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'Dishonored' is getting its first standalone assassination

Engadget

Instead, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider is a completely separate title coming on September 15th. The game's announcement at Bethesda's E3 shindig left Dishonored fans confused (just look at the YouTube comments), but the company describes it as the "first standalone adventure" for the series. It stars some of the Dishonored's most intriguing characters -- Billie Lurk and the assassin Daud -- on a mission to assassinate The Outsider, the mysterious being behind the series' supernatural powers. So why go standalone instead of DLC? It could be that Dishonored 2 didn't sell as well as Bethesda hoped.



Ethics Alone Can't Fix Big Tech

Slate

The New York Times has confirmed what some have long suspected: The Chinese government is using a "vast, secret system" of artificial intelligence and facial recognition technology to identify and track Uighurs--a Muslim minority, 1 million of whom are being held in detention camps in China's northwest Xinjiang province. This technology allows the government to extend its control of the Uighur population across the country. It may seem difficult to imagine a similar scenario in the U.S., but related technologies, built by Amazon, are already being used by U.S. law enforcement agencies to identify suspects in photos and video. And echoes of China's system can be heard in plans to deploy these technologies at the U.S.-Mexico border. A.I. systems also decide what information is presented to you on social media, which ads you see, and what prices you're offered for goods and services.


Global Ethics Forum: The Pros, Cons, and Ethical Dilemmas of Artificial Intelligence

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Affleck fired as director

FOX News

Ben Affleck says the decision for him to step down as the director for the Batman standalone movie for Warner Bros is mutual. In a statement Monday, Affleck said it "has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require" and that he and the studio are looking for a new director. "There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions," Affleck said in the statement. "Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give." Affleck made his debut as the superhero for the studio last summer in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and he had been attached to write and direct the Batman standalone movie for about a year.