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With prestige TV, sometimes less is more

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We live in an era of peak television – peak prestige television. Shows with prolific stars, massive budgets, and high production value are competing as viciously as the rest, sometimes at the cost of what the writers actually mean to say. As we fall for labyrinthine shows like Westworld, full of twists and puzzles and sweeping monologues about humanity, it can be easy to get lost in the noise and lose sight of the narrative. As awesome as it is to be challenged by the shows we watch, prestige TV needs to take itself less seriously and spend more time telling the story. SEE ALSO: 8 mind-bending questions'Westworld' needs to answer in its Season 2 finale There have always been television shows that stood out from the pack by challenging viewers, but many in our current era can be traced back to Lost.


Westworld's Real Villain Has Always Been Its Privacy Policy

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Throughout its two seasons, HBO's Westworld has trotted out no shortage of bad guys, from robot gunslingers to mad inventors to dialog that sputters and clunks. But as the plot unfolds, the catalytic evil of the park has turned out to be something far less futuristic than far-reaching theories would imply. If you don't watch Westworld, or if the plot has understandably spun your head beyond comprehension, a very, very quick recap: A company called Delos operates a fantasyland where wealthy guests dress up in Wyatt Earp cosplay and commit generally terrible acts against lifelike automaton "hosts." The creator of the robot masses imbues them with sentience; they rebel, kill a lot of people, and general chaos ensues. While the first season meticulously built the world of the park, this latest run of episodes has taken a step back to explore not just the fact that it exists, but why.


'Alexa, do I look good in this?' Amazon now deeply involved with clothing choices

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On the heels of an Alexa designed for hotel rooms comes one to take on tasks beyond just serving as a kitchen timer or keeper of your shopping list. Echo Look, another member of the Alexa family of artificial intelligence devices, can provide an instant critique of your current attire, using a camera, special lighting and blurring filter for the background so the only thing you'll see is you and your clothing. "Like a trustworthy best friend, Alexa helps you nail your look every time, Linda Ranz, director of Echo Product Management at Amazon, said in a news release earlier this month announcing its availability to all Amazon customers, not just a test market. "With Echo Look, she can give advice on which of two outfits looks best, offer personalized recommendations on items that pair well with clothes you already own, create your personal lookbook, keep your closet organized, and much more." Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce.


The Rise of AI How Will Machine Learning Change the WORLD Mark Cuban #Trending

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In today's video, Mark Cuban talks about the importance of AI in entrepreneurship, and why you need to learn the basics of it. SECRET BONUS VIDEO Get a FREE video every morning to help you build your confidence for the next 254 days from mentors like Tony Robbins, Oprah, and Muhammad Ali. His first step into the business world occurred at age 12 when he sold garbage bags. At age 16, Cuban took advantage of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette strike by running newspapers from Cleveland to Pittsburgh. During college, he had various business ventures, including a bar, disco lessons, and a chain letter.


Translating music to predict a musician's body movements

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When pianists play a musical piece on a piano, their body reacts to the music. Their fingers strike piano keys to create music. They move their arms to play on different octaves. Violin players draw the bow with one hand across the strings and touch lightly or pluck the strings with the other hand's fingers. Faster bowing produces a faster music pace.


Artificial Intelligence to fend off social bots and fake news - Observer TeCH - observerbd.com

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"We have the opportunity in this election in Brazil for the first time, here and around the world, to be very prepared to deal with the pitfalls of technology, such as fake news, social bots and macro-targets," said Rodrigo Helcer, CEO of Stilingue, a technology company specialized in artificial intelligence, during the talk "AI and Elections in Brazil" at the Path Festival in S--o Paulo. Stilingue was created to monitor social media posts and the media in Portuguese using artificial intelligence (AI). During the elections, marketing and advertising companies will use Stilingue technology to promote candidates and to help manage politicians' reputations. "AI brings politics closer to voters. Voters will be listened to, more protected and closer to their candidates," Helcer said.


The remains of accuracy: how to challenge artificial intelligence

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Several years ago, when I was at university, I was involved in the theater. One day, in an exercise linked to the interpretation of a character, I asked my teacher if what I was doing was "perfect". He suggested that in the theater, the concept of'accuracy' was better than'perfection'. No actor is'perfectly' Romeo or Caligula. Instead, the image of the character emerges from the actor's interpretation of a text written perhaps a century or more ago.


Artificial Intelligence can bridge the distance between technology and art

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Back in 2016, at the London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film, in the 48hr Film Challenge, filmmaker Oscar Sharp and artificial intelligence (AI) researcher Ross Goodwin entered a film called Sunspring (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v LY7x2Ihqjmc). The unique thing about the film was that it had been entirely scripted by an AI. The AI was originally called Jetson, but later named itself Benjamin. The AI not only wrote the script, it even did the background score and put the acting together using face-swapping and voice-generating technologies. Benjamin was given thousands of hours of old films and green screen footage of professional actors, and allowed to put the film together.


Can artificial intelligence help weed out fake news in a post-truth era?

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Earlier this year, while Myanmar and Sri Lanka were caught in the throes of social media-fuelled communal violence, watchdogs and analysts studying the phenomenon of misinformation also turned their attention to Karnataka, where things seemed to be headed the same way. Last month's state elections were considered to be a preview of sorts for the 2019 national elections, with opposing factions wielding the power of the Internet to compete with each other. A so-called BBC poll indicating that the BJP would win 135 seats -- fake. A 20-second clip of Congress President Rahul Gandhi "exposing" former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah's corruption (retweeted by minister Smriti Irani) -- a 2013 video taken completely out of context. These were just two of the claims negated by BOOM, a fact-checking website that partnered with Facebook during the lead up to the elections.


How Canadian-made artificial intelligence is helping Hollywood write better scripts

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Jurassic World, Avengers: Infinity War, the latest in the Star Wars franchise, Solo: Movie theatres, as usual, are jam-packed with sequels this summer. Hollywood is addicted to sequels for one reason: A proven concept can reduce the risk of failure in a business where hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake. But some Canadian tech entrepreneurs believe the the odds of making an original hit movie could be greatly improved -- and so could sequels -- with the help of artificial intelligence. "Hollywood is using very primitive data analytics," said Jack Zhang, of Greenlight Essentials in Kitchener, Ont. His company's software analyzes movie plots, audience profiles and box office ticket sales to predict a film's future success and help identify who will watch.