Nicki Minaj say her new album "Pink Friday 2" will transport us to another world, literally. The rapper has referenced the fictional municipality, Gag City, in several posts and her fandom, the Barbz, have taken it upon themselves to make it a digital reality. Using AI software, the fandom has created Gag City from scratch, in the image of Mayor Minaj's pink printed agenda. The Barbz are nothing if not socially savvy, so they've transformed the bit into an organic marketing strategy. The Barbz have secured free promotion for the album by creating virtual Gag City outposts for dozens of brands -- from Urban Decay to MattressFirm -- and then tagging the brands' official accounts on X.
Jordan Peele and Hideo Kojima are collaborating on a video game, bringing the two iconic auteurs together for the first time. It's safe to say that nobody saw this coming. The unlikely duo announced their new game OD during The Game Awards on Thursday night. Kojima is a well-known and widely-respected figure at such events, having designed the first Metal Gear and directed most of the titles in the series. However, Peele's dramatic entrance to the soundtrack of his 2019 horror film Us was an unexpected surprise.
Will the end of the world as we know it include a "Night of the Living Cars"? Netflix's Leave the World Behind makes the case for it, taking a giant swipe at Elon Musk's Tesla along the way. In this slow-burn apocalyptic thriller from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, based on Rumaan Alam's 2020 novel, one of the film's two core families reaches a moment of decisive panic halfway through the film. What it leads to is a timely commentary on fears around self-driving cars and automation, and what happens when transportation gets hijacked. The Tesla Model 3s are transformed from technological advancements into villains in one thrilling scene that taps into very real fears.
According to Leave the World Behind, when Armageddon comes, it won't arrive in the form of invading aliens or natural disasters. Instead, it will be our own paranoia that takes us down. Based on Rumaan Alam's 2020 novel of the same name, this new thriller from writer-director Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot) presents a particularly prescient take on the apocalypse. Here, technological woes, troubling misinformation, and racial microaggressions collide for an all-too familiar cocktail of issues that remain prevalent even as the world comes crumbling down. Esmail delivers this unsettling brew with sleek style and an all-star cast -- Julia Roberts!
A little more than a year ago, the world seemed to wake up to the promise and dangers of artificial intelligence when OpenAI released ChatGPT, an application that enables users to converse with a computer in a singularly human way. Within five days, the chatbot had a million users. Within two months, it was logging a hundred million monthly users--a number that has now nearly doubled. Call this the year many of us learned to communicate, create, cheat, and collaborate with robots. Shortly after ChatGPT came out, Google released its own chatbot, Bard; Microsoft incorporated OpenAI's model into its Bing search engine; Meta débuted LLaMA; and Anthropic came out with Claude, a "next generation AI assistant for your tasks, no matter the scale."
AI expert Marva Bailer explains how, even though there are currently laws in place, the average person has more access than ever to create deepfakes of celebrities. "Elvis" director Baz Luhrmann is not afraid of artificial intelligence so much as he worries about the lack of regulation over the technology. In an interview with Sky News, Luhrmann admitted he was not "personally frightened of AI, but having worked with a very, very smart robot named Ai-Da, and having formed a relationship with her, she would tell you, and I would agree, we are way behind in terms of governance of AI." Earlier this year, Luhrmann partnered with Bombay Sapphire on its "Saw This Made This" campaign, which used an AI robot artist, named Ai-Da, to create art pieces live at exhibitions in London and New York inspired by submissions from human creators. Luhrmann also praised the writers and actors strikes that took place over the summer and fall, with the use of AI being a major issue in negotiations. WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)?
Fox News host Bret Baier has more on U.S. and its allies efforts to increase semiconductor manufacturing on'Special Report.' The world could face another chip shortage as companies and nations seek to lead the way with artificial intelligence (AI) development, having seemingly made few changes after the impacts of the 2021 supply chain crisis, experts said. "The answer is different for different segments of the semiconductor industry and the chip economy," Gregory C. Allen, the director of the Wadhwani Center for AI and Advanced Technologies for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Fox News Digital. "Companies that make these chips are building out additional capacity to a different extent and in different market niches," he said, adding that while the world is "headed to an oversupply of certain types of chips," there is "already a shortage" of more advanced chips, reflected in the "extraordinary cost of each of these chips." China enacted a series of extreme lockdown measures, known as "zero-COVID," to combat the coronavirus pandemic, which required cities to shut down and test every resident after officials detected just a few positive cases.
In the final moments of Stephen Spielberg's 2001 film AI: Artificial Intelligence, android boy David brings his "mother" Monica back to life for a single, bewildering day. People think this scene is sentimental, but it actually underlines the film's dark central point: David can never be a real boy, and the bizarre and cruel resurrection of Monica only reinforces his intrinsic inhumanity. This came to mind on Thursday night, as I snuck in late to Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's "concert in hologram" with legendary soprano Maria Callas. Callas died in 1977, and she appears here via "cutting-edge holographic technology", according to the program. The hologram – which uses projectors and motion capture technology to create a 3D image of Callas – interacts with the audience without speaking directly to us; she motions to conductor Daniel Schlosberg, who motions back. She pauses for applause even after any real applause has died off.
Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos has made a handful of very different movies over the past decade and a half, but his pet themes have a way of recurring in every one. To take a just a few examples: His breakthrough movie, 2009's Dogtooth, was a hermetic fable about a tyrannical couple who keep their three grown children trapped in a locked compound, feeding them lies about the world beyond their gates. The Lobster, from 2015, took place in an allegorical alternate reality where single adults who fail to find a romantic partner are legally compelled to be transformed into animals. The Favourite, Lanthimos' biggest international hit and the movie that won Olivia Colman a Best Actress Oscar in 2019, was a hyperstylized historical drama that played 18th-century court intrigue for the blackest of comedy. Poor Things, Lanthimos' adaptation of a 1992 novel by the Scottish writer Alasdair Gray (the screenplay is by Tony McNamara, who also co-wrote The Favourite), can be seen as the culminating expression of the filmmaker's longtime obsessions: the horror of being trapped in a closed system, the individual's often self-destructive quest to break free from said bondage, the warping effects of intergenerational trauma, and the capacity of the human body for transformation. Poor Things is a feminist recasting of the Frankenstein myth, a gorgeously designed setting for the jewel that is Emma Stone's lead performance, and not just my favorite Lanthimos movie I've seen yet but maybe the only one of his I've really liked.
Kurt "The CyberGuy" Knutsson explains how you can keep unwanted rodents from entering through the cat flap. Despite rising concerns over artificial intelligence, pet owners may have actually found a new best friend in AI for their best friend. Cats are known to be proud predators who often show their affection and prowess through hunting, killing and bringing their prey back home. While a lovely gesture, this primal feline habit often leaves bewildered pet owners with bloody messes or partial or fully live birds, rodents and bugs in their homes. CLICK TO GET KURT'S FREE CYBERGUY NEWSLETTER WITH SECURITY ALERTS, QUICK VIDEO TIPS, TECH REVIEWS, AND EASY HOW-TO'S TO MAKE YOU SMARTER Many pet owners love their furry companions, but they also want to keep their homes clean and safe from unwanted visitors.