Big Tech &
DALL·E: Introducing Outpainting (1 minute read)
OpenAI has introduced a new feature for DALL-E that can continue images beyond their original borders. Outpainting can create large-scale images in any aspect ratio. It takes account of the image's existing visual elements to maintain the context of the original image. Outpainting is now available to all DALL-E users on desktop. Examples of images generated with Outpainting are available.
Experimental brain surgery quelled cravings in 2 people with binge eating disorder (3 minute read)
Two patients who went through an experimental brain surgery for binge eating disorder reported feeling more in control of their cravings a year after the operation. The operation involved installing a pacemaker-like device under the scalp and wiring the device to an area of the brain that plays a vital role in how people experience reward and satisfaction. The device delivers small electrical zaps to the brain to help stifle cravings. Patients do not feel the zaps, but they may notice changes in their mood.
Meta AI researchers develop ways to read speech from people’s brains (3 minute read)
Meta researchers have developed an AI model that can decode speech from noninvasive recordings of brain activity. Noninvasive recordings are noisy and can vary greatly, so machine learning was used to help 'clean up' the noise. The model is only focused on decoding perceived speech for now. The research could lead to new ways to communicate and control technology.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Modern web debugging in Chrome DevTools (6 minute read)
Many developers leverage frameworks, build tools, and compilers to write web applications from a higher-level perspective. However, developers only get to see a compiled version of their code when debugging or profiling web applications in Chrome DevTools. This article discusses new features in Chrome DevTools that help developers see their code as they wrote it. The changes are aimed at improving the debugging experience. The Chrome DevTools team plans to improve the DevTools profiling experience in future updates.
Interview: Fuchsia’s past, present, and future, as told by ex-director Chris McKillop (18 minute read)
Google Fuchsia is an operating system based on a custom kernel called Zircon. This article features an interview with the former director of engineering for the project, Chris McKillop. In the interview, McKillop shares how the project started, its current state, and where the operating system is going next. McKillop left Google earlier this year after 10 years at the company. He worked on Fuchsia for seven years.
Stable Diffusion is a really big deal (5 minute read)
Stable Diffusion is a text-to-image model released by Stability AI on August 22. Stability AI has released the whole Stable Diffusion model for free. It can be used online or downloaded and run on a computer. There has been an explosion of innovation around Stable Diffusion. Images generated with Stable Diffusion can be used for commercial and non-commercial purchases with some usage restrictions.
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Velox (GitHub Repo)
Velox is a C++ database acceleration library that provides reusable, extensible, and high-performance data processing components.
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