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The Promise -- And Perils -- Of Predictive Policing Based On Big Data

Police departments, like everyone else, would like to be more effective while spending less. Given the tremendous attention to big data in recent years, and the value it has provided in fields ranging from astronomy to medicine, it should be no surprise that police departments are using data analysis to inform deployment of scarce resources. Enter the era of what is called “predictive policing.”

Qumarion 'Robot' Brings Mannequins To Life

We live in an age of 3D models of just about everything, but they can be tough to manipulate with existing software tools. This Qumarion is a “mannequin input device” that allows 3D modellers to modify existing human models in real time.

How Car Crash Modelling Technology Could Predict Drilling Disasters

It’s the billion-dollar question for offshore drilling giants: Could the Deepwater Horizon disaster have been prevented? Researchers at MIT’s Impact and Crashworthiness Laboratory may have found at least a partial answer — the same kind of computer modelling that predicts whether car components can hold their own in a crash could also forecast whether pipes will fracture at offshore drilling sites. A fractured pipe can mean the difference between a stable operation and a massive oil spill.

Every Horrible Wrinkle Is Visible In Microsoft's 3D Modelling Software

Even if your skin resembles a dewy peach more than Daniel-Craig-as-Mikael-Blomkvist, be worried: Microsoft’s 3D modelling is the most advanced ever built; capable of showing every wrinkle in your face. Naturally, it could be added to Kinect in the future.

That Chubby Guy Won That Modelling Contest By A Landslide

Remember Roland, the unlikely contestant for a £2000 ($3000) shopping spree, photo shoot and modelling agency intro? Well, he won. By a lot – he was almost 66,000 votes ahead of his second place competition. We did it!

Make This Man The UK's Sexiest New Model

British clothing chain Next is holding a competition to find a new hottie. And naturally, the internet is doing its best to delightfully rig it. Enter Roland: not exactly top model material. But he’s blowing away the competition. Let’s help.

3D Face Modelling Software Generates Your Visage With Single Photo

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At Waseda University, researchers are developing a 3D face generation process that requires no special equipment. It combines 3D measurement data from thousands of faces with a single photograph to extrapolate what your features will look like, cheaply and quickly.

Attention, Ice Sculptors: This 3D Modelling Robot Is Gunning For Your Job

I am sorry to report that the latest profession to be made obsolete by robots is ice sculpting. The cold-hearted explanation follows:

Engineers Solve 80-Year-Old Computer Modelling Puzzle

A quantum physics breakthrough that can predict the kinetic energy of electrons in simple metals – and semiconductors – will enable computers to simulate the behaviour of new materials up to 100,000 times faster than they currently can. That’s huge.

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