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Disney defends 'Star Wars' host after tweets about White people resurface

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Disney is defending the host of a new "Star Wars" web series amid backlash to tweets some deemed to be racist toward White people. Krystina Arielle announced this month that she will host "The High Republic Show," a web series offering news and insights into the latest multimedia subseries of the immensely popular science fiction franchise. However, shortly after announcing Arielle as the host of the new bi-monthly show, some combed through her past tweets and found several that spoke in somewhat harsh terms about White people's role in dismantling racism.


How to Explain the Future of Artificial Intelligence Using Only Sci-Fi Films

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I've read the book Life 3.0 by physicist & AI philosopher Max Tegmark, where he sets out a series of possible scenarios and outcomes for humankind sharing the planet with artificial intelligence. Tegmark immediately shoots down any notion that we are likely to be victims of a robot-powered genocide, and claims the idea we would programme or allow a machine to have the potential to hate humans is preposterous - fuelled by Hollywood's obsession with the apocalypse. Actually, we have the power, now, to ensure that if AIs goals are properly aligned with ours from the start, so that it wants what we want, then there can never be a'falling out' between species. In other words, if AI does pose a threat - and in some of his scenarios it does - it will not come from The Matrix's marauding AIs, enslaving humanity and claiming, like Agent Smith, 'Human beings are a disease. You are a plague and we are the cure'.


Lin Qi, executive producer on 'Game of Thrones' creators' new Netflix series, dead at 39 by alleged poisoning

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Lin Qi, an executive producer on "Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' upcoming Netflix series, died at age 39 after being poisoned. Lin was the chairman and CEO of Yoozoo Group, which he founded in 2009. The company was working with the TV creators on an adaptation of a science fiction series based on "The Three-Body Problem" trilogy of novels by Chinese author Liu Cixin.


This Was Supposed to Be the Year of the Female Movie Hero

WIRED

The first rumblings came when Diana Prince's metallic boots crossed No Man's Land in 2017's Wonder Woman. The movement gathered steam when Carol Danvers fell through the roof of that Blockbuster two years later. Female-led superhero movies were finally here--and they were about to be huge. Among the many other trends that never really caught on in 2020, the Year of the Female Superhero never quite came to pass. On a different timeline, this year would have begun with Birds of Prey and ended with Angelina Jolie and team of immortal heroes saving the world in Eternals.


'Bytes' of Fury: AI Knows Kung Fu

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Artificial intelligence has been a brainless idiot for more than a half-century, but humanity has kept trying to replicate intelligence with the fervor of "Young Frankenstein". Now, technological rigor has delivered AI from the murky ferment of hype and science fiction. AI has become ubiquitous, but it is not close to human. Alan Turing, credited with inventing AI, challenged humanity to create an entity so artificially intelligent that a human could not distinguish whether they were talking with a "robot" or another human, but passing the "Turing Test" isn't our goal. The reality is, Amazon's amazing customer service bot pretty much knows why you are chatting with it even before you type, that's the kind of knowledge we want from our robots.


Orientalism, Cyberpunk 2077, and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

WIRED

The game has already drawn both praise and criticism, but one of those criticisms is of how the game handles different cultures, especially Asian people and Asian culture, which is inextricably tied to the cyberpunk genre. The origins of the cyberpunk genre involve Western anxieties of the east. Techno-orientalism is the use of Asian aesthetics in cyberpunk, futuristic, and dystopian settings. There is a long and deep Euro-American tradition of using Asian symbolism such as neon signs with Japanese and Chinese lettering to express those feelings about what the future holds, including globalization and the threat of a takeover from the East. Dylan Yeats, the author of Home is Where the War Is: Techno-Orientalist Militarism on the Homefront, told me that he believes there are two strains of techno-orientalism, the European "Imperialist" strain and "American" Settler strain.


The Eagles' New Starting Quarterback Might Be a Sports Movie Hero

Slate

Imagine this basic plot of a satisfactory sports movie: Rookie quarterback is told he'll never be as successful in the pros as he was in college--not just because he's a rookie, but because he's not a quarterback in the first place. Does our hero give up on his dream of being an NFL quarterback? No, because this is a sports movie. He works hard, smiles a lot, makes it onto the field a handful of times per game, and gains fans in the City of Brotherly Love. And then, with his team down 20-3 and on the verge of its fourth loss in a row, he gets his shot.


A Quest to Discover America's First Science-Fiction Writer

The New Yorker

WILEY & HALSTED, No. 3 Wall street, have just received SYMZONIA, or a voyage to the internal world, by capt. As literary landmarks go, it's not quite Emerson greeting Whitman at the start of a great career. But this humble advert may herald the first American science-fiction novel. Although one might point to the crushingly dull "A Flight to the Moon," from 1813, that text is more of a philosophical dialogue than a story, and what little story it has proves to be just a dream. "Symzonia; Voyage of Discovery" is boldly and unambiguously sci-fi.


Debunking Top 4 Myths of Artificial Intelligence

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When you think of artificial intelligence (AI), what do you envision? For decades, pop culture and science fiction have conspired depictions comprising inspired images of machine-ruled futures and robots accomplishing incredible tasks for human beings. The pictures painted by them are primarily futuristic and incredibly independent. That lays a powerful impression on people. So much so that it can be overwhelming and misleading at times.


[D] I have a Jetson Nano and my friend gave me their eGPU with an NVIDIA 750 TI. Is there a way I can Frankenstein them?

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It might be possible but super rough if so. M.2 key e PCIe riser cables exist, ARM nvidia drivers exist for that GPU. Your eGPU likely has a thunderbolt or usb-c port so you'd need a card for that... which may not work with the x1 PCIe connection you get (if you're using the standard board IIRC). You could pull the 750 ti out and use a separate power supply for it. I feel like it could work but I wouldn't necessarily trust my judgement on this.