News ⚡ — Friday, May 24
Alexa is working on a wearable that can track emotion. Global climate change strikes planned for Friday. Rei Kawakubo offers a rare interview. Samsung’s AI labs working on Deepfakes from a single image.
1. 🤖 Samsung’s AI lab can create fake video footage from a single head shot
While distorted, the resulting footage is able to animate the mouth and slight movements of the head from a single still. Unsettling.
2. 🏭 Over 1,351 climate strikes in 110 countries planned for Friday as global revolt escalates
The global strike comes two months after the reported largest international climate demonstration ever led by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg. Change.
3. 📸 Fujifilm announces the 102 MP medium format GFX 100
The diminutive camera body is set to retail for $10,000 USD but many are agreeing it’s a whole lot of camera for that price. Megapixels.
4. 🌿 Ikea is planning a meatless version of its meatball
Unlike its 2014 veggie ball, this new version will more closely resemble something made of meat, of the Impossible variety or otherwise. Impossiball.
5. 👩 Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons grants a rare interview
Topics include her motivations, the daring of retailers in the past and her day-to-day. Insightful.
6. 😃 Amazon is getting closer to building an Alexa wearable that knows when you’re depressed
The Alexa-powered wearable is meant to listen to you, decide how you feel, and make recommendations based on your emotions. Helpful.
7. 📹 Instagram will now support landscape video on IGTV
Instagram says the change comes following creator feedback and the fact landscape videos exist on IGTV already. Auto-rotate.
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