Television


Star Trek: On a mission of discovery, futurism and bold social commentary

ZDNet

In many ways, Star Trek was the right show, at the right time, despite the fact that only after its initial run of 79 episodes, and a legendary letter writing campaign by its fans to try to save it, it was canceled by NBC for poor ratings. Its predecessor, ARPANET, was established in 1969, the last year that the original Star Trek series was broadcast in its first non-syndicated run. Star Trek was certainly not the first TV show to pose social commentary in the form of science fiction. All of this which really would have been the stuff of Star Trek 50 years ago.


TGI Fridays' quest to reinvent happy hour (and itself) with chatbots and IoT

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The TGI Fridays CIO and vice president for strategy and brand initiatives is testing those technologies and more in a mock restaurant that serves as a launching pad for digital tools that could redefine casual dining in a world where more millennials cook at home or order from quick-service chains. As AI and ML technologies improve, brands will "push" offers at consumers rather than require them to "pull" services by initiating requests via text or voice. In tapping emerging technologies and services, Mityas is peering around the corners, intent on predicting what services will drum up interest among fickle consumers' and ultimately improve business outcomes. As the president and CEO of Hollywood Video parent Movie Gallery from 2008 to 2010, Mityas had a front-row seat as Netflix, and, later, other streaming video services such as Amazon Instant Video and Hulu pushed Movie Gallery and Blockbuster out of business.


'Teen Mom' Leah Messer Starts Dating Again, Shows Daughter Her Bumble Account

International Business Times

While scrolling through pictures of potential mates, Leah's daughters Addie, 4, and Aleeah Grace are in the backseat. Leah Messer said dating again makes her "anxious" on "Teen Mom 2" Season 8, episode 11. One person not nervous about the date -- Leah's daughter Addie, whom she shares with Jeremy. After the dinner, Leah tells "Teen Mom 2" producers she likely won't get together with Josh again.


Regulations Creeping in on AI, ML, Cognitive, and Other Fronts - DZone AI

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I figured I'd continue the trend and talk about the coming regulations when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and everything cognitive, intelligent, and algorithmic. Whether it's privacy, security, breaches, or specifically on technology like drones, artificial intelligence, bots, and machine learning, expect more government involvement in the future. If the tech space were more willing to step up and take the lead regarding acceptable practices, this wouldn't be necessary. However, if you let the worst of the worst lead the conversation when it comes to AI, ML, algorithms, and other tech trends, regulations will be the only answer.


Artificial intelligence is writing the next 'Game of Thrones' book

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"Game of Thrones" fans have grown so impatient for George R.R. Martin to finish the next "A Song of Ice And Fire" book – the series that the HBO show is based on – that an artificial intelligence system just wrote the beginning of the sixth book. "It's obviously not perfect," Thoutt told Motherboard. Thoutt added that Martin's made up words and locations made it that much more difficult for the AI to figure out.


'The Punisher' Will Feature Less Supernatural Elements, More 'Basic Human Emotions'

International Business Times

That means that many parts of the other Marvel shows will not crossover into "The Punisher." "We are stripping down every supernatural element," star Jon Bernthal told Entertainment Weekly. The latest teaser for the Netflix drama, the sixth Marvel show to hit the streaming platform, highlights Frank's military past. In "The Punisher," fans will learn that Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) is an ally.


An important update to that Tinder date where the girl threw her poo out the window

Mashable

Remember that story that went viral the other week about the Tinder date who threw her own poo out the window and then got stuck trying to retrieve it? Well anyway, Liam -- the student who went on the date and later set up the GoFundMe campaign that made the story go viral -- has now given even more details about what happened. The 24-year-old appeared on This Morning and went through all the grimy details, before finishing with a short update on how him and the mystery woman have left things. Watch this farmer's emotional reunion with his animals after Hurricane Harvey and know there is good in the world A sex robot appears on a British morning TV show and it's as uncomfortable as you'd expect


The Greatest Strength of 'Westworld' Is Its Inhumanity

WIRED

But for me it was the best flicker of weirdness from a show that--again, like its robots--dreamed big dreams. But really, what kept me watching week after week was Maeve's Groundhog-Day-in-Tartarus plot line. Westworld asks a lot of questions--about the nature of identity, about how memory (especially painful memory) makes people who they are. "Late 20th-century machines have made thoroughly ambiguous the difference between natural and artificial, mind and body, self-developing and externally designed, and many other distinctions that used to apply to organisms and machines," Haraway wrote.


Paris Machine Learning #1 Season 5: Code Mining, Mangas, Drug Discovery, Open Law, RAMP

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So Season 5 of the Paris Machine Learning meetup starts today, woohoo! You can also subscribe to Nuit Blanche by Email, explore the Big Picture in Compressive Sensing or the Matrix Factorization Jungle and join the conversations on compressive sensing, advanced matrix factorization and calibration issues on Linkedin. So Season 5 of the Paris Machine Learning meetup starts today, woohoo! You can also subscribe to Nuit Blanche by Email, explore the Big Picture in Compressive Sensing or the Matrix Factorization Jungle and join the conversations on compressive sensing, advanced matrix factorization and calibration issues on Linkedin.


Artificial intelligence is trying to write the next Game of Thrones book

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"The reality, though, is that the model isn't good enough to do that. If the model were that good authors might be in trouble ... but it makes a lot of mistakes because the technology to train a perfect text generator that can remember complex plots over millions of words doesn't exist yet."