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Animals on camera

Technology | Facial recognition systems aren’t just for humans—animals are getting in on the action too
by Maryrose Delahunty
Posted 3/04/21, 08:49 am

New reports emerge weekly about controversial uses of facial recognition technology by schools, commercial establishments, sports arenas, and law enforcement. But less known and perhaps less contentious applications of the technology are occurring in the animal kingdom.

Scientists, researchers, and farmers are using facial recognition to identify, track, feed, locate, and even diagnose disease in wild and domesticated animals. The menagerie includes pigs, cows, bears, and fish.

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Virtual Reality Church

A congregation of avatars

Religion | Pioneering pastors are using virtual reality to reach an unconventional group of people
by Juliana Chan Erikson
Posted 2/11/21, 12:44 pm

In the 21 minutes that his virtual reality Sunday service was still functioning, Pastor Bill Willenbrock had to shush a group talking in the back of the room, ask a small wolf to get off the pulpit, and kick out a doppelgänger yelling obscenities. Minutes later, his virtual reality church world crashed, leaving about 20 attendees (including this reporter) frozen in their pews. 

Bringing the gospel to virtual reality has not been easy.

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Impossible Whopper, meet impossible breakfast

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/07/20, 10:45 am

Impossible Foods announced its first vegan meat product besides beef. The California-based company unveiled Impossible Pork and Impossible Sausage at the CES technology trade show in Las Vegas on Monday. The company’s Impossible Burger has been a mainstay of fake meat products since it went on sale in 2016.

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