big ideas

Never trust a video again.

Researchers at the University of Washington have applied neural networks to create lip-synced video from an audio clip. They faked a video of Obama that’s eerily realistic. The long-term implications are pretty eye-opening. | learn more

under the microscope

Imagine a battery-free cell phone. 

Engineers at the University of Washington have figured out how to create a phone that’s powered by radio waves. It works for calls and text messages. This could be used for cheap standalone devices in economically depressed areas, or as […]