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Tuesday Morning (7 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 10-May-2016  11:51:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The internet is abuzz with info on NVIDIA's new GTX 1070 and 1080, thanks CC. The 1080 in particular seems to be a beast of a thing (in several versions), but I'm not aware of any independent reviews yet, just info from the vendors. So stay tuned, I guess. Tweaktown have unboxed one of the "Founder's Edition" (reference cooler) cards. More info in this thread in our Video Cards forum.

The UK research ship won't be called Boaty McBoatface, unsurprisingly - but its remotely operated undersea vehicle will be! A new 200 million ($388 million) polar research ship is to be named after veteran BBC naturalist David Attenborough. But the government has promised that "Boaty McBoatface", the name which topped a public poll, would not be ignored.

Australian scientists have found why Australians don't feel guilty about pirating content - it's in the brain. What the researchers found was that when imagining stealing an item, participants showed much more activation in the lateral orbital frontal cortex of their brains. Among other things, this part of the brain is associated with feelings of moral sensitivity and it was much more active when test subjects were thinking about stealing physical items than it was for intangible items such as digital files.

Soon the tiny screen on your smartwatch might not be an issue. Today a team at the Future Interfaces Group, a research lab within Carnegie Mellon University, released a look at a novel solution to this problem: making the skin on your arm and hand act like a touchscreen for your smartwatch. The system uses a signal-emitting ring worn on the finger to communicate with a sensing band attached to the watch. When the finger wearing the ring touches the skin, a high-frequency electrical signal spreads across your arm.

Facebook are working on AIs that create AIs. Have none of these people even seen Terminator? As Mehana says, Facebook trains and tests about 300,000 machine learning models each month. AutoML can then use the results of these tests to train another machine learning model that can optimize the training of machine learning models. Anyway, sounds pretty much like what we used to call "genetic algorithms".

NSW will soon have a plastic bottle recycling scheme, joining South Australia who've had one for years. Ten cents will be paid for every drink container between 150ml and three litres, and displaying a NSW CDS label, when returned to a depot or reverse vending machine. Premier Mike Baird said the scheme was "the single largest initiative ever undertaken to reduce litter in NSW".



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