Four short links: 14 October 2016
- What $50 Buys You At the Huaqianbei Markets in Shenzhen — my mind was blown at the smartwatch. $6 for: a GSM chipset, a CPU, an LCD screen, a battery, a PCB, a metal housing, a molded silicone watch band, a MicroUSB cable, and a box. And the labor to assemble and test all of that.
- Differentiable Neural Computers — DeepMind’s latest work putting memory into deep learning that lets computers learn to form and navigate complex data structures on their own.
- ModalVR — Nolan Bushnell’s new startup, which hopes to do for VR what Chuck E Cheese did for childrens’ birthday parties (I for one have only been waiting to adopt VR until it can come with shrieking children and phallically-tailed animatronic rats).
- MeSing.js — speech synthesis plus pitch shifting = … well, the demo sounds like a poignant Cyberman lounge-singer. Tip your waitress, try the HUMANOIDS, thank you I’ll be here until the end of time.