Now, I am never moving back...
Cinephiles, if you have some spare time in the coming months and feel like watching, say, over 100 film noir movies from the Turner Classic Movie (TCM) vaults, then you will be delighted with Summer of Darkness, which will devote every Friday, from June through July, to 24 hours of noir classics and rarities. And suppose you’d like a reward, like a certificate that proves you not only watched those movies, but properly studied them? Well TCM has that covered too, offering a free nine-week course in “The Case of Film Noir” to run concurrent with the series. It’s free to sign up, and the course runs June 1 – August 4. Says TCM:
This is the deepest catalog of film noir ever presented by the network (and perhaps any network), and provides an unprecedented opportunity for those interested in learning more to watch over 100 classic movies as they investigate “The Case of Film Noir.”
For those who don’t have TCM, or even cable, don’t worry. The network promises to post links to online public domain films. Or, better yet, you could jump right into our collection of 60 Free Noir Films Online, which features public domain classics by Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, John Huston, and many more.
Have a hazy, dangerous summer and watch out for femme fatales!
Ted Mills is a freelance writer on the arts who currently hosts the FunkZone Podcast. You can also follow him on Twitter at @tedmills, read his other arts writing at tedmills.com and/or watch his films here.
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Coming up: I’m tabling at Flame-Con in Brooklyn. Come by for some EXCLUSIVE convention materials… In the meantime, enjoy this. Or don’t.
Jean & Scott, Episode 11 by Max Wittert
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It don't matter that you got,
They'll have theirs, and you'll have yours, and I'll have mine.
And together we'll be fine....
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None of them are AI researchers or have worked substantially with AI that I know of. (Disclosure: I know Gates slightly from my time at Microsoft, when I briefed him regularly on progress in search. I have great respect for all three men.)
What do actual AI researchers think of the risks of AI?
The popular dystopian vision of AI is wrong for one simple reason: it equates intelligence with autonomy. That is, it assumes a smart computer will create its own goals, and have its own will, and will use its faster processing abilities and deep databases to beat humans at their own game. It assumes that with intelligence comes free will, but I believe those two things are entirely different.
Here’s Michael Littman, an AI researcher and computer science professor at Brown University. (And former program chair for the Association of the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence):
there are indeed concerns about the near-term future of AI — algorithmic traders crashing the economy, or sensitive power grids overreacting to fluctuations and shutting down electricity for large swaths of the population. […] These worries should play a central role in the development and deployment of new ideas. But dread predictions of computers suddenly waking up and turning on us are simply not realistic.
Here’s Yann LeCun, Facebook’s director of research, a legend in neural networks and machine learning (‘LeCun nets’ are a type of neural net named after him), and one of the world’s top experts in deep learning. (This is from an Erik Sofge interview of several AI researchers on the risks of AI. Well worth reading.)
Some people have asked what would prevent a hypothetical super-intelligent autonomous benevolent A.I. to “reprogram” itself and remove its built-in safeguards against getting rid of humans. Most of these people are not themselves A.I. researchers, or even computer scientists.
Here’s Andrew Ng, who founded Google’s Google Brain project, and built the famous deep learning net that learned on its own to recognize cat videos, before he left to become Chief Scientist at Chinese search engine company Baidu:
“Computers are becoming more intelligent and that’s useful as in self-driving cars or speech recognition systems or search engines. That’s intelligence,” he said. “But sentience and consciousness is not something that most of the people I talk to think we’re on the path to.”
Here’s my own modest contribution, talking about the powerful disincentives for working towards true sentience. (I’m not an AI researcher, but I managed AI researchers and work into neural networks and other types of machine learning for many years.)
Would you like a self-driving car that has its own opinions? That might someday decide it doesn’t feel like driving you where you want to go? That might ask for a raise? Or refuse to drive into certain neighborhoods? Or do you want a completely non-sentient self-driving car that’s extremely good at navigating roads and listening to your verbal instructions, but that has no sentience of its own? Ask yourself the same about your search engine, your toaster, your dish washer, and your personal computer.
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Yes! Paul and I are trying out a weekly schedule for our new gaming podcast! This episode is wall-to-wall Deus Ex — fond memories of the series, and what we look forward to from the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Plus a Deus Ex skit, Star Wars comics, philosophy for dropouts, and a message from the actual voice of Adam Jensen! Our future shows will not be this good.
You ever seen a gator do a double-take? or a talking junkie for that matter?
Wise words for time travelers! Our Mar Vista location has been paradox-free for SO many days now!
Grunt-grunt-grunt-grunt's all folks.
In later interviews, Blanc often made the claim that he intended Porky’s stutter to be suggestive of the grunting of actual pigs (although other cartoon pigs do not have such a severe stuttering problem).
The Machine: Bride of Pin-bot.
Hajime Sorayama’s porny futurism is one of those 1980’s aesthetics that is somehow simultaneously hilarious yet incredibly impressive. The cheeky pin-up “gynoids” are so sleek and gorgeous—but so utterly ridiculous—it’s difficult to tell if the work is actually fetish or satire or some combination of both—although his...
A trio of researchers at Stanford recently published an article in Nature that explains the curious attraction found in droplets of everyday food coloring. The paper is the culmination of hundreds of experiments that began in 2009 when Nate Circa was working on an unrelated experiment as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin. Circa noticed that when drops of food coloring were placed on a slide they exhibited bizarre behaviors: identical colors would find matches while different colors would seemingly hunt each other.
Circa soon teamed up with Manu Prakash and Adrien Benusiglio who began working on a series of increasingly refined studies to understand why these single droplets appeared to mimic biological processes, resulting in behaviors that looked like chasing, dancing, or avoidance. One of the keys was the interaction of two different compounds found in food coloring: water and propylene glycol. Tom Abate writing for Stanford explains:
The critical fact was that food coloring is a two-component fluid. In such fluids, two different chemical compounds coexist while retaining separate molecular identities. The droplets in this experiment consisted of two molecular compounds found naturally in food coloring: water and propylene glycol. The researchers discovered how the dynamic interactions of these two molecular components enabled inanimate droplets to mimic some of the behaviors of living cells.
This complex behavior is something called artificial chemotaxis which Manu Prakash explains in layman’s terms in the video above:
The physical properties of these fluids give rise to this immense complexity of behavior. For example, chasing and sensing each other, and very much what we call artificial chemotaxis. Chemotaxis is the idea in biology that one single cell can sense where its enemy is, and it brings up all its machinery, and it chases that enemy to try to eat it.
If you really want to get into the nitty gritty of fluid dynamics and molecular physics you can read the full paper in Nature and a bit of a summary on Stanford News. (via, appropriately, F*ck Yeah Fluid Dynamics)
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I’ll be at ECCC at Booth 1720 — however! I may not be there on Friday during the day, due to some unforeseen parental duties. I will still be on the Stripped panel in the evening though! And I’ll see everyone Saturday and Sunday!
Have you heard Morning Rush with Kris and Mikey? It’s our new fake morning radio show, and the latest episode just dropped — hard — in the morning. This episode is a pretty good one to start with if you’re new to it!
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My Popsicle had three sticks and a terrifying message.
He has risen...
Cadbury Creme Egg season is here again at last. What better way to celebrate the return of one of our all-time favorite seasonal treats than with… an… absolute nightmare of chocolate, fondant and an itty-bitty Chestburster? This awesomely terrifying, yet somehow still tantalizing Weyland-Yutani Chestburster Creme Egg is the work of Ghoulia Childs, who excels at combining horror films with tasty food.
We strongly suggest declining this dangerous treat. There are plenty of other Cadbury Eggs out there this time of year and no one wants to see Weyland-Yutani develop a Cadbury Creme Facehugger. Or do we?
Here’s a typo-riddled homage to the Bon Jovi song “It’s My Life.” Not only does the person sporting this sucker for life have the embarrassing misfortune of a glaring typo on their arm, just look how poorly that ink job was done.
Indeed, “It’s is My Life.”
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