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The Quarry Blurs the Line Between Video Games and Cinema


When the new teaser trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water--the next entry in James Cameron's CGI-heavy film franchise--came out, many viewers opined that the footage resembles a video game. As praise or pejorative, that comparison is a touch hyperbolic. Yet it signals, too, the perceived overlap between the video game and film industries, which have increasingly come to share technological, narrative, and visual approaches. Multiplex screens are nowadays laden with game-like images--exceptions exist, but a sense of green-screened unreality certainly abounds, whether you're watching an explosion-rich action film or a well-paced drama. Other ideas also flow freely across mediums: Games and movies alike have set their watches to Matrix-style "bullet time" effects; both forms have shaken up their cameras à la Bourne; and as virtuosic a filmmaker as Brian De Palma has marveled at how certain games have deftly repurposed cinema's roaming, first-person point-of-view shots.

Machine Gun Kelly explains why he smashed a glass against his head

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Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what clicked this week in entertainment. Machine Gun Kelly has explained some of his bold actions. The 32-year-old was just trying to get everybody's attention when he smashed a glass against his head during an appearance Tuesday night at Catch in New York City. "You know when you clink a champagne glass with a fork to kind of get people's attention?"

Netflix's Spiderhead Lacks the Charm of the Story It's Based On


George Saunders, 63, is a rare type of dude: He writes weird stuff that people actually read. His 2017 novel Lincoln in the Bardo was narrated by a roiling crew of literal, often incomprehensible ghosts. It won The Booker Prize. He happily glides through genres, not so much discarding their rules as making it abundantly clear he never cared to learn those rules in the first place. In 2006, the magazine Guernica asked Saunders about his relationship to one of his go-to genres, science fiction. "I didn't really read a lot of it when I was young," Saunders answered, then launched into an emotionally charged reminiscence of watching the first Star Wars and seeing the "ships fly over your head" and noting "that they're all kind of junked up on the bottom.

Ingenuity Studios Reinvents Its Pipeline With VAST Data Universal Storage


VAST Data, the data platform company for the AI-powered world, announced that Ingenuity Studios selected VAST to help deliver next-level realism to a host of long- and short-form works, including feature films, television series, music videos, commercials, and more. Ingenuity Studios tapped VAST Data's Universal Storage architecture to leapfrog the status quo by deploying a simple data storage platform that allows artists and animators to easily collaborate on projects with ultra-fast performance and low-latency, without the classic flash storage tax. AI and ML News: Why SMBs Shouldn't Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Rendering workflows are changing rapidly for animators and visual effects (VFX) artists, with new machine learning and deep learning technologies being used to automate and enhance much of the creative process. To train and deploy these new deep learning models, studios need to provide high-speed access to rich content for high-throughput computation. All-flash infrastructure is not just a critical advantage for metadata-intensive render farms, but also an essential component of demanding deep learning pipelines.

The AI tool behind Thanos made facial animation in 'The Quarry' a snap

Washington Post - Technology News

The Oscar-winning studio has produced visual effects for movies like "Titantic," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and several Marvel films. To create the photorealistic characters seen in "The Quarry," it used the AI facial capture system Masquerade, which was developed to replicate Josh Brolin's likeness for his character Thanos in "Avengers: Infinity War." Masquerade was originally designed to do one thing: to take the performance from a head-mounted camera and translate it into a digital mesh that could then be rendered in a movie. For "The Quarry," the VFX team needed something that could track the movement and facial expressions of actors and create digital characters that could be edited in real time. So they built Masquerade 2.0.

The possibility of general AI


We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 - 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. One of the challenges in following the news about developments in the field of artificial intelligence is that the term "AI" is often used indiscriminately to mean two unrelated things. The first use of the term AI is something more precisely called narrow AI. It is powerful technology, but it is also pretty simple and straightforward: You take a bunch of data about the past, use a computer to analyze it and find patterns, and then use that analysis to make predictions about the future. This type of AI touches all our lives many times a day, as it filters spam out of our email and routes us through traffic.

Amazon, just say no: The looming horror of AI voice replication


Do we really want to put the power of perfectly simulating a voice in the hands of stalkers and abusers? Last week, we ran a news article entitled, "Amazon's Alexa reads a story in the voice of a child's deceased grandma." In it, ZDNet's Stephanie Condon discussed an Amazon presentation at its re:MARS conference (Amazon's annual confab on topics like machine learning, automation, robotics, and space). In the presentation, Amazon's Alexa AI Senior VP Rohit Prasad showed a clip of a young boy asking an Echo device, "Alexa, can grandma finish reading me'The Wizard of Oz'?" The video then showed the Echo reading the book using what Prasad said was the voice of the child's dead grandmother. The increasing scale of AI is raising the stakes for major ethical questions.

The Weird, Analog Delights of Foley Sound Effects

The New Yorker

This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. The salvage yard at M. Maselli & Sons, in Petaluma, California, is made up of six acres of angle irons, block pulleys, doorplates, digging tools, motors, fencing, tubing, reels, spools, and rusted machinery. To the untrained eye, the place is a testament to the enduring power of American detritus, but to Foley artists--craftspeople who create custom sound effects for film, television, and video games--it's a trove of potential props. On a recent morning, Shelley Roden and John Roesch, Foley artists who work at Skywalker Sound, the postproduction audio division of Lucasfilm, stood in the parking lot, considering the sonic properties of an enormous industrial hopper. "I'm looking for a resonator, and I need more ka-chunkers," Roden, who is blond and in her late forties, said.

Will the next STAR WARS originate from an NFT?


Star Wars is one of the most popular sci-fi brands in history and has inspired and captivated generations of fans. Can this feat be repeated? I believe the booming Web 3.0 culture, supported by NFTs can be a launchpad for a new mega-hit cultural sci-fi brand. NFT (Non-Fungible Token) is a new world that lots of people are not familiar with. Imagine the Internet in the early 1990s.

Movies to understand how Artificial Intelligence works - The Gal Times


Artificial intelligence (AI) is more present than ever in people's lives, it has been used to create the algorithms of social networks like Facebook or TikTok, to show suggestions on streaming platforms like Spotify or to automate Google search results. This concept was first used in 1956 in a Dartmouth College conference,in the United States, and since then, the cinema has not stopped using it to create generally not very optimistic stories that deal with themes such as the replacement of human beings and the rebellion of the machines. Understanding everything that happens around this discipline of computer science is not always that simple. For this reason, Infobae made this list with movies that will help understand AI in a practical and entertaining way. Apart from being very famous in various countries around the world, it has been categorized as a cult movie. It belongs to the genres of action and science fiction.