In a battle of AI versus AI, researchers are preparing for the coming wave of deepfake propaganda

Courtesy of John Sohrawardi, Rochester Institute of Technology and Matthew Wright, Rochester Institute of Technology

An investigative journalist receives a video from an anonymous whistleblower. It shows a candidate for president admitting to illegal activity. But is this video real? If so, it would be huge news – the scoop of a lifetime – and could completely turn around the upcoming elections. But the journalist runs the video through a specialized tool, which tells her that the video isn’t what it seems. In fact, it’s a “deepfake,” a video made using artificial intelligence with deep learning.

Journalists all over the world could soon be using a tool like this. In a few years, a tool like this could even be used by everyone to root out fake content in their social media feeds.

As researchers who have been studying deepfake detection and developing a tool for journalists, we see a future for these tools. They won’t solve all our problems, though, and they will be just one part of the arsenal in the broader fight against disinformation.

The problem with deepfakes

Most people know that you can’t believe everything you see. Over the last couple of decades, savvy news consumers have gotten used to seeing images manipulated with photo-editing software. Videos, though, are another story. Hollywood directors can spend millions of dollars on special effects to make up a realistic scene. But using deepfakes, amateurs with a few thousand dollars of computer equipment and a few weeks to spend could make something almost as true to life.

Deepfakes make it possible to put people into movie scenes they were never in – think Tom Cruise playing Iron Man – which makes for entertaining videos. Unfortunately, it also makes it possible to create pornography without the consent of the people depicted.

Collectibles Go Digital with DigiCol, Multi-functional Infrastructure for the Next Wave of NFT adoption



VICTORIA, Seychelles, Oct. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The hype in Decentralized Finance (DeFi) quickly dissipated as DeFi-related assets recorded sharp reversals in their price. DeFi users that were overleveraged observed their wealth evaporate as the value of their collateral diminished. As DeFi interest subsides, NFT interest has been piqued.

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are distinct token types that derive their utility from being diverse and unique from other tokens. Data is suggesting that we are approaching the next wave of NFT adoption.

NFTs can be considered to be digital collectables which are traded and secured on a blockchain infrastructure. They are commonly tied to non-fungible ERC721 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain. Google data shows record-high search volume for the term “NFT”.

DigiCol will provide the infrastructure for the next wave of NFT adoption. NFT users have previously faced stiff technical barriers to creating and using NFTs. It typically requires advanced coding knowledge and a deep familiarity with third-party wallets like MetaMask.

DigiCol is the first platform to empower users with one-click NFT creation. Moreover, users will be able to trade NFTs in the DigiCol marketplace without the hassles of connecting to a third-party wallet.

The previous NFT hype cycle resulted in some tokens being traded for over $100,000. But as interest resurfaces, NFT users will demand more sophisticated infrastructure and more liquid markets.

NFTs have found huge markets in fields like art collectibles and online gaming. We have already observed decentralized marketplaces emerge to cater to these niches. But none have the one-click creation and seamless trading features of DigiCol.

After DigiCol users create NFTs, they can launch them into a liquid marketplace and earn rewards when their tokens are traded. Users that own NFTs can earn rewards in tokens native to the DigiCol platform by showcasing

These Stocks Are Bound to Benefit From the Zero-Contact Wave

– By Ishan Majumdar

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the way people are living their lives these days. This has led to a number of behavioral changes in the life of the average consumer, and one new aspect that has particularly gained importance is the use of zero-contact solutions. Consumers and businesses alike are looking to minimize contact with others as far as possible, whether through grocery delivery, healthcare, or payment solutions.

This “zero-contact wave” is likely here to stay for a while, and there are a number of companies providing solutions within this space that could heavily benefit from this new consumer behavior. Here are some of my picks.

Phreesia Inc.

The need for contactless healthcare services, particularly with the capacity of healthcare facilities being used heavily by Covid-19 patients, has pushed many consumers to telehealth providers. However, telehealth is not a solution for all kinds of healthcare issues and many patients continue to require in-person care.

This is where Phreesia (NYSE:PHR) comes into the picture. The company is a service provider to healthcare facilities, and its offerings include a complete zero-contact patient intake. Phreesia helps patients have a contactless check-in to waiting rooms and carry out the registration process in the comfort of their home. It also handles the complete paperwork of patients, including proof of identification, insurance and payments, with minimal contact through its proprietary Phreesia platform. For healthcare facilities, this is a holistic patient activation and support solution.

These Stocks Are Bound to Benefit From the Zero-Contact Wave
These Stocks Are Bound to Benefit From the Zero-Contact Wave

Phreesia’s stock has also had an excellent run over the past six months with a 63% appreciation. Its valuation may seem pricey at an enterprise-value-to-revenue ratio of 8.68, but the company has a lot of cash on its balance sheet with a cash-debt ratio of 3.34, implying

Save $47 on Airthings Wave, the brilliant smart home gadget you never knew you needed

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Best Smart Home Devices 2020

  • Many smart home gadgets focus on convenience features, but there’s one device you need that actually helps keep you safe.
  • It’s called the Airthings Wave Plus and it monitors the air in your home to alert you automatically of things like radon and other airborne toxins.
  • The mid-range Airthings Wave has an even deeper discount right now at Amazon, and the new Airthings Wave Mini that also detects mold is available for just $79.65.

When you thing of smart home devices, the first things that come to mind are undoubtedly neat gadgets that focus on convenience features. Philips Hue smart LED light bulbs are undoubtedly at the top of most people’s lists, as are all the smart devices out there that work with Amazon Alexa. Another cool one is the MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener, which lets you open and close your garage door from anywhere in the world using your iPhone or Android.

Those are all great gadgets that you should definitely check out, but there’s a relatively new type of smart home device that’s about more than just convenience. Instead, the Airthings Wave Plus and other Airthings devices are there to help keep your family safe.

The high-end Airthings Wave Plus is an air-quality monitor that senses things like radon, elevated CO2 levels, and airborne toxins (Total VOCs). It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and gives you instant readings as well as reports. Audible alerts warn you of problems with the air quality in your home, of course, so you don’t need to worry about connecting your phone in order to check for problems. This model typically costs $230, but you’ll find it on sale right now on Amazon for $197.50.

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An even deeper discount can

What You Need To Know To Ride The Next Sonic Wave

Among the shortcomings of short-form video service Quibi was a decision at launch by the Jeffrey Katzenberg-led company to wall off its content assets. The move rendered it impossible for viewers to cut and paste clips, create memes, share snippets.

The misstep was quickly corrected. Why? Because if fans can’t interact with content, if they can’t own and share a piece of the experience—you’ve just hamstrung your best brand ambassadors. 

Audio branding, on the verge of a colossal evolution, is wisely beginning to tap into the power of the creator-driven economy.

Audio can be the key to recognition and recall, but for the most part brands have been simply repeating, often shouting, the same musical elements at consumers with limited success. Now, a parcel of companies, including startups Vurbl and Blerp, want to help brands embrace user-generated content—a cornerstone of our increasingly platform-based ecosystem.

“I think we need to stop being so precious about it,” Sean Thornton, co-founder and creative director of Audio UX, advises. “The public and your users have an appetite to interact with your brand on a deeper level than you think. It’s insulting to slap them with an inflexible repeated mantra over and over again. This is the opposite end of the spectrum.”

Thornton knows a thing or two about the power of unlocking a brand’s sonic assets and empower consumers to authentically engage with them. His company created the revolutionary open-sourced soundtrack to elevate Pantone’s 2020 color of the year, Classic Blue, and is collaborating with Pantone in