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After em Jungle Cruise /em , Which Theme Park Attractions Should Disney Adapt Next?


This weekend, Jungle Cruise heads upriver towards the deep, dark heart of box office success, marking the eleventh feature film or TV movie based on an attraction at a Disney theme park. The studio's return on these projects has been, let's say, uneven: The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been wildly successful, but the second-tier of Disney rides adapted for the big screen is a parade of embarrassments like The Haunted Mansion, oddities like Mission to Mars, and outright weirdness like the 1997 Tower of Terror TV movie starring Kirsten Dunst and Steve Gutenberg, a kid-friendly riff on The Shining that I promise actually exists: As Disney tries once again to create cinematic greatness out of amusement park rides, here are some of the Disney attractions that are most overdue for screen adaptations. Look, you can't create something as unholy and terrifying as the Donald Trump figure in the Hall of Presidents and not make a movie where it kills people, that's just mad science. The obvious choice for a Hall of Presidents movie would be a riff on Westworld or Five Nights at Freddy's, but this might work best as a Frankenstein-type story, as the audio-animatronic Trump cuts a bloody swath through the Imagineering department trying to find his creator and get him to admit he began life as Hillary Clinton. Maybe the Trump robot could team up with what's left of the original "Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln" figure from the 1964 New York World's Fair, who looks like he'd like to have a word or two with whoever stole his clothes: Verhoeven would knock this out of the park.

FDA clears Synchron's brain-computer interface device for human trials


A company that makes an implantable brain-computer interface (BCI) has been given the go-ahead by the Food and Drug Administration to run a clinical trial with human patients. Synchron plans to start an early feasibility study of its Stentrode implant later this year at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York with six subjects. The company said it will assess the device's "safety and efficacy in patients with severe paralysis." Before such companies can sell BCIs commercially in the US, they need to prove that the devices work and are safe. The FDA will provide guidance for trials of BCI devices for patients with paralysis or amputation during a webinar on Thursday.

New York company gets jump on Elon Musk's Neuralink with brain-computer interface in clinical trials

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Elon Musk might be well positioned in space travel and electric vehicles, but the world's second-richest person is taking a backseat when it comes to a brain-computer interface (BCI). New York-based Synchron announced Wednesday that it has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin clinical trials of its Stentrode motor neuroprosthesis - a brain implant it is hoped could ultimately be used to cure paralysis. The FDA approved Synchron's Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application, according to a release, paving the way for an early feasibility study of Stentrode to begin later this year at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. New York-based Synchron announced Wednesday that it has received FDA approval to begin clinical trials of Stentrode, its brain-computer interface, beating Elon Musk's Neuralink to a crucial benchmark. The study will analyze the safety and efficacy of the device, smaller than a matchstick, in six patients with severe paralysis. Meanwhile, Musk has been touting Neuralink, his brain-implant startup, for several years--most recently showing a video of a monkey with the chip playing Pong using only signals from its brain.

Why every robot needs a spiffy hat


First developed more than 100,000 years ago, clothing is one of humanity's earliest -- and most culturally significant -- inventions, providing wearers not just protection from the environment and elements but also signifying social status, membership in a community and their role within that group. As robots increasingly move out of labs, off of factory floors and into our everyday lives, a similar garment revolution could soon be upon us once again, according to a new research study out of New York's Cornell University. "We believe that robot clothes present an underutilized opportunity for the field of designing interactive systems," the team argues in What Robots Need From Clothing, which was submitted to the In Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021. "Clothes can help robots become better robots -- by helping them be useful in a new, wider array of contexts, or better adapt and function in the contexts they are already in." "I started by looking at how different materials would move on robots and thinking about the readability of that motion -- like, what is the robot's intention based on the way materials move on the robot," Natalie Friedman, a PhD student at Cornell Tech and lead author on the paper, explained to Engadget.

What Should Happen To Our Data When We Die?


The new Anthony Bourdain documentary, "Roadrunner," is one of many projects dedicated to the larger-than-life chef, writer and television personality. But the film has drawn outsize attention, in part because of its subtle reliance on artificial intelligence technology. Using several hours of Bourdain's voice recordings, a software company created 45 seconds of new audio for the documentary. The AI voice sounds just like Bourdain speaking from the great beyond; at one point in the movie, it reads an email he sent before his death by suicide in 2018. "If you watch the film, other than that line you mentioned, you probably don't know what the other lines are that were spoken by the AI, and you're not going to know," Morgan Neville, the director, said in an interview with The New Yorker.

A deeper look into the impact of new technologies on our work


But before delving into'behind-the-scenes' of US banking industry meeting ATM, let's turn back time for a second -- on March 27th, 1998, in the New Tech 1998 conference in Denver, Colorado. Here, Neil Postman, a prominent American cultural critic and professor at New York University, gave a keynote lecture. Professor Postman has been a long-time scholar of how new technologies relate to human society, and the book'Amusing Ourselves to Death', a 1985 book that rose to stardom, shows how television technology is destroying public discourse and turning everything into entertainment. I think it has something to do with how we feel about the impact of today's media and how our lives exposed to it are deteriorating. Since this book, Professor Postman has strongly criticized the tendency to respond to all social problems through technical solutions.

Listed Funds Trust - TrueShares Technology, AI & Deep Learning ETF (LRNZ) gains 0.84% for July 23


Listed Funds Trust - TrueShares Technology, AI & Deep Learning ETF (NYSE: LRNZ) shares gained 0.84%, or $0.3862 per share, to close Friday at $46.42. After opening the day at $46.33, shares of Listed Funds - TrueSharesnology, AI & Deep Learning ETF fluctuated between $46.50 and $46.01. Friday's activity brought Listed Funds - TrueSharesnology, AI & Deep Learning ETF's market cap to $30,170,400. The New York Stock Exchange is the world's largest stock exchange by market value at over $26 trillion. It is also the leader for initial public offerings, with $82 billion raised in 2020, including six of the seven largest technology deals.

When self-driving cars are coming, for real


Self-driving features have been creeping into automobiles for years, and Tesla (TSLA) even calls its autonomous system "full self-driving." That's hype, not reality: There's still no car on the market that can drive itself under all conditions with no human input. But researchers are getting close, and automotive supplier Mobileye just announced it's deploying a fleet of self-driving prototypes in New York City, to test its technology against hostile drivers, unrepentant jaywalkers, double parkers, omnipresent construction and horse-drawn carriages. The company, a division of Intel (INTC), describes NYC as "one of the world's most challenging driving environments" and says the data from the trial will push full self-driving capability closer to prime time. In an interview, Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua said fully autonomous cars could be in showrooms by the end of President Biden's first term.

Some Fans Aren't Happy With How Anthony Bourdain's Voice Was Recreated In The New Documentary


Early reviews of the new documentary film ROADRUNNER about the late food mogul Anthony Bourdain were overwhelmingly positive. Upon its official release last week, though, it started to get some backlash particularly after filmmaker Morgan Neville said he used artificial intelligence technology to create some quotes in Anthony's voice. In an interview with The New Yorker, Neville explained how his team "created an A.I. model of his [Bourdain's] voice" because there were three quotes wanted for the film that had no previous recordings before. By sending a software company hours of recordings and footage, they were able to splice together these quotes in Anthony's voice. "If you watch the film, other than that line you mentioned, you probably don't know what the other lines are that were spoken by the A.I., and you're not going to know," Neville told The New Yorker: "We can have a documentary-ethics panel about it later."

Interweaving Poetic Code Links Textiles with Coding


While the project centred around an exhibition in Hong Kong at the former cotton spinning mills housing the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT, 30 April–18 July 2021), it kicked off with a Zoom symposium, Poetic Emergences: Organisation through Textile and Code (16–19 April 2021), that foregrounded the work of weavers, programmers, philosophers, and community workers investigating the transformative processes of textile and code. Keynote speaker Alexander R. Galloway, a New York-based media studies professor, discussed the innovations of two female mathematicians at the intersection of weaving and computation: Ada Lovelace (1815–1852), who theorised that Jacquard loom punch cards could store data in an analytical machine (i.e. Moderator Amy K.S. Chan, a Hong Kong-based professor and scholar, introduced Nüshu (literally: 'female script'), a syllabic script that was written and embroidered by women in Imperial China to compose fiction and correspond undetected by male family members. In'Session 2: Metaphors of E-Textiles', scholar Annapurna Mamidipudi discussed the PENELOPE project, which aims to integrate ancient weaving into the realm of digital technology, through the lens of her work with handloom weavers in South India. Mamidipudi riled against the pure academicians who confine the practice of weavers as'some kind of embodied ethno-mathematics that are not universal', and described weaving as a'technical mode of existence' that performs digital intelligence.