Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018 #AAI18


BootstrapLabs is pleased to announce that its annual Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference will return for the third year on April 12, 2018 in San Francisco. The one day conference brings together the brightest and most experienced professionals in the field of AI for an immersive day of learning, discussion, and connection. This year's agenda will focus on the latest and future impact of AI applications and commercialization across a breadth of sectors, including Transportation, Healthcare, Finance, Future of Work and Cybersecurity. Inviting world class perspectives from research, entrepreneurship, investing, and business transformation, the event aims to capture the deepest insights available in the AI landscape today. You'll have access to practical wisdom and methodologies on how to take advantage of AI's powerful potential.

'Apes' director Matt Reeves: I wanted to push ... Caesar's story into the realm of the mythic'

Los Angeles Times

When he was 8 years old, Matt Reeves started making 8-millimeter movies inspired by his love for the original "Planet of the Apes." "I'd have my friends put on gorilla masks and run around shooting these little sci-fi films," he recalls. "As a kid, I was captivated by these images of horses with apes on them." Decades later, Reeves, perched on a sofa in his tidy Hollywood office, has taken his fascination with primate cinema to a whole new level as the auteur behind the 2014 performance-capture blockbuster "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and this summer's "War for the Planet of the Apes." Taking the reins from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt, Reeves, lauded for his low-budget horror hit "Cloverfield," initially harbored reservations about helming Twentieth Century Fox's multimillion-dollar franchise.


International Business Times

Financial news giant Thomson Reuters has released its Knowledge Graph Feed, a way of instantly visualising the connections between lots of data sources, which it describes as "the first financial social network". The Knowledge Graph system is an open source, standardised data modelling system composed of Permanent Identifiers (PermID) which connect some two billion relationships. Newsweek is hosting an AI and Data Science in Capital Markets conference in NYC, Dec. 6-7. Geoffrey Horrell, director, Product Incubation Financial and Risk, Thomson Reuters, explained: "What we are delivering is like a social network but it's the first financial social network. So you can ask, what are the strategic relationships around the companies and people that you do business with; who are all the officers and directors, who are their suppliers, competitors, associates, affiliates.

As Hollywood taps into A.I., what will you build with IBM Watson? - Watson


Hollywood is beginning to recast artificial intelligence from being the lead character in movies to becoming the leading technology driving the industry. Producers and directors alike are discovering the power of a new kind of AI assistant: IBM Watson, the cognitive computing system that is enhancing the work of the human imagination and giving artists, filmmakers, and other creative minds the tools to uncover new ways of thinking and problem-solving. Imagine the ultimate "super-assistant" on the set to help make hundreds of decisions and take care of mundane tasks that free you up to concentrate on making the picture a box office success. IBM Watson can do this by pushing the boundaries of what producers and directors can create on the silver screen. It can analyze volumes of data -- think photos, online content, scripts, video -- and then recognize, inform and project from the patterns it identifies.

What Star Wars taught scientists about sperm

Popular Science

When Charles Reilly and Donald Ingber set out to make their short film--In the Beginning, an homage of sorts to Star Wars that (spoilers) tells the tale of a single sperm's triumph in a literal life or death race to fertilize an egg--they had just one goal. Ingber, the founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, and Reilly, a biochemistry researcher also at the Wyss Institute, wanted the animated film to be scientifically accurate. To achieve this, the two reached for techniques more common to the silver screen than the lab. They sought digital imaging software ordinarily used by video game designers and film animators. Not only did they achieve cinematic glory, but by reaching far outside the scientific silo they were able to happen upon a new discovery: an understanding of the molecular-level mechanics that let a sperm whip its tail back and forth to fuel its need for speed.

The outcome of this virtual riot depends on your emotions


In RIOT 2, an interactive film by Karen Palmer, controlling these emotions is the key to your escape. Yet the ongoing melding of games and film into interactive narratives raises the question of how we should control these new experiences naturally. "Conversation, facial expression, intonation of our voice, physical gesture -- all of those are the natural language of human interaction. "In my opinion, fear is the most powerful emotion," Palmer, originally from London, said.

New 'Pacific Rim: Uprising' Trailer: Can the Sequel Live Up to the Original?


Gone, though, are the original's director Guillermo del Toro (he's listed as a producer and story writer), stars Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam, and screenwriter Travis Beacham. Part of what made Pacific Rim so beloved, and so lovingly crafted, was that it was del Toro's passion project, the kind of "giant fucking robots versus giant fucking monsters" movie that he'd always wanted to make. People felt special about it because they felt del Toro's love for it; whether or not they'll feel the same way about Steven S. DeKnight's passion for the sequel is hard to decipher. Another passion play DeKnight's film has is the return of Kikuchi as Mako Mori, the jaeger pilot and undeniable hero of Pacific Rim.

'Blade Runner' went from Harrison Ford's 'miserable' production to Ridley Scott's unicorn scene, ending as a cult classic

Los Angeles Times

Upon its initial release in 1982, Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" was a critical and commercial disappointment. Over time the film amassed a devoted cult following, and in 1992, upon the release of Scott's director's cut, Times film critic Kenneth Turan wrote a deep dive into the making of the film and its rediscovery. Starting this weekend, a full decade later than anyone anticipated, Ridley Scott's original director's cut of this moody, brilliant film is having its premier engagement, opening in 60 cities nationwide, with another 90 to follow in three weeks. Yet it took veteran producer Michael Deeley, whose previous picture was the Oscar-winning "The Deer Hunter," 10 years to find the enthusiasm to produce another theatrical film.

'Ex Machina' director's next film explores a dreamy otherworld


His next film Annihilation comes out February 23rd, 2018, but check out its first trailer to see Natalie Portman explore a future United States starting to be overrun by a dreamy, otherworldly wilderness. Annihilation is an adaptation of the first book (of the same name) in the Southern Reach trilogy, an award-winning science fiction series written by Jeff VanderMeer. Portman plays protagonist Lena, a biologist tasked with investigating Area X, a portion of the southern United States cordoned off from the outside world by a strange rainbow-slick membrane. While Annihilation adapts the first part in the book trilogy, Garland didn't make the film with two others in mind -- it'll be a standalone movie, he told Entertainment Weekly.

James Cameron brings Linda Hamilton back to the 'Terminator' franchise but snubs 'Wonder Woman' again

Los Angeles Times

Here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts: Latin Grammy nominees announcement postponed after Mexico earthquake James Corden kind of regrets kissing Sean Spicer at the Emmys Jada Pinkett Smith shuts down Leah Remini's claims that she's a Scientologist Morrissey's new song, 'Spent the Day in Bed,' has some sage advice for our troubled times Kevin Hart's ex-wife renews claims about his'lies and infidelity' John Stamos, 'Weird Al' Yankovic will star in Hollywood Bowl's'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' Morrissey's new song, 'Spent the Day in Bed,' has some sage advice for our troubled times Kevin Hart's ex-wife renews claims about his'lies and infidelity' John Stamos, 'Weird Al' Yankovic will star in Hollywood Bowl's'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory' James Cameron brings Linda Hamilton back to the'Terminator' franchise but snubs'Wonder Woman' again The original Sarah Connor, is back. Fans are going crazy at director James Cameron's announcement that Linda Hamilton, the first actor to portray the fan-favorite Connor in the "Terminator" franchise, will be returning to the world of killer robots. That said, Cameron is correct that in the world of "The Mummy" and the "Taken" franchise there certainly are a dearth of mature lead action stars portrayed by women. It is also poised to serve as the first film in a new trilogy within the "Terminator" world as Cameron revealed that they were actively searching for new "18-something woman" to be the "centerpiece" to the new series.