Friday Futures: DNA/facial recognition, Game of Thrones by bot

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: DNA and facial recognition; Teslas’ new factory; 5G interferes with weather forecasting; Facebook and voice patterns; Game of Thrones, by a bot.

Can we match DNA and facial recognition?

A team of Belgian and American engineers just developed something similar. Using what they know about how DNA shapes the human face, the researchers built an algorithm that scans through a database of images and selects the faces that could be linked to the DNA found at a crime scene. Read more…

Tesla’s Giga 3 factory in Shanghai is being built in months

There is a ring of cool gas around the black hole in our galaxy

New ALMA observations reveal a never-before-seen disk of cool, interstellar gas wrapped around the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Read more…

5G frequencies could interfere with weather forecasts

Facebook knows how to clone your voice – and speech patterns

Engineers at Facebook’s AI research lab created a machine learning system that can not only clone a person’s voice, but also their cadence — an uncanny ability they showed off by duplicating the voices of Bill Gates and other notable figures. Read more…

The most comprehensive map of the galaxy ever

They were smoking cannabis in Western China a looong time ago

A chemical residue study of incense burners from ancient burials at high elevations in western China has revealed psychoactive cannabinoids. The finding provides some of the earliest evidence for the use of cannabis for its psychoactive compounds. Read more…

Game of Thrones ending rewritten by bots – well? Well…

(compiled by Alex Leslie, edited by Tony Poulos)

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