Directed by Oscar Sharp and starring Baywatch icon David Hasselhoff, It's No Game takes us to an alternate reality where, in midst of heated writer's strike in Hollywood, AI script writers have gradually began to replace human ones. Using an advanced nanobot technology, producers have found a way to channel the inner thoughts and mannerism of the AI writers directly to human actors, causing them to act out borderline non-sensical lines put together by various algorithms trained on Shakespeare, Aaron Sorkin and Golden Age Hollywood movies. To crank out the script for the movie, Benjamin's creator Ross Goodwin trained the AI according to six different models, sourcing dialogue lines from classic movie and television titles like Knight Rider and Baywatch. Here's how Ars Technica summed up the process: Put simply, the algorithm learns to create long sentences based on learning rules from a corpus of writing.
Directed by Oscar Sharp and starring Baywatch icon David Hasselhoff, It's No Game takes us to an alternate reality where, in midst of heated writer's strike in Hollywood, AI script writers have gradually began to replace human ones. Using an advanced nanobot technology, producers have found a way to channel the inner thoughts and mannerism of the AI writers directly to human actors, causing them to act out borderline non-sensical lines put together by various algorithms trained on Shakespeare, Aaron Sorkin and Golden Age Hollywood movies. To crank out the script for the movie, Benjamin's creator Ross Goodwin trained the AI according to six different models, sourcing dialogue lines from classic movie and television titles like Knight Rider and Baywatch. Unlike last time however, Goodwin fed the AI solely with subtitle files, and not raw scripts, in order to avoid the uncanny stage directions and character names from Sunspring.
Here's a sentence you don't get to read everyday: Kristen Stewart has surprised the artificial intelligence community by publishing a paper on machine learning. The Twilight actress recently made her directorial debut with the short film Come Swim, and in it used a machine learning technique known as "style transfer" (where the aesthetics of one image or video is applied to another) to create an impressionistic visual style. Along with special effects engineer Bhautik J Joshi and producer David Shapiro, Stewart has co-authored a paper on this work in the film, publishing it in the popular online repository for non-peer reviewed work, arXiv. Once more: Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame directs movie; writes arXiv paper about using StyleNet during production https://t.co/NZ4I1yhQUN To be someone in Hollywood, you've got to put your ML papers on Arxiv and you better use TensorFlow... https://t.co/2Rcg1ccJ36
The head of Google's commercial operations in the Western Hemisphere this week spoke with the soon-to-be largest ad spender in the United States and one of Hollywood's biggest movie studios, to showcase how large traditional media companies are transitioning to digital marketing. On stage at CES 2017, a trio of executives from the companies also discussed the challenge of managing disparate marketing metrics and fears related to machine learning. AT&T and Universal Pictures currently spend 30 percent of their marketing budgets on digital media, according to Fiona Carter, chief brand officer of AT&T, and Josh Goldstine, president of worldwide marketing at Universal Pictures. Margo Georgiadis, president of Americas at Google, is enthusiastic about the increase in digital spending (especially when the dollars land in Google's coffers) but she said it's more difficult today for marketers to understand the value of their spend as the number of consumer touchpoints -- mobile, web, app, social and video -- grows. The rise of digital outlets and their corresponding marketing metrics makes it nearly impossible to prove the ultimate value of a brand, according to Carter.
But now Sony Pictures Entertainment thinks it may have found a way to better hold people's interest with online video – by letting them affect the outcome. Sony Pictures Entertainment is making a multimillion-dollar strategic investment in New York-based Interlude, a digital firm that helps production companies and advertisers make interactive videos to better target online audiences. As in video games, Interlude's videos allow viewers to control aspects of what they see on screen with the click of a button, bringing the choose-your-own adventure concept to traditional entertainment. "This strikes me as a very innovative and new way to tell a story, and it's the first time I've ever seen branching story lines that were compelling and that worked," said Michael Lynton, chief executive of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Why not ask AI to do the job? Sunspring, a short film that debuted today on Ars Technica, displays many of the sci-fi tropes that fans of the genre know and love, from shiny metallic costumes to creepy biotechnology. There's just one difference: The nine-minute film was written by an artificially intelligent system named Benjamin, and, in a strangely satisfying way, it makes very little sense. Their banter, layered with an undertone of foreboding, is premised on the idea that "in a future with mass unemployment, young people are forced to sell blood." Benjamin ingested that prompt, which also serves as the film's opening line, and generated the brief script (plus some song lyrics, for good measure).
Kevin Kelly knows technology can't be stopped. Of course, artificial intelligence will wipe out or rework whole industries, and entire career paths will vanish. And if you think the world is addicted to its phones now, just wait until there's a screen everywhere, and you never really escape the grid. We will be tracked like never before. While this may sound like the recipe for a Tom Cruise dystopia sci-fi movie, it doesn't have to be.
Impeccably made and drawn closely from historical research, the film tells the relatively little-known story of Mildred and Richard Loving, a couple whose case, which eventually went to the Supreme Court, both exposed the racial divides of the time and helped bridge them. The couple then spends years in Washington, D.C., away from their families, before moving home (now with three young children) and eventually seeking validation via a legal case that reached the Supreme Court. On one side are the movie's critics, who say that "Loving" does not sufficiently represent the ambient hatred an interracial couple would experience at the time in the South. Even critics of the movie will admit that the film addresses topical issues, whether it's institutional forms of racism, the quiet pain of otherness or issues far removed from skin color, such as the transgender bathroom controversy, a modern echo of the same cultural argument.
Farrell and I had come to film an interview Magic Leap's enigmatic founder, Rony Abovitz, a curly-haired dreamer who sold his last company, a surgical robotics startup, for 1.65 billion, and whose primary creative influences are the Muppets, Star Wars, and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the 1971 film, not the Jonny Depp version). Over the course of the day, we interviewed ten leapers, including designers, engineers, business strategists, and game designer Graeme Devine. "By the way, the Muppet Show plus Star Wars equals Magic Leap in my head," Abovitz says. The result is a hodgepodge of artists and engineers and business people, all of whom need Abovitz to pay attention, listen up, tell them what to do, keep them on track.
The title "Decision Tree" is a mechanism, which was for many years, successfully used for determining creditworthiness. User review: You will use Decision Trees, when you will be looking for a new car. Jane Porter, a member of the expedition, starts to suspect that the gorilla may be a man brought up by apes. User review: I gave his first movie 5 stars, second 4 stars, third 3 stars...