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Facebook’s war on free will

How technology is making our minds redundant. By Franklin Foer<p>All the values that Silicon Valley professes are the values of the 60s. The big tech companies present themselves as platforms for personal liberation. Everyone has the right to speak their mind on social media, to fulfil their …

Mark Zuckerberg

The Black List, the humble origins of a Hollywood kingmaker

For Vox, Phil Edwards profiled The Black List, an annual listing of the best Hollywood scripts that have yet to be produced.<p>Phil Edwards has a chat …

Movies

Vintage illustrations of the future that are pretty close to reality ...

Imagining or predicting the future has always been a part of the human spirit. We are beings that are intrigued by the things that would or could …

Researchers Identify Virus and Two Types of Bacteria as Major Causes of Alzheimer's

<b>A worldwide team of senior scientists and clinicians have come together to produce an editorial which indicates that certain microbes – a specific</b> …

We are just six months away from Magic Leap One

Magic Leap is finally ready to make good on all of those lofty promises it’s made, but there’s a catch. The mysterious mixed-reality company has …

Augmented Reality

Report: Magic Leap To Cost Between $1,500 And $2,000, Limited Shipping Soon

The mysterious Magic Leap may finally be shipping soon, albeit in an extremely limited and expensive form.<p>Bloomberg cites sources familiar with the …

Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race

For many Russian students, the academic year started last Friday with tips on planetary domination from President Vladimir Putin.<p>“Artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple might be right to undersell augmented reality

One of Apple’s most interesting new mobile updates is an augmented reality toolkit called ARKit, which will show up on iPhones and iPads next week with iOS 11. Even before the official release, developers have used ARKit to realize some pretty clever ideas. But yesterday, ARKit felt like a minor …

Augmented Reality

In Just 7 Words, Apple CEO Tim Cook Shows Why the Future of Apple Might Be Doomed

It's no longer about the customer experience.<p>At Apple's Special Event on Tuesday, the company unveiled its latest smartphone--known as the iPhone X--which will include facial-recognition software and a $999 price tag.<p>The X is an extremely beautiful device, with a stainless steel band and glass back …

Inc. Magazine

'Yikes, This Is Bad Press:' Internal Emails Show Federal Employees Asking Why a Climate Scientist's Meeting With Mark Zuckerberg Was Canceled

New unpublished documents from the US Geological Survey reveal the agency had no role in squashed meeting between its climate scientist at the Facebook CEO.<p>New internal emails from the Interior Department (DOI) reveal more details about Mark Zuckerberg's mysteriously cancelled meeting with a …

US Geological Survey

Three Powerful Films, Three Writers, and Three Rules for Your Screenplay

Three TIFF screenwriters share their successful creative strategies.<p>In an insight-packed thirty minutes, the TIFF 2017 screenwriting panel focused on …

Filmmaking

Artificial Intelligence: The Quest for Universal Beauty Could Also Help Aging Research

Humanity has been attempting to measure and assess beauty long before anyone even knew about computers and algorithms. Surprisingly, a new technology …

Algorithms

Review: 'ProjectM: Daydream' - Offering a (very short) Peek into the Future of VR Dating Sims

<i>ProjectM: Daydream</i> is a VR dating experience from Korean studio EVR Studio. While it’s fairly short and only offers subtitles in a number of major …

Virtual Reality

I Worked With Elon Musk And Learned That Intelligence Is Not The Key To Success

(Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)<p><i>As a 15-year-old who aspires to be an engineer, I admire people like Elon Musk. How do you think someone could be as successful as him without being as smart as him? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to</i> …

Success

How to Get a Big-Budget Song in Your Low-Budget Indie Film

Want that big song, but don't have the cash? Read this. <i>[Editor's Note: No Film School asked Chris Suchorsky to write about how he secured the rights</i> …

Filmmaking

7 Directing Tips From A First Time Feature Director

Preparing to make your first feature film is like preparing to have your first kid. You can read the books, take the classes, and learn to breathe, …

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI - MIT Technology Review

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by …

Machine Learning

[FoR&AI] The Seven Deadly Sins of Predicting the Future of AI

<i>[An essay in my series on the Future of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.]</i><p>We are surrounded by hysteria about the future of Artificial …

Moore's Law

Why Hollywood as We Know It Is Already Over

With theater attendance at a two-decade low and profits dwindling, the kind of disruption that hit music, publishing, and other industries is already reshaping the entertainment business. From A.I. Aaron Sorkin to C.G.I. actors to algorithmic editing, Nick Bilton investigates what lies ahead.<p>I. The …

Aaron Sorkin

Shamir Steps Away From the Spotlight, and His Signature Sound

Shamir arrived three years ago, fully formed, highly evolved — a queer, confident and stylish Las Vegas teenager playing dance-pop with punk spirit, an avatar for a progressive era. But those days are gone.<p>“I just went with the flow,” the singer and songwriter, 22, said last month on a damp bench …

Vampire Weekend

These Are Not the Robots We Were Promised

From the moment we humans first imagined having mechanical servants at our beck and call, we’ve assumed they would be constructed in our own image. Outfitted with arms and legs, heads and torsos, they would perform everyday tasks that we’d otherwise have to do ourselves. Like the indefatigable maid …

Robots

Are we being watched? Tens of other worlds could spot the Earth

To look for worlds where civilisations would have the best chance of spotting our solar system, the astronomers looked for parts of the sky from …

Astronomy

Yes, humans are still evolving. Here's how you can tell.

Even more evidence that we’re continuing to change.<p>The nice thing about bacteria is that they multiply really fast. This is inconvenient if they happen to infect, but useful if you want to see how evolution works. Put antibiotics on a Petri dish with enough bacteria, and a few days later you’ll …

Evolution

RED Unveils Tech Behind Hydrogen's Holographs

The secret to RED Hydrogen's holographic display has a name and that name is Leia.<p>When RED announced it was going to release a smartphone, it was big …

Filmmaking

Apple Aims to Take Augmented Reality Mainstream

Company expands hardware, software offerings for new technology that could help reinvigorate iPhone sales<p>Apple Inc. is gearing up for a big push to popularize augmented reality, launching new hardware and software in the coming weeks that make it easier for users to shop for virtual couches, slay …

Augmented Reality

An Artist Uses an iPhone to Visualize Sounds in AR

Zach Lieberman is making sounds. "Click.” “Psh.” “Ah.” “Oorh.” “Eee.” With every noise, an amorphous white blob bursts on a screen, leaving a trail …

Augmented Reality

How VR, AR, & AI Can Change Education Forever – Part 2, Tomorrow's Solutions

Today’s educational system is static, generalized and puts less focus on individual self-development than it perhaps should. To make matters worse, …

Augmented Reality

Mimesys Leverages ARKit as a Mobile Viewer into Collaborative Virtual Environments

VR remote collaboration company Mimesys has dreamt up an experiment which envisions mobile AR as a portal into remote virtual environments, allowing …

Augmented Reality

Do Androids Dream of Being Featured in Portrait Competitions?

A portrait shortlisted for this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize features a clear-skinned young woman gazing out of the frame with a slight smile. She looks shy but a little playful, almost as if she’s keeping a secret.<p>Her name is Erica, and her secret is that she is not human. …

National Portrait Gallery

FDA approval brings first gene therapy to the United States

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a historic action today making the first gene therapy available in the United States, ushering in a new …

Medicine