AI isolates voices in a crowd

Google researchers have developed a deep-learning system designed to help computers better identify and isolate individual voices within a noisy environment. As noted in a post on the company’s Google Research Blog this week, a team within the tech giant attempted to replicate the cocktail party effect, or the human brain’s ability to focus on one source of audio while filtering out others—just as you would while talking to a friend at a party.

Source: Google works out a fascinating, slightly scary way for AI to isolate voices in a crowd | Ars Technica

Tiny cameras could hide almost anywhere

Hello, surveillance state!

Engineers have previously investigated the possibility of having a camera sensor power itself with the same light that falls on it. After all, it’s basically just two different functions of a photovoltaic cell — one stores the energy that falls on it while the other records how much energy fell on it.

Source: Under a millimeter wide and powered by light, these tiny cameras could hide almost anywhere | TechCrunch

Loomo

Ok, I totally want my own personal droid. It’s kind of silly how much I’d like to have this if I were in a city.