Machine learning researchers have produced a system that can recreate lifelike motion from just a single frame of a person's face, opening up the possibility of animating not just photos but also paintings. It's not perfect, but when it works, it is -- like much AI work these days -- eerie and fascinating.
That's equivalent, he said, to the quality of weather predictions four decades ago. "If you look back in time to see when our forecast scale was roughly 30 percent less than today, it was 1980." Jacobs told the House Subcommittee on the Environment. That reduction would give coastal residents two or three fewer days to prepare for a hurricane, and it could lead to incorrect predictions of the storms' final path to land, Jacobs said. [...]
In March, the FCC began auctioning off its 24-gigahertz frequency band to wireless carriers, despite the objections of scientists at NOAA, NASA, and the American Meteorological Society. [...]
While the FCC can switch which regions of the spectrum it allocates to phone companies, forecasters are stuck. That's because water vapor emits a faint signal in the atmosphere at a frequency (23.8 GHz) that is extremely close to the one sold for next-generation 5G wireless communications (24 GHz). Satellites like NOAA's GOES-R and the European MetOp monitor this frequency to collect data that is fed into prediction models for upcoming storms and weather systems.
"We can't move away from 23.8 or we would." [...] NOAA's Jacobs told the House committee that the number currently proposed by the FCC would result in a 77 percent data loss from the NOAA satellite's passive microwave sounders.
"Imagine this is the view from your backyard. Now imagine a homeless person crashing a boat into your deck & asking for a peanut butter sandwich! Neighbors in Belvedere say incidents like this are happening more often." [...]
Floating in Richardson Bay, the little body of water between Sausalito and Belvedere, are about 200 boats that serve as the homes for a community who call themselves Anchor-Outs -- the term for people who live rent free on boats they anchor off shore. [...]
In Belvedere, the median home value in is $3.5 million. [...] If the only repercussions they experience from two generations of rapaciousness are peanut butter pirates popping by their private docks, and a bit of unintentional damage to said dock, they are getting off extremely easy. If you're rich enough to have a private dock on the San Francisco Bay (really, imagine that), you should hire someone full time, with benefits and 401k, just to make PB&J sandwiches and hand them out all day long.
Because here's the thing, once poor people finally realize how rich the one percent really is, they wouldn't be able to build guillotines fast enough.