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SPWA Lands Inventive Thriller ‘Search’ In $5 Million World Rights Deal: Sundance

<b>EXCLUSIVE</b>: In the biggest deal on the ground at Sundance so far, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions paid $5 million for world rights deal to <i>Search</i>, …

Filmmaking

These drones plant trees by firing seed pods at the ground

Startups are tapping into the business potential of ecosystem restoration.<p>Climate change is a sprawling, complex problem. But there is an astonishingly simple way to make a difference: plant more trees. Trees scrub pollution from the air, reduce erosion, improve water quality, provide homes for …

Gardening

AI rips objects from video and reimagines them in 3D AR

There’s an AI capable of teleporting John Travolta and Uma Thurman into your living room and forcing them to dance for you. The machine takes a 2D image, like the dance scene from Pulp Fiction, and reimagines it in augmented reality as a 3D object.<p>The tool is called Volume and it’s being developed …

John Travolta

"Dark Matter" DNA Influences Brain Development

A puzzle posed by segments of 'dark matter' in genomes—long, winding strands of DNA with no obvious functions—has teased scientists for more than a …

Neuroscience

'How Democracies Die' Authors Say Trump Is A Symptom Of 'Deeper Problems'

Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt are experts in what makes democracies healthy — and what leads to their collapse. They warn that American democracy is in trouble.

Democracy

Social scientists have warned Zuck all along that the Facebook theory of interaction would make people angry and miserable

Since the earliest days of Facebook, social scientists have sent up warnings saying that the ability to maintain separate "contexts" (where you …

Facebook

China Has Already Gene-Edited 86 People With CRISPR

In the U.S., the first planned clinical trials of CRISPR gene editing in people are about to kick off. China, meanwhile, has been racing ahead, …

Genetics

We’re about to kill a massive, accidental experiment in halting global warming - MIT Technology Review

Studies have found that ships have a net cooling effect on the planet, despite belching out nearly a billion tons of carbon dioxide each year. That’s …

Climate Change

Why most scientists don't care about these incredible UFO videos

If you've been online recently, you've probably seen this. This is one of two clips released by the Department of Defense. Both videos show a thermal image of an unidentified flying object. The videos have been widely shared and scrutinized. A lot of people think this is the first real evidence …

Aliens

How cold water could save patients from almost certain death

Surgeon pioneers procedure that sends body temperature plummeting.<p>For more than 50 years, doctors have sought to exploit the protective effects of cold on the human body, and therapeutic hypothermia to chill a patient's body temperature by a few degrees is now used for conditions ranging from heart …

Medicine

Netflix's Altered Carbon Is Some Incredibly Hardcore Sci-Fi

A lot of the science fiction that's appeared on TV over the years isn't exactly what sci-fi fans would call "hardcore," from goofy procedurals with light futuristic elements to animated comedies like Rick and Morty. <i>Altered Carbon</i> doesn't have that problem.<p>Netflix's latest original show throws so …

Science Fiction

Dead Sea Scrolls manuscript pieced together and deciphered

Israeli scholars have pieced together and deciphered one of two previously unread manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls more than half a century after their discovery, an Israeli university has said.<p>The more than 60 tiny fragments of parchment bearing encrypted Hebrew writing had previously been …

Archaeology

China, Unhampered by Rules, Races Ahead in Gene-Editing Trials

U.S. scientists helped devise the Crispr biotechnology tool. First to test it in humans are Chinese doctors<p>HANGZHOU, China—In a hospital west of Shanghai, Wu Shixiu since March has been trying to treat cancer patients using a promising new gene-editing tool.<p>U.S. scientists helped devise the tool, …

Medicine

I trained an AI to copy my voice and it scared me silly

Over the past year, I wrote about a bunch of companies working on voice synthesis technology. They were very much in the early stages of development, and only had some pre-made samples to show off. Now, researchers hailing from the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms at the Universite de …

Artificial Intelligence

R.I.P. for the spec script, long a source of some of Hollywood's most beloved films.

The once-mighty movie “spec” script, long a source of some of Hollywood’s most-beloved films, was pronounced dead after a lengthy illness. As befits many screen legends, the spec script died alone and in search of validation from a fickle, what-have-you-done-lately kind of town.<p>So-called specs, …

Shane Black

George Church Will Make Virus-Proof Organisms, Transplant Pig Organs to Humans, and Reverse Aging

“We joke that the fifth floor is off-limits,” he said. “People say that’s where the mammoths and the neanderthals are. I can neither confirm nor deny …

20 years from now, digital 'alter egos' will offer the services of a full-time employee usually reserved for the rich and famous

• <b>Microsoft president Brad Smith and EVP of AI and research Harry Shum have a new book about artificial intelligence called "The Future Computed."</b>• <b><br>In it, they outline Microsoft's predictions and policy proposals around AI development.</b>• <b><br>Shum told Business Insider that in 20 years, AI-operated personal</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says AI is more profound than electricity or fire

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, speaking at a taped television event hosted by MSNBC and The Verge’s sister site <i>Recode</i>, said artificial intelligence is one of the most profound things that humanity is working on right now and compared it to basic utilities in terms of its importance.<p>Speaking to <i>Recode</i>’s …

Susan Wojcicki

10 Data Science, Machine Learning and AI Podcasts You Must Listen To

With the rapid pace at which technology is driving innovation in machine learning and artificial intelligence, it has become immensely important to …

Data Science

Ask Not What Festivals Can Do For You….

Dan Mirvish at the Denver Film Festival<p>As filmmakers, we sometimes get so concerned with what film festivals can do for us and for our films that we …

Festivals

The Y chromosome is disappearing – so what will happen to men?

The Y chromosome may be a symbol of masculinity, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is anything but strong and enduring. Although it …

Genetics

Should we consider adolescence to last until age 24?

Accepting this idea would mean changing our policies<p>Thinking of adolescence as lasting until age 24 “corresponds more closely” to how the lives of young people today work, writes an expert in adolescent health.<p>Compared to earlier generations, youth today are staying in school longer, marrying and …

Psychology

AI Is Better at Compromise Than Humans, Finds New Study

Morality can be programmed. Kind of.<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>Let’s face it. Ever since artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

A candid take on the future of AI and job automation

As automation and AI continue to transform businesses across the globe, the tech industry is in the process of building a world that will look very different from the one we know today. This implies profound changes in how business leaders will structure their companies and suggests a shift in the …

Intelligence

Microsoft’s AI image generator construct life-like pictures "pixel by pixel"

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become increasingly more advanced in areas like humanoid vocal inflections and even building itself, but the art of …

Artificial Intelligence

Medical advances increase the odds you're going to need more in your 401(k)

Did you know that in 2017, Parisian doctors pioneered gene therapy to successfully reverse a teenager’s sickle cell anemia? Or that American researchers may have discovered how to detect pancreatic cancer, the third-most fatal cancer before it metastasizes? These and other 2017 breakthroughs change …

Retirement

Mobilizing and Securing Digital Learning Environments for Limitless Learning

To rapidly—and securely—enable new learning, teaching, and business models, academic institutions are turning to cloud and digital workspace solutions.<p>Academic institutions have always found ways to push boundaries. Today, the ability to rapidly adopt new learning, teaching, and business models has …

Higher Education

Nicolas Cage on Going Where Few Actors Dare: ‘I Didn’t Get Into This for Awards’

The acting great opens up about his unique process, the ultraviolent midnight movie ‘Mandy’ and much more.<p>PARK CITY, Utah — Nicolas Cage really gets …

Filmmaking

Is sex the answer to your relationship woes?

Michele Weiner-Davis, the marriage-guidance counsellor, explains why having sex – even if you don’t feel like it – is the foundation of a happy relationship<p>How does it make you feel when your partner is cold and distant? Or when they’re critical and prickly? Does it make you want to rip their …

Marriage

This is how democracies die

Defending our constitution requires more than outrage<p>Blatant dictatorship – in the form of fascism, communism, or military rule – has disappeared across much of the world. Military coups and other violent seizures of power are rare. Most countries hold regular elections. Democracies still die, but …

Democracy