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9/12/2014
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Real Or Fake Tech Headlines? Weekly Quiz

There's no shortage of tech news that seems too strange to be true. Can you tell the real headlines from the ringers this week?
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C: IsItYou Promises To Make Face Authentication Actually Work
IsItYou is a company that debuted at Disrupt SF 2014 this week with an algorithm it claims can make facial recognition a realistic authentication factor for consumer devices. According to a TechCrunch report: 'IsItYou analyzes not just your face, but how it expects the lighting on your face to behave in different situations. Light bouncing off of a flat surface (like a printed photo, or a tablet screen) behaves much differently than light bouncing off your face. They demonstrated their algorithm rejecting a printed photo of [company co-founder Benjamin Levy's] face -- then, taking it one step further, had someone don a 3d printed mask of Levy's face. It, too, was rejected.'

Real:
C: IsItYou Promises To Make Face Authentication Actually Work

IsItYou is a company that debuted at Disrupt SF 2014 this week with an algorithm it claims can make facial recognition a realistic authentication factor for consumer devices. According to a TechCrunch report: "IsItYou analyzes not just your face, but how it expects the lighting on your face to behave in different situations. Light bouncing off of a flat surface (like a printed photo, or a tablet screen) behaves much differently than light bouncing off your face. They demonstrated their algorithm rejecting a printed photo of [company co-founder Benjamin Levy's] face -- then, taking it one step further, had someone don a 3d printed mask of Levy’s face. It, too, was rejected."

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Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/16/2014 | 5:35:48 PM
Re: Fooled me
@Technocrati: yes, that was my favorite sounds-too-fake-to-be-real headlines, too, and it is in fact real. I can't wait to see how that is applied in the real world. I realize it's highly conceptual by now, but the possibilities are truly amazing. Imagine an office building that could expand and contract based on capacity needs. Or, expand and contract to make optimal use of energy at different times of the year. Imagine how that material might be used to quickly build up housing in the event of a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis.

Definitely gets the imagination going.
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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9/15/2014 | 9:28:00 PM
Re: Fooled me

@Susan   Thanks!  It was really tough and I think I probably got lucky : )  

Actually one of the headlines I missed I found to be really pretty interesting to be fact.

The one about Shape- Shifting Architecture That Responds to Heat.   I really thought that one was made up.  

I am still trying to wrap my head around the concept - but it is very intriguing to ponder the possible uses of this discovery.   Very sci-fi if you ask me.

Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/15/2014 | 8:36:20 PM
Re: Fooled me
@Technocrati: You scored the best out of everybody so far! Congrats. I'd say three right out of five is excellent, especially considering the unpredictability of the tech world.

Do you have a favorite real one?

Or a fake that made you LOL?
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/15/2014 | 8:34:35 PM
Re: Fooled me
@Michael: Don't worry, we won't judge. Did you mean this as your favorite fake one?

Feminist Designer Creates Office Building With All-Glass Ceilings

Heh--I would like to see that myself. I'd also like to see Google Glass available at LensCrafters, I have a feeling that will happen sooner.

:)
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/15/2014 | 8:22:45 PM
Re: Fooled me
@Shane--Heh heh. That was my evil plan in choosing the Apple headline. I see it worked. 

Do you see a fake headline you wish were true?
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
User Rank: Strategist
9/15/2014 | 8:20:00 PM
Re: I'd believe anything about Apple
@Pedro: Thanks, I hope you had fun with it. Here's my favorite of the real headlines: A New Concept for Shape-Shifting Architecture That Responds to Heat.

Here's the URL for the original Wired article on the concept:

http://www.wired.com/2014/09/a-new-concept-for-shape-shifting-architecture-that-responds-to-heat/

Truly revolutionary, I hope we get to see this become reality.

Do you have a favorite real headline?

Or maybe a fake one that you wish were true?
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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9/15/2014 | 8:17:47 PM
Re: I'd believe anything about Apple
@Pedro: Thanks! This is great fun, just shows that the real news is sometimes hard to believe. My favorite real headline was this one: A New Concept For Shape-Shifting Architecture That Responds To Heat

Here's the URL:

http://www.wired.com/2014/09/a-new-concept-for-shape-shifting-architecture-that-responds-to-heat/

Some amazing stuff there that i'm glad is true, It looks like it could revolutionize architecture someday.

Did you have a favorite real headline? Or maybe one you wish was true?

 
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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9/15/2014 | 12:57:26 PM
Re: Fooled me

I missed two, but I have to admit there was some nail biting on a couple.   So even though I did OK on this impromptu quiz,   I don't feel safe from Fake Headlines by any means.

Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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9/12/2014 | 9:55:05 PM
Re: Fooled me
You did better than me! I missed every one, which is both sad and impressive, since probability says I should have gotten one right from random guessing. But the "glass door" one was awesome; I guess I just liked it so much I wanted it to be the right one.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/12/2014 | 3:48:39 PM
Fooled me
This was tough. I only got two right out of five. The Apple Watch one tricked me -- I thought it was so obvious that it had to be made up.
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