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Jacob Kastrenakes

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Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Each week, we'll bring you important articles from the previous weeks' original reports, features, and reviews on The Verge. Think of it as a collection of a few of our favorite pieces from the week gone by, which you may have missed, or which you might want to read again.

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Adi Robertson

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Stanford Professor Andrew Ng is bringing back the idea of an artificial intelligence that can think like a person. With Google's Deep Learning project, he's creating machines that take a multi-layered approach to information, building up knowledge and figuring out concepts by passing data between various networks that can each recognize a small piece of it. The approach is designed to mimic how the human brain processes information with neural networks, and it's starting to work — last year, Google's "brain" figured out how to identify cats in YouTube videos without being told that the concept of "cat" existed. Wired has profiled Ng and his work on brain-like computers, a project that also ties into current government-funded brain...

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Amar Toor

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Recently released video of a police shootout in a Brazilian slum has ignited controversy in Rio de Janeiro, raising important questions about the city's crackdown on crime ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics — both of which will be hosted in Rio.

The black-and-white video, captured using heat-seeking technology last May, was recorded from a police helicopter during a pursuit of Márcio José Sabino Pereira — a 36-year-old convicted drug trafficker who went by the name "Mathematician." The helicopter tracks Mathematician through the densely populated slum of Favela da Coréia, before unloading a torrent of bullets just as he entered a car. As the New York Times reports, some of these bullets hit buildings surrounding...

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Amar Toor

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Valve has begun testing new biofeedback technologies based on a player's sweat levels and eye movements, as part of the company's ongoing efforts to incorporate user emotions into gameplay. As VentureBeat reports, Mike Ambinder, Valve's resident experimental psychologist, discussed the developments at last week's NeuroGaming Conference and Expo, held in San Francisco.

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Carl Franzen

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It's not quite a quantum internet — yet. But researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico have developed a new, ultra-secure computer network that is capable of transmitting data that has been encrypted by quantum physics, including video files. The network, which currently consists of a main server and three client machines, has been running continuously in Los Alamos for the past two and a half years, the researchers reported in a paper released earlier this month. During that time, they have also successfully tested sending critical information used by power companies on the status of the electrical grid. Eventually they hope to use it to test offline quantum communication capabilities on smartphones and tablets.

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Matt Brian

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Vint Cerf knows a thing or two about the internet. Along with Bob Kahn, Cerf is credited with developing the initial TCP internet standard over thirty years ago, and now spends his time looking into the future of computer networks in his role as Google's chief internet evangelist. As part of his research, Cerf has worked with NASA for many years developing an "interplanetary internet" that can facilitate communications in high latency environments like space — something that the agency used to control a LEGO robot on Earth from the International Space Station back in 2012. Wired's in-depth interview takes a look at where it all began, the challenges the project faces, and where it can go next.

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Chris Welch

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A new awareness campaign meant to stop child abuse (and help victims find support) is delivering its message in a unique way. The ANAR Foundation has turned to lenticular printing to create outdoor ads that appear differently to adults and children. Adults walking past the display will see an awareness message: "sometimes, child abuse is only visible to the child suffering it." When viewed from the average height of a 10-year-old child, however, the poster is totally different. It depicts a bruised victim of abuse with a message including ANAR's hotline number where kids can reach out for counseling. The benefits of the lenticular approach are two-fold; it allows the nonprofit to effectively deliver two messages to the public using a...

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Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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Jeff Bridges is famous for what he does in front of a camera, acting in iconic roles such as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski in The Big Lebowski. But the Oscar winner is a masterful still photographer as well. The International Center of Photography recognized Bridges' work behind the camera, this week at its 29th annual Infinity Awards, and The New York Times spoke to the actor about the honor.

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Andrew Webster

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When you shoot a gun in BioShock or Far Cry, you don't have to think much about how that gun works — you press a button to fire, a button to reload, and that's about it. Receiver, on the other hand, is a first person shooter that's almost entirely about mastering your weapon. And it all started with The X-Files. When David Rosen from developer Wolfire Games picked up a replica SIG Sauer P226 as part of a Fox Mulder halloween costume, he says he "had a lot of fun just playing around with the slide and ejecting and inserting the magazine. It seemed crazy that there were so many games about guns, but none that let you actually play around with them and see how they work."

Receiver was originally developed over the course of nine days as...

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Matt Brian

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Before Hollywood's biggest movies have even entered production, casting directors, scriptwriters and special effects teams spend an incredible amount of time auditioning, storyboarding, and shooting test footage to ensure they have every angle covered. Can you imagine Nicholas Cage as Superman? What about an Indiana Jones movie starring Tom Selleck? They were once very real possibilities, as evidenced by revealing casting videos and deleted scenes uploaded to YouTube.

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