The motorized exoskeleton that Claire Lomas wore during her historic marathon walk may soon be available for purchase in the United States. As of yesterday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the ReWalk system for marketing.
[f] Que país é esse, minha gente?
[f] Fiquei emocionado... no entanto assisti com velocidade duplicada.
Before Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces in 2011, his lingering influence in Afghanistan and Pakistan remained a pressing concern for the CIA. So in 2005, the agency seriously considered a plan that would demonize al Qaeda's leader in the eyes of children everywhere. The plan was to fight bin Laden and his evil ideology with toys.
Specifically, the CIA called upon famed toymaker Donald Levine — the father of G.I. Joe — to produce a terrifying action figure of bin Laden. A special heat-dissolving material was used so that bin Laden's "skin" would peel off and reveal a satanic devil hiding underneath, complete with evil, reptilian green eyes. It's Darth Maul dressed in thwab. The project had a fitting codename: Demon Eyes.
[f] Me fode a cabeça quando leio um texto em inglês que manda esse tal de San Paolo.
[f] É o que eu venho dizendo a anos.
[f] A polícia invade sua casa e leva até seu rádio-relógio.
[f] E tudo terminou bem.
Melhores opções até agora.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange has become one of those projects that seems to inspire a new casting rumor every other day. Earlier this week, Jared Leto was said to be one of Marvel’s picks, and today we have word that Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy are also being considered. Hit the jump for more details.
Deadline reports that Marvel is currently putting together a wish list for the lead role, and that Cumberbatch and Hardy are among the names on it. The news comes just days after Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) confirmed via Twitter that he was on board to direct.
Interestingly, the trade notes he’ll be working off of a script by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Earlier stories indicated that Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger were in talks for rewrites, so it’s unclear what came of that plan.
As for the casting, just because Marvel wants Cumberbatch or Hardy doesn’t mean it’ll wind up casting either of them. Let’s not forget that the studio cycled through half the young men in Hollywood before landing on Chris Pratt for Guardians of the Galaxy. But the names do offer some insight as to the kind of actor they might be looking for.
Like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Johnny Depp, both of whom have also been rumored for the part in the past, both Cumberbatch and Hardy are critically acclaimed actors who move easily between massive studio productions and small-scale indies.
Hardy is coming off of the indie drama Locke, and has several projects coming up in the near future including Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant, the Elton John biopic Rocketman, and the video game adaptation Splinter Cell. And that’s not counting films he’s already wrapped, like The Drop, Child 44, Mad Max: Fury Road.
Cumberbatch, meanwhile, was last seen in August: Osage County and 12 Years a Slave. His next release is the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. He is currently shooting the Whitey Bulger pic Black Mass, and will soon star in Gary Oldman’s Flying Horse.
Both are busy enough as it is without a multi-year comic book franchise contract, but on the other hand each actor has shown a willingness to do that kind of work in the past. Hardy played the villain in WB/DC’s The Dark Knight Rises, and may be leading the Mad Max franchise if Fury Road does well. Cumberbatch has done bad guy turns in Star Trek Into Darkness and Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies.
Do you think either of these men are the right fit for Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme?
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Pra não chorar.
In this short documentary for The Atlantic, longtime laughter researcher Robert Provine tells filmmaker Sam-Price Waldman about some of his most notable observations and conclusions.
The three-finger salute which Katniss Everdeen does in The Hunger Games has become a real-life symbol of resistance to the military coup in Thailand. To the point where the ruling junta has said it may arrest people for doing it, if they're in a large group and refuse to lower their arms.
[f] Tenho ambos em papel, mas sugiro a qualquer um aproveitar essa.
The Humble eBook Bundle deal -- in which you can pay what you want and download a bundle of great digital books -- just got even sweeter.
As of today, the bundle has swelled to thirteen titles, including the acclaimed The From Hell Companion by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell (called "A man-behind-the-curtain look at a seminal graphic novel... an indispensable reference") and Alex Robinson's Too Cool to Be Forgotten (winner of the Harvey Award for best graphic novel!) as well as an audiobook by Cory Doctorow, and James K. Morrow's award-winning Shambling Towards Hiroshima.
[f] É uma pena. A boa notícia é que dá pra importar da China um bem parecido e bem mais barato.
The Chromecast has made its way to Brazil, bringing with it the ability to stream YouTube, Netflix, Play Movies, Rdio, and others. Sure, not all of the Chromecast compatible apps are able to make the leap - there's no Hulu, Pandora, or HBO Go - but that's to be expected. This is still the same device we've been following for nearly a year now, and it's gaining support from new apps by the day.
Chromecast Launches In Brazil - But At R$199, It's Going To Cost You was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
[f] Você tá zoando com a minha cara.
While we’re still a long way off from the Star Wars telepresence holographic displays, this build over on the Projects site is the closest we’ve seen yet. Even better, it can be built in a garage for not much money.
Inside the Hoverlay are a few fans and a pair of ultrasonic atomizers that turn water into an extremely fine mist. The fans pull this vapor up through the base of the display and through simple drinking straws to create a laminar sheet of water vapor. Put a projector behind this thin sheet of vapor, and you have a display, seemingly floating in mid-air.
The base of the display can be scaled up, simply by putting several units together in a line. It’s still just a prototype – future versions will improve the stability and reduce the thickness of the fog layer – but it’s still a very cool build for a custom holographic display.
BTW, yes, we know this isn’t a hologram. You’re still welcome to point out the fact that language changes in the comments.
[f] Já que foi citado na matéria, sugiro que culpem o Minecraft.
Slenderman is perhaps the best-known meme to come out of "creepypasta," the short horror stories that spread anonymously across the web. Originally appearing on Something Awful in 2009, the mysterious and faceless creature has since inspired a large and loosely defined mythos, endless new images and tales, and even a Minecraft monster. But his most recent appearance is much darker: according to news reports, a pair of 12-year-old girls have claimed that they stabbed a classmate 19 times in order to prove themselves worthy of visiting his "mansion" in a Wisconsin forest. One apparently claimed that Slenderman could read her thoughts.
The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel and various other sites quote a police report in which the girls...
[f] Infelizmente é só CG, mas é do caralho.
The tenth Mortal Kombat game is coming next year. Developer Netherrealm Studios has just announced Mortal Kombat X, the first entry in the series since 2011's reboot Mortal Kombat. The new game is slated to launch sometime in 2015, but aside from that we don't have much in the way of details — the announce trailer appears to be a CG render, not actual gameplay, though it does suggest that the game will maintain the series' 2D battlefield. It's also as gory as you'd expect, with X-ray closeups of cracked bones and squished organs. The game will be coming to the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC when it debuts next year. In the meantime, you check out Sub-Zero and Scorpion pummeling each other in the debut teaser.
[f] O Renato Aragão do Reino Unido.
[f] Que se dane o futuro. A tecnologia de hoje já é incrível.
[f] Ele demorou pra matar o vilão porque não tunaram a JVM.
In RoboCop (2014), we can see that the main character is not only running Java in his brain but suddenly before aiming at the villain in the final scene, the source code [link] of a library management system comes up.
You know in case you need books you can always count on this guy!
Viram o video que o cara fez antes da matança? Cara... Isso é muito perturbador: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQUW3Km01BM&bpctr=1401054926
[f] Quem quer dinheiro?
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Gente fresca. Não tem nada de errado com o mascote.
McDonald's says its newest mascot is intended to inspire good eating habits in children — but its launch today on Facebook and Twitter seemed primarily to inspire dread in the restaurant chain's customers. Happy, an anthropomorphic Happy Meal with an improbably large mouth and the Golden Arches implanted into his brain, debuted on social media today to a chorus of screams. In an age where memes are born and spread with astonishing speed, Happy appears to have been built to take over the web.
Happy, whose official title is "Happy Meal brand ambassador," has arrived in America to promote the fact that children can now get a 50-calorie side of yogurt to go with their meal. He debuted in 2009 in France, where he was apparently well...
Yann LeCun, the deep learning expert and recently appointed director of artificial intelligence research at Facebook, held an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit last week. He went deep into the methodologies of AI and deep learning, the best academic training for excelling in the field and even touched on how to deal with the ethical issues that will arise from the advent of advanced AI. The most interesting exchange, however, might have been about the role of emotions in AI systems.
Essentially, LeCun argued that a system like the one popularized in the recent film Her is nowhere near the realm of possibility right now because of its deep understanding of human emotions, but that understanding of emotions is critical to truly useful systems. “Science fiction often depicts AI systems as devoid of emotions,” he wrote, “but I don’t think real AI is possible without emotions.“
“Emotions are often the result of predicting a likely outcome. For example, fear comes when we are predicting that something bad (or unknown) is going to happen to us. Love is an emotion that evolution built into us because we are social animals and we need to reproduce and take care of each other. Future AI systems that interact with humans will have to have these emotions too.”
Later on, in response to a follow-up question on this topic, LeCun elaborated:
“If emotions are anticipations of outcome (like fear is the anticipation of impending disasters or elation is the anticipation of pleasure), or if emotions are drives to satisfy basic ground rules for survival (like hunger, desire to reproduce….), then intelligent agent will have to have emotions.
“If we want AI to be “social” with us, they will need to have a basic desire to like us, to interact with us, and to keep us happy. We won’t want to interact with sociopathic robots (they might be dangerous too).”
Ultimately, he concluded with a reference to Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot, suggesting that if we’re looking to avoid machines that will make irrational decisions, those capable of higher-level reasoning might be better than those operating based on hard-wired rules and behaviors:
“When your emotions conflict with your conscious mind and drive your decisions, you deem the decisions “irrational”.
“Similarly, when the “human values” encoded into our robots and AI agents will conflict with their reasoning, they may interpret their decision as irrational. But this apparently irrational decision would be the consequence of hard-wired behavior taking over high-level reasoning.”
The whole AMA session is good reading for anyone interested in artificial intelligence technically, ethically or just for the sheer sci-fi goodness of it.
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Even dogs are going mainstream
[f] Não vou ler a matéria e ficar feliz só pelo que o título dá a entender.
[f] O mais bacana é que entre a lista de benefícios do aparelhos está: ~magnets~
Google’s wildly ambitious modular phone, Project Ara, has a lot going for it: Serious engineering accomplishments. Magnets. The power of an idea that went viral before anyone considered it possible. But its best path to mainstream adoption could be the most prosaic of all. While Project Ara will come in multiple sizes, it will include a small version, one that fits well in human hands.
When Project Ara launches in early 2015, it will eventually come in three separate base “endo” sizes, which are barebones handsets that add-on modules plug into. One module could be a wireless module, allowing the device to connect to international cellular providers. Another module could be an extra battery, or a graphics processor — basically, the system wants users to build the device to their own taste through modules built to standardized specifications. Eventually, Google wants a thriving marketplace of hardware makers and tinkerers making modules.
Recently I spoke to Gadi Amit, the founder and principal designer at New Deal Design, which designed the Fitbit and Whistle and, most recently, did the industrial design for Project Ara. He noted that, of the three different endos, the one that’s getting a lot of attention is the mini size.
“Every time we showed the mini Endo, everyone gravitated toward it,” Amit said. “Obviously what I am saying is not scientific, but among the dozens and now hundreds of people who experienced it firsthand the smaller size looks very interesting.”
Three planned Endo sizes. A rough estimate of the smallest would put it at about 118mm tall and 45mm wide.
Even as Android handset sizes creep past 5 inches and beyond, and it seems increasingly likely Apple will release a bigger iPhone this year, there’s still a vocal contingent of users who want a smaller device, whether it’s for one-handed usage, better pocketability, or simply aesthetic and ergonomic taste.
“It’s an interesting observation of where the industry is going physically — the phones growing all the time, 3.5 to 4 to 5 inches,” Amit said. “But people feel quite fine with higher-res small screens.”
There’s a reason phones have been getting bigger: they’re replacing the desktop and competing with tablets. Bigger screens are better for video, and mobile users around the world love watching TV and movies on their phones. More sophisticated components are being packed into thinner casings and the operating systems and software can do more. This is enormously beneficial for the billions worldwide for whom a smartphone will likely be their first and only computer — a market Project Ara means to address — but raises potential problems for customers in the developed world, who may already own powerful desktop computers and tablets in addition to smartphones, and who might love to trade power for portability.
Despite the massive market for first-time smartphone customers, in order for Project Ara to cultivate a thriving ecosystem of module makers, there will need to be an opportunity for high-margin products. And first-time buyers in, say, Southeast Asia aren’t likely to pay the same prices as gadget-crazy early adopters in the United States or Europe.
That’s part of the beauty to the modular approach — the same devices can mean different things to different consumers. A early adopter could purchase a Project Ara Endo because he wants a smaller phone, whereas a developing market customer would adopt it because it’s inexpensive. The first planned phone is called a “grey phone” and will reportedly have a bill of materials cost around $50. Without a separate module, it will only have Wi-Fi connectivity, which could be just fine for people weaned on apps like WhatsApp and Skype.
However, it’s hard to imagine consumers used to fully featured premium handsets adopting a limited phone simply because it is cheaper. Most smartphone users are accustomed to certain features — wireless connectivity, a camera, a speedy processor — and might not feel like popping modules in or out just to get the same level of functionality of an iPhone. The biggest opportunity for wide Project Ara adoption might not be a new kind of phone, but rather the ability to build a better phone, and for many consumers, that starts with physical size.
Here’s what Amit wants from his Project Ara phone when it’s released:
“For me, the pocketability and the ability to carry the phone in a variety of environments is very important to me. The second thing I’ll probably have is a relatively large battery. I probably will have two batteries. I’m not big on photography so I’ll probably have the relatively simple camera, but I am quite demanding in terms of connectivity so if there’s gonna be a special antenna module, that creates a better or more reliable connection I’ll probably take it. And also if there is a multi-SIM card module that will allow me to go around the world without paying roaming fees, that’s something I’ll take into account. I actually want a phone with a smaller screen. So you know the 3 types of Endo, I’ll probably pick the smaller one.”
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[f] Impressionante mesmo é saber que as pessoas mais ricas da indústria do video-game são os caras que criaram o Candy Crush.
The cofounders of Grand Theft Auto maker Rockstar Games have joined the list of the 1,000 wealthiest Britons, as compiled by The Sunday Times.
Brothers Dan and Sam Houser peek in at No. 947 overall with a combined fortune estimated at £90 million ($151 million US). It's well below the wealthiest video game entrepeneur to make the roundup, Mel Morris of King, the maker of Candy Crush Saga. Morris is worth £407 million ($684 million), good for No. 238 on the list.
Rockstar's powerhouse franchise grossed more than $800 million on the first day Grand Theft Auto V was for sale back in September, then surpassed $1 billion in just three days on shelves. The figures come from internal estimates by Take-Two Interactive, which owns Rockstar.
[f] Não é o herói que essa cidade precisa, mas o herói que essa cidade merece... Ou vice versa, nem sei mais.
After a brutally hard day of brutally dictating, how should a brutal dictator relax? With his own video game, apparently.
Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, stars in the sidescrolling shooter Glorious Leader, due for release soon on PC, and later on mobile devices.
It's not expected to be available in Pyongyang.
Glorious Leader also stars Kim's pal Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star and iconoclast invited to North Korea by Kim, said to be a fan of the Chicago Bulls, with whom Rodman won three NBA championships. Rodman's "basketball diplomacy" visits have resulted in a number of embarrassing statements and the general impression he's shilling for a ruler whose purges include killing family members, to say nothing of...