Science Fiction


Google's DeepMind Is Now Capable of Creating Images from Your Sentences

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This is the latest development in the use of AI to do some truly amazing things with pictures. The researchers found that a more detailed prompt would deliver better results than a less detailed one. For example, the prompt of "A yellow bird with a black head, orange eyes, and an orange bill" returned a highly detailed image. The algorithm is able to pull from a collection of images and discern concepts like birds and human faces and create images that are significantly different than the images it "learned" from.


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Los Angeles Times

Here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts: Dennis Rodman partly takes credit for Otto Warmbier's release from North Korea New Han Solo film director Ron Howard is'beyond grateful' At Glastonbury Festival, Johnny Depp jokes about assassinating President Trump A Star Is Born: Randy Jackson turns 61 today Broadway's'Cats' revival will end in December Trevor Noah reflects on the Philando Castile verdict Guns N' Roses will launch new SiriusXM channel with Apollo Theater show Dennis Rodman partly takes credit for Otto Warmbier's release from North Korea New Han Solo film director Ron Howard is'beyond grateful' Broadway's'Cats' revival will end in December Guns N' Roses will launch new SiriusXM channel with Apollo Theater show New Han Solo film director Ron Howard is'beyond grateful' and hopes'to honor the great work already done' "Star Wars" fan Ron Howard is "beyond grateful" to add his voice to the Lucasfilm franchise and hopes "to honor the great work already done" on the upcoming Han Solo film, which he inherited from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The Oscar-winning director proclaimed his love for George Lucas' universe and eagerness to take the helm on Twitter on Thursday following the official news that he would replace Lord and Miller on the untitled project after they were surprisingly ousted over creative differences with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. The "Happy Days" alum and his wife stood in line for two hours the day "Star Wars" was released in 1977: "It was all the things you dream you're going to experience in the movies." Howard, who had been approached by Lucas to direct "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" but declined, said of his dozens of directorial efforts, he is "probably" most proud of his own 1995 space odyssey, "Apollo 13."


'The Mummy' keeps its lead in China's box office

Los Angeles Times

The Universal Pictures reboot, staring Chinese favorite Tom Cruise, narrowly beat 20th Century Fox's "Alien: Covenant," with $29.2 million in ticket sales, according to film consulting firm Artisan Gateway. "The Mummy Returns" ranked as the fourth-highest grossing film in China in 2001. The latest installment of the long-standing space horror franchise "Alien: Covenant" did well despite its treatment from Chinese censors. Warner Bros' "Wonder Woman" followed in third place, adding $13.5 million, lifting its total ticket sales to $83.9 million.


'Hyper Chariots' catapult car-sized capsules at 4000 mph

Daily Mail

The ambitious Hyper Chariot concept uses roller coaster-type technology to catapult car-sized capsules through airless concrete tubes at five times the speed of sound - and more than five times faster than Elon Musk's Hyperloop. The hypersonic public transport system, presided over by Hollywood actor Matthew Modin, will be fully operational by 2040 with test centres opening next year, the founders claim. The hypersonic public transport system (pictured) which looks straight out of a sci-fi movie could be fully operational by 2040 and will connect'cities and even countries in a way never before possible' the company claims The founders claim the Hyper Chariot uses roller coaster-type technology to catapult car-sized capsules through airless concrete tubes at five times the speed of sound. Hyper Chariot's President and Hollywood actor Matthew Modine, said: 'With Hyper Chariot, we are aiming to bring nothing less than space travel on Earth, connecting cities and even countries in a way never before possible.


Scientists try to teach robots morality

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If they are successful, they will create an artificial intelligence able to autonomously assess a difficult situation and then make complex ethical decisions that can override the rigid instructions it was given. Seventy-two years ago, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov introduced "three laws of robotics" that could guide the moral compass of a highly advanced artificial intelligence. A team of researchers led by Prof. Matthias Scheutz at Tufts University is tackling this very difficult problem by trying to break down human moral competence into its basic components, developing a framework for human moral reasoning. If more help is needed, then the robot will rely on the system that Scheutz and colleagues are developing, which tries to model the complexity of human morality.


Considering 'Mad Max' and other Hollywood dystopias after Trump's exit from Paris accord

Los Angeles Times

Images of glacier walls crashing into oceans, arid lands, smudged skies and Hollywood disaster scenarios have reverberated across social media since President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. Natural disaster movies related to climate change and pollution became a staple, including "The Day After Tomorrow" (2004), about storms raging across the globe in a new ice age, and the Mad Max series going through "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015), where roving clans fight over gasoline and water on a crazed and poisoned Earth. As the science of global warming has matured, and documentaries like Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" (2006) have explored its devastating consequences, the planet's frailty has come into sharper focus, even as many Republicans, including Trump, question the causes that could spell our undoing. Trump's election and the bitter political and societal chasms it revealed has brought back into vogue a number of dystopian novels, including George Orwell's "1984," Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America" and Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," the story of infertility and turning women into slaves, which has been adapted for a heralded Hulu series.


10 outstanding sci-fi films everybody should watch

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We're breaking down some of the all time great sci-fi by asking, what does science fiction do exactly? How many different ideas can the genre explore? We try to answer that with a top 10 featuring everything from space operas to near future dystopian tales.


These are the top 10 science fiction films of all time

Mashable

We're breaking down some of the all time great sci-fi by asking, what does science fiction do exactly? How many different ideas can the genre explore? We try to answer that with a top 10 featuring everything from space operas to near-future dystopian tales. This French band's tribute to the UK's terror attack victims is so beautiful


The science behind attraction explained

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Physician Dr. Roshini Raj explains 8 ways your mind & body subconsciously look for a breeding partner in the premiere episode of Love University. Love University is a new mini-series from Mashable and Bravo. Adulting is harder than ever in Netflix's'Friends From College' Grandpa jamming to Metallica proves you're never to old to rock


Katniss trick saves a life?

FOX News

A young Massachusetts girl used a first aid tip learned from reading "The Hunger Games" series to rescue her friend. Megan Gething, 12, and her friend Mackenzie George, were at a marshland in Gloucester with a few other friends on June 3 when George slipped and fell into a steel pump, cutting her calf, according to the Gloucester Times. Megan jumped into action and tied a pair of shorts around Mackenzie's leg to slow the blood loss, a tip she learned from the young adult science fiction novels, while another friend went to get help. "I knew it from a book I read," Gething said about the "The Hunger Games."