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The Walden Pond – How Artificial Intelligence Libraries are Accelerating Investigation and …


Jay was previously the Chief Strategy Officer at kCura before he founded NexLP, a pioneering AI company in Chicago acquired by Reveal.

The 12 Best AI Movies/TV Series of All Time


Sense8 was an eight-hour Netflix Original series created by Lana and Andy Wachowski, and J. Michael Straczynski. The science fiction series starred eight characters worldwide, connected by a bond that can be felt through every sense. Sense8 follows the inhabitants of Chicago, who are all connected by more than just two or three senses; they are experiencing everything that their counterparts are seeing, sensing, hearing, and feeling. The series is a love story between two characters, and as they become more connected to their sense counterparts, they begin to feel their partners' pain. They also carry the responsibility of protecting their loved ones that are constantly in danger and fighting for freedom from some sort of outside threat.

Fisher Stevens regrets 'Short Circuit' role where he played an Indian character: 'It definitely haunts me'

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Fisher Stevens really regrets appearing as an Indian character in brownface for the 1986 movie "Short Circuit" and its subsequent sequel. Stevens, who was born in Chicago, plays Ben Jabituya in the science fiction comedy about two scientists whose advanced robot gains sentience. While the Johnny 5 robot character is still revered as a staple of 1980s comedies, Stevens' role and the subsequent darkening of his skin to appear as an Indian man is often criticized to this day for portraying a stereotype and taking a role away from an Indian actor.

Oscars Spotlight: The 2021 Nominees for Best Picture

The New Yorker

In 1969, as revolutionary fires burned, the Academy gave its Best Picture award to "Oliver!" Hollywood, still ruled by the crumbling studio system, was almost willfully blind to the nineteen-sixties; even breakthrough films such as "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Rosemary's Baby" were left off the Best Picture list, which included representatives of such superannuated genres as the big-budget musical ("Funny Girl") and the medieval costume drama ("The Lion in Winter"). Under the newly devised rating system, "Oliver!" became the first G-rated film to win Best Picture, and it remains the last. By the next year, movies like "Midnight Cowboy" and "Easy Rider" finally injected the ceremony with a dose of sixties counterculture--but the decade was over. Two of this year's eight Best Picture nominees are set largely in 1969, and they show what Hollywood wouldn't bring itself to see back then. "The Trial of the Chicago 7" dramatizes the politicized court proceedings against activists who, the year before, protested the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

"Emily in Paris" and the Rise of Ambient TV

The New Yorker

By the end of its second episode, I knew that Netflix's new series "Emily in Paris" was not a lighthearted romantic travelogue but an artifact of contemporary dystopia. At that point, Emily had already gone jogging, and the multicolored wheels of her Apple-esque step-counter appeared on my television screen. The circles filled; Emily had pleased the robots monitoring her health. During her next run, a small square popped up: a visualization of Emily's Instagram account, to which she posted a photo of Paris, accruing onscreen likes. Later, Emily talked, via video call, with her old marketing-agency boss back in Chicago, whom she had replaced on the Paris sojourn when the boss found herself pregnant.

We spoke to the guy who turned Trump's cognitive test into a catchy tango


The words, "person, woman, man, camera, TV," have haunted Americans for a week, and now, thanks to a man named Jason Kravits, they will live on forever in song. For those who somehow missed this news cycle, "person, woman, man, camera, TV" are the five words that President Donald Trump repeated in an interview with Fox News while bragging that he passed a cognitive test that wasn't designed to be particularly challenging. Trump's blabbering of random words inspired many jokes and memes on Twitter, but they reminded Kravits of the "Cell Block Tango" song from Chicago, so he spliced together clips from Trump's interview and the 2001 movie and created a hilarious "Brain-cell Block Tango" remix. "It's not a hard connection to put the two together, once you hear it. I'm sure I wasn't the first person to think of it," Kravits, a middle-aged actor currently sheltering-in-place in New York, said in an email. He explained that he was struck with inspiration at around midnight on Friday, so instead of going to sleep he spent three hours making the parody music video.

r/MachineLearning - [N] The Promise and Limitations of AI


This is a talk from GOTO Chicago 2019 by Doug Lenat, Award-winning AI pioneer who created the landmark Machine Learning program, AM, in 1976 and CEO of Cycorp. I've dropped the full talk abstract below for a read before diving into the talk: Almost everyone who talks about Artificial Intelligence, nowadays, means training multi-level neural nets on big data. Developing and using those patterns is a lot like what our right brain hemispheres do; it enables AI's to react quickly and – very often – adequately. But we human beings also make good use of our left brain hemisphere, which reasons more slowly, logically, and causally. I will discuss this "other type of AI" – i.e., left brain AI, which comprises a formal representation language, a "seed" knowledge base with hand-engineered default rules of common sense and good domain-specific expert judgement written in that language, and an inference engine capable of producing hundreds-deep chains of deduction, induction, and abduction on that large knowledge base.

How one filmmaker is using artificial intelligence to uncover surveillance of her Muslim community in Chicago


Since she was a kid, Assia Boundaoui knew that she, her family and her neighbors were being watched. It was an open secret in her hometown of Bridgeview, a Chicago suburb home to a large Muslim and Arab population where for decades residents experienced government surveillance, including home visits by FBI agents. Using her training as a journalist and documentary filmmaker, Boudaoui sought out proof beginning in 2014 by interviewing community members and filing Freedom of Information requests for records on Operation Vulgar Betrayal, one of the largest pre-9/11 counterrorism probes conducted domestically in the United States and included the Bridgeview community. She also submitted hundreds of privacy waivers on behalf of people who were surveilled to the Department of Justice, requesting files on individuals who had experienced surveillance. When the FBI responded, ultimately saying it would take years to process 33,000 pages of records on the investigation, Boundaoui sued. In 2017, a federal judge ruled that she was entitled to expedited processing, ordering the FBI to release 3,500 pages from the Vulgar Betrayal file each month and to give priority to the sub files of individuals for whom privacy waivers were filed.