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This interactive VR 'film' lets you play god to an evolving artificial intelligence

Mashable

If you could play god to an emerging artificial intelligence, would you? That's the moral dilemma at the heart of Agence, an interactive "dynamic film" that blends virtual reality, gaming, and cinematic storytelling to let audiences influence a handful of evolving, three-legged AI creatures, known as agents. The project, which recently debuted at the Venice International Film Festival, is a co-production between Toronto-based indie studio Transitional Forms and the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada. Think of it as Tamagotchi for the 2020s, but with real consequences on the development of digital life. "I think the core artistic vision of this is to cause people to question humans' role in artificial intelligence," says Pietro Gagliano, creator of Agence and founder of Transitional Forms, "both in its creation and interaction right now. These are virtually living creatures that are learning. This is a moment that I hope that we look back on in time as, you know, we made the right choices. And we decided to empathize with these creatures that didn't ask to be born."


TCL 6-Series TV Review (2020): It's Our Favorite TV, Again

WIRED

Someday, there will be a reason to spend more than $1,000 on a TV. For now, save your money and buy the new TCL 6-Series. For the third year in a row, the $650, 55-inch model is our favorite TV--where beautiful picture quality and a usable Roku interface meet a reasonable price. It has better picture than TVs that cost hundreds of dollars more, Roku OS built in, and even Chromecast for showing slideshows on the big screen. You can spend double the money for a slightly better-looking OLED TV, but this quantum dot, Mini-LED TCL is nearly as good--and comes with a better interface.


Will the future of spirituality include artificial intelligence and virtual worship?

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Easter, Passover, Holi, and Ramadan were just a few of the religious milestones that used virtual tools during the pandemic to replace traditional observation. The intersection of technology and spirituality is coming much faster than many expected. In the 1983 Star Wars film Return of the Jedi, artificially intelligent android C3P0 finds out what it's like to become the subject of worship. "They think I'm some sort of God," he said, as fuzzy creatures hover around him chanting in prayer. But the intersection of machines and religion is happening in real life.


This AI Turns Celebrities into Incredible Cartoon Characters - Nerdist

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Doron Adler and Justin Pinkney, two software engineers, recently released a "Toonification translation" AI model that turns real faces into flawless cartoon representations. And while the toonification tool, "Toonify," was originally available to the public, it became too popular to sustain cheaply. But some people managed to Toonify a ton of celebrities before the tool was pulled, and all the animations are stellar. After much training of neural networks @Norod78 and I have put together a website where anyone can #toonify themselves using deep learning!https://t.co/OQ23p30isC In a series of blog posts, which come via Gizmodo, Pinkney outlines how he and Adler created Toonify.


Five Myths on Scaling AI

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I grew up in the Star Wars era. I remember sitting rapt in the theater, watching Luke Skywalker and Han Solo battle the dark forces in one intergalactic battle after another. So it's not lost on me when I read an article like this one in Popular Mechanics detailing how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is putting us closer to a Star Wars world every day. Beyond the clouds, AI is helping citizens prepare for the COVID-19 crisis. Not to mention recognizing and interpreting human emotions.


Building a Movie Recommender using Python

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In this post, I will show you how to build a movie recommender program using Python. This will be a simple project where we will be able to see how machine learning can be used in our daily life. If…


BMF CEO John Kawola on 3D printing parts smaller than a human hair

ZDNet

Ever since I was a boy, I was fascinated by the idea of miniaturization. I read Isaac Asimov's Fantastic Voyage and then, when I finally got my hands on the movie, I probably watched it a dozen times. The premise was that a team of scientists were miniaturized to the point where they could be injected into a person and perform surgery from the inside. Another movie with a similar premise was InnerSpace, starring the incredibly well-matched team of Martin Short and Dennis Quaid. There was the whole Honey, I Shrunk the Kids series of movies and TV shows, and I ate them up as well.


Google Assistant can control Disney on Google smart displays

Engadget

You can now use Google Assistant voice controls to navigate Disney content on smart displays like Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. To use the feature, you'll have to link your Disney subscription to your Google Home or Assistant app. Then, just say something like "Hey Google, play The Mandalorian," to stream content. From the start, Disney has been available on Google Assistant smart displays like Nest Hub. You can already use Assistant to play Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access and HBO content, so it only makes sense that the same feature would be available for Disney .



We are all already addicted to AI

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I have been on a 30-day challenge to improve my knowledge of Artificial Intelligence (AI), to understand how it works and how it impacts our lives, and this section talks about how not only have we already integrated it in our everyday lives, but in some cases already love it and depend on it. In this fifth section, we tackle "AI in Application." Exploring where AI is prevalent and the data that is being collected already is not surprising but it is humbling how much it has already penetrated our lives and how much we depend on it. Recently, a friend of mine named her baby Sirius. For those that love the Harry Potter books, the immediate connection is to Sirius Black, so of course being a Harry Potter fan I instantly loved it.