Science Fiction


Stephen King uses a George Orwell quote to destroy Trump and Putin

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When it comes to taking down Trump on Twitter, Stephen King regularly employs his full bag of writer's tricks to make sure the task is carried out as efficiently as possible. Sometimes, though, all he needs is a well-placed quote. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling and Stephen King join forces to troll Donald Trump Following Trump and Putin's summit in Helsinki earlier this week, the horror master took to Twitter to quote George Orwell. George Orwell on Trump and Putin, in 1945: "The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which." That quote is from the end of Orwell's Animal Farm.


Shields up! How spaceships can save themselves without science fiction

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This post is part of Science of Sci-Fi, Mashable's ongoing series dissecting the science (or lack of science) in our favorite sci-fi movies, TV shows, and books. Thanks to fictional depictions, we tend to think of spaceships as well-fortified machines. But in reality, even in the emptiness of outer space, their hulls would be under threat of bombardment from near-invisible enemies. In the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises, ships are usually fitted with deflector shields -- zones of energy that absorbed beams of enemy fire. The USS Enterprise, for example, could repel an enemy's colorful phaser blasts by putting its shields up.


Intel AIVoice: Stepping Out Of Science Fiction: A History Of Intel Powering AI

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That patent, awarded April 25, 1961, recognizes Robert Noyce as the inventor of the silicon integrated circuit (IC). Integrated circuits forever changed how computers were made while adding power to a process of another kind: the growth of a then-nascent field called artificial intelligence (AI). And the potential of Noyce's invention truly took flight when he and Gordon Moore founded Intel on July 18, 1968. Fifty years later, the "eternal spring" of artificial intelligence is in full swing. To understand how we arrived, here's the truth in a nutshell: The rise of artificial intelligence is intertwined with the history of faster, more robust microprocessors.


Science fiction enthusiasts have a positive attitude to the digitizing of the brain

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"For example, is the potential for conscious experiences transmitted when the brain is copied? Does the digital brain have the ability to feel pain, and is switching off the emulated brain comparable to homicide? And what might potentially everlasting life be like on a digital platform?" Such questions can be considered science fiction, but the first breakthroughs in digitising the brain have already been made: for example, the nervous system of the roundworm (C. Recently, the creation of a functional digital copy of the piece of a somatosensory cortex of the rat brain was also successful.


The science behind Star Trek technobabble

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This post is part of Science of Sci-Fi, Mashable's ongoing series dissecting the science (or lack of science) in our favorite sci-fi movies, TV shows, and books. Star Wars is all action. You know, X-wings and lightsabers and fully armed and operational battle stations. Star Trek -- at least, the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager -- was less ... let's say, explosive. There were a lot of sensor readings.


Watch the trailer for Netflix's resurrected sci-fi thriller 'Extinction'

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Netflix has just dropped the trailer for its science-fiction thriller Extinction, in which a man's nightmares of losing his family morph into a reality as alien invaders try to wipe out humanity. The movie has a strong cast, including Ant-Man and The Wasp's Michael Peña, Lizzy Caplan and Luke Cage star Mike Colter. Netflix snapped up Extinction after Universal yanked it from its scheduled January release. When Extinction hits Netflix July 27th, the streaming giant will be hoping the flick fares better than The Cloverfield Paradox, which the company bought from Paramount. Netflix gave the latest entry in the Cloverfield series a surprise release just after the Super Bowl, but the sci-fi movie debuted to poor reviews.


Leaving Earth

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Leaving Earth is the original story of a man who, after surviving a terrorist attack, begins to see that humanity is on course to be the cause of its own destruction. With this knowledge in hand, the only course of action action is to leave Earth. Leaving Earth is told through the perspective of an emotionally broken man who, despite his disillusion with humanity, realizes that the success of his mission may be the last chance for the survival of the human race. Leaving Earth is not a generic science fiction story, and it is not fantasy disguised as science fiction. It is less Star Wars, or even Star Trek, and more 2001 or the Martian.


IBM, Airbus Bring AI to the International Space Station - The New Stack

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A dedicated team is extending IBM's cloud-based technology to outer space, and bringing us one step closer to a science fiction future where intelligent talking helper robots collaborate with astronauts. At the end of June, a SpaceX rocket carried an autonomous AI device to the six astronauts onboard the International Space Station. The historic launch carried 5,900 pounds of cargo which reportedly included a delivery of ice cream -- plus some fresh blueberries and some "super-caffeinated coffee." And 11 pounds of that was a talking robot, roughly one foot in diameter. All of its plastic and metal was generated by 3D printers.


Sci-Fi Invades Netflix--as They Both Invade Your Home

WIRED

Has Netflix's sizeable investment in original science-fiction movies been a bust? By one popular metric, Rotten Tomatoes, the answer would seem to be: Categorically. Since 2017's Okja, a feisty ecological fairy tale by Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, Netflix has put out seven back-to-back stinkers, their average "freshness" score rounding up to 30 percent. Only one of the seven can be called unwatchable: Duncan Jones' Mute, an overlong and sexually confused nightclub noir that trips over itself to imagine a neon-colored vision of future Berlin peopled by the likes of a mustachioed Paul Rudd. This is terribly sad, considering the director's first two films, Moon and Source Code, were the exact opposite--careful, contained stories that played out in modest settings.


The Double-Edged Sword of Artificial Intelligence

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In 1942, science fiction author Isaac Asimov introduced the world to his three laws of robotics. An incredibly prescient visionary, Asimov started the world thinking about the potential challenges sentient technology might present the world of humanity. In LinkedIn's Financial Services/Fintech survey of more than 1,000 professionals from the broader FI/Fintech space, it is clear that the threats and opportunities associated with A.I. have never been more present conceptually than they are today. When you look at some of the organizations making big bets on A.I. today, the online lists always include technology majors, but we don't yet see banks investing anywhere near the scale of Microsoft, Google, Apple, Alibaba, Baidu and others. Industrial players like Boeing and Tesla are making big bets on A.I., so it is reasonable to expect that we should see big investments coming through financial services also.