change, especially cosmetic, before the game ultimately launches. The closed alpha version of Doom will provide one multiplayer map, Heatwave, that should suit most play styles and allow players to get a feel for the game. The one available mode will be 6vs6 deathmatch in this early version, something that doesn’t remind me a lot of DOOM at all. I’d rather seen a normal deathmatch mode where everyone is against everyone.

How Were Photos Transmitted Before The Internet?

The simplicity of sending your favourite JPEG is as easy as one or two clicks, but in a world before the Internet, yes there really was a whole globe that was not connected in cyber space, how did they send photos to each other?

Below is the answer, the United Press International UPI Model 16-S, scanned black and white photos and sent them across the globe via phone lines. This archaic yet interesting device was used by various news outlets from the 1970s to the first half of the 1990s. The way this machine worked was to slowly scan a black and white photo which spun on a small drum using a laser, before the analogue data was sent line by line over phone lines. This was sort of high-speed Internet of the 1970s.

This process was time-consuming considering it took around nine minutes to send a black and white photo. This sounds incredibly long, but this was considered a lot quicker than when colour images were introduced taking the time to send each image to around 26 minutes.

These types of first generation tech should be preserved for the future, they may not have been hi tech considering today’s super fast connections, but the learning opportunities which exist within them are perfect to inspire budding inventors and students alike. It’s amazing to think how tech has involved within a relativity short period of time to enable images to be uploaded and sent in a matter of seconds. Just imagine how the likes of Facebook and Flickr would have operated without the option to send photos from across the world to friends and family quickly and reliably.

As a society, we take tech for granted and it always places life’s invents into perspective considering 25 years ago this machine was considered revolutionary.

Thank you petapixel for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of writeincolor

Facebook Knows When You Missed The Flash

Let’s picture the scene, you upload a snap of a special occasion to your Facebook account to share with your friends, family and followers, as there are many people in the scene you decide to tag everyone individually, you think this will be easier for everyone, but there’s a problem, Facebook doesn’t recognize you as the moment the flash went off, you were pictured with your head to one side attempting to avoid a wasp which came hurtling towards you at warp speed.

Help may soon be at hand with an experimental algorithm which has been devised by Facebook’s artificial intelligence lab. This new technique is software which can recognise people in photographs even when it is unable to see their faces; instead it relies on points of reference which are unique to each individual. This can include hair style, specific clothing and even the pose which you often strike.

In order to test the final algorithm, researchers downloaded 40,000 public photos from Flickr which contained a mixture of clearly and obscure images of individuals. The algorithm was able to recognize the identities of individuals with an 83% success rate. As this is Facebook I am sure privacy of these photos were high on their agenda, cough cough.

This experiment does have the potential for real world applications, but there needs to be caution exercised if a machine can identify you without you wanting it to. If someone takes a photo before uploading the image to Facebook and you happen to be in the background, this algorithm will identify you for all to see.

Thank You New Scientist for providing us with this information

Image Courtesy of Geek Snack

Androids Do Dream of Electric Sheep

Can machines dream? New images released by Google have given us a potential answer.

The images range from beautiful to rather bizarre and were created by the image recognition software that Google use. Over time, the system has been “taught” to recognize buildings, animals and much more in the photographs.

In plain speak, the system works by being fed a picture, processing it, then modifying it to emphasise the parts it recognizes. Eventually, the system loops and loops until the image is unrecognizable. At a low level, the neural network might be tasked merely to detect the edges on an image. In that case, the picture becomes painterly, an effect that will be instantly familiar to anyone who has experience playing about with photoshop filters.

But if the neural network is tasked with finding a more complex feature – such as animals – in an image, it ends up generating a much more disturbing hallucination.

The image recognition software used to generate these has already made it into consumer products. Google’s new photo service, Google Photos, features the option to search images with text: entering “dog”, for instance, will pull out every image Google can find which has a dog in it.

So there you have it: Androids don’t just dream of electric sheep; they also dream of mesmerising, multicoloured landscapes.

Thank you to The Guardian for providing us with this information.

New Leaked Images Reveal Fury X Power Connectors & More!

As the launch of the next-generation of AMD graphics cards approaches, more cheeky leaks are finding their way online. The latest leaks have shown up as an unboxing on YouTube, even one that appeared on eBay, hardware benchmarks and more! The latest leaked images look pretty legit to me, showing off the design of the AMD Radeon Fury X graphics card, its water cooling unit and more interestingly, the power connectors.

As you can see in the images below, the Fury X is going to be power-hungry, requiring a pair of 8-pin power connectors to feed the card and no doubt the reason why it will use that thick water cooling radiator to keep the heat in check. It’s no secret that Nvidia have got the lead for power efficiency but what we’re really interested in seeing is how the new generation of cards use that power to render graphics; I’ll take FPS over efficiency any day.

Also on show, the water cooling pipes for the radiator, They’re heavily braided to help ensure a long lifespan and reduce any chance of damaging them, or coolant leaks. A shorter graphics card this may be, but those power connectors and that big radiator hint at some pretty hardcore hardware on the interior.

Thank you PCper for providing us with this information.

Kelly Brooks Private Pictures Hacked for the Second Time

So they are at it again, the hackers just can’t seem to leave the celebrities alone, especially when it comes to their own private images. This time, it is round two for former model Kelly Brooks who was targeted in the original hacking scandal back last year.

Despite Kelly Brooks denying that she had any private pictures, tweeting:

“The only nude photos you’ll ever see of me are the ones that I “leak” and the ones that my head are superimposed on”

She then confirmed that the most recent leak were in fact real during a Twitter conversation between her and David McIntosh.

Now this isn’t the first instance of this happening, back last year we had multiple celebrities hacking their private stash hacked and posted online, which has been dubbed ‘The Fappenning’. A few other celebrities caught up in this are Jennifer Lawrence and Kaley Cuoco.

What is there to gain for the hackers doing this to these people? Is it a form of ‘knocking them down a few pegs’? Ego boost? However, it can then be something blamed on the celeb’s themselves as to why they are taking these images and not storing them securely in the first place.

Thank you HuffPost for providing us with this information

This Is What a Tesla Model S Battery Pack Looks Like

Are you a Tesla Motors fan? Even wanted to know what the inside of the vehicle looks like, particularly the battery pack? Well, you’re in luck! A Tesla Motors Club fan by the name if “wk057” wanted to know the same thing and went even further than us apparently by finding one and taking some nice screenshots of it.

So without further ado, here are the magnificent photographs:

Also, wk057 has more posted on this Tesla Motors Club forum thread here, along with some neat discussions and explanation of all the little pits and pieces you saw in the images above.

Thank you InsideEVs for providing us with this information

Images and Details for Rainbow Six: Siege Leak from the Alpha Build

A Redditor has apparently leaked some information and screenshots from the Rainbow Six: Siege build. Reddit user ‘bDL-Z_ftw’ is the fellow redditor who shared the images, along with a video which unfortunately was taken down real quick.

These are the screenshots which have leaked so far:

And below you can view the details from the Alpha build:

  • Version of the Closed Alpha is 0.1.0

  • The air-plane map, named “Plane”, has the following (named) zones: Seating Journalist, Bathroom, Exterior, Cargo, Cargo Entrance, First Aid, Cargo Room A, Cargo Room B, Military Seating, Stairs Cockpit, Kitchen Prep, Seating Staff,

  • The plane map has the following CAMs in “Support Mode” (after one’s death): Luggage Hold, Cabin Staff, Main Corridor, (plus atleast 2 more)

  • The designated names of different areas (above) will be helpful in planning out a round and in voice-comms

  • The map is huge! The plane is also very huge with detailed in-door environments (with fantastic lighting), multiple floors etc.

  • CTUs: GIGN (atleast 3 CTUs will be in the closed-alpha)

  • Primary Weapons: MP5 MLI (stock color in closed-alpha is golden), P90, 591A1, FAMAS G2, K33 NATO, G36C,

  • Secondary Weapons: NP-9, Model 586, MAC11, 226 MK25, M45 MEUSOC,

  • Gadgets: Barbed Wire (hurts and slows down attackers), Sledgehammer (a breaching hammer to breach through destructible surfaces), Deployable Shield (crouch-height cover that blocks all weapon damage), Breach Charge, Stun Grenade, EMP Grenade (disables any electronics in range), Shock-Drone (disables traps and also shocks enemies), Frag, Bonfire Launcher,

  • Defenders / Attackers Types: Recruit (can be picked by more than one player and has the most customization options), Thatcher (Attacker – UK flag on his arm), Twitch (Attacker – WIP, plus a GIGN tag on his arm), Sledge (Attacker), Ash (Attacker – probably the female operator),(a total of 11 types are available, recruit is common to both Attacker and Defenders, plus 5 unique types for both Attacker / Defender, each)

  • Moreover, each kit has a specific icon

  • Each Defender / Attacker / CTU type has a specific “bonus” ability: Recruit (Croix Rogue – Improved revive ability), Thatcher (Gas Mask – Damage received from smoke is reduced and also no coughing will happen)

  • Knifing is confirmed!

  • Grenade explosion has a deafening effect that lasts around 5 seconds or so

  • Scoring Points: Barricading: +5, Injure: +50, Injure Assist: +50, Confirm Kill: +50, Kill Assist: +75, Kill: +100, Headshot: +50, Gadget Destroyed: +10,

  • Barricading can be destroyed by team-mates

  • When injured, you can move/crawl to get to safety

  • The voice-overs in the video were in English, but the accent was French

  • The animation for climbing up ladders is not yet properly implemented, as it can been in the screenshot that there’s a gap between the player and ladder

  • When hit, your screen gets zoom-blurred for a moment

  • When an enemy player notices and shoots at you, you can see the white hit-direction-indicators on-screen

  • This area shows the health of your player, and probably body-armor type/ status. The shirt icon probably shows that the player isn’t wearing any armour

  • Magazine Reloading: If you have ammo 1/269 and you reload, you get to 31/239 (for the MP5 MLI). Moreover, the reload animation restarts if interrupted by another action

  • DEATH REPLAY (aka 1st-person Kill-Cam) of around 7 seconds is shown after one’s death, which can also be “skipped”

  • Additionally, there’s an END OF ROUND REPLAY as well

  • A decisive round shows “MATCH POINT” on the top of timer-clock

  • DAMAGE LOG (top-right) indicating the damage done by your killer is shown in the DEATH REPLAY screen

  • End-of-Round screen shows ROUND GRAPH (time-line of kills etc.) and ROUND REPORT (scores, K/D, etc.)

  • Some of the stuff shows WIP (work in progress). The textures also read “ALPHA” at some places on the map.

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information

Imgur Introduces New GIF Format

The popular image sharing website, Imgur, has introduced its new GIF format. The company announced last year that it had a plan to reinvent the GIF, and now it has, sort of.

The company’s format is called GIFV, which claims to provide much higher quality GIFs. GIFV is all part of the site’s new ‘Video to GIF’ service, which allows you to turn any streaming video into a GIFV.

However, while it’s simple to convert any streaming video to a GIFV, it’s not exactly that easy to use it anywhere. Outside of Imgur itself, a GIFV requires users to post an embed code if they want to use it on a website. This means it could be difficult for social media use and for e-mail.

You can try it out for yourself at Imgur.

Source: Imgur

See Famous Paintings as Raw Data

Now we all know how much effort can go into a painting by a person, but exactly how much goes into a painting by a computer? Japanese artist Yousuke Ozawa set out to demonstrate that by creating a series of artwork that showcases some of history’s most famous pieces in raw data.

Yes, what you’re seeing above is the legendary painting ‘The Scream’ converted into its raw data. The idea of the artwork is to showcase just how much code is behind an amazing painting such as that and how computers intricately replicate the work of the artist on our screens.

“Art is now seen through google images or wallpapers. However, we are actually looking at a series of numbers and letters instead of actual paint. Through a generator I retrieved the codes of each paintings I found on google images and printed them out, framed and showcased them at a galleries in Tokyo.” – Yousuke Ozawa

The pieces have been displayed in Tokyo, but we can all see them (not entirely in raw data thankfully) on Ozawa’s website.

Source: Data Visualization Via: Gizmodo

New Google Technology Can Automatically Describe Images

Google has unveiled an interesting new technology that can automatically analyse images and provide in some cases, accurate descriptions of what appears in those images.

The “intelligent computer vision software” can scan a collection of images and provide general descriptions of what can be seen. Those descriptions can then be tagged to the images and used to make a Google search more accurate or to, according to Google, “eventually help visually impaired people understand pictures” and “provide alternate text for images in parts of the world where mobile connections are slow”.

While the technology isn’t yet completely accurate for every single image, it does however produce rather amazing results for some images:

Source: The Next Web

Exclusive: Photos of New NZXT Source 340 Chassis

NZXT have just revealed their latest chassis design that will become part of their popular Source range. The Source S340 comes fitted out with a durable steel construction and a sleek aesthetic that makes me think of it is a budget friendly H440.

The chassis is designed to be a solid all-rounder, ideal for a gaming rig as much as a general day-to-day rig for your office. It’s compact form factor is deceiving too, as it’s got plenty of room on the interior for a feature packed system build since NZXT have stripped out the optical bays, much like they did on the H440.

Cable management cut-outs, loads of cable tie loops and extensive space behind the motherboard give the chassis superior cable routing options for a chassis in this class. Cooling is also very capable, with 280mm radiator support in the front (such as the X61) and 120mm support in the back.

All the usual features are here too, USB 3.0 support, air filters on all major intakes and a PSU shroud. NZXT have gone heavy metal on this build too, using minimal plastic, 360 degress of steel casing and extra thick side panels, giving an overall very high quality feel to the chassis.

The best part of the S340 is easily the price, clocking in at a very affordable 69.99 EUR, giving it great mass market appeal.

We were lucky enough to see this chassis a few weeks ago at Insomnia i52, but NZXT made me promise to not show anyone the pictures I took of it… well, until today of course! Sure the NZXT perfectly shot photographs look better, but we though you would like to see what this chassis looks like in the real world, not just in a pro shot studio. Thank you NZXT for letting us snap these pictures! For everyone else, expect a full review in the coming weeks.

Thank you NZXT for providing us with this information.

Celebrities Hacked and Nude Photos Published Online

Image sharing website 4chan has been the breeding ground for many hacking attempts and ‘social justice campaigns’ in the past. Recently users of the large scale image board have been seen to be posting brand new, illegally obtained nude photographs of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence.

These images are said to have come around through a hack into celebrities iCloud accounts and mobile phones, surfacing on 4chan and Reddit this morning.

Thanks to Mashable, we obtained a statement from Jennifer Lawrence’s spokesperson:

“This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

It’s unlikely that these hackers will be caught easily – as we’ve seen numerous times in a past, it’s in their best interest to take all measures they can to hide their identities, but we can’t completely count out the possibility of justice being served.

According to those involved, there is quite a large portion of A-list celebrities set to be effected by this hack, those including:

Aly and AJ Michalka, Aubrey Plaza, Abby Elliott, Avril Lavigne, Amber Heard, Brie Larson, Candice Swanepoel, Cara Delevigne, Emily Ratjakowski, Farrah Abraham, Gabrielle Union, Hayden Pannettiere, Hope Solo, Hillary Duff, Jenny McCarthy, Kayley Cuoco, Kate Upton, Kate Bosworth, Keke Palmer, Kim Kardashian, Kirsten Dunst, Krysten Ritter, Lea Michele, Lizzy Caplan, Mary Kate Olsen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rihanna, Scarlet Johansson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Wynona Ryder, Alison Brie and Dave Franco.

Some celebrities have confirmed the images are real, some have denied but it’s obvious that they’re all not happy.

Since the outbreak of these photos, Twitter has taken action to remove accounts created to spread these leaked images and Apple has provided no comment on possible loopholes within their iCloud service.

This story is ongoing, we’ll keep you all updated. But I guess one question needs to be asked. If you’re an A-list celeb, why are you taking naked pictures in this day and age?

Image courtesy of 4chan

Millions of Historic Images Added to Flicker by Internet Archive

Earlier this year the Internet Archive began culling over 14 million images from their public domain ebooks, then began uploading them to the Internet Archive’s Flickr account. This means that all of the historic images are now easily searchable and downloadable, something that wasn’t really possible before without downloading each ebook and finding the images yourself, then exporting them.

The ebooks are easily searchable already thanks to the Optical Character Recognition software which was used when adding them to the archive, but it didn’t work for images. Now with the help of Flickr, those looking for historic text and images can get the best of both worlds.

“The software also copied the caption for each image and the text from the paragraphs immediately preceding and following it in the book,” said The Internet Archives Communications Technology Scholar Kavel Leetaru when speaking with the BBC.

The software used isn’t perfect, so admittedly some of the tags on images will be imprecise, but to have such a vast library of easily searchable content is great for learning purposes and the team are hoping that libraries around the world will one day follow suit and digitize their books and images.

Thank you Arstechnica for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Arstechnica.

 

Leaked Images of Sony’s SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Surface

These grainy images depict Sony’s recent leak of an unannounced product promotion. Pictured above you can see the Sony Smartband, now said to be dubbed the SmartWatch 3, and Sony’s more streamlined SmartBand Talk.

9to5Google previously reported on the SmartWatch’s features:

“The SmartWatch 3 will feature a 1.68-inch 320 x 320 display and wll be IP58 certified, but no other details have been confirmed at this point. We’ve also been informed that the Smartwatch 3 will look very similar to Samsung’s Gear 2 Neo in terms of design.”

The SmartBand Talk is said to feature a curved e-ink display and Bluetooth capabilities, following the Sony SWR10 format – which was released earlier in 2014.

Sony’s new wearable devices are set to be officially released at IFA 2014 in a few days time. There’s no denying that SmartWatch releases are coming by the dozens on the market currently, with big players like Samsung and Apple both gearing up for releases.

Image courtesy of Android Central

LG G Watch R Images and Specifications Leaked Ahead of Launch

LG is planning to unveil their new smart watch during next week’s IFA 2014 in Berlin, but the specifications and product images have already leaked onto the web. This isn’t the first smart watch on the market, but it is one of the few that actually look like a watch and not some square contraption mounted to your arm.

With the circular design, the button on the side and overall looks of an ordinary watch, this new G Watch R could appeal to many more then the ones from rival Apple or Samsung.

The watch is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor and has 512MB RAM. It has an internal storage of 4GB and should be running Android Wear as operating system. The screen is about 1.3 inch wide and made of an OLED panel that takes up 100 percent of the watch’s round face. It should be easy viewable in sunlight

The watch also has a heart rate monitor build in that could enrich its capabilities in personal health and exercise monitoring with companion apps. Availability is set to the fourth quarter of 2014, but no word on the price yet.

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Thank you expreview for supplying us with this information.

Images courtesy of expreview.

“Signs From The Near Future” Provide An Interesting Insight To Modern Life

Technology is changing faster than ever these days, innovative and world changing products seem to hit the market every other month and while we’re all so busy using our new gadget overlords to share things on social media, stream our multimedia, navigate us where ever we go and more, we often forget to look at just how radically the world is changing around us.

We’ve got driverless cars on our roads, drones in the sky, VR glasses and other wearable technologies, as far as the young boy in my mind is concerned, we are in what I would have called the future when I was little. So what comes next in our technology obsessed lives? Well designer Fernando Barbella has shared his image of a slightly dystopian future in his Signs of the Near Future Tumblr and whilst some are a little amusing, some are pretty thought provoking too as they’re not all that far detached from the reality we live in now…

Check out the gallery and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Thank you Signsfromthefuture for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Signsfromthefuture.