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Director Tony Kaye puts out casting call for robots to star in next feature film

Daily Mail

Watch out humans, robots could soon compete for your acting roles. Director Tony Kaye is looking to cast an artificial intelligence robot for his upcoming film '2nd Born,' the sequel to the yet-to-be-released '1st Born.' Kaye, who is behind the 1998 crime drama'American History X,' would employ the'real robot' as the lead in 2nd Born, according to Deadline. Artificial Intelligence,' director Tony Kaye wouldn't use a computer-generated robot for the role; instead, it would be an android trained in various acting methods and techniques Artificial Intelligence,' Kaye wouldn't use a computer-generated robot for the role; instead, it would be an android trained in various acting methods and techniques. What's more, Kaye and producer Sam Khoze hope that the robot will be recognized by the Screen Actors Guild. This would make the robot eligible for awards consideration.


Director Tony Kaye puts out a casting call for robots

Engadget

For one of his next films, director Tony Kaye (American History X, Lake of Fire) needs a robot, but rather than using computer-generated effects to depict one, as filmmakers have done in the past, he wants to cast an actual AI robot. Deadline reports that Kaye and producer Sam Khoze came up with the idea for the upcoming film 2nd Born, a follow to the soon-to-be-released 1st Born. The robot Kaye and Khoze have in mind would be one trained in various acting methods and techniques, according to Deadline. And aside from casting it, the two also hope for it to be recognized by the Screen Actors Guild. It centers on a young couple whose Iranian and American families have to come together to support them during their complicated first pregnancy.


Netflix's 'Next Gen' trailer features John Krasinski as your robot buddy

Engadget

Netflix's movies and shows couldn't compete at Cannes this year, but the streaming titan did come home with more content -- including worldwide distribution rights (except in China) for the animated film Next Gen. The company released the first trailer for the film, which is arriving on September 7th. Netflix paid $30 million for the rights, which may have been one of the biggest deals coming out of the festival; With footage, it's clear what the streaming company saw in the film. Featuring the voice talents of Charlyne Yi, John Krasinski, Michael Peña, Constance Wu, Jason Sudeikis and David Cross, Next Gen seems like Big Hero 6 crossed with I, Robot. It looks bright, earnest and full of jokes -- a crisp family-friendly film with pretty good computer-animated visuals for a non-Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks production.


Short Circuit Trailer 1986

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Short Circuit is a 1986 American science fiction comedy film directed by John Badham, and written by S. S. Wilson and Brent Maddock. He sets out to explore the world and its wonders in his new state.


Software Teaches Robot Hand How to Move in the Real World

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The researchers are with OpenAI, a nonprofit artificial intelligence research group established in 2015.


Venezuela leader 'survives drone attack'

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DJI Mavic Air Review: The Drone to Buy

WIRED

Since the advent of the consumer drone (not so long ago, really), making a purchasing decision around new flying machine has involved weighing a list of compromises. You're going to have a big drone that's tough to maneuver. Your footage will look like garbage. Want something easy to fly? You're getting a glorified toy that will fall apart in a light breeze. DJI, the world's leading manufacturer of consumer drones, tried to solve this last year with the Mavic Pro.


Music as a gateway to shared humanity

MIT News

When A. R. Rahman, two-time Academy Award winner, singer-songwriter, and music producer from India, came to visit and take a course at MIT in July, he was in his element during a tour of interactive music systems on campus. Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of the School of Engineering, led Rahman and his group to Building 24 where the small group of mostly non-musicians jammed together using their smartphones to sound off as brass, clarinet, percussion, or strings. Rahman tapped a sneakered foot to the beat. "This is fantastic," says Rahman of the performance orchestrated by MIT professor of the practice Eran Egozy '95, MEng '95, who teaches, among other things, 21M.385 / 6.809 (Interactive Music Systems) -- the first MIT music class that is also an electrical engineering and computer science class. These creative points of convergence are exciting, says Chandrakasan, who is also the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.



How Robots That Swap Out Their Own Parts Will Adapt to the World on the Fly

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The science fiction multiverse is well populated by all manner of robots. Pick your favorite: Dr. Who fans may favor K9, the Time Lord's mechanical mutt. Maybe the Transformers represent the coolest robots in the galaxy. The more literary-minded might prefer a character like R. Daneel Olivaw out of the Asimov universe. Those of us from a certain generation, however, will always have an affection for the Laurel and Hardy of robots--C-3PO and RD-D2.