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Jun 4, 2018

5 futuristic Westworld technologies and when they’ll be a reality

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Creators of science fiction and fantasy books, films, and TV shows present stories of possible or imaginary worlds – and their presentations can range from the realistic to the fantastical. When we watch Westworld (and viewership is growing, with the season one finale drawing 2.2 million viewers ), we look forward 30 years into a potential future envisioned by its writers. Returning to the notion of reality and fantasy (or fact and fiction), the extent to which a sci-fi film might be descriptive of the future seems to be anybody’s guess.

However, we can actually get a sense of how reasonable the picture of the future that is being presented to us is if we consider it in terms of its pieces – particularly the technologies it presents. To consider the feasibility of the fascinating tools and other inventions depicted in these currently fictitious scenarios is, in some manner, to look through a window into the future. In a more functional sense, considering the show’s technology allows us a way to understand it in a broader cultural and historical context (as well as to better understand the possible future developments of these technologies through a fictional example).

Here are five key technologies from Westworld that are not AI, along with a sense of how close we are to actually having these seemingly “space-age” technologies available.

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May 31, 2018

TIME’s Latest Cover Photo is a Drone Photo of 958 Drones

Posted by in categories: drones, entertainment

TIME magazine’s latest issue is a special report on the rapid explosion of drones in our culture. For the cover photo, TIME recreated its iconic logo and red border using 958 illuminated drones hovering in the sky. It’s the first-ever TIME cover captured with a camera drone.

To create the photo, TIME partnered with Intel’s Drone Light Show team (which creates beautiful sky displays using hundreds of drones at a time) and Astraeus Aerial Cinema Systems to fly and capture (respectively) the 958 drones above Folsom, California (where Intel has a campus).

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May 20, 2018

When Thoughts Control Machines

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment, neuroscience

Efforts to connect human brains to computers have taken big leaps forward in recent years. Melding our minds with machines could provide the biggest single upgrade to human intelligence since our species evolved. But are we ready?

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May 18, 2018

An AI Created New Doom Levels That Are as Fun as the Game’s Original Ones

Posted by in categories: entertainment, information science, robotics/AI

The technical skills of programmer John Carmack helped create the 3D world of Doom, the first-person shooter that took over the world 25 years ago. But it was level designers like John Romero and American McGee that made the game fun to play. Level designers that, today, might find their jobs threatened by the ever-growing capabilities of artificial intelligence.

One of the many reasons Doom became so incredibly popular was that id Software made tools available that let anyone create their own levels for the game, resulting in thousands of free ways to add to its replay value. First-person 3D games and their level design have advanced by leaps and bounds since the original Doom’s release, but the sheer volume of user-created content made it the ideal game for training an AI to create its own levels.

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May 14, 2018

Yamaha Launches AI-Infused RX-A 80 Receiver Series

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Yamaha today announced the ninth generation of its enthusiast-focused Aventage Series of AV receivers.

Ranging in price from $600 to $2,200, the new RX-A 80 Series comprises six models slated for roll-out between May and July, three of which employ artificial intelligence to achieve a “clearer, more engaging listening experience.”

Yamaha says its new Surround: AI technology analyzes audio characteristics such as dialogue, sound effects, and channel balance in real-time, compares the data to a reference database of movie scenes, and makes adjustments to enhance the sound field. Potential enhancements include making dialogue more intelligible in scenes with a lot of background noise. The feature is offered on the three top models, all due out in July: the 7.2-channel RX-A1080 ($1,300), 9.2-channel RX-A2080 ($1,700), and 9.2-channel RX-A3080 ($2,200).

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May 9, 2018

This Random Videogame Powers Quantum Entanglement Experiments

Posted by in categories: entertainment, quantum physics

How a simplistic keyboard-mashing game recruited thousands of players—for physics!

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May 4, 2018

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Erupts, Flooding Streets With Lava, Destroying 2 Homes

Posted by in categories: entertainment, habitats

The scene in a normally quiet neighborhood on Hawaii’s Big Island is like something out of an overwrought disaster movie: volcanic fissures have opened up, spraying smoke and hot lava in the air where just last week there was a road and people’s backyards.

On Friday morning, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim told reporters that two homes have been destroyed by the lava.

Eruptions began in the rift zone to the east of the Kilauea volcano Thursday, prompting evacuations of the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions in Puna on the island’s southeastern corner.

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May 3, 2018

The world’s first space travel agent has opened in the UK

Posted by in categories: entertainment, space travel

Holiday in space anyone?

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Space travel was once something only seen in Sci-Fi movies or experienced by trained astronauts. But now, the possibility of journeying to the stars for us mere mortals is becoming increasingly likely.

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Apr 28, 2018

Janelle Monáe’s ‘Dirty Computer’ Short Film Speaks Truth to Power

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment, media & arts

What do you get when you mix science fiction with music and some of the most powerful and important social issues to date? You get Janelle Monáe’s highly anticipated short film (or as Monáe astutely calls it ‘Emotion Picture’) Dirty Computer, which accompanied her new album by the same name.


A futuristic celebration of queer love, black and female power, and the nonconforming individual identity!

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Apr 21, 2018

See The First-Ever 3D Virtual Reality Film Shot In Space, Courtesy Of National Geographic [Video]

Posted by in categories: entertainment, space, virtual reality

Tour the ISS to catch up with the astronauts and hear their testimonials about what it feels like to watch Earth from space every day.

The National Geographic Channel has one major treat coming up for its viewers, reports Space.com.

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