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NEWS: Humanoid AI Robot To Take the Role of Lead Actress in an Upcoming Sci-Fi Film -- The Confessionals

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Robots are likely to replace a lot of jobs in the future, but these roles are generally well-suited to automation. For some jobs -- particularly creative professions -- it'll be much harder to simply swap in a digital employee. But as a forthcoming feature film proves, it won't be impossible. According to Hollywood Reporter, science-fiction movie b will be the first to rely on an artificially intelligent actor. Meet Erica (pictured above), a humanoid robot that will take center stage in Life Productions' $70 million picture, which tells the tale of a scientist tasked with creating perfect human DNA.


Mark Wood column: Life in England's 'sci-fi movie'

BBC News

The bio-secure environment in Southampton, where we are preparing for the Test series against West Indies, feels a bit like a sci-fi movie. When we first turned up, there was a huge tent outside the hotel, where we had to pass through to get our temperature scanned. We dropped our bags off so they could be sprayed before they were taken in. Inside, there are no room keys - you open doors with an app on your phone. There is hand sanitiser at every turn, and on the floor there are arrows, lines and footprints to show the way to go.


What's Really Orwellian About Our Global Black Lives Matter Moment

Slate

Black Lives Matter is reverberating around the world, triggering a fresh reckoning with the racist global history of colonialism and slavery. While Confederate statues began to tumble across the American South, in Bristol, England, a diverse group felled a statue of a slave trader that has long provoked offense. Statues of colonial conquerors of Africa and South Asia have followed, along with a robust discussion of the ways in which such actions make history rather than erase it. These movements abroad are not merely echoes of BLM; BLM itself is global. The shared impetus is a common opposition to racism, of which anti-Black racism has been the most lethal and traumatic.


How AI In Star Trek Can Help Us Address Real-World Issues - The AI Journal

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When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), countless conference sessions and seminars have dedicated inconceivable amount of hours asking what-if questions, with terrifying examples from across science fiction acting as the bleak backgrounds. Terminator's Skynet, Agents in The Matrix, and Ava in Ex Machina are just some of the fictional antagonists which have stemmed from humanity's own creations. But one franchise has spent over 50 years diving deeper than its contemporaries to depict scenarios of AI enhancing life, and in some cases not so – and that is Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry's utopic vision of the future has led to some of the most thought-provoking media to come to life. Topics of race and discrimination, death, and morality are some of the cornerstone topics that kept it relevant across multiple iterations for so long.


AI robot 'Erica' will star in $70 million sci-fi movie 'b'

Engadget

Robots are likely to replace a lot of jobs in the future, but these roles are generally well-suited to automation. For some jobs -- particularly creative professions -- it'll be much harder to simply swap in a digital employee. But as a forthcoming feature film proves, it won't be impossible. According to Hollywood Reporter, science-fiction movie b will be the first to rely on an artificially intelligent actor. Meet Erica (pictured above), a humanoid robot that will take center stage in Life Productions' $70 million picture, which tells the tale of a scientist tasked with creating perfect human DNA.


Real AI Robot Cast In Lead Role Of Sci-Fi Movie

International Business Times

Hollywood is still figuring out how to resume production as early as possible. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic forced the entire entertainment industry to halt the production on various movies and television shows to prevent the spread of the disease. Recently, the industry came up with numerous guidelines on how to start filming safely. In a report, it was stated that actors would need to get tested regularly before they start shooting for a particular film and series. While the industry is still trying to find out ways to reopen, one movie is moving ahead with a lead actress that is already immune to the life-threatening illness.


A.I. Robot Cast in Lead Role of $70M Sci-Fi Film

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As the industry grapples with how to reopen for production safely, one movie is proceeding with a lead actress who is immune to COVID-19 -- because she's a robot named Erica. Bondit Capital Media, which financed titles such as To the Bone and the Oscar nominated Loving Vincent, Belgium-based Happy Moon Productions and New York's Ten Ten Global Media have committed to back b, a $70 million science fiction film which producers say will be the first to rely on an artificially intelligent actor. Based on a story by visual effects supervisor Eric Pham, Tarek Zohdy, and Sam Khoze, who also produces through Life Entertainment, b follows a scientist who discovers dangers associated with a program he created to perfect human DNA and helps the artificially intelligent woman he designed (Erica) escape. Japanese scientists Hiroshi Ishiguro and Kohei Ogawa, who created Erica in real life as part of their study of robotics, also taught her to act, applying the principles of method acting to artificial intelligence, according to Khoze. "In other methods of acting, actors involve their own life experiences in the role," Khoze says.


Rose Bowl says no to fireworks but yes to drive-in movies amid coronavirus outbreak

Los Angeles Times

As the coronavirus continues to alter summer plans for many Southern Californians, the Rose Bowl is nixing some events while adding others. The annual July 4 celebration, AmericaFest, has canceled its in-person festivities and will swap its typical daylong tailgate for a one-hour virtual program this year. The event will include music from cellist Cecilia Tsan and colorful light displays courtesy of "Sunstar," a prismatic art installation at Mt. Wilson. For more information about the event, or to register, visit RoseBowlLive.tv. Complaints are up, but illegal explosives are easy to get and hard for police to stop.



ServiceNow BrandVoice: AI Is The Brain's Exoskeleton

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But we humans are still smarter. We are now at a point with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) where we can use a new confluence of forces to increase human productivity and ingenuity. All the while, we must remember why we're using these new tools and how they can help us work smarter and faster. If you saw the movie Aliens, you might remember the iconic image of Ripley encased in a mechanical exoskeleton, ready to take on the deadly alien queen. AI's impact on human intelligence is akin to a mechanical exoskeleton on the human body.