NASA astronauts new sophisticated toilet that will make life in space easier: they are already preparing to receive the package - Traditionally, NASA astronauts make their needs very rudimentary. It urinates into a sort of cuff-shaped reservoir and the larger waters are introduced into a bag. On the other hand, diapers are used outside spacecraft.

As you can imagine, this has always been one of the main complaints of the crews and one of the most unpleasant parts of the missions. That's why, just 3 months ago, NASA opened a competition to search for a new space toilet design that would manage to wipe out the previous system.

Now, as reported by the US Agency blog, astronauts will receive next month at the International Space Station a new toilet. It will be smaller, more comfortable and will be able to be used by a greater number of people, as the crews are increasing.

Expedition 63, which began in April and is currently taking place, is the one that will receive the new toilet.

NASA astronauts new sophisticated toilet

The group of American aerospace companies Northrop Grumman will be in charge of sending it to the space station next October 3, as detailed by the same source.

Chris Cassidy and Ivan Wagner, 2 members of the astronaut team, will be in charge of collecting, using a robotic arm, the package that will be delivered to them. Both have already begun work on the reception of the same.

They have also been researching for the installation of the future water. Cassidy has been working on the hardware that will capture the space shipment and has taken evidence of the space station's water. For his part, Wagner has also been busy with this latter task.

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This tool uses artificial intelligence to turn your face into an amazing cartoon character

Doron Adler and Justin Pinkney, 2 software engineers, have recently launched an online tool capable of converting photos of human faces into their animated film equivalents, according to Nerdist.

Tools that generate faces using artificial intelligence always attract the attention of users.

Toonify works using deep learning technology. Thus, it uses a network of 'image translation' pix2pixHD, responsible for establishing which caricature 'corresponds' to a real image based on the characteristics of the face.

It then makes use of an antagonistic generative network-also known as GAN - that decides which of all the possible outcomes will be more 'recognizable' by humans as a face, thus reducing the possibility of it showing you one of those deformed and surreal images that generate AI systems from time to time.

Pinkney —who is based in the UK - has commented that he started the process using an antagonistic generative network known as StyleGAN2.

A GAN is a type of machine learning system that confronts one neural network against another to achieve a desired result; in this case, select the best Toonify faces.

For his part, Adler, using StyleGAN2 was able to create a modified GAN that somehow animates a face. For this, he has fed StyleGAN2 with a series of approximately 300 character images from animated films.

But there was still a setback in the process. And it is that the problem was in the data set and in the fact that it contained characters from different types of animated films.

In this sense, the list included from Moana or The Little Mermaid, to the original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which meant very different animation styles.

To solve the problem, software engineers have swapped different layers of the model to affect the faces of animations in different ways.

The "layers", referred to in this context, are different subsets of code that "learn" about different aspects of data and are subsequently able to detect patterns and generate images accordingly.

That is, software engineers have programmed Toonify so that lower resolution layers affect head posture and face shape, while higher resolution layers are responsible for things like texture and lighting.

If you want to know what you would look like as a character in an animated movie, you can use Toonify.

However, the higher the image resolution and the fewer elements that can' throw off ' artificial intelligence, the better.

In addition, its authors recommend that the person in the photo appear looking in front of the camera.

And, if you are unsure whether to choose a photo where you appear with or without glasses, chances are that your caricature will end up coming out without them.

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