Film


Do Roku and Apple TV really speak film geek? We put voice search to the test for answers

Mashable

After testing the powers of some of the latest in voice search on streaming media devices, I think I have a few answers. What all that adds up to is a somewhat disjointed experience for the heaviest users of these devices: film and television fans. What all that adds up to is a somewhat disjointed experience for the heaviest users of these devices: millions and millions of happily obsessed film and television fans. But until voice search can handle the widest range of tastes that cover any number of weird names and titles (that, I repeat, are actually available in these databases via text search), voice search will be more clever add-on than heavily used anchor that drives up streaming media device usage.


Disney's facial recognition AI watches you watch movies

Daily Mail

For the experiments, the research team set up four infrared cameras in a 400-seat theater, where is applied the FVAEs to 150 showings of mainstream movies. The FVAEs are searching for audience members who exhibit similar facial expressions throughout the movie to learn about the stereotypical reaction to a film, much like how online shopping companies recommend items for purchase. The FVAEs are searching for audience members who exhibit similar facial expressions throughout the movie to learn about the stereotypical reaction to a film, much like how online shopping companies recommend items for purchase. Disney Research performed the experiment on 150 showings of mainstream movies including'Inside Out,' 'The Jungle Book' and'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'


We Know How 'Valerian' Got Made--But Not Why It Failed

WIRED

This is a not-so-secret secret of print magazine features: The lead time of monthly magazines like WIRED means that the journalism is often done before the film. So I wrote a story more about Besson and the weirdness of international film financing. Valerian's Biggest PR Problem: It Did Everything First Luc Besson's Valerian Is Exactly What Hollywood Needs Right Now And I think the answer is: kind of. As for the former, well, maybe the cable viewing audience of 2037 will be able to answer that with a click.


Kristen Stewart has co-authored a paper on artificial intelligence

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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. The paper itself is titled "Bringing Impressionism to Life with Neural Style Transfer in Come Swim," and offers a detailed case study on how to use this sort of machine learning in a film. Open source AI frameworks like Tensor Flow and Keras make it easy for anyone to try and implement code, and the commercialization of specifics techniques like style transfer (even Facebook offers style transfer image filters) pushes this research into popular culture.


How Rotten Tomatoes became Hollywood's most influential -- and feared -- website

Los Angeles Times

Rotten Tomatoes vice president Jeff Voris, middle, with senior editor Grae Drake, right, are filmed by creative director Jimmy Johenning at the Beverly Hills offices of the review aggregation website. Rotten Tomatoes vice president Jeff Voris, middle, with senior editor Grae Drake, right, are filmed by creative director Jimmy Johenning at the Beverly Hills offices of the review aggregation website. How Rotten Tomatoes became Hollywood's most influential -- and feared -- website On a recent Wednesday morning, the staff of Rotten Tomatoes gathers in a Beverly Hills office, laptops open -- steeling themselves for the next onslaught of reviews for Hollywood's biggest upcoming movies. That means the vast majority of critics liked the new 20th Century Fox movie -- and the $150-million "Apes" sequel gets the official "certified fresh" label on the movie-rating web site.


AI and Job Destruction: Automated Away, or Awesomely Augmented?

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Consider the recent comment by Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet: "The largest taxi company has no taxis, that's Uber. The largest movie theatre has no movie theatres, that's Netflix." The previous miniseries examined who would be most impacted by job destruction in the AI revolution. While many fear that the magnitude of AI's job destruction will be great, augmentation actually provides us with reason for optimism on this front.


Big SHOCK at Disney

FOX News

Janielle and Elijah Gilmour, ages 12 and 10, got the surprise of a lifetime in April, when foster parents Courtney and Tom Gilmour announced news of their official adoption date during a visit to Walt Disney World. "We planned it as soon as we got the [official] date, which was the Friday before our trip," Courtney tells Fox News. Courtney and Tom Gilmour had been foster parents to Janielle and Elijah for three years. "We are all happy Gilmours," Courtney tells Fox News.


'Terminator 2' UHD Blu-ray comes with a life-size robot arm

Engadget

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is one of the best action movies of all time. It's also consistently been a great piece of reference material for home theater geeks who like showing off just what their fancy audio and video gear is capable of. Yep, like the one John and Sarah Connor tossed into a vat of molten steel at the movie's end. Both versions come with a new documentary featuring Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger ("Uncle Bob"), Edward Furlong {"John Connor") and other cast members.


The Nine AI Minds You Don't Know, But Should Follow ASAP

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If you're not following great AI minds, you're missing a lot of important discussions. There are critical questions surrounding AI, and Yampolskiy, founder and director of Cybersecurity Lab, is delving into the dark side of it. As opposed to narrow AI (where nonsentient programs are focused on narrow tasks), Dube's research has focused on deep AI. Chetan envisions a world where man and machine work closely together to build a radically more efficient planet.


Musk: Government needs to regulate artificial intelligence

USATODAY

"By the time we're reactive in AI regulation, it's too late." "There will certainly be a lot of job disruption because what's going to happen is robots will be able to do everything better than us," he said. This is not the first time Musk has voiced concerns about the potential impact of AI. In a documentary from German filmmaker Werner Herzog, Musk warned of the significant threat AI could pose to humanity.