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Is Becky Chambers the Ultimate Hope for Science Fiction?

WIRED

If you have problems, ask yourself one question: Do I drink enough tea? In the history of human civilization, boiling plants in water has probably helped more people get through their days than just about any other ritual or nontoxic consumable. Tea is a social salve, a private therapy, and the drink of choice for the clearest-headed among us, from mothers to mountain monks. For reasons less scientific than simply understood by all, tea slows existence--calms it--considerably down. Becky Chambers is a lifelong lover of tea.


How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Cybersecurity

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When it comes to technology, artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic. As more designers and programmers integrate AI into their online platforms, it's clear that AIs are more than just science fiction. In fact, using artificial intelligence is well on its way to becoming a standard practice. One of the many industries interested in advancing AI to enhance its tech is cybersecurity. For some, AI programs offer exciting capabilities that reinvent what users expect from security services.


Disney is remaking the classic sci-fi movie 'Flight of the Navigator'

Engadget

Disney is about to lean more on sci-fi nostalgia to reel in viewers. Deadline reports Disney is remaking its 1986 classic Flight of the Navigator for the streaming service. Details of the reboot are scarce, but it would feature a female lead and see Bryce Dallas Howard (who directed two The Mandalorian episodes) both direct and produce the title. It's safe to say the basic premise, of a child who bonds with an alien spaceship, won't change much for this adaptation. The project is a shrewd move for Disney.


A Simple Approach to Define Human and Artificial Intelligence

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I recently started to follow an exciting and mind-bending philosophy online course at MIT called Minds and Machines. The course is a thorough, rigorous 12 Weeks Learning Path introduction to contemporary philosophy of mind, exploring consciousness, reality, artificial intelligence (AI), and more. It is definitively one of the most in-depth philosophy courses available online that I ever frequented. The first effect of starting study philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology is that I'm asking more challenging questions… the second effect is that I'm writing more about those questions. I'm in this moment, exploring the relationship between the mind and the body, the capacity of computers to think, the way we perceive reality, and the perspective of the existence of a science of consciousness. As a first result, I've started to pay particular attention to one specific question that definitively has a lot to relate to my daily work as an AI expert: what is intelligence?


Future Tense Newsletter: We Need a Muppet Version of em Frankenstein /em

Slate

Sign up to receive the Future Tense newsletter every other Saturday. On Aug. 30, my heart broke a tiny bit. That day, the Guardian published a remarkable interview with Frank Oz, Jim Henson's longtime collaborator and the puppeteer behind Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, and other classic Muppets. Oz hasn't been involved with the Muppets since 2007, three years after Disney purchased the franchise. He tells the Guardian: "I'd love to do the Muppets again but Disney doesn't want me, and Sesame Street hasn't asked me for 10 years. They don't want me because I won't follow orders and I won't do the kind of Muppets they believe in. He added of the post-Disney Muppet movies and TV shows: "The soul's not there.


To present AI as optimistic or dystopian? "That was the biggest argument"

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AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future is an unusual book. Each chapter consists of a short story, penned by science fiction writer Chen Qiufan, and a related analysis piece from Kai-Fu Lee, CEO of Sinovation Ventures and author of the nonfiction bestseller AI Superpowers. Chen, who also is founder of Thema Mundi, a content development studio, spoke with Fast Company on the eve of the release of AI 2041 about his collaboration with Lee, his own experiences with artificial intelligence, and what machine learning will mean for artists and writers. This interview was edited for length and clarity. Fast Company: How did this project come about?


Why Blockchain Needs Sci-Fi Right Now

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"I want to write about people I love, and put them into a fictional world spun out of my own mind, not the world we actually have, because the world we actually have does not meet my standards." What do we talk about when we talk about science fiction? Science challenges us to imagine the world differently. Fiction invites us to imagine other selves in other lives -- and, like science, challenges us to imagine the world differently, or other worlds entirely. Technology is in some sense a blend of the two, turning scientific concepts and innovations into tools that improve or enhance human lives.


'Final Girls' Make the Best Horror Movie Heroes

WIRED

Horror movies frequently feature a "final girl," a female character who survives to the end of the movie when most--or all--of the other characters do not. Stephen Graham Jones, author of My Heart Is a Chainsaw, is a big fan of the final girl trope. "The final girl is to the slasher as the silver bullet is to the werewolf, as daylight is to the vampire, as a headshot is to the zombie," Jones says in Episode 482 of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley says that final girls tap into our natural tendency to root for the underdog. "It's more of an accomplishment for a young woman to defeat the bad guy than if it's some experienced, buff soldier," he says.


Yanis Varoufakis: A Former Leftist Icon Turns to Science Fiction

Der Spiegel International

In fact, though, the world that Varoufakis has created feels strangely foreign, partly as a result of the rather essayistic writing style. There are constant references to somebody or something: Plato, Odysseus, futurists or even just the Eurovision Song Contest. It's not always clear what the references are meant to convey. When told that it wasn't particularly easy to read, he says: "My wife also tells me that it was hard to read. She said she loves it, but needed to read it again."


The 10 best action movies on HBO Max for a little adrenaline bump

Mashable

Want to shake off the doldrums of a long day with something bone-rattlingly exciting? You need an action movie stuffed with fantastic fights, stupendous stunts, calamitous chases, and climactic spectacle so bonkers it'll blow your mind. Whether your interests lean to science-fiction, fantasy, cop-drama, disaster flicks, superheroes, heist thrillers, mythic monsters, family-friendly adventure, or R-rated violence, we've got you covered with a top-notch collection of awesome movies. Here are the 10 best action movies on HBO Max. J.R.R. Tolkien's high-fantasy novel is brought to vivid life by Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy, which began in 2001 with this widely acclaimed first chapter.