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Rapidly convergent series for ellipse perimeter

The previous post looked at two simple approximations for the perimeter of an ellipse. Approximations are necessary since the perimeter of an ellipse cannot be expressed as an...

Rapidly convergent series for ellipse perimeter

The previous post looked at two simple approximations for the perimeter of an ellipse. Approximations are necessary since the perimeter of an ellipse...

The Download: Playing games with AI

To make them feel alive, open-world games like Red Dead Redemption 2 are inhabited by vast crowds of computer-controlled characters. These animated...

Kepler’s ellipse perimeter approximations

In 1609, Kepler remarked that the perimeter of an ellipse with semiaxes a and b could be approximated either as P ≈ 2π(ab)½ or P ≈ π(a...

What to know about this new Chinese text-to-video AI model

The short-video platform, which has over 600 million active users, announced the new tool on June 6. It’s called Kling. Like OpenAI’s...

The Download: Video-generating AI, and Meta’s voice cloning watermarks

You may not be familiar with Kuaishou, but this Chinese company just hit a major milestone: It’s released the first ever text-to-video...

The Download: AI’s limitations | MIT Technology Review

The World Health Organization’s new chatbot launched on April 2 with the best of intentions. The virtual avatar named SARAH, was designed...

Meta has created a way to watermark AI-generated speech

However, there are some big caveats. Meta says it has no plans yet to apply the watermarks to AI-generated audio created using...

What happened when 20 comedians got AI to write their routines

“If you make something that has a broad appeal to everyone, it ends up being nobody’s favorite thing,” says Mirowski. The experiment...

The Download: Artificial surf pools, and unfunny AI

For nearly as long as surfing has existed, surfers have been obsessed with the search for the perfect wave.  While this...

The cost of building the perfect wave

Surf pools’ proponents frequently point to the far larger amount of water golf courses consume to argue that opposing the pools on...

How gamification took over the world

For some, this phenomenon leads to an interest in flow states and immersion. For others, it’s simply a reason to play more...

How to opt out of Meta’s AI training

Internet data scraping is one of the biggest fights in AI right now. Tech companies argue that anything on the public internet...

These board games want you to beat climate change

In late 2023, Catan Studios announced that it would be releasing a version of its game called New Energies, focused on climate change....

Biotech companies are trying to make milk without cows

At Alpine Bio, a biotech company in San Francisco (also known as Nobell Foods), researchers have engineered soybeans to produce casein. While...
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