The next issue of the Tech Stew was definetly overdue, but I finally managed to send it out yesterday. I hope you will find some of the tools, services and posts as interesting as I did when I stumbled over them.
TestingTime - Who still tests it?
If a service such as TheUserIsDrunk is not serious enough or if criteria other than the blood per mille content are in the foreground, TestingTime from Zurich offers a suitable alternative: Define the target group, select the number of people and recruit participants for user tests, interviews, online surveys or workshops.
This Person Does Not Exist - What (or better: Who) is still real today?
I will not show an image for this one. You have to try it out yourself: Each time the page is opened, a new face is shown - a face of a person who doesn't even exist... The page was created by software engineer Phillip Wang to demonstrate what shockingly realistic results can now be produced using GANs (Generative Adversarial Networks). For this Wang could build on the source code of StyleGAN, which was released by Nvidia for non-commercial purposes. Check out this article to learn about how it works. Besides, I also recommend this impressive video 😊
GPT-2 – A text generator so good, it’s too dangerous to release
And if we are already with topic fake, and beside picture of course also text may not and should not come too briefly, the new Language Model GPT-2 of OpenAI offers much discussion material. Featuring 40 GB of text from the depths of Reddit and others (or 1.5 billion parameters from 8 million websites), this model is capable of producing meaningful-sounding text in the given style and theme across several paragraphs. Since this opens up completely new possibilities for fake news, impersonating people or spam comments on social media, OpenAI has so far only published a reduced version and initiated a discussion about how to deal with the new possibilities in the future.
Hackster - Step by Step Creating Greatness
Immerse yourself in the world of a thousand possibilities: From your own Animatronic Home Assistant to the Wunderpixel Board, from the Origami Remote Control Robot to your own Robo OpenCat. With a little music, spit and a lot of tape, this platform for makers will turn you into an ingenious Daniel jet drive, step by step. My personal favorite: A Voice-Activated Weather Station with LEGO
PRIMO Cubetto - Programming for children in its simplest form
Are you still looking for a great birthday present for kids between three and five? Then Cubetto, the friendly wooden robot, might be just the thing for you. It's the easiest way for kids to learn the basics of programming - without a screen or reading.
Uservoice - Listen to what your customers have to say
The customer is king. And if you want your product to be successful, you should listen to the king. And because nowadays everybody likes to be king and wants to express his/her opinion, there is an easy way to collect all these opinions and wishes centrally, to arrange them, to prioritize them, to make them usable for yourself and to answer to the kings. This is exactly what Uservoice makes possible. And with well-known customers such as Microsoft, Adobe, Buffer and Oculus, you can be sure of a wealth of new features in the future.
Azure CH - A brief overview
Stefan Johner, Microsoft MVP, wrote a great blog post summarizing information about the upcomming Azure data centers in Switzerland. Azure's availability in Switzerland is definetly seen as a Game Changer for Swiss companies, mostly due to two reasons: Data residency and Compliance. One proof for this is the deal UBS reached which shall be worth hundreds of millions of Swiss francs to use Azure cloud services (According to Bloomberg). By the way, Stefan Johner expects a premium of 10% - 20% for the Azure Services from Switzerland compared to e.g. the North and West European regions. Well, we will see... but we wouldn't be suprised.
Thats all folks!