This is what the sounds of dominance, excitement, and desire look like. Beyond Verbal is a firm that maps the patterns and frequency of voices expressing various emotions.
What is this technology good for, you ask?
"If, say, Apple’s Siri understood how you were feeling in addition to what you were saying, it could pull up not just a playlist, but rather a playlist that matched your mood. Politicians could use the technology to practice enhancing qualities such as leadership in their voices while giving speeches. People with Asperger’s syndrome, who often have communication difficulties, could use it to understand verbal cues that extend beyond literal words. It could even help air traffic controllers identify when pilots were under stress."
Americans outraged by the NSA secret surveillance (PRISM) scandal have been channelling their anger through some very creative works of art.
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Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- The Hubble telescope just discovered Neptune’s smallest known moon. Cool!
- A determined Google Street View used a 33-pound backpack camera to capture the ancient (and inaccessible) streets of Venice. Here’s are some other great Google Street View moments.
- A day after Vladimir Putin said he was leaving ASAP, it was announced that Edward Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia.
- Rumor has it that Apple might buy the 3-D gesture and identity-sensing tech company PrimeSense.
- It is also rumored that Apple is looking into a live TV service that would allow viewers to skip ads.
- Yahoo just won its legal battle with the Dept. of Justice, unsealing key documents that show just how strongly it objected to the government spying on users.
- Americans who are outraged by the NSA PRISM scandal are expressing themselves through art.
Have a great day!
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When it comes to expressing their political dissent, young Egyptian protesters look to street art
This is what happens when bullets hit things.
Photographer Deborah Bay doesn’t want to detail her own gun control views: “I think it’s up to the viewer to interpret the work,” she says. But the photographer does ask us to “realize the impact any of these bullets would have on muscle and bone,” and to appreciate how pervasive guns have become in America.
Ben Roberts’ Amazon Unpacked isa haunting series of photographs that exposes the inner workings of Amazon’s massive fulfillment center in the English Midlands.
Locals hoped that the center would boost the local economy, which was devastated by the closure of a coal mine, the area’s main employer. Instead, Roberts explains, Amazon workers are turned into ‘human robots’ and guaranteed little-to-no job security.
"An Amazon fulfillment associate might have to walk as far as 15 miles in a single shift, endlessly looping back and forth between shelves in a warehouse the size of nine soccer fields. They do this in complete silence, except for the sound of their feet. The atmosphere is so quiet that workers can be fired for even talking to one another."
For Roberts, this isn’t about how something you order off of Amazon comes to your door. It’s about how fulfillment centers like Rugeley represent the invisible cost buried in every low Amazon price.
A look at some of the front-pages being dedicated to this week’s gay marriage SCOTUS rulings
Jeremy Lin in Knicks-themed footy pajamas? Yes, please.
The London Underground commemorated its 150th anniversary with a quintet of maps made of Lego. But the creative display was built for more than fun and games. It shows how the network—the world’s first underground passenger railway—has evolved in a century and a half.
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Google honors Maurice Sendak’s birthday with a moving Where The Wild Things Are doodle.