How avatars are emerging as next-gen muses for the fashion and beauty industry

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By jacoblund / Getty Images Welcome to the metaverse! After NFTs, cryptocurrencies and other digital goods, get set for virtual muses, custom-made from their human counterparts. Brands are gradually calling on these next-generation ambassadors, some of whom are now even represented by real-World modeling agencies. Welcome to the metaverse! After NFTs, cryptocurrencies and other digital goods, get set for virtual muses, custom-made from their human counterparts. Brands are gradually calling on these next-generation ambassadors, some of whom are now even represented by real-World modeling agenci… Read More “How avatars are emerging as next-gen muses for the fashion and beauty industry”

Pumpkin Spice Sends Starbucks, Dunkin Visits Skyrocketing

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The Street

By Veronika Bondarenko A week after Starbucks brought in its new fall menu, foot traffic soared by 25.7%. While many of us will poke fun at the western World’s obsession with pumpkin spice, the flavor never fails to signal the start of the fall — and bring in serious business. First introduced by Starbucks (SBUX) – Get Starbucks Corporation Report in 2003, the Pumpkin Spice latte has evolved into a cult classic with its ambiguously “autumn” taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Along with its loyal fan base, that pumpkin spice flavor also comes with certain stereotypes and what seems… Read More “Pumpkin Spice Sends Starbucks, Dunkin Visits Skyrocketing”

Zelensky demands punish Russia as Biden woos UN

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United Nations (United States) (AFP) – Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky demanded Wednesday that the World punish Russia in a dramatic video address to the UN General Assembly, where US President Joe Biden accused Moscow of violating basic international norms. Laying out what he called his conditions for peace, Zelensky — the sole leader allowed to address the summit virtually — called 15 times for “punishment” of Russia over its invasion. “Ukraine demands punishment for trying to steal our territory. Punishment for the murders of thousands of people. Punishment for tortures and humiliatio… Read More “Zelensky demands punish Russia as Biden woos UN”

Biden accuses Putin of irresponsible nuclear threats, violating U.N. charter

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By Steve Holland and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden accused Russia on Wednesday of making “reckless” and “irresponsible” threats to use nuclear weapons and said Moscow had violated the core tenets of United Nations membership by invading Ukraine. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Biden slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin for starting an unprovoked war that some 40 U.N. members were helping Ukraine to fight by providing funding and weapons. Earlier on Wednesday, Putin ordered a Russian mobilization to fight in Ukraine and made… Read More “Biden accuses Putin of irresponsible nuclear threats, violating U.N. charter”

Weak baht takes centre stage

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The Bangkok Post

BoT, Finance Ministry to discuss causes The Finance Ministry will hold talks with the Bank of Thailand to discuss and delve into the factors behind the weakening baht, said Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith. He said the depreciating currency has added to inflationary pressures thus necessitating an examination into whether the declining value of the baht is linked to the country’s economic fundamentals or external factors including the fast-strengthening greenback. “The currency’s value is affected by numerous factors and the ministry will be holding talks with the Bank of Thailand to… Read More “Weak baht takes centre stage”

The AIs are here: Robodogs, Amazon’s Astro & more. Attachment issues!

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The Seattle Times

There is the Hollywood version of AI robots — the “AI” stands for “artificial intelligence” — that has given us the scary future depicted in the “Terminator”, “Matrix,” and “RoboCop” movies. But at a gathering of lawyers and roboticists last week at the University of Washington, you could see the actual status of AI robots. They can get lost when maneuvering, they can get tripped up when trying to climb up gravelly terrain, they’ve got big time issues with multi-tasking. Yes, robots are doing astounding things. Just not like in the movies. At the We Robot 2022 conference, now in its 11th year … Read More “The AIs are here: Robodogs, Amazon’s Astro & more. Attachment issues!”

Dear Annie: Sick of seeing campaign signs?

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NJ.com

DEAR READERS: Many readers offered a simple solution to the problem posed by “Angry Neighbor,” who was frustrated that a nearby house kept a yard sign up long after their candidate lost the election. Here are some of the best letters with that solution. DEAR ANNIE: As a former candidate, I had sign removal deadline dates that had to be obeyed or I could get fined for every sign that was still displayed. This was a city ordinance for both primary and general elections. Candidates get this information when they file for office. Location didn’t matter, whether the signs were in my yard, a friend’… Read More “Dear Annie: Sick of seeing campaign signs?”

Scientists want to teach robots to laugh at the right time

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Scientists are trying to teach robots to laugh at the right time. Japanese researchers are looking to take artificial intelligence to another level by developing an AI conversational system with a focus on shared laughter, which would in turn by communication between humans and robots more natural. In a statement, Koji Inoue – assistant professor of informatics at Japan’s Kyoto University and the study’s co-author – said: “We think one of the important functions of conversational AI is empathy. “Conversation is, of course, multimodal, not just responding correctly. So we decided that one way a… Read More “Scientists want to teach robots to laugh at the right time”

What crisis? High-stakes crypto lending looks here to stay

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Reuters

By Elizabeth Howcroft and Hannah Lang LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On May 11, Scott Odell, an analyst at British crypto lender Blockchain.com, instant messaged Edward Zhao of Three Arrows Capital asking that the Singapore hedge fund repay at least part of a $270 million loan. Three Arrows had just taken a hit from the collapse of cryptocurrency Terra, raising doubts about its ability to repay. That was a worry for Blockchain.com since it had not taken collateral to secure the loan, court filings show. “This is time sensitive so let’s sort if you’re available,” Odell said of the repayment. Zha… Read More “What crisis? High-stakes crypto lending looks here to stay”

Take a look at the powerful sculptures made by Brad Pitt on display in Finland

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Celebrity art-making seems to be a growing trend these days. Whether it’s Bob Dylan’s ironwork sculptures or Grime rapper Skepta’s recent painting sale at Sotheby’s, the art market is increasingly opening up its arms to the World of showbiz. Hollywood movie star Brad Pitt is the latest in line to make his mark in a field he’s never been associated with. The A-list actor has publicly debuted his first works of art at the Sara Hilden Art Museum in Finland, alongside a variety of works by British artist Thomas Houseago, as well as Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave. The Sara Hilden Art Museum… Read More “Take a look at the powerful sculptures made by Brad Pitt on display in Finland”