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Oh Good, MIT Made An AI Nightmare Machine 

If Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking’s foreboding pronouncements about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence don’t have you spooked enough, MIT has deliberately launched a project that is designed to make AI scary. Or, at least, to make scary images using deep learning.

These Nightmare Videos Are Generated From Baby Photos By A Neural Network

Is that a baby or the blob? It’s actually just the sick and twisted result of a neural network predicting what a still photo of a baby would look like if it were moving. Researchers at MIT have published demonstrations of their work on generative video, and the “hallucinated” outcomes of are both impressive and repulsive.

New MIT Tech Can Read Pages Inside Closed Books... And Beat Internet CAPTCHAs

How does one read a book without opening it? Why would you want to read a closed book in the first place? While not a common problem, it’s enough of one that MIT research scientist Barmak Heshmet decided to have a crack and came up with a system that uses terahertz radiation, femto-photography and air to read characters from a closed book, along with an algorithm that can give CAPTCHAs a run for their money.

MIT Researchers Found A Way To Make Pesticides Stick To Plants

When farmers spray their crops with pesticides and other treatments to help ensure their survival, 98 per cent of those chemicals bounce right off the plants and end up in the groundwater as pollution. It’s a waste, and harmful to the environment, so researchers at MIT came up with a cheap but effective way to instead make those chemicals stick to crops.

MIT Channels MacGyver: Boils Water Using A Sponge, Bubble Wrap And Sunlight

Boiling water is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to get rid of dangerous parasites and bacteria, and thanks to MIT, the next time you go camping you might be able to leave the stove and matches at home. All you’ll need is a sponge, some unpopped bubble wrap and some sunlight.

Crowded Wi-Fi Networks Could Soon Get Three Times Faster

That feeling of wanting to smash your smartphone while connected to an over-crowded and impossibly sluggish public Wi-Fi network might soon be gone, as researchers at MIT have come up with a way to boost wireless network speeds by cleverly coordinating multiple routers.

These Self-Assembling Phones Are Refreshingly Low Tech

MIT’s self-assembly lab has created mobile phones that build themselves, in a manner of speaking. There’s no fancy nano- or bio- technology involved, nothing theoretical or suggestive of a near-future Singularity. It’s devilishly simple, because the whole project boils down to throwing phone parts into a rock tumbler.

The Best Tattoo Turns Your Body Into A Controller For Any Computer

Your next tattoo could also be used to control your computer. A new technology called DuoSkin, developed by MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research, allows anyone to create customised gold metal leaf print tattoos that can be worn directly on the skin. The temporary tattoos can be used as touchpad inputs, display outputs and wireless communication.

You Can Now Print 3D Holograms On Your Inkjet Printer

Creating the types of 3D holograms that are used to authenticate products or currency usually requires very expensive, very complex printers. That’s what makes them so hard to counterfeit. But a team of researchers from MIT have created a new kind of 3D hologram that can be printed on the inkjet printer you probably already have sitting on your desk.

This Machine Hopes To Make Engineering Pharmaceuticals More Portable

If you’re a doctor working in a remote area or on the battlefield, getting access to medications can be tough. That may sound like the start of a commercial, but it’s a sometimes tragic fact. As far as we’ve come in the history of medicine, treatment isn’t as portable as we would like.

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