MIT scientists are foolishly training AI to scare people

Just in time for Halloween and the presidential election, MIT scientists have created an AI that makes images spooky. Think of it like filter app Prisma, but with a more sinister spin. A three-person team created an algorithm called Nightmare Machine that generates Halloween-inspired images from pictures of faces and …

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10 years of Taylor Swift: can you remember an era that isn’t this one?

Taylor Swift’s debut album Taylor Swift was released 10 years ago today. It’s hard to remember a time before her outsize cultural influence, which spans not only country and pop music but Twitter, “good girls,” confessional writing, capitalism, the music streaming wars, “squad goals,” red lipstick, white feminism, tabloid culture, …

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Look at this goddamn chart

There’s been a lot of excellent analysis and reporting about the proposed $86b AT&T / Time Warner merger in the days since the deal was announced, but this infographic from the Wall Street Journal really nails the fundamental insanity of the telecom industry. What started in 1877 as the original Bell Telephone Co turned …

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Cortana is giving out hints about Microsoft's Surface PC event

We’re just two days away from Microsoft’s big Surface PC event in New York City, and even the company’s digital assistant is starting to drop subtle hints as to what we can expect. If you ask Microsoft’s Cortana to spark your imagination today, the software will reply with real-world examples …

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