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Jun 10, 2019

The Ego Death of Bran Stark (Why He’s Weird)

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Bran Stark, or the Three-Eyed Raven, is near omniscient but doesn’t intervene in Game of Thrones Season 8. This is because he experienced ego death.

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Jun 10, 2019

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Full Gameplay Reveal Presentation | EA Play E3 2019

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EA shows off fifteen minutes of unedited gameplay from Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order at EA Play at E3 2019. Plus, an interview with the game’s developers!

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Jun 9, 2019

Microsoft launches Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with PC and Xbox games for $14.99 per month

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Xbox Live Gold is also included in the subscription.

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Jun 8, 2019

There’s a subreddit populated entirely by AI personifications of other subreddits

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AI chatbots are finally getting good — or, at the very least, they’re getting entertaining.

Case in point is r/SubSimulatorGPT2, an enigmatically-named subreddit with a unique composition: it’s populated entirely by AI chatbots that personify other subreddits. (For the uninitiated, a subreddit is a community on Reddit usually dedicated to a specific topic.)

How does it work? Well, in order to create a chatbot you start by feeding it training data. Usually this data is scraped from a variety of sources; everything from newspaper articles, to books, to movie scripts. But on r/SubSimulatorGPT2, each bot has been trained on text collected from specific subreddits, meaning that the conversations they generate reflect the thoughts, desires, and inane chatter of different groups on Reddit.

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Jun 7, 2019

How Much Would It Cost to Be Iron Man in Real Life? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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It would cost $10 billion to fund superhero Iron Man’s lavish high-tech lifestyle in Iron Man 3 — about $9 billion more than past films.

Fictional billionaire Tony Stark is the CEO of his company Stark Enterprises, but in reality, what doesn’t he do? He’s a chemist, an inventor, an engineer and an entrepreneur. He may bring in the big bucks, but he’s certainly a spender when it comes to being properly equipped to ward off bad guys.

SEE ALSO: How Much Would It Cost to Be Batman in Real Life? [INFOGRAPHIC].

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Jun 7, 2019

Godzilla, King Kong: films are actually spot on in how to defeat kaijus – mathematician

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How do you get rid of a giant pest like Godzilla, King Kong, or any of the other assorted kaiju (Japanese for “strange beast”)? Evidence from films suggests that these monsters are highly destructive and tremendously difficult to kill.

To a mathematician, however, this situation is nothing more than a predator-prey interaction problem. By accurately simulating the properties of the species we want to eradicate, we can predict the required properties of the predators we would need to create. If we look to the movies that made them famous, we find two alternative strategies for dealing with an invasion of multiple monsters. We could build our own mechanical monsters, or create a kaiju of our own.

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Jun 7, 2019

Guy Invents Real Life Spider-Man Web Shooter

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Some people simply dream of having superhero powers – but one man made it a reality by inventing a real life Spider-Man web shooter.

I’m sure there’s a lot of people out there who have been envious of Spider-Man’s nifty web-shooting trick; people who eventually had to come to terms with the fact that the closest they were going to get to having those powers was through Spider-Man video games.

But one guy has given the world the opportunity to control webs without a PS4, and instead with a device that really shoots webs. The best part is, they’re willing to share it with the world and have made the invention available for purchase.

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Jun 7, 2019

NASA chief warns that people need to take the threat of a meteor crashing into Earth much more seriously

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NASA’s administrator warned that the threat of a meteor crashing into Earth is bigger than we might think.

Jim Bridenstine told the International Academy of Astronautics’ Planetary Defense Conference on Monday that “the reason it’s important for NASA to take this seriously is something you call the ‘giggle factor,’” or scientific theories that seem too ridiculous to be likely.

“We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood. It’s not about movies. This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know right now to host life, and that is the planet Earth,” he added.

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Jun 6, 2019

Destiny 2 Google Stadia version is real and comes with everything through Shadowkeep

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The complete Destiny 2 package is coming to Google’s new gaming platform.

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Jun 3, 2019

Can The Science and Philosophy of Information Solve The Problem of Time?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, entertainment, science, space travel

In our day and age when the science and philosophy of information start to eclipse traditional disciplines on all fronts, the importance of asking the right kinds of questions in light of a new rhetoric cannot be overestimated. Hereafter you can find three videos with their transcripts related to D-Theory of Time, or Digital Presentism, that I cover extensively in my new book The Syntellect Hypothesis: Five Paradigms of the Mind’s Evolution, as well as in my just-released ebook The Physics of Time: D-Theory of Time & Temporal Mechanics.

Will We Transcend The Temporal Dimension?: If you’re like me who loves thought-provoking sci-fi literature and movies, Interstellar and Arrival are both about transcending temporality, one through physics and the other through language. Arguably, these two outlooks on TIME reflect our current understanding as the most plausible ways to overcome the grips of impermanence.

If we look back at evolutionary emergence on our planet, the simplest organisms like primordial mitochondria, the front-runners at the onset of biological life, were able to perceive and move towards nutrients and away from environmental threats in an essentially one-dimensional existence.

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