Luc Besson Working on Artificial Intelligence Series


The pricey sci-fi film is currently shooting, but once that picture wraps, Besson will be turn his attention to Artificial Intelligence, an original show from TNT and EuroCorp TV USA. EuroCorp TV USA has sold Artificial Intelligence to TNT. With this concept and Besson involved, we should expect plenty of action from Artificial Intelligence. We're not sure when we'll see Artificial Intelligence, but Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens in theaters July 21st, 2017.

Cognex (CGNX) Robert J. Willett on Q1 2016 Results - Earnings Call Transcript


And as you've probably seen in the news release issued earlier today, we reported better than expected results for the first quarter of 2016 despite challenging market conditions. Notably, we saw lower revenue from large consumer electronics orders than in Q1 of 2015. And in Europe, factory automation revenue declined significantly year-on-year due to lower revenue from the consumer electronics industry. Looking year-on-year, we expect a slight decline in revenue due to large orders from the consumer electronics industry.

This documentarian is fighting back against gay culture's 'No Fats, No Femmes' mantra

Los Angeles Times

Jamal Lewis, director of "No Fats, No Femmes," poses for a portrait on Third Street and Broadway in Los Angeles, Calif. Jamal Lewis, director of "No Fats, No Femmes," poses for a portrait on Third Street and Broadway in Los Angeles, Calif. The documentary will feature interviews with five black people: a disabled person in South Africa; a queer New York rapper; a Ph.D. student and blogger in Missouri; an agender writer of work on body positivity and a trans woman. The attention he-she has received, which includes support from the gay dating app Jack'd and a mention from Tribeca Film, has taken him-her across the country to speak on body and femme positivity including to Cal State Los Angeles. The Times spoke with Lewis, who's known online as Fat Femme, following his-her recent West Coast visit about the documentary -- which is slated for a 2017 completion date -- how (black) people "fail gender" and how gender deviant and trans people fit into the Black Lives Matter movement.

Knight Science Journalism Program selects fellowship class of 2016-17

MIT News

The Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT (KSJ), a global fellowship program for journalists covering science, technology, health, and the environment, has announced that 10 journalists, representing five countries, have been selected to join the program's 34th class of fellows. The KSJ Class of 2016-17 includes journalists with award-winning backgrounds across a range of media platforms -- radio, television, newspapers, magazines, online publications, and books -- and they come to Cambridge from across the United States, and from France, Italy, Kenya, and Mexico. He has been a contributor to National Geographic Magazine LA, Newsweek Magazine en Español, CCN en Español (TV), and SPR News (TV), among others. Mark Wolverton is a Philadelphia-based freelancer, who writes about technology and history for publications including Wired magazine, Scientific American, American Heritage's Invention and Technology, Popular Science, Psychology Today, and Air and Space Smithsonian.

Artificial Intelligence Ethics a New Focus at Cambridge University


The Leverhulme Trust, a non-profit foundation that awards grants for academic research in the U.K., on Thursday announced a grant of 10 million ( 15 million) over ten years to the university to establish the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. The new center will work in conjunction with the university's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, which researches emerging risks to humanity's future, including climate change, biological warfare, and artificial intelligence. The classic film features a sentient computer program called HAL-9000 on board a space ship. In July, the Future of Life Institute, based in Cambridge, Mass., awarded 7 million from Elon Musk to "keep AI robust and beneficial."

Ten Years: The film that irked China's Communist party

Al Jazeera

But freelance soothsaying is problematic in communist China; after winning the top prize at this year's Hong Kong film awards, the broadcast of which was subsequently banned, Ten Years' edgy prognostications are rapidly becoming incorporated into the underground history of Chinese sci-fi. Confusingly, time travel was exactly what powered Looper, the major sci-fi release in China the following year. The 2014 short film Hong Kong Will Be Destroyed After 33 Years (the offending meteor strikes in, would you believe, 2047) had no time for Wong's cryptic approach and became a viral hit banned by the PRC; Ten Years is following the same bulldozing path. Paid-up hard science fiction, it's mostly set in an alternative 21st century in which aliens who made contact with a Chinese scientist during the Cultural Revolution are poised to colonise Earth.

An ad agency has appointed the 'world's first artificially intelligent creative director'


Flickr/Peyri HerreraAn artificial intelligence director (not this robot, but you get the idea.) Ad agency McCann Japan has appointed an artificial intelligence creative director, AI-CD?, who will be attending McCann Worldgroup's new employee welcoming ceremony on April 1, along with 11 new college graduates. The artificial intelligence can give creative direction on commercials because the data that forms the basis of the algorithm includes deconstructed, tagged and analysed TV shows, as well as data on the winners of the All Japan Radio & Television Commersion Confederation's CM Festival. The AI has also been built to then learn from the results of the campaigns its directed, in theory creating an increasingly more effective AI creative director.