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'Apes' director Matt Reeves: I wanted to push ... Caesar's story into the realm of the mythic'

Los Angeles Times

When he was 8 years old, Matt Reeves started making 8-millimeter movies inspired by his love for the original "Planet of the Apes." "I'd have my friends put on gorilla masks and run around shooting these little sci-fi films," he recalls. "As a kid, I was captivated by these images of horses with apes on them." Decades later, Reeves, perched on a sofa in his tidy Hollywood office, has taken his fascination with primate cinema to a whole new level as the auteur behind the 2014 performance-capture blockbuster "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and this summer's "War for the Planet of the Apes." Taking the reins from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt, Reeves, lauded for his low-budget horror hit "Cloverfield," initially harbored reservations about helming Twentieth Century Fox's multimillion-dollar franchise.


Artificial Intelligence: A Catalyst for a Better World…with Great Music

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Do you believe that artificial intelligence is poised to significantly improve our societies, or do you imagine extreme dangers resulting from this technology in the future? Tech moguls Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have been publicly debating this issue recently, with Musk claiming that Zuckerberg's knowledge about AI is "limited". The Tesla CEO and outspoken innovator has been pushing for the proactive regulation of artificial intelligence based on his belief that the technology is a "fundamental existential risk for human civilization." On the other side, Zuckerberg has denounced Musk's warnings, calling his statements "pretty irresponsible." While many academics, such as Pedro Domingos, a professor who works on machine learning at the University of Michigan, believe that Musk's nightmare scenarios could eventually happen, but his perspective is entirely wrong.


Hate holiday shopping? Amazon Echo is a gift everyone (yes, everyone) can enjoy

Mashable

The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of year: Family dinners, twinkling lights, maybe a high school reunion or two -- but the fact remains that buying the perfect present for loved ones takes some serious work. What kind of present will accurately show your love for your mom and not make dad feel left out? What the heck does dad even like? What do you get for the uncle who has everything or the other uncle who also has everything?! This holiday season, consider a present that can bring joy to everyone in your life at once.


'Justice League', Rotten Tomatoes, and DC Fans' Persecution Complex

WIRED

The most recent episode of Rotten Tomatoes' new movie-review series, See It/Skip It, opened not with a rave, nor a thumbs-down, but a semi-apology. "We've seen the conversations online about the Justice League Tomatometer," co-host Jacqueline Coley told her Facebook Watch audience, "and we get it: You guys are passionate about this film. But we hope everyone understands the only thing we're trying to do is add context and conversation around the Tomatometer, and not just give a number." What's Zack Snyder Been Doing Since He Left Justice League? It was an odd, stilted start to what's supposed to be a breezy movie-chat show (the phrase "context and conversation around the Tomatometer" sounds like something a drunken Babelfish bot might spit out).


Vinci 2.0 - World's First Standalone Smart Sports Headphones

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Vinci 2.0 is a standalone computing device with a Quad-Core ARM Cortex A-7 processor and WiFi, 3G cellular(SIM card built-in), and Bluetooth connectivity. You can ask Vinci to make a call, send a text message, set a reminder, or give you directions. No phone is required so you can carry less and workout more. Vinci 2.0 can receive push notifications directly from your phone no matter how far away you are from it. Whether you are lifting weights, jogging, or cycling, just ask Vinci for your favorite songs, request songs by specific genres or moods, or let Vinci recommend a song for you, 20 languages supported.


Sequoia Backs Graphcore as the Future of Artificial Intelligence Processors

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Graphcore has today announced a $50 million Series C funding round by Sequoia Capital as the machine intelligence company prepares to ship its first Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) products to early access customers at the start of 2018. The Series C round enables Graphcore to significantly accelerate growth to meet the expected global demand for its machine intelligence processor. The funding will be dedicated to scaling up production, building a community of developers around the Poplar software platform, driving Graphcore's extended product roadmap, and investing in its Palo Alto-based US team to help support customers. Nigel Toon, CEO at Graphcore said: "Efficient AI processing power is rapidly becoming the most sought-after resource in the technological world. We believe our IPU technology will become the worldwide standard for machine intelligence compute.


These 'Star Wars' robot vacuums are out of this world

Mashable

In honor of Samsung's new Stormtrooper and Darth Vader robot vacuums, we're geeking out about all things Star Wars and getting pumped for The Last Jedi. Watch now and buy your vacuum here. Christina Aguilera pays tribute to Whitney Houston with'I Will Always Love You'


Almost nine in ten UK businesses to invest in artificial intelligence by 2020 News

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Eighty-five per cent of senior executives plan to invest in artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) by 2020, according to a new survey of UK digital leaders by Deloitte. The findings come from the first edition of a new regular report from Deloitte, the Digital Disruption Index. The index will track investment in digital technologies and create a detailed picture of their impact on the largest and most influential business and public sector bodies. The first edition includes responses from 51 organisations with a combined market value of £229bn. Over half of survey respondents expect that by 2020, they will invest more than £10 million in digital technologies and ways of working – such as AI, cloud, robotics, blockchain, analytics, the IoT, and virtual and augmented reality.


LG, Naver team up for ThinQ Hub AI speaker

ZDNet

LG Electronics' AI speaker, ThinQ Hub, will be powered by Naver's Clova AI platform, the companies have said. ThinQ Hub comes with LG's own AI platform but owners can get Clova through a firmware update. The speaker, makes up part of LG's SmartThinQ smart home line-up, was designed to control and monitor LG-made home appliances. LG opened up the platform's API to developers last month. Despite having its own AI installed, LG likely teamed up with Naver to get the latter's streaming music service, which is the most popular service for AI speaker owners.


Recommended Reading: The church of AI

Engadget

You may know Anthony Levandowski from being at the center of Waymo's lawsuit against Uber, but he's also the "Dean" or leader of a new religion of artificial intelligence. Wired takes a look at Way of the Future's doctrine, Levandowski's role and the quest to create the divine AI. NotCo wants to change the food industry by putting machine learning to work to create vegan foods that could appeal to the masses. Vice takes a look at one of the many subreddits that's an example of a much larger problem. If you've ever wondered how music makes it on Spotify's Fresh Finds, The Verge followed one of its playlist editors around NYC to discover just that.