Enlarge ImageChevrolet believes the 10-speed automatic could shave whole seconds off the car’s Nurburgring time. Chevrolet When Chevrolet first introduced the hard-core ZL1 1LE variant of its venerable Camaro, the only available transmission was a six-speed manual. Now, buyers have another option.Chevrolet announced on Tuesday that the 2019 Camaro ZL1 1LE will be available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a new 10-speed automatic. According to Chevrolet, this quick-shifting gearbox is more than a half-second faster around the automaker’s Milford Road Course than the manual variant. It’s a $1,595 option on top of the $7,500 1LE package, on top of the ZL1’s $64,195 window sticker.This isn’t just an off-the-rack transmission. Chevy calibrated its 10-speed specifically for the ZL1 1LE and its demanding, track-demolishing nature. Other components were adjusted for the new 10-speed, too, including the Multimatic suspension system and the limited-slip differential. The 10-speed ZL1 1LE also has a new transmission oil pan and an additional steering-gear cooling duct.Otherwise, it’s the same ZL1 1LE that debuted last year. Its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 still puts out 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, and the manual variant still offers active rev matching. Its unique wing produces 300 pounds of downforce at 150 miles per hour. It also rocks a set of dive planes (canards) on the front, because canards make everything better.One thing you might notice is that the ZL1 1LE sports the same face as it did before. Despite almost the entire Camaro lineup moving to a new exterior design for 2019, the ZL1 1LE keeps rockin’ the old body. This isn’t unheard of — Ford’s Mustang Shelby GT350 never upgraded to a new face when Ford updated the standard Mustang, and the GT500 — the one that debuted a fortnight ago — still has the pre-refresh face for some reason. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 68 Photos More about 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Review • 2019 Chevy Camaro: Best taken at face value Preview • 2019 Chevy Camaro Turbo 1LE: Emphasizing poise over power Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Post a comment 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is a serious track weapon Performance Cars Coupes Chevrolet Ford 0 Chevrolet 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice
Post a comment Deepfakes are video forgeries that can make people appear to be doing or saying things they never did — think of this as Photoshop for video on steroids. Digital manipulation of video has existed for decades, but AI-driven deepfake software has made doctored clips easier for anyone to make and harder to detect as fake. The new research was released the day before a House Intelligence committee hearing on the threat of deepfakes. On Thursday, lawmakers heard from experts about the national security challenges of manipulated media created with artificial intelligence, like deepfakes. The committee chair, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, said deepfakes posed “nightmarish” possibilities for the 2020 presidential elections, with voters potentially “struggling to discern what is real and what is fake.”Experts testifying before the committee hammered home how difficult it is for deepfake detection to stay ahead of the advancements being made in manipulation. “This is a cat-and-mouse game,” David Doermann, a professor at the University at Buffalo and a founder of a DARPA media forensics program to address deepfakes, said Thursday during the hearing. “As things get better for being able to deceive visually, [manipulators are] going to move on to covering up their trace evidence.”Deepfake debunkingIn Wednesday’s paper, the researchers’ new technique created a model for how world leaders naturally speak, based on facial/head features like nose wrinkling, lip tightening and head rolling. That model served as a sort of fingerprint for how each individual talks.”Although not visually apparent, these correlations are often violated by the nature of how deepfake videos are created and can, therefore, be used for authentication,” they wrote. An example of the intensity of Barack Obama’s eyebrow lift measured over a 250-frame video clip. Shruti Agarwal/Hany Farid/Yuming Gu/Mingming He/Koki Nagano/Hao Li The three main types of deepfakes — referred to here as face swaps, lip syncs and puppet-master fakes — all rely on rewriting how a victim’s entire face or mouth moves. But all the subtleties of that victim’s pseudo-fingerprint are too hard to replicate even by the best impersonator. So the researchers are able to apply this fingerprint they developed to distinguish between real and fake videos.This fingerprinting method was found to be robust against a particular way that deepfake creators try to cover their tracks: compression. By purposely degrading the quality of a deepfake video, manipulators can make it harder for current pixel-checking detection methods to identify a fake. The researchers’ technique proved to be resilient against compression as a way deepfakers try to cover their tracks. But their detection technique had shortcomings, too. It was less reliable when the person of interest in the video is consistently looking away from the camera rather than addressing it directly. That means a live interview looking off-camera would be harder to detect under this method. It also means that this method works best only for talking-head style videos, when the leader is talking directly to camera. The paper — which was based on research funded by Google, Microsoft and DARPA — is titled “Protecting World Leaders Against Deep Fakes” and published by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California. Originally published June 12 Update June 13: Adds details from House hearing. Senate takes on deep fakes with Sheryl Sandberg and Jack… Now playing: Watch this: 4:05 Computers Security Digital Media TV and Movies 0 Facial recognition Privacy Tags This is a real photo of US President Donald Trump speaking with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in 2017. Getty Images Deepfakes of world leaders may be easier to debunk ahead of the 2020 US presidential election with a new detection method. The rest of us are still out of luck, though. And the technique works only for a specific style of talking-head-style deepfake. Oh, and it’s only a matter of time before manipulators figure out how to dodge this kind of detection, too. As the researchers behind the breakthrough put it: Democracy, national security and society are at stake. The researchers, who outlined the new technique in an academic paper Wednesday, created profiles of the unique expressions and head movements made by powerful people talking, such as Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren. This “soft biometric model” helped detect a range of deepfakes, the kind of manipulated videos powered by artificial intelligence that have sprung up lately featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Kim Kardashian and others. The researchers spelled out the threat of deepfakes in stark terms. “With relatively modest amounts of data and computing power, the average person can, for example, create a video of a world leader confessing to illegal activity leading to a constitutional crisis, a military leader saying something racially insensitive leading to civil unrest in an area of military activity, or a corporate titan claiming that their profits are weak leading to global stock manipulation,” they wrote. This is a cat-and-mouse game. David Doermann, professor, University at Buffalo Share your voice
Kolkata: Four best players of the Friendship Cup Football Tournament of the Kolkata Police and similar tournament of West Bengal Police will be sent to Germany for an exposure trip.The four players will be leaving for Frankfurt (Germany) for an exposure trip on the invitation of the famous football club Eintracht Frankfurt. It may be mentioned that organising football tournaments is one of the community development programmes of the police and it has helped many to get established by playing the sport. According to a senior police officer, the visit of the four boys to Eintracht Frankfurt will motivate many others in playing the game. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Kolkata Police has selected two players, Loknath Mondal and Sekh Rintu from the Kolkata Police Friendship Cup. The two other players were selected by the West Bengal Police. One of them was selected by Darjeeling Police while the other is from Jhargram district. The football player, who was selected by the Darjeeling Police for the Germany trip, is Manish Subba. The boy from Jhargram is Deb Kumar Khirali. The exposure trip to Frankfurt city in Germany would be initiated from Kolkata. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe four players will be leaving Kolkata on November 6 and will return on November 13. They will be watching a match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke 04 of Bundesliga on November 12 at Commerce Bank Arena in Frankfurt. During their stay, they will be undergoing training sessions for four days and will also get the opportunity for a “footballing session” with main players of Eintracht Frankfurt. Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police, and Dr Michael Feiner, Consul General, German Consulate in Kolkata, were present at the programme that was organised on Wednesday to introduce the four players. Dr Feiner handed over the formal invitation letters from the football club to the Commissioner of Police. It may be recalled that the Kolkata Police and West Bengal Police had introduced organising football matches to encourage youths to participate in the game. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also distributed prizes among players in the tournaments organised by the police and it had motivated the youths in playing football. Moreover, the state government has taken several measures to support the clubs where youths practice the sport.
To bring greater focus on digital presence and social media, The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, launched ‘Incredible India 2.0’ at the recently concluded ‘National Tourism Awards, 2015-16.’ The award was presented to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, at a function organised by the Ministry of Tourism, on the occasion of ‘World Tourism Day.’ Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, presided over the function. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe President also launched the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project and a brand new ‘Incredible India’ website on the occasion. ‘Incredible India 2.0 Campaign’ marks a shift from the present generic promotions being undertaken across the world, to market specific promotional plans and product-specific creative, with a greater focus on digital presence and social media. ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project plans to entrust heritage sites to the public sector and private sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities. The new ‘Incredible India’ website is an advanced version of the previous one, with more useful features. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on the occasion, the President said that tourism is one of the largest industries in the world. “Its evolution can be estimated from the fact that the number of tourists all over the world has increased from 2.5 crores in 1950 to 123 crore in 2016. It is estimated that every 10th person in the world works in the tourism industry. In India too, the livelihood of a very large number of people is linked to the tourism industry,” he said.The President added that inclusive tourism development can strengthen inclusive economic development. Every citizen should strive to provide a good experience to tourists at his or her own level. He said that ‘Adopt a Heritage Project’, which was launched with the efforts of the Tourism Ministry, Culture Ministry and Archaeological Survey of India, has great potential to make our rich and diverse heritage monuments, tourist-friendly. He expressed hope that this project will help in the maintenance of our heritage with a partnership of the public and private sectors. Alphons Kannanthanam in his address congratulated the winners of the National Tourism Awards and called upon all to commit ourselves to transform India into one of the most preferred destinations for travelers around the world.He said, “Tourism is in an enviable position with the inherent capacity to create large-scale employment, eradicate poverty, benefit local communities economically and socially, and to generate awareness and support for conservation of the environment. Our policies and actions must aim to strengthen the benefits and reduce the costs of tourism.”The date for the Awards function was selected to coincide with World Tourism Day which is celebrated annually on September 27. The purpose of World Tourism Day celebrations is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.