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Facebook propose de censurer les selfies imbibés
Afin de protéger les utilisateurs d’eux-mêmes et pour éviter qu’ils ne publient des selfies dans un état alcoolisé, Facebook développe une série d’algorithmes utilisant des techniques d'apprentissage profond (le deep learning) – une des branches de l’intelligence artificielle qui simule le fonctionnement neuronal du cerveau humain pour traiter des données - qui seraient capables de faire la distinction entre une personne sobre et une personne dans un état second.

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KENYA: People will receive from now their electricity bills via SMS and email
Kenya Power, one of companies which operate in the electricity transmission and distribution system in the country will begin to send bills via emails and SMS to its customers. [via MedAfrica]

quotemarksright.jpgAccording to Ben Chumo, Kenya Power acting managing director of the company will save more than US$ 9.3 million every year with the new system.

The company said that the new system will also send alerts to customers on news, products, notify customers who are disconnected for non-payment of bills a day before and updating applicants for new power connections.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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3D-printed Christmas trees promise greener festive future
prof.jpgJust in time for Christmas,researchers have developed a new algorithm that can create 3D-printed X-mas trees with zero material waste. The Deccan Chronicle reports.

quotemarksright.jpgRichard Zhang, computing science professor at the Simon Fraser University in Canada has shown how to print a 3D Christmas tree efficiently and with zero material waste, using the world's first algorithm for automatically decomposing a 3D object into what are called pyramidal parts.

A pyramidal shape is optimal for 3D printing because it incurs no material waste and saves print time.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more in Science Daily.

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The Dawn of the Flying Smartphone
An interesting read by Zoltan Istvan, futurist, journalist and author of the novel The Transhumanist Wager. In this column for Motherboard , he ruminates on the future beyond natural human ability.

quotemarksright.jpgOver the next decade, we'll see the rise of lightweight drones that fit in your pocket. In all practicality, they will be flying smartphones. I call them that because some manufactures believe drones might actually replace smartphones as the key communication device in the world. And those manufacturers plan to outfit drones with far more than camera capabilities.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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