Artificial Intelligence Now Reads Lips Better Than People.
A research alliance between Google’s AI company DeepMind and Oxford University is reported to have developed a new AI system that can read lips better than humans.
Better Than a Trained Lip Reading Professional?
According to a recent scientific paper about the project, the newly developed AI system known as Watch, Listen and Spell (WLAS) can read human lips to the point where it is able to interpret more words than a trained lip reading professional. When tested against each other using 200 randomly selected BBC television video clips, the WLAS system was recorded as having a lip reading accuracy rate of 46.8%, whereas the human lip reading professional only managed a 12.4% accuracy rate.
Tech Tip - Keeping Your Windows Organised.
If you’re using Windows 10 and you often need to have several Windows open and handy at once, this tip enables you to snap your windows to specific parts of the screen and keep them organised.
Facebook Stamping Out Fake News.
The proliferation of so-called ‘fake news’ and its apparent ability to influence the outcome of globally important events such as the recent U.S election have meant that Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has been moved to publicly announce how Facebook intends to tackle the problem in future.
Barclays Trial Contactless Cash Machines.
Barclays are taking steps to avoid the threat posed by card skimmers with a new trial of a system that allows customers to withdraw money from ATMS using only their smart-phones.
The cardless withdrawal system is thought to be a simpler system than the one introduced by RBS four years ago which allowed customers to withdraw up to £130 at a time by typing a special code which had been texted to them by RBS into the ATM.
Tech Tip - Logging into Microsoft ...
Although Windows 10 default settings encourage you to sign in with a Microsoft account this could mean that you’re at risk of having your password stolen.
You can protect yourself with Microsoft's additional security features.
How Businesses Could Use Autonomous Vehicles.
Autonomous vehicles and vehicles with autonomous elements are being tested and used successfully, both as part of the transport system and in closed site operations. It is still early days and there are still many as-yet untapped opportunities for their commercial application across the UK.
Security Fears About Software Than Can Copy Your Voice.
After its unveiling in a live demo at the Max Conference San Diego last week, Adobe’s Project VoCo audio / voice manipulation software has been the subject of some concern over its potential for misuse.
2 Hackers Get Electric Shock.
A push-button door hacking demonstration at the Kiwicon hacking event in Wellington, New Zealand last Friday gave 2 of the featured hackers what can only be described as a ‘real’ shock in front of a crowd of 2,000 onlookers.
Tescos Online Banking Thefts.
Tesco Bank is reported to be working with the National Crime Agency to investigate an incident where suspicious transactions resulted in money being taken from thousands of customer current accounts.