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Space, the final frontier for angry teens in 'Voyagers'

Boston Herald

From writer-director Neil Burger ("Divergent") comes another young adult science-fiction tale, this one of a cruise ship in deep space full of restless teenagers under the supervision of a single adult. Some of the young people find out that the adult is keeping them drugged and docile and forcing them to reproduce artificially. Is that a recipe for YA trouble or what? Just when you thought you could not watch one more film of this kind, here is "Voyagers," a title that sounds enough like "Passengers" (2016) to put you off you spaceship-grown peas and carrots. The story is set in 2063 when Earth is ravaged, and scientists have searched for another planet to colonize.


10 of the best alien movies on Netflix

Mashable

If aliens ever did decide to pay our humble planet a visit, what form would they come in? Would they be adorable little blue monsters with glow-in-the-dark paws, or gelatinous giants hellbent on our swift destruction? It's impossible to know for certain, given the few real-world glimmers that sadly never turn out to be aliens, but the films below paint a whole host of different scenarios -- from the creepy horror of Killer Klowns from Outer Space to the family-friendly antics of We Can Be Heroes. Here are some of the best alien movies to stream on Netflix... Has Shaun the Sheep ever been in a bad movie? Not that we can think of. Nick Park's cheery, claymation Wallace and Gromit spinoff has been a family favourite for years, and Farmageddon -- a movie which sees Shaun befriending a colourful alien that lands in the woods near his farm -- is absolutely no exception.


'We could probably build Jurassic Park,' says co-founder of Elon Musk's Neuralink

The Independent - Tech

Neuralink co-founder Max Hodak, who started the brain-computer interface company with Elon Musk, has claimed that humans have the technology to recreate Jurassic Park. "We could probably build jurassic park if we wanted to. "Maybe 15 years of breeding engineering to get super exotic novel species". It is unclear who Hodak is referring to when he says "we". Neuralink has demonstrated a chip implanted into the brain of a pig and a monkey, but does not appear to have made any announcements with regards to animal cloning. If Hodak is referring to scientists and genetic researchers as a whole, the prospect becomes more feasible – although is undeniably difficult. Scientists have cloned a number of animals, including wolves, dogs, cats, monkeys and, famously, sheep. A black-footed ferret, which is on the US endangered species list, has also been cloned, but scientists have not managed to create an extinct animal yet. Starship SN15 test dates set as SpaceX launches debris hotline Aliens would be'friendly but we can't gamble on it' Scientists connect human brain to computer wirelessly for first time ever Nasa reveals Easter eggs hidden on Mars perseverance Aliens would be'friendly but we can't gamble on it' "Biodiversity (antifragility) is definitely valuable; conservation is important and makes sense.


Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron Back in the Deep End

The New Yorker

James Cameron's obsession with the ocean deep began when he was an adolescent, in rural Canada. He read National Geographic accounts of deep-sea excursions and idolized Jacques Cousteau and his crew. "They always had this great French sense of style," he said recently. "They breathed it, quite literally, with their Aqua-Lungs. They got in their silver wetsuits and went exploring. It was like a science-fiction movie. I said, 'I need to do that.' " The problem: he lived five hundred kilometres from the nearest ocean.


'Space Jam: A New Legacy' trailer pays tribute to sci-fi

Engadget

Warner Bros. made a point of releasing all its 2021 movies on HBO Max, and the service's next big movie is an appropriate nod to the digital world. The studio has released the first trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy, and it's more of an ode to sci-fi than you might think. The movie has LeBron James whisked into a "Matrix hell" where he has to play basketball against a supervillain-like Goon Squad to rescue his son. That involves enlisting Bugs Bunny and friends for his squad, of course, but the references go further than that. James can count on help from The Iron Giant's namesake robot, for starters.


Artificial Intelligence Explained in Simple Terms

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There are many great articles about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its benefits for business and society. However, many of these articles are too technical for the average reader. I love reading about AI, but I sometimes think to myself, 'Gee, I wish the author had explained this in simple English.' I will try and explain AI and its related technologies in simple terms, using real-life examples, as though I were talking to someone at a party. Your colleagues or your (close) friends may tolerate your endless and complex ramblings, but I guarantee you that people at parties are far less forgiving.


"Godzilla vs. Kong," Reviewed: A Monster Mush of Two Venerable Franchises

The New Yorker

The enduring appeal of both Kong and Godzilla has to do with their simplicity. "King Kong," made in Hollywood, débuted in 1933; "Godzilla," produced in Japan, came out in 1954. Both films relied on a stark and clarified premise: fantastic monsters let loose in ordinary human reality, which, in the light of their presence, is revealed to be even more hideous than the monsters themselves. That symbolic power, rather than their physical power, is the source of their enduring appeal, and it's the fundamental element that "Godzilla vs. Kong," the new mashup, directed by Adam Wingard, stomps into oblivion. The film is garishly overloaded with splices and grafts from other movies, other genres, and other premises, including a mythical setting and an evil corporation.


Fine-tuning pretrained NLP models with Huggingface's Trainer

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In the code above, the data used is a IMDB movie sentiments dataset. The data allows us to train a model to detect the sentiment of the movie review- 1 being positive while 0 being negative. This is a NLP task of sequence classification, as we want to classify each review(sequence of text) into positive or negative. There are many pretrained models which we can use to train our sentiment analysis model, let us use pretrained BERT as an example. There are many variants of pretrained BERT model, bert-base-uncased is just one of the variants.


COMPUTERS could soon write film scripts by analysing popular movie tropes

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The next blockbuster to grace cinema screens after lockdown could be written by a computer, according to the authors of a new study examining movie tropes. They discovered that big movies tend to stick to the same core tropes, with clusters of storytelling devices appearing repeatedly in the biggest films every year. Researchers from the University of Granada, and the University of Cádiz looked for common tropes in more than 10,000 movies, their ratings, genre and reviews. The Spanish researchers identified over 25,000 tropes that formed 42 distinct clusters commonly found within similar genres by looking at IMDB and TVTrope data. The team also discovered modern society was sending some once common movie tropes into steep decline, including Damsel in Distress and Racist Jokes.


DigiTech Insight Magazine

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The global spending on the artificial intelligence (AI) market is also estimated to reach $118.6 billion by 2025. A Business Wire research unveiled that the amount spent on cloud AI in the media and entertainment (M & E) industry is anticipated to reach $1,860.9 million by 2025 from $329 million in 2019. The worldwide AI market adoption rate is estimated to reach $118.6 billion by 2025 [source: www.statista.com] Here are some of the examples of how AI is changing the media landscape. The AI market for social media is estimated to reach 3,714.89 million at 28.77% CAGR by 2025.