Faked videos shore up false beliefs about Biden's mental health

It's easy to edit video of public figures to make them appear asleep, confused, drunk or cognitively impaired when they are not. The technique is being used to undermine Joe Biden's campaign.

Dustin Carnahan, Assistant Professor of Communication, Michigan State University • conversation
Sept. 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence deep-learning fake-news donald-trump video disinformation joe-biden democracy elections trump-2020

TikTok is a unique blend of social media platforms – here's why kids love it

An app that young people use to share videos of themselves dancing might seem like a silly diversion, but it's become a powerhouse social media platform.

Kevin Munger, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: social-media china twitter facebook video india young-people mobile-apps apps youtube instagram youth tiktok snapchat us-china-relations

How deadly is COVID-19? A biostatistician explores the question

The COVID-19 death toll in the US is now over 130,000. What do 130,000 fatalities look like? A biostatistician provides some perspective.

Ron Fricker, Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Administration, Virginia Tech • conversation
July 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus death statistics flu video deaths biostatistics

Filter protects against deepfake photos and videos

Adding a protective filter to videos or photos people upload online could prevent them being turned into "deepfakes" that alter their meaning.

Jeremy Schwab-Boston University • futurity
July 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: machine-learning social-media internet video algorithms featured science-and-technology images

‘Neuroforecasting’ predicts which videos will be popular

"Here we have a case where there is information contained in subjects' brain activity that allows us to forecast the behavior of other, unrelated, people."

Stanford • futurity
March 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: attention brains video science-and-technology decisions

Astrophysicist works to make science understandable

Harvard’s educational mission is bringing the universe’s strangest creation to the world, as short videos about black holes have been seen by millions.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 28, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  black-hole  alvin-powell  science-education  alex-rosenthal  black-hole-initiative  center-for-astrophysics-harvard-smithsonian  fabio-pacucci  teded  video

System uses video from 3 phones to find shooters

A new system can locate shooters through video and audio from 3 smartphones, which could help protect human rights workers and journalists.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Nov. 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: machine-learning video mobile-devices science-and-technology violence sounds guns weapons

What does Disney+ mean for the future of streaming?

With the launch of Disney+, how will the battle between streaming services change? An expert digs into the competition and how it affects viewers.

Julian Cardillo-Brandeis • futurity
Nov. 11, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: business internet video consumers society-and-culture

WiFi system identifies people through walls by their walk

A system called XModal-ID can use video of a person walking and determine whether that same person is behind a wall using WiFi and their unique movement.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Oct. 1, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: video wifi surveillance featured science-and-technology imaging-technology

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