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Giving rights to robots is a dangerous idea

The EU’s legal affairs committee is walking blindfold into a swamp if it thinks that “electronic personhood” will protect society from developments in AI (Give robots ‘personhood’, say EU committee, 13 January). The analogy with corporate personhood is unfortunate, as this has not protected society …

The Future

Building Crazy Lego Robots Has Never Been Easier

There are a lot of crazy Lego builds out there. This Rubik’s Cube solver, or this hypnotic ball contraption, for example, give you an idea of just …

How Star Wars made (and then ruined) modern Hollywood

Mainstream Hollywood cinema is bigger, brighter, and brasher than it has ever been. Its films are more hyped, more merchandised, and more generally</i> …

Robot Phone Device Transmits Kisses to Your Loved Ones When You're Away

Holidays can be a rough time for those who are truly married to their jobs but also have a human that they love in their spare time. Enter the …

Virtual Reality Can Leave You With an Existential Hangover

After exploring a virtual world, some people can’t shake the sense that the actual world isn’t real, either.<p>When Tobias van Schneider slips on a virtual reality headset to play Google’s Tilt Brush, he becomes a god. His fingertips become a fiery paintbrush in the sky. A flick of the wrist rotates …

'I’ve never liked being the centre of attention': Humans star Gemma Chan on shyness and playing a robot

She’s famous as a synth in Channel 4’s smash-hit drama but there’s nothing robotic about the real Gemma Chan. From facing shyness to facing herself on a billboard, she talks about her Humans experience<p>This time last year, Gemma Chan was all over the place. Quite literally: on billboards to promote …

Ancient Roman mythology shows an obsession with sex robots that’s lasted thousands of years

Technological advances may have made sex robots more feasible than ever before, but warnings and fantasies about them are nothing new. The basic desire for artificial, controllable sexual companions has existed for millennia.<p>At a New York University conference on the Ethics of Artificial …

University of London

How Realistic Is Westworld? We Asked a Futurist

At one point in the first episode of <i>Westworld</i> — HBO’s new sci-fi Western set in a theme park populated by robots who exist for the perverse …

Singularity

How Robots Caused Brexit and the Rise of Donald Trump

PCMag talked to Ryan Avent of The Economist about automation's effect on the labor force and politics.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we …

How video games suck you in: “Our sense of time becomes yoked, not to the ticking of the clock, but to the pattern of our interactions”

<b>(AP/Eckehard Schulz)</b><p>Salon talks to the author of “Death by Video Game” about the pleasures and perils of obsession<p>Scott Timberg<p>August 13, 2016 7:30pm (UTC)<p>Whether you are excited or alarmed by video games — whether you think they develop the player’s capacities or doom him to self-destruction — you …

Gaming Industry

Robot cameras snap splash shots in Rio

A Getty photographer describes using robotic cameras to get spectacular underwater images of swimmers at this year's Summer Olympic Games.<p>Photographer Adam Pretty isn't scared to go to extreme depths to get his shot. At the Olympics, his cameras are, too.<p>The Getty Images photographer is capturing …

Swimming

A one-armed Australian robot can build a house four times quicker than a human

The Hadrian 105 robot, named after the Roman emperor who built a wall in ancient Britain, has hit a bricklaying speed of 225 standard brick equivalents per hour, or about half a day's work for a top human bricklayer.<p>To prove it, the company released a time lapse video, showing the robot at work. …

Robotics

A robot wrote the 'perfect' horror film — and could save the movie industry

Robots are smart enough to write now, which means it's only a matter of time before I'll lose my job. But for now, I might soon be able to enjoy "Impossible Things," the first feature-length movie written with artificial intelligence.<p>A company called Greenlight Essentials made an artificially …

Artificial Intelligence

Japan's ridiculous robot hotel is actually serious business

"My name is Yoshiyuki Kawazoe. This is my hotel." The University of Tokyo's associate professor of architecture gestures behind himself to a flat, two-story building that doesn't really look like a hotel. "Two-hundred people were involved in making this happen," he says. "Experts in environmental …

'Your film has ruined my childhood!' Why nostalgia trumps logic on remakes

Why do people have such disproportionately aggressive responses to attempts at rebooting their childhood entertainments, like the new Ghostbusters movie?<p>Maybe you haven’t heard. Maybe you’ve been combing the Mariana Trench for a dropped contact lens, or been employed to brush the dust off the Mars …

Books

First Japanese Animated Movie ‘Momotaro’ Gets U.S. Release

Funimation Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the restored edition of Mitsuyo Seo’s pioneering “Momotaro, Sacred Sailors” – the …

Director Luc Besson Is Using Instagram As A Production Diary

<b>WHAT:</b> Instagrammed set pics and video from the 2017 film, <i>Valerian</i>.<p><b>WHO:</b> <i>The Fifth Element</i> director Luc Besson.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> If you were able to look past its unaccountably dumb premise—woman is able to access 100% of her brain, rather than the 10% average of myth—the 2014 film, <i>Lucy</i> was quite fun. …

Luc Besson

Secret Cinema: the dynamic film experience coming soon to Australia

It has been entertaining Londoners with immersive screenings of cult classics for a decade, and now Australian and US audiences could be about to get a taste<p>Good news, Australia. Secret Cinema is coming to our shores.<p>Over the past decade the company has been entertaining Londoners with film …

NHS

The Life of Mexico's Premiere Crime Photographer

“I was just nine years old, I’d see 20 to 40 corpses every day”, recalls Enrique Metinides, sitting stiffly in front of a black backdrop looking into …

After The Babadook: Jennifer Kent's new film tackles Australia's violent colonial history

Hollywood is no stranger to snatching talent from Australian shores. And with the runaway success of horror-doused psychological thriller The Babadook, director-writer Jennifer Kent’s 2014 debut feature film, it became her instant invitation into the Los Angeles film industry elite.<p>But Kent doesn’t …

Horror

The Ever-Changing Magic of Silicon Valley’s Title Sequence

Author: K.M. McFarland. K.M. McFarland Culture<p>Date of Publication: 05.13.16.<p>Time of Publication: 4:17 pm. 4:17 pm<p>The title sequence for HBO’s <i>Silicon</i> …

How Silicon Valley Might Have Just Tricked Us All

That twist ending might just be a setup for the real twist to come.<p>Oh, Richard Hendricks. Has TV ever produced someone as simultaneously lovable and infuriating? To borrow an acronym coined by the <i>Silicon Valley</i> hero’s own friends, Richard Is Great but Y’know, he really can’t seem to do anything …

Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Is the Rare TV Comedy About Smart People

And every now and then, those smart people actually do something smart.<p>At one point in "Meinertzhagen's Haversack," the third episode of <i>Silicon Valley</i>'s increasingly hilarious and stressful third season, the show's core characters decide to undermine Pied Piper's new CEO, Jack Barker. They spend an …

Silicon Valley

Why Game of Thrones is the Perfect Show for the Modern Age

By now, it feels as if George R R Martin – the author of <i>Game of Thrones</i>, narrative sadist and ruiner of all things beautiful and good – has been …

I'm convinced this virtual reality short is the future of animation

Penrose<p>If there's one takeaway I've gathered from the Tribeca Film Festival, it's that people are doing some incredible things with VR.<p>The New York …

Virtual Reality

16 Movies That Were Animated Hits First

The Jungle Book, 1967; The Jungle Book, 2016.<br>Walt Disney Productions<p>1 of 16<p>Audiences settling in to watch Disney's new adaptation of <i>The Jungle Book</i>, …

NFL taps into the power of VR as tool to combat racism, sexism

While designing rooms in your home, watching porn and playing some of the most immersive games we’ve ever seen are snagging headlines, it’s the instances of virtual reality uses we <i>haven’t</i> explored that may be the most interesting.<p>Researchers at Stanford University believe they can tap the power of …

Virtual Reality

Who's Trying To Make Robots More Human? You'll Be Amazed

If you thought it was engineers who give robots a sense of humor, think again.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>One of humanity's greatest talents is its ability to self-destruct.<p>Some call it progress. Some call it renewal.<p>In …