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The 19 best shows on Amazon Prime streaming free right now

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We've looked through Amazon's catalog for the best shows included with a Prime membership. So whether you're searching for a snappy comedy, a historical adventure, an emotional medical drama, or off-beat muppets, we have got you covered. In no particular order, here are the 19 best shows on Amazon Prime Video that you should be streaming right now. Greg Daniels's other new comedy is getting the good reviews. Upload fast-forwards to the year 2033, when computer programmer Nathan decides to transport to a virtual afterlife.


'Upload' Season 2 review: The *other* afterlife comedy comes into its own

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When the first season of Upload premiered on Amazon Prime in 2020, creator Greg Daniels and some of his cast members told Mashable he had an uncanny gift for accidental prediction. Elements of the show, set in a 2033 where humans' digital selves can be uploaded to a virtual reality afterlife, kept popping up in real life during filming -- like a joke about hospitals having "vape lung" units that was written before the phenomenon made real-life headlines. The idea of being able to whisk ourselves into a digital world where our every whim can be coded or gestured into being, and our vulnerable human bodies left behind in meatspace, has existed since at least the 1930s. Nearly a century later, we're still years off the staggering computing power that would allow fully immersive VR, let alone transferring fully functioning human consciousness into a server. But between the release of the first season of Upload and the second, which arrives on Amazon Prime today, the world's most powerful tech company announced -- to much derision -- a pivot to focus on the future of just such a product.


13 Best shows on Peacock for when you need a break or a binge-watch

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For years, NBC's tagline has been "Comedy starts here." After a deep dive through Peacock's streaming catalog, it's clear that their investment has paid off. We've put together the best TV shows to stream on Peacock, and a large majority of the top options are comedies. NBC has been putting out some of the best comedies of the last 40 years, and they all deserve a shout-out. Here are the best heartfelt dramas, spine-tingling horrors, sprawling science fictions, campy teen soaps, period romances, and of course, top-tier comedies to stream right now on Peacock.


This Fallout TV Show Is a Terrible Idea--Unless It's a Comedy

WIRED

Ever since Cats of Zero Wing delivered the oddly worded threat "all your base are belong to us" some 30 years ago, the writing in video games has been received with varying levels of enthusiasm. Often, it's denounced as stilted, hackneyed, and just plain nonsensical. At the same time, it has become a much loved, instantly recognizable genre unto itself. While the earliest iconically bad dialog mostly derived from poor translations--like Magneto in the 1992 X-Men arcade game introducing himself as "Magneto, master of magnet!" and shouting "Welcome … to die!"--a lot of it has been terrible all on its own: Peter Dinklage, for example, tried to take a subtle approach to the lines he was fed in Destiny and sounded unmistakably like he'd been drugged. Infamously, Hollywood has spent billions of dollars trying to adapt game franchises into movies and TV shows, yet decades since a goggling Dennis Hopper horrified children across the world with his turn as Nintendo's Bowser, it still hasn't succeeded.


12 of the best shows to watch now on Paramount

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Paramount came to the streaming game later than its competitors, but it's quickly become a heavy hitter. With properties like MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, Comedy Central, CBS, and the entire Star Trek franchise, Paramount's library of shows is a bottomless chasm with something for everyone -- exactly what we TV-obsessed couch-freaks have been waiting for. For all those hoping to drown in television, to never have to come up for air in between binges, we've put together a list of the best shows Paramount has to offer, in no particular order. Don't worry, this is only scratching the surface! One of the biggest television tragedies of the last 25 years is the unceremonious canceling of this near-perfect show created by Paul Feig (the head of the Marvel-verse) and executive produced by Judd Apatow.


Artificial Intelligence Can Now Craft Original Jokes--And That's No Laughing Matter

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Don't you hate it," says Jon the Robot, gesturing with tiny articulated arms at an expectant crowd, "when you're trying to solve inverse kinematics equations to pick up a cup and then you get'Error 453, no solution found'?" An experiment billed as a comedy act, Jon is the brainchild of Naomi Fitter, an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. The tiny android performs when a handler (who must also hold the mic) presses a button, then tells the same jokes in the same order, like a grizzled veteran comic at a down-market Vegas casino. But the robot's act is more human than it might first appear. Jon is learning how to respond to its audience--it can now vary the timing of its delivery based on the length of the audience's laughter, and append different responses to jokes based on the level of noise in the room. It can deliver one line if a joke gets a roar of laughter ("Please tell the booking agents how funny that joke was") and another if there are crickets ("Sorry about that.


The best films of 2021

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This year flooded theaters and streaming sites with a wealth of riches. Audiences hungry for escape were rewarded with adventures that boasted evil AI, high fantasy, and sprawling superhero showdowns. Those craving the cerebral were gifted art house films with a perturbed princess, an unnerving nurse, and a serial killer who took her love of muscle cars to a wild extreme. It was a year where musicals sang of the best and worst of New York City, where dramas made infectiously thrilling turns and comedies took culotte-coated leaps that had us in stitches. Here are our picks for the 15 best films of 2021.


14 early 2000s movies you forgot about to watch on HBO Max

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The 2000s yielded some iconic films. Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, and the Ice Age franchise all trace their storied histories to the heady first decade of the new millennium. But you surely haven't forgotten about these movies, nor have you forgotten about My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Training Day, or Miss Congeniality. All are streaming on HBOMax, and none of them belong on this list. This list is about the 2000s movies that, for one reason or another, haven't stayed as fresh in our collective consciousness as, say, I Am Legend. Perhaps they were small budget movies that got overshadowed by the Star Wars prequels.


"Your Whit Is My Command": Read It For The Wit, Not For The Artificial Intelligence

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Another book The MIT Press sent me to review is "Your Wit Is My Command: Building AIs with a Sense of Humor" by Tony Veale. It is a fun book to read in order to understand how technical people are trying to understand humor, but there's almost nothing about anything artificial intelligence (AI) is doing with the subject. It's not a book I can recommend for AI, though it's an enjoyable read. The first few chapters discuss humor, but in a very superficial manner. It's clear, from the start and throughout, that the author has a strong enjoyment for movies and some books, and does enjoy humor; but he's not really focused well on it.


The Uncanny Valley of "I'm Your Man"

The New Yorker

Maria Schrader’s film, starring Dan Stevens as a robot designed to be the perfect man, confirms comedy as the playground of philosophy: nothing is funnier or more stirring than the sight of somebody learning how to be.