Best Tech Stories around the web #114

On the program this week: a 360 degree video shows Earth from space, Google's AI can now lip read, San Francisco transit hacked, Apple is using drones to beat Google Maps and a robot struggles to walk over uneven ground like a real person.

A 360-degree video shows what Earth looks like from space by mashable.com

There's no shortage of videos of Earth as seen from space. Indeed, NASA has a direct, high definition stream of Earth as seen from the International Space Station (ISS). But a new video gets you as close as possible to the experience of actually being aboard the ISS and looking down on our home planet. Read more

Google’s AI can now lip read better than humans after watching thousands of hours of TV by theverge.com

Researchers from Google’s AI division DeepMind and the University of Oxford have used artificial intelligence to create the most accurate lip-reading software ever. Using thousands of hours of TV footage from the BBC, scientists trained a neural network to annotate video footage with 46.8 percent accuracy. Read more

Hackers threaten to release trove of data from San Francisco transit system by venturebeat.com

Hackers infected a computer network operated by San Francisco’s public railway system with malicious software over Thanksgiving weekend. Read more

Apple is reportedly using drones to beat Google Maps by theverge.com

Apple is reportedly planning to use drones to improve its Maps app and truly compete with Google Maps, following a problematic launch four years ago. Bloomberg News reports that Apple has been building a team of experts in robots and data capture to utilize drones to quickly update maps. Read more

Watch this robot struggle to walk over uneven ground like a real person by presse-citron

Boston Dynamics, the famed manufacturer of the robots that will one day ascend past human intelligence and install themselves as our metallic overlords, released the latest version of its bipedal Atlas robot earlier this year. And now, the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IMHC) has upgraded Atlas even further, with a new control algorithm that solves one of the Atlas' biggest issues: walking on uneven terrain. Read more