How Quadriplegic Gamer Rocky Stoutenburgh Defied the Odds to Become One of the Best in the World

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Though the accident happened in a blink of an eye, its effects will last forever for Rocky Stoutenburgh.

“I was at a graduation party actually and we left to go to my friend’s house. We were just hanging out and I started wrestling around with a buddy of mine and I got dropped on my head on a mattress and broke my back,” Stoutenburgh tells PEOPLE of the moment his life changed in 2006.

“I got airlifted to Ann Arbor hospital, and I don’t remember anything about the next couple of weeks. I was probably drugged up pretty good,” the 33-year-old from Detroit recalls. “I’m basically paralyzed from the neck down. I can move my shoulders, but that really doesn’t serve a purpose really.”

Stoutenburgh was 19 at the time and ready for the next chapter of his life. He had a job, a girlfriend, and regularly played ice

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Inside the strange new world of being a deepfake actor

While deepfakes have now been around for a number of years, deepfake casting and acting are relatively new. Early deepfake technologies weren’t very good, used primarily in dark corners of the internet to swap celebrities into porn videos without their consent. But as deepfakes have grown increasingly realistic, more and more artists and filmmakers have begun using them in broadcast-quality productions and TV ads. This means hiring real actors for one aspect of the performance or another. Some jobs require an actor to provide “base” footage; others need a voice.

For actors, it opens up exciting creative and professional possibilities. But it also raises a host of ethical questions. “This is so new that there’s no real process or anything like that,” Burgund says. “I mean, we were just sort of making things up and flailing about.”

“Want to become Nixon?”

The first thing Panetta and Burgund did was ask

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GMC Hummer EV Reveal At Baseball World Series 2020

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  • The GMC Hummer is the first zero-emission EV truck
  • GM will unveil the new truck at the baseball World Series 2020: Report
  • GM’ major rivals in the sector are Tesla, Nikola, Rivian and Ford 

General Motors’ widely anticipated all-electric GMC Hummer is expected to be unveiled on Oct. 20, on the first day of baseball’s 2020 World Series, almost a year after Tesla’s Cybertruck made its scintillating debut.

GMC Hummer, what GM is calling the ‘first zero-emission’ electric truck, will be unveiled through short films releasing on multiple channels, according to a report. It will go into production by the end of 2021 and will be on the market in 2022.

Though GM had to push the original  reveal target on May 20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, images and videos of the truck were released. The truck boasts of a 1,000-horsepower engine and a high torque, with

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OpenInvest now shows investors exactly how they’re helping the world

  • Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup OpenInvest just released Portfolio Diagnosis, a platform which allows investors to understand the social impact their investments.
  • For example, investors can learn about the amount of carbon emissions they’ve saved and how that translates to trees planted. Or, if they wish, they can ensure they are not investing in companies that support the politically divisive National Rifle Association.
  • OpenInvest was co-founded by two former Bridgewater Associates hedge funders and is backed by Andreessen Horowitz and Y Combinator.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Andreessen Horowitz-backed fintech startup OpenInvest is making it easier for investors to measure the impacts of their social or sustainable investments — down to the number of trees or carbon emissions they’ve saved.

The product, called Portfolio Diagnosis, will allow registered investment advisors — the people who help rich people manage their portfolios — more concretely describe the social impact specific investments will

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Staying connected when the world falls apart: How carriers keep networks going

To Mike Muniz, an area manager for AT&T’s network disaster recovery team, witnessing the aftermath of Hurricane Michael was like entering a war zone.

On Oct. 10, 2018, two days after forming over the Caribbean Sea, Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle. The most powerful hurricane to hit the US since Andrew in 1992, the Category 5 Michael killed 45 people, left 700,000 residents across Florida, Georgia and Alabama without power and caused $25 billion in damage.

Muniz arrived in Mexico Beach, Florida, a couple days later to help restore the area’s cell service, which the storm had wiped out.

“I look back, I think it was worse than Puerto Rico [after Hurricane Maria in 2017],” Muniz says. “I remember seeing people just wandering around.”

Following disasters that topple cellphone towers or knock entire networks offline, wireless providers need to be on top of their game when repairing

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The Fastest Gaming CPUs in the World

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) introduced the highly anticipated AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processor lineup powered by the new “Zen 3” architecture. Offering up to 16 cores, 32 threads and 72 MB of cache in the top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors dominate in heavily threaded workloads1 and power efficiency2, while the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor offers up to a 26% generational uplift in gaming performance3. With extensive improvements throughout the core including a unified 8-core complex with direct access to 32MB L3 cache, the new AMD “Zen 3” core architecture delivers a 19% generational increase in instructions per cycle (IPC)4, the largest since the introduction of “Zen” processors in

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Ava DuVernay Partners With Lenovo And The UN’s Girl Up To Spotlight Young Female Trailblazers Around The World

Oluwakemi Dauda, a 20-year-old University of Michigan student, isn’t easily satisfied. When she noticed that her high school was lacking teachers and resources, so much so that the ceiling was rotting away, she took matters into her own hands and registered for a computer application class and sought support from non-profit education organization NAF to supplement her education. 

That led her to create Steps to Success, an educational app for young children with severe literacy issues in Detroit. When she launched the tool in 2015, 50% of adults in Detroit were considered “functionally illiterate.” 

Dauda is one of 10 women from around the world featured in New Realities,

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Letesenbet Gidey and Joshua Cheptegei set new world records raising further questions about legitimacy of shoe technology

Two controversial world records were set on Wednesday over the course of a historic hour. Joshua Cheptegei broke the men’s 10,000m record, shaving six seconds off the previous time, while Letesenbet Gidey took four seconds off the women’s 5,000m time earlier at the event.

Both athletes made history while wearing Nike ZoomX Dragonfly spikes, a new version of the Nike Vaporfly shoe worn by a number of world record breaking athletes, including Mo Farah. 

At the event in Valencia, which had been branded as “World Record Day” in advance, Cheptegei broke a world record that had been set in 2005 by Kenenisa Bekele. The 24-year-old now possesses both the 10,000m and 5,000m world record, having broken the latter earlier this year.

Gidey’s performance in the women’s 5000m was just as astounding, recording a time of 14min 6.62sec, breaking Tirunesh Dibaba’s 2008 record.

The event was organised by Cheptegei’s NN Running

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Louis Vuitton, Volvo Tapping Thai Social Commerce Via Line Chat App | World News

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Luxury fashion and auto brands in Thailand have turned to selling their products on Japanese chat app Line amid the coronavirus pandemic, tapping the country’s growing appetite for social commerce, a top executive said on Thursday.

Brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Volvo were among those that opened official accounts on the messaging app, which outranks Facebook’s WhatsApp and Rakuten’s Viber in Thailand, aiming to connect with users during a coronavirus lockdown.

“The luxury category was forced to adapt because their stores were closed,” Line Thailand chief commercial officer, Norasit Sitivechvichit, told Reuters.

Thailand earlier this year imposed a nationwide curfew and closed malls for nearly two months to contain infections.

“During the pandemic, sellers became very active,” Norasit said, adding that others sold cosmetics and fast-moving consumer goods.

Line, which charges sellers for sending messages and live streaming, said its monthly active users in Thailand grew

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