CNET: This deepfake shows an impressionist taking on 20 celebrities, convincingly. “Actor Jim Meskimen has released a video on YouTube giving a ‘deeper’ look at his skills as an impressionist. The voice work is all his, but thanks to deepfake software, he also takes on the facial features of 20 celebrities — and becomes recognizably those people.”
Air & Space Magazine: Girl Scouts, Now You Can Earn a Badge in Space Science. “The Girl Scouts was just a year old when, in 1913, it began awarding badges to young women for electronics and aviation. More than a century later, it is challenging members to aim even higher, with the release this summer of three new space science badges encouraging girls to learn about astronomy and the exploration of other worlds.”
Boing Boing: Hiding images in highlighted text. “Self-described ‘creative coder’ Neal Agarwal has come up with a method for hiding images in text that only appear when you highlight the words; I’m guessing he’s using some kind of character-by-character ‘highlight’ attribute in CSS/HTML5, but I’m not really certain.”
BBC: Monty Python at 50. “Sick’, ‘tripe’ and ‘a delicious sense of the ridiculous’ .. 50 years ago today Monty Python shocked and delighted BBC audiences in equal measure. BBC History digs deep inside BBC Archives and lifts the lid on how the series was commissioned, aspiring writers use Monty Python for new comic creations, and our gallery unearths some rarely seen images to mark a very special birthday.”
NASA: NASA’s InSight ‘Hears’ Peculiar Sounds on Mars. “Put an ear to the ground on Mars and you’ll be rewarded with a symphony of sounds. Granted, you’ll need superhuman hearing, but NASA’s InSight lander comes equipped with a very special ‘ear.'”
Mashable: See what AI really thinks of you with this deeply humbling website . “You are nothing more than a collection of deeply embarrassing and problematic machine learning-determined classifiers. That humbling truth is brought home by ImageNet Roulette, an online tool that gives anyone bold or foolish enough to upload a photo the opportunity to learn just exactly how artificial intelligence sees them. The project, described as ‘a provocation’ by its creators, aims to shed light on how artificial intelligence systems view and classify humans.” I uploaded a picture of my cat and it identified her as a “street person”.
Jenkem Magazine, and do not @ me because I thought this was charming, in a sweary skateboardy kind of way: Discovering Skate Spots Via Google Earth. “You may have seen this part we shared of our friend, Jake Keenan, who seems to have a secret power for finding unusual and virgin skate spots. Well, it turns out he doesn’t just run across these spots randomly. He has a method, and it’s equally nerdy and impressive, thanks to mankind’s biggest tool / enemy: Google.” Fair amount of swearing, but then you get to watch them skateboard. Video with article.