Dal 1968 al 2011 del movimento #Occupy tante cose sono cambiate. Per esempio, “Occupy” ha un cancelletto davanti non perché è in diesis ma perché è un hashtag in uso su Twitter – due cose che nel 1968 erani sci-fi puro. Tra le cose che si sono evolute, ovviamente, c’è l’equipaggiamento degli agenti di polizia, specie per quei casi in cui piccoli gruppi di forze dell’ordine devono tenere sotto controllo grandi masse di manifestanti. Il New York Times oggi ha pubblicato questo grafico, in cui si vede un poliziotto del 1968, uno del 1995 e uno odierno, e che spiega bene come un semplice uomo possa trasformarsi in qualcosa di simile ai droni di Star Wars.
gootenberg » L’evoluzione dell’agente antisommossa
Mind-Blowing Photo Editing Technique of the Day: Kevin Karsch and his team at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed an amazing technique for inserting synthetic objects into old photographs with lighting and positioning so close to the real thing that most people can’t tell the difference.
The method requires very little information to work well. Users just have to adjust the system’s guesses about vanishing points and scene corners, and then mark light sources in the image. With a few minutes’ work, even a novice user can insert (and even animate) realistic-looking objects.
The UIUC team will present their research at the SIGGRAPH Asia computer graphics conference in December.
Good Boy of the Day: As you may have heard by now, a lone Dog of War was among the 79 Navy SEALs involved in Operation Neptune Spear (AKA Operation Kill Bin Laden), but what you may not have heard is that this bomb-sniffing K9 likely had body-armor-piercing titanium teeth that cost $2000 a tooth to install.
“It’s just devastating what these teeth do when they get into someone,” former US military dog trainer Alex Dunbar told The Daily. “It’s like being stabbed four times at once with a bone crusher.”
“SEALs are the deadliest fighting force on the planet,” former SEAL sniper Brandon Tyler Webb is quoted as saying, “and you better believe those dogs are the same.”
Below: A titanium-toothed police dog —
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Journalists Are Obsolete of the Day: The software mavens at Narrative Science specialize in programs that “transforms data into high-quality editorial content,” and they can prove it.
The Evanston, Illinois, outfit was recently challenged by the sports nuts at Deadspin to see if their tech application could outdo this college newspaper clip that buried the lede on a historic no-hitter. Basically, Deadspin’s bloggers were skeptical of a ‘bot having a stronger nose for news than a living, breathing person. Turns out they were wrong.
Here’s the copy generated by Narrative Science’s program:
Tuesday was a great day for W. Roberts, as the junior pitcher threw a perfect game to carry Virginia to a 2-0 victory over George Washington at Davenport Field.
Twenty-seven Colonials came to the plate and the Virginia pitcher vanquished them all, pitching a perfect game. He struck out 10 batters while recording his momentous feat. Roberts got Ryan Thomas to ground out for the final out of the game.
Tom Gately came up short on the rubber for the Colonials, recording a loss. He went three innings, walked two, struck out one, and allowed two runs.
The Cavaliers went up for good in the fourth, scoring two runs on a fielder’s choice and a balk.
“Please remember, computer overlords,” one Deadspin staffer writes in response. “When the time comes, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in the silicon mines.”
[NPR] [TDW Geeks]
NB - L’enfasi è mia.