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Networked Living

Networking has invaded everything from the hospital to the factory floor. But along the way it's sparked lawsuits, standards fights, and a new breed of warfare

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This is part of IEEE Spectrum's special report: Always On: Living in a Networked World.

Welcome to the networked world: your heart rate is available on-line to your physician; your work is going great, since you've got access to supercomputers and databases around the world; and you've just surfed the Net and downloaded a favorite song to your cell phone, which was made in a factory controlled from a laptop thousands of kilometers away.

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Deepfakes Are Becoming a Cottage Industry

But it might be time for “deepfake” to die.

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In December, as many prepared to take off for a winter vacation, the creators of South Park announced $20 million dollars of new funding for the duo’s deepfake studio, Deep Voodoo. The company’s press release says the funds will help it offer “unrivaled face-swapping visual effects to artists, producers, and creators around the world.”

Deep Voodoo’s Hollywood connections make it particularly alluring, but it’s far from alone. Dozens of startups now offer services based on deepfake technology. The largest of these, London-based Synthesia.ai, raised $50 million in 2021 and employs over 100. And this is likely just the start of the trend.

“I think it’s fair to say that as technology gets better and more widely available, more and more people are starting to see the potential in deepfakes. […] The only thing that might slow this growth down is the lack of clear regulations and guidelines for how deepfakes should be used,” says Dmitry Shironosov, CEO of Everypixel Labs.

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Learn How Global Configuration Management and IBM CLM Work Together

In this presentation we will build the case for component-based requirements management

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This is a sponsored article brought to you by 321 Gang.

To fully support Requirements Management (RM) best practices, a tool needs to support traceability, versioning, reuse, and Product Line Engineering (PLE). This is especially true when designing large complex systems or systems that follow standards and regulations. Most modern requirement tools do a decent job of capturing requirements and related metadata. Some tools also support rudimentary mechanisms for baselining and traceability capabilities (“linking” requirements). The earlier versions of IBM DOORS Next supported a rich configurable traceability and even a rudimentary form of reuse. DOORS Next became a complete solution for managing requirements a few years ago when IBM invented and implemented Global Configuration Management (GCM) as part of its Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM, formerly known as Collaborative Lifecycle Management or simply CLM) suite of integrated tools. On the surface, it seems that GCM just provides versioning capability, but it is so much more than that. GCM arms product/system development organizations with support for advanced requirement reuse, traceability that supports versioning, release management and variant management. It is also possible to manage collections of related Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Systems Engineering artifacts in a single configuration.

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