Creepy AI Can Mimic Your Voice Within One Minute

The Chinese answer to Google can now clone your voice using AI after hearing you talk for just one minute.

Baidu, who created this creepy technology, says it could also be used to create personalized digital assistants and automatic speech translation services.

Deep Voice learns which sounds go with a text as well as the quirks of how someone communicates, creating you a robot-self indistinguishable from how you really talk.

Although this voice-copying technology might be amusing it also has serious implications, as users can essentially poach part of someone else’s identity. 

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New Samsung Galaxy S9 Launch

Samsung fans will finally be able to get their first look at the new Galaxy S9 and S9+.

The Korean smartphone giant, Sony and Nokia will be among the tech giants revealing new smartphones when Mobile World Congress (MWC)  kicks off in Barcelona.

The annual trade show is one of the biggest mobile industry events of the year and this year is expected to see Korean giant Samsung unveil its latest flagship devices, the Galaxy S9 and S9+. read more

Stunning – Lab Grown Kidneys

A stunning medical breakthrough has seen human kidney tissue capable of producing urine grown in the lab, in a world first.

Experts used stem cells to create mini-kidneys that were implanted into mice, with tests revealing they were able to filter and excrete waste.

The research will allow medical researchers to model kidney diseases using the new structures, advancing our understanding of a number of conditions.

It is also a key step in creating working kidneys for transplant, grown from a patient’s own tissue, a more realistic possibility in the future.

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Superhumans in 50 Years

Our entire bodies could be swapped out with robotic parts as soon as 2070, says robotics journalist and expert Chris Middleton.

He says we’re not far from a future where anyone can buy upgraded body parts that provide superhuman powers.

‘Biohackers’ are already upgrading their bodies with implants such as chips that let them open doors with a wave of the hand, so the predictions aren’t too far-fetched.

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Come to the Olympics – Get a Puppy…Burger

This is just tragic!

from the Daily Mail:

Dog meat on the menu for Olympic tourists: Restaurants ignore official orders to stop serving the food in region where Winter Games are held

Almost all the dog meat restaurants in Pyeongchang, where the Winter Olympics opening ceremony will be held on Friday, have disregarded a government request to stop serving the food.

South Koreans are believed to consume about one million dogs a year as a summertime delicacy. The greasy red meat is boiled for tenderness and is believed to increase energy and health.

Activists have launched several campaigns to ban dog consumption, with online petitions urging boycotts of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics over the issue, and protests in Seoul. read more

Wearable Technology Can Spot Cancer

Wearable technology that can predict cancerous growths ‘several months’ before they form are just around the corner, according to one technology expert.

Nokia’s chief says the firm is working on a scanning device that will pick up on biomarkers that indicate the conditions needed for abnormal cell growth to happen.

A number of other medical innovations have also been envisaged that will make use of ultra-fast 5G mobile internet networks in the future.

That includes remote surgery conducted from across the world, as well as ambulances that are able to transmit data to a hospital ahead of its arrival.

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First Cloned Monkey

Two monkeys have followed in the footsteps of Dolly the Sheep by becoming the world’s first primates to be cloned from transferred DNA.

Identical long-tailed macaques Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua were born eight and six weeks ago respectively at a laboratory in China.

The success marks a watershed in cloning research and raises major ethical questions.

The scientists hope to pave the way for populations of genetically uniform monkeys that can be customised for ground-breaking research into human diseases.

But the cloning of monkeys will be seen by some as a step toward the creation of human clones.

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LG Foldable Phone

If device maker LG has any say, foldable phones may soon no longer be a concept of the future.

LG has applied for a patent for an unnamed device, which appears to show what the Korean company’s foldable phone could look like.

The patent was filed in July 2017, but the filing has just now been made public.

It comes as rival phone makers Apple, Samsung and ZTE have all submitted patents for a foldable smartphone.

If device maker LG has any say, soon foldable phones may no longer be a thing of the future. LG has applied for a patent for an unnamed device, which appears to show what the Korean company's foldable phone could look like

5,000 Year Old Murder

A scientist has finally confirmed with 3D models that legendary ice man Otzi was indeed killed 5,300 years ago by an arrow.

Otzi, a 5,300-year-old mummified man, was found in 1991 in a glacier in the Alps between what is now Austria and Italy.

Since the discovery, Otzi has been examined by multiple teams of scientists, with new discoveries coming to light each time.

Now an expert claims it was the arrow that delivered the fatal blow, severing the nerve to his shoulder and hitting his major vessels.

Otzi, a 5,300-year-old mummified man, was found in 1991 in a glacier in the Alps between what is now Austria and Italy. A scientist has finally confirmed he was killed by an arrow

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Stick Figures on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has spotted a set of mysterious ‘stick-like figures’ on the red planet.

In a photo shared to the rover’s Twitter account this week, NASA revealed a look at the unusual formations recently discovered on the face of a Martian rock.

It’s unclear what exactly created the quarter-inch-long ‘stick-figures,’ though the space agency says they could be crystals or minerals left in the gaps where crystals dissolved. read more