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02 Jul 21:18

WTF Happened in the Westworld Finale?

by Laura Prudom

This review contains spoilers for the Westworld Season 2 finale, "The Passenger." Check out the video above as we try (perhaps unsuccessfully) to explain the ending.

However you felt about Westworld's Season 1 finale and how predictable it may or may not have been (depending on how far down the Reddit rabbit hole you fell over the course of last season), it was clear that showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy had carefully laid out the breadcrumbs to explain every reveal, making sure that the show always adhered to its own internal logic.

I have no doubt that Season 2 was just as meticulously plotted, but this season's insistence on maintaining a nonlinear narrative - plus several more dueling timelines - resulted in a story that seemed unnecessarily complicated, if not purposefully incomprehensible, in places - and that was especially true of "The Passenger."

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02 Jul 21:18

What Was Really Happening in Westworld's Post-Credits Scene?

by Laura Prudom

This story contains spoilers for the Westworld Season 2 finale, titled "The Passenger."

The Westworld Season 2 finale featured plenty of twists, but the Marvel-esque post-credits scene left fans with a purposefully confusing ending, seeming to confirm the fan theory that William (aka the Man in Black) is a host.

And maybe he is, but not necessarily right now.

Co-showrunner Lisa Joy clarified the events of the finale's post-credits scene in a number of interviews - reiterating that the real William did indeed kill his real daughter, and then, unable to reckon with what he'd done, began digging in his arm to try and find a port as a way to excuse his heinous actions. "He’s digging into his own skin for answers and doesn’t find any wires by the time Dolores arrives," she told Deadline. "By the end of this timeline, he’s being shipped out into the real world. He did kill his own daughter, he’s in the prison of his own skin, locked in his own confusion and guilt."

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02 Jul 14:56

For victims of smart home abuse, there's no easy out

by Nicole Lee
The New York Times recently published a report that revealed a disturbing trend of harassment and domestic abuse via internet-connected devices. In addition to using them to stalk and monitor their victims, abusers are also doing things like changing...
28 Jun 12:58

Jessica Jones: Krysten Ritter to Make Directorial Debut on Season 3

by Colin Stevens

Krysten Ritter, who plays the titular role in Marvel's Jessica Jones, is set to make her directorial debut in the show's third season.

As reported by Deadline, Ritter will direct a single episode of the season, and while Season 3's episode count has not been officially released, both the first and second seasons of the show contained 13 episodes. Ritter's role as director will continue the second season's trend of having separate female directors helm each episode.

“I am beyond thrilled to make my directorial debut on Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” said Ritter. The entire crew and cast has become family to me, and I’m so appreciative of the opportunity to work with our incredible team in this new way.”

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26 Jun 16:26

Marvel's The Eternals Explained

Marvel's The Eternals are rumored to be the next big MCU movie franchise. But who exactly are these strange characters, and what is their history? We explain!
26 Jun 16:22

Game Developer Chloe Sagal Takes Her Own Life

by Kevin Tucker

Chloe Sagal, the developer behind adventure/horror game Homesick, died earlier this week following an act of immolation in a Portland public park.

A report from Oregon Live states that Sagal, 31, walked into the park on crutches before setting herself on fire. Nearby witnesses were able to put out the fire, but Sagal was transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital and later died of her injuries.

Sagal had previously been targeted by cyberbullying group Kiwi Farms following reports indicating that she was transgendered. Reports from friends indicate that Sagal had been suffering from mental illness, often speaking openly about suicide, and had made several posts to Facebook mentioning the subject. Those posts were quickly removed from the service.

Chloe Sagal. Image posted 2018, credit via GoFundMe

Friends of Sagal stated that she was autistic and suffered from several "physical difficulties." She allegedly also had difficulties finding a place to stay, and may have been homeless at the time of her death.

Sagal made news when it was revealed that her 2013 Indiegogo campaign, which was allegedly meant to help pay for surgery needed to remove shrapnel from a car accident, was actually an attempt to raise funds for gender alteration surgery, according to a report from Eurogamer.

Sagal is credited with the creation of Homesick, a video game that follows the story of a woman searching for her friends in a house where her family was murdered, which released in 2013. 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The service can be reached toll-free at 1-800-273-8255.

25 Jun 13:45

DNA synthesis breakthrough could lead to faster medical discoveries

by Jon Fingas
For all of the advancements in genetic research, DNA synthesis hasn't changed much in over four decades. That could make it a serious obstacle to scientists who are otherwise racing to develop a new drug or understand the human body. It might finally...
23 Jun 07:52

The citizen scientist who finds killers from her couch

How CeCe Moore is using her genetic knowledge to expose murderers.
22 Jun 20:21

Sophie Turner explains her Game of Thrones ‘spoiler’ tattoo

by James Hibberd

Sophie Turner is breaking her silence on that tattoo that had Game of Thrones fans buzzing.

The actress got a tattoo that went viral that included a House Stark direwolf sigil and the legend: “The Pack Survives.” That caused GoT fans to speculate that the remaining Starks — Jon (sort of), Sansa, Arya, Bran — would survive the upcoming final season. But hold up, Turner said on The Late Late Show on Friday that fans are reading way too much into it.

“It’s just a quote from last season,” Turner says. “Everyone figures that the pack really does survive, but it’s just a moral that I like to live by.”  

Just tell us how the final season ends, host James Corden urged. “I’ll just get it tattooed on my forehead next time,” she says.

She added that some had advised against her getting the tattoo just in case fans had exactly the reaction they ended up having but she didn’t listen — and, sure enough…

So the fates of the Stark clan are still under wraps. While the final GoT season has been awash with online rumors, true spoilers have been hard to come by this year — unlike in rather leaky past seasons — as HBO and the show’s producers have clamped down on leaks with heightened security protocols.

Game of Thrones returns for its final six episodes in 2019.

21 Jun 21:14

Mom Brings Coughing 10-Month-Old to the Hospital. Days Later, Cops Take the Baby.

by Lenore Skenazy

BabyOutraged by cases of child protective services taking children from their competent, loving parents on flimsy medical grounds, a group in Minnesota has filed a motion in federal court to do what their organization's name suggests: "Stop child protective services from legally kidnapping children."

Fox 9 reports that Dwight Mitchell, the founder, had his child taken away from him "unfairly" for 22 months. His group now has over 1,000 members. One of them is Amanda Weber, whose son was taken from her for a week after she brought him to the hospital to be examined for a cough:

The doctor deemed him stable and notes show the diagnosis was, in fact, a cough. However, the recommendation was that the patient should have stayed. Weber took him home.

"After waiting, I had asked to leave because I wanted to put my kids to bed and I had my three-year-old with me and I asked if there was anything else that had to be done," said Weber. "They said 'No, there was no other testing or anything that needed to be done.'"

In a couple of days, police were at her door and took Zayvion to the doctor.

"She checked him out, all his vitals were stable," she said. "They already had a foster parent in the room, in the room to remove my son before they ever proved … before they ever proved there was an emergency situation."

This practice—overly suspicious government officials seizing children from their parents—isn't confined to Minnesota. In Chicago, a mom named Stephanie took her toddler, "A," to the doctor because the girl's arm seemed tender. The doctor said it was probably just a case of "nursemaid's elbow," but suggested mom follow up at the hospital, where it was discovered that the girl had a fracture. Emergency room doctors assured Stephanie that fractures were very common in toddlers learning to walk. However, the one doctor on staff who specialized in "child abuse pediatrics," thought otherwise.

The Family Defense Center in Chicago took the case. In its newsletter, the group writes that the Department of Child and Family Services allowed the child to go home:

….but only on the condition that Stephanie move out of her own home and have supervised contact with A. Because Stephanie has no relatives in Chicago, her parents flew to Chicago each week from the San Francisco Bay Area to care for A. This exhausting ordeal continued for nearly four months.

During the investigation, DCFS blatantly ignored the opinions of the leading orthopedists and relied exclusively on the child abuse doctor's opinion. In March, the State's Attorney's office filed a petition to take custody of A., initiating a court proceeding that lasted for two and a half months.

Finally, in mid-May, the State's Attorney's office concluded that it did not have enough evidence to proceed further, and it asked the juvenile court judge to dismiss the petition. Eventually, the "child abuse" doctor rescinded his conclusion that abuse had caused the fracture.

While the Minnesota group would like CPS to shut down immediately on the grounds that its practices are unconstitutional, there are, of course, horrific tales of children truly abused by their caregivers. In those cases, CPS can save lives.

Emily Piper, commissioner of Minnesota's Human Services, released a statement saying:

Every day, trained professionals in counties across Minnesota go to work to protect our children and families. To call their work 'kidnapping' is an affront to the extraordinary service they perform for all of us, particularly the most vulnerable children in our community. Our highest priority is keeping children safe and Minnesota's child protection system is an integral part of that work.

Mitchell, the Minnesota dad who started the anti-CPS group, thinks financial concerns improperly influence the agency's practices. He told Fox 9, "[CPS] can't even start collecting the money until the child is taken out of the home, put into foster care, then they can start billing a minimum of one social worker a month and one supervisor a month per child."

Diane Redleaf, legal director of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare and author of the forthcoming book, They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Welfare System Puts Families At Risk, summed up the problem in an email to me:

Far too many children in far too many states are being taken from parents for reasons that defy logic and common sense, magnified by racial and class biases. Instead of supporting reasonable parent decisions, child protective services has become an integral part of the surveillance society. This has become especially insidious where health care providers work hand in hand with police and caseworkers when children show up for routine or not-so-routine care.

We need to get back to a system in which only cases in which there is clear and convincing evidence of serious imminent harm to the child at the hands of the parent [warrant intervention]. The Minnesota parents are simply demanding a child welfare system that protects children and families—something that is everyone's right.

The answer is to stop incentivizing both worst-first thinking and the seizure of kids whose loving parents are just trying to do their best.

20 Jun 21:21

Supergirl's Jeremy Jordan addresses his reduced role in season 4

by Chancellor Agard

This isn’t the last we’ve seen of Winn Schott Jr. on Supergirl. 

Even though Jeremy Jordan is no longer a series regular on Supergirl, he promised fans in a statement he released on Tuesday that he will be back for the show’s fourth season in some capacity. “This is not goodbye,” he wrote. “Although you may not see him puttering around the DEO every week, I love everyone in National City too much to stay away forever. Winn WILL return in season 4.”

Last week, news broke that Jordan, who has been a series regular on the Greg Berlanti superhero drama show since it premiered on CBS in 2015, was dropping down to recurring capacity in season 4. Supergirl‘s season 3 finale, which aired Monday night, explained Winn’s absence by sending him on a time traveling trip to save the future, which would take him away from Supergirl and the rest of his friends at the DEO. Jordan used his Instagram note as an opportunity to explain his decision to take a step back from the CW series.

“Lately, my gut has been telling me that I’m once again ready to begin a new chapter in my life…and if I’ve learned anything, it’s that you gotta listen to your gut,” he wrote. “So I want to thank everyone behind the scenes at Supergirl for understanding it was time to return home… to spend time with my wife and friends, and focus on crafting the next stage of my career.”

He concluded, “I also want to thank all of the incredible fans of the show for your kindness, humor, patience, and most of all, your support. Finally, a special thanks to my Supergirl family. More than anything, I’m going to miss spending every day with you amazing, beautiful dorks. However, as I have said, this is not goodbye. Your favorite little cardigan wearing hobbit has plenty of stories left to tell. See you in the future.”

Read his entire statement below:

Jordan’s reduced role isn’t the only change to Supergirl‘s cast. Chris Wood, who joined the series in season 2, isn’t returning as a series regular either; however, Jesse Rath, who made his debut as Brainiac 5 this past season, was promoted to series regular for the upcoming season. So, at least the DEO won’t be without a tech guy to help combat next season’s extra-terrestrial threats.

This fall, Supergirl moving to Sundays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

20 Jun 21:18

A Supergirl Actor Won't Be Returning and What's Next for Season 4

by Jessie Wade

Note that spoilers are ahead for those who have not watched the Season 3 finale of Supergirl!

As the Season 3 finale wrapped up for Supergirl, fans were left with lingering questions – but one of those has been definitively answered by Executive Producer, Robert Rovner: Chris Wood will not be returning for Season 4.

Rovner told TVLine that was always the plan for Wood's character, Mon-El. “The plan for Chris was always to have him on the show for two years," Rovner explained. "We’ve loved telling Mon El's story, as well as the story we’ve told for him and Kara. We hope the fans felt that it was a satisfying conclusion."

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20 Jun 13:02

Check Out a New Poster for Netflix's Sci-Fi Thriller Tau

by Terri Schwartz

Along with a new trailer for Netflix's upcoming sci-fi thriller Tau, IGN can exclusively debut the new poster for the upcoming movie.

First, be sure to watch the full trailer, starring Maika Monroe:

Set in a futuristic smart house run by an AI program, Tau follows a woman, played by Monroe, who seeks to escape by befriending the program that controls the house. Judging by the trailer, Tau isn't quite as friendly as your normal Alexa.

The tagline for the poster reads: "No bars. No guards. No escape." Check it out below:


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20 Jun 13:00

The doctor on your wrist: How smartwatches are saving lives

by Tom's Guide
By Caitlin McGarry James T. Green thought he was having a panic attack. He took a break from work to walk around the block during a stressful day, and noticed he felt out of breath strolling up a slight incline. This isn't normal, Green thought. He...
19 Jun 12:24

Fox turns ad breaks into dramas in bid to fight ad skipping

by Jon Fingas
There's little doubt that TV's commercial breaks are on the decline. How do you get people to watch ads in an era of ad-skipping DVRs and commercial-free streaming services like Netflix or Hulu? Fox Networks has an idea: turn ad time into mini dram...
19 Jun 12:13

Audi CEO arrested over alleged role in Dieselgate scandal

by Mallory Locklear
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested today, a week after his home was raided by German prosecutors. He has reportedly been detained for his alleged role in Dieselgate, a scandal unearthed in 2015 that revealed Volkswagen, Audi's parent company, had i...
16 Jun 11:47

LUCIFER Picked Up to Netflix

by Clarissa
A lot of shows got cancelled in May 2018, but there was a little bit of hope for TV fans. Originally BROOKLYN NINE-NINE was cancelled by Fox and got picked up by NBC and now Netflix has offically picked up LUCIFER, another Fox casualty. The Warner Bros.-produced LUCIFER averaged a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 […]
15 Jun 06:14

'Ghost of Tsushima' sent its developers to Japanese History 101

by Andrew Tarantola
It's not often that classic Japanese cinema and modern console gaming intersect, but in Sucker Punch's upcoming samurai adventure, Ghost of Tsushima, the two meld seamlessly. The studio has taken great effort to reproduce the game's setting in...
13 Jun 06:03

AI detects movement through walls using wireless signals

by Jon Fingas
You don't need exotic radar, infrared or elaborate mesh networks to spot people through walls -- all you need are some easily detectable wireless signals and a dash of AI. Researchers at MIT CSAIL have developed a system (RF-Pose) that uses a neural...
11 Jun 20:31

The Good Fight showrunner says season 3 will be 'very meta'

by Samantha Highfill

At this point, The Good Fight is known for tackling current issues, and most notably, its head-on handling of the Trump administration. But that wasn’t always the plan.

During a panel at the ATX Television Festival, showrunners Robert and Michelle King revealed that, going into season 2, the plan was to tackle tort reform. “We were going to make the most suspenseful tort reform show on TV,” Robert joked. But it was evident early on that that wasn’t the way to go. Quickly, one of the writers made the suggestion that “If this were Grey’s Anatomy, we’d have a killer loose killing doctors.” And suddenly, the season changed.

From there, the changes kept coming. Robert King admitted that they weren’t originally planning on talking about Trump in season 2. But when the current administration started to be the constant topic of conversation in the writers’ room, they realized they couldn’t get away from it. The question then became how they were going to handle it. “They’re responding to what they see in the administration,” Michelle said of the characters on the show. Robert added, “At a certain point, do you take on the characteristics of the enemies you’re fighting?”

When asked if they plan to continue tackling the Trump administration, Michelle said, “Unlike most shows, we’re not only present day, we’re present day where the present administration is actually in charge. That gives us an opportunity.” Robert added that part of season 3 will be exploring how “part of the problem is TV itself.” Season 3 will be “very meta,” Robert said, revealing that the year will kick-off with a credit sequence filled with an exploding television set.

Other panel highlights:

—When asked about story lines that hit the cutting room floor in season 2, Robert said he’d love to tell a story about Kevin Williamson’s firing from The Atlantic.

—When asked if they’ve ever had to apologize for something in their career, Robert joked, “I still feel like I have to apologize for Kalinda’s husband.”

—Robert revealed that they wanted Alan Cumming to be a part of season 2 of The Good Fight. “We tried to get him back for the impeachment episode instead of Margo Martindale. It was supposed to be Alan. But when Cumming was busy with Instinct, Martindale stepped in.

11 Jun 07:23

Cyberpunk 2077 Revealed During Microsoft Conference

by Marty Sliva

CD Projekt Red gave us our first good look at the world of Cyberpunk 2077 during the Microsoft E3 2018 Xbox briefing. The game was shown running in-engine, showing off the world and the characters.

Developer CD Projekt RED is best known for its Witcher series. The Witcher 3 was released in May 2015 to critical and commercial acclaim, and went on to win our Game of the Year 2015 award.

After being announced in May 2012, CD Projekt RED went mostly quiet on Cyberpunk 2077 for years. But just recently, talk of the game bubbled back up, with the company's president hinting that we'll finally get to see the game in action at this year's E3.

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10 Jun 06:50

The Future ‘Solo’ Films: Ron Howard Teases More for L3-37, Qi’ra, Lando and More

by Hoai-Tran Bui

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Solo acts as a fantastic standalone adventure movie, one that truly lives up to its A Star Wars Story subtitle. But fans couldn’t help noticing that the film left a few open threads. This is only the beginning of the beloved scoundrel’s journey, and Solo could very well be a launching pad for a whole new series.

Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard divulged whether he planted the seeds for potential Solo sequels and whether we could get that Lando Calrissian spin-off we’ve all been clamoring for.

Spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story follows.

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Are Solo Sequels Possible?

Although it seems clear that Solo is setting the groundwork for a new series, Howard clarified to Empire Magazine that there is “no concrete plan” for another Han Solo film. Yet.

“It’s been kind of a constant process of asking the questions – how might this have happened? How might have Han Solo been affected? What are the events that might have shaped his life? I think it does continue to beg questions. The fans seem enthusiastic, and so maybe there’s going to be interest in exploring those.”

So what could future films explore? Han meeting the big-shot gangster Jabba the Hutt, most likely, since that is where Han hints he would go next. Howard also pondered further fleshing out the world of the seedy crime Syndicates operating at this time in the Star Wars universe — of which Crimson Dawn is only one of five.

“Potentially one would think it might be kind of interesting to see what a war amongst the Syndicates looks like. There’s nothing concrete there, but that’s interesting territory. In what movie and through which character’s perspective that might emerge… I think everybody feels like that’s rich territory to explore in the movie universe.”

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What About a Lando Movie?

Donald Glover was the film’s standout as the charming smuggler Lando Calrissian, so much so that fans immediately demanded a Lando movie. Howard doesn’t have anything more concrete to add to those reports, but admitted:

“He’s so entertaining, that’s a real possibility. All of this is in discussion, but it all depends on project-by-project development.”

Based on interest from Lucasfilm, a Lando movie seems like a real possibility. And Glover already has ideas!

Is L3-37 Gone For Good?

Not exactly. The outspoke droid was another scene-stealer in Solo but had perhaps one of the most tragic endings — one that was immediately brushed off. After L3’s droid body gets destroyed, the team uploads her navigation system into the Millennium Falcon — which Lando then loses to Han in a game of Sabacc. The movie doesn’t acknowledge that L3’s consciousness is now likely stuck for eternity in the Millennium Falcon, and separated from the love of her life, Lando. But that may not be the case, Howard says.

“Is there some way that Lando could rebuild L3? One would hope, wouldn’t yoy. Maybe the Falcon gets to keep a bit of that super-intelligence but Lando could maybe, somehow, someday find his way to reconstructing L3.”

That sounds better than the Black Mirror-tinged alternative.

Teras Kasi in Solo A Star Wars Story

The Qi’ra Question

Qi’ra’s actions at the end of the film are purposefully ambiguous, but Howard has his own reading. When Qi’ra chooses to stay with Crimson Dawn and become Maul’s second-in-command rather than running away with Han, Howard sees it not as a moment of betrayal but of charity.”In my mind, she knew she couldn’t run off with Han. It would be his death and hers,” he said, adding:

“She set him up to go, assuring him that she’d follow, but knowing she couldn’t really. She had to clean this situation up as best as she could. I think she hoped she could report in and then disappear, but [Maul] trapped her. He said, ‘Come to Dathomir and we’re going to be working closely together’, and you realise, ‘Oh my god, she’s traded one oppressive boss in for an even scarier dude’. In a way it fuels her ambition and puts her in a position of heightened power, perhaps. Or heightened danger. I thought it was kind of courageous for her.”

Could future Solo movies see Qi’ra transform into a powerful Crimson Dawn boss? Or will she become yet another victim of the Syndicate? That’s up in the air — indeed any talk of a Solo sequel is up in the air — but Howard seems to have ideas for Emilia Clarke‘s character.

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10 Jun 06:40

What Song is Playing in the Anthem Trailer?

by Sam Chandler

Gamers have been treated to more Anthem details at E3 2018, from fresh gameplay to a snazzy new trailer. Aside from asking questions about what players can do in-game, the main question floating around is, “what song is playing in the Anthem trailer?”

The name of the song, and the band who plays it, is no doubt on the tip of your tongue, but just in case it’s not coming to you, the song in question is: Uprising by Muse. The song was released back on August 4, 2009, meaning it’s almost a decade old these days. If the trailer doesn't include enough of the sweet tune for your playlist, here's the full song:

Beyond a sweet new trailer, Anthem also received a release date at E3 2018 during the EA Play event.

09 Jun 22:05

Anthony Bourdain said he was 'happy,' had 'things to live for' in last PEOPLE interview

by Chris Harris and Ana Calderone


During what would be his final interview with PEOPLE, celebrity chef and gifted wordsmith Anthony Bourdain described himself as “happy” and spoke about his young daughter, whose birth motivated him to readjust his approach to life.

Bourdain, who was discovered dead at 61 on Friday morning in France from an apparent suicide, told PEOPLE back in February he felt “some responsibility” to “at least try to live” since his daughter, Ariane, was born 11 years ago.

“I also do feel I have things to live for,” Bourdain explained. “There have been times, honestly, in my life that I figured, ‘I’ve had a good run — why not just do this stupid thing, this selfish thing… jump off a cliff into water of indeterminate depth,’” he said, recalling something he said he’d once done for his Travel Channel show.

He also described how, before his daughter’s arrival, he would “go to places” where “I was, frankly, asking for trouble. It was a daredevil move.”

But now, “in retrospect, I don’t know that I would do that today — now that I’m a dad or reasonably happy.”

Viewers have been living vicariously through Bourdain for years, following the man on his adventures to remote lands where he’d dine on exotic foods with celebrities and locals alike.

The host of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown was found unresponsive in his hotel room in France by close friend and French chef, Eric Ripert, according to CNN. Both were filming an upcoming episode of Bourdain’s award-winning show.

During the PEOPLE interview, Bourdain described being “happy in ways that I have not been in memory” and “happy in ways I didn’t think I ever would be, for sure.” He attributed that happiness to “somebody really strong” he had recently met — apparently, a reference to girlfriend Asia Argento.

Bourdain also talked about being a recovering addict.

“I was a heroin addict, for sure, and I was a cocaine addict, for sure,” he said. “I never stopped drinking, even after.”

He added: “I think my last years working in the restaurant industry, I was definitely drinking too much because alcohol was around me at all times and you were under tremendous stress and people were willing to give you alcohol for free.”

But Bourdain said he wasn’t a daily drinker.

“I’ll be home for three days. It really won’t occur to me that I’ll have a beer. I have some in my refrigerator but it would never occur to me to sit at my house and drink beer, or pour myself a cocktail,” he continued. “It’s never been an addiction for me. What’s been around… I’ve abused alcohol, for sure, but I’ve never felt a compulsion to… cigarettes, obviously, that’s an addiction.”

He added, “When there’s something that I like… films or books or a particular author, I do pursue them with more zeal than perhaps a lot of other people. I don’t know if that’s addictive, habitual or whatever.”

A Strasbourg police spokesperson has confirmed Bourdain’s death to PEOPLE, but would not confirm the cause of death. The manner of death has been classified as a suicide.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to

09 Jun 16:01

Everything You Need to Know About Game of Thrones' Age of Heroes

by Jesse Schedeen

You're about to hear a lot more about the Age of Heroes, a period predating the events of Game of Thrones by thousands of years.

HBO has ordered a pilot for one of the four Game of Thrones prequels in development, with George R. R. Martin noting that more could be greenlit: "Everything I am told indicates that we could film at least one more pilot, and maybe more than one, in the years to come,” Martin wrote on his blog. “We do have an entire world and tens of thousands of years of history to play with, after all.”

HBO's official logline for the new series reads: "Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know."

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09 Jun 16:00

The US again has the world's most powerful supercomputer

by Kris Holt
The Department of Energy pulled back the curtain on the world's most powerful supercomputer Friday. When Summit is operating at max capacity, it can run at 200 petaflops -- that's 200 quadrillion calculations per second. That smokes the previous reco...
09 Jun 06:25

Scientists have created a murder-obsessed 'psychopath' AI called Norman — and it learned everything it knows from Reddit

by Lindsay Dodgson

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  • Researchers at MIT have programmed an AI using exclusively violent and gruesome content from Reddit.
  • They called it "Norman."
  • As a result, Norman only sees death in everything.
  • This isn't the first time an AI has been turned dark by the internet — it happened to Microsoft's "Tay" too.

Some people fear Artificial Intelligence, maybe because they've seen too many films like "Terminator" and "I, Robot" where machines rise against humanity, or perhaps becaise they spend too much time thinking about Roko's Basilisk.

As it turns out, it is possible to create an AI that is obsessed with murder.

That's what scientists Pinar Yanardag, Manuel Cebrian, and Iyad Rahwan did at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology when they programmed an AI algorithm by only exposing it to gruesome and violent content on Reddit, then called it "Norman."

Norman was named after the character of Norman Bates from "Psycho," and "represents a case study on the dangers of Artificial Intelligence gone wrong when biased data is used in machine learning algorithms," according to MIT.

The scientists tested Norman to see how it would respond to inkblot tests — the ambiguous ink pictures psychologists sometimes use to help determine personality characteristics or emotional functioning.

In the first inkblot, a normally programmed AI saw "a group of birds sitting on top of a tree branch." Norman, however, saw "a man is electrocuted and catches to death."

When the normal AI saw a black and white bird, a person holding an umbrella, and a wedding cake, Norman saw a man getting pulled into a dough machine, a man getting killed by a speeding driver, and "man is shot dead in front of his screaming wife."

"Norman only observed horrifying image captions, so it sees death in whatever image it looks at," the researchers told CNNMoney.

The internet is a dark place, and other AI experiments have shown how quickly things can turn when an AI is exposed to the worst places and people on it. Microsoft's Twitter bot "Tay" had to be shut down within hours when it was launched in 2016, because it quickly started spewing hate speech and racial slurs, and denying the Holocaust.

But not all is lost for Norman. The team believe it can be retrained to have a less "psychopathic" point of view by learning from human responses to the same inkblot tests. AI can also be used for good, like when MIT managed to create an algorithm called "Deep Empathy" last year, to help people relate to victims of disaster.

None of this has stopped people on the internet freaking out, though.

Here are just a few Twitter reactions to Norman:

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08 Jun 17:05

Anthony Bourdain: Celebrities, chefs mourn CNN's Parts Unknown host

by Nick Romano

Celebrities, chefs, and his CNN colleagues are mourning the death of Anthony Bourdain, the Parts Unknown TV host who died by suicide at the age of 61.

Announcing the news Friday morning on Bourdain’s home network, New Day co-host John Berman called the tragedy “heartbreaking” and “devastating,” while CNN’s Brian Stelter remarked, “I know so many hearts are broken at this network and around the world.”

New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota began tearing up as she urged viewers suffering from depression to reach out to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). “There are dark days in every person’s life. There dark days where you feel hopeless. There are dark days and weeks and months, but it can lift,” she said.

CNN confirmed the news of Bourdain’s death with a statement issued Friday: “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson called Bourdain “a friend to us all,” Queer Eye‘s cooking guru Antoni Porowski sent out “prayers for his loved ones,” and Chrissy Teigen called him “one of my idols.”

Others who paid tribute include celebrities like Bryan Cranston, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Rose McGowan; media personalities like NBC’s Megyn Kelly and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour; and chefs like Buddy Valastro, Nigella Lawson, Michael Symon, and Gordon Ramsay.

McGowan, a friend of Bourdain’s girlfriend Asia Argento, released an emotional video message to her followers. “Anthony I am so mad at you,” she tweeted. “You were so loved, the world is not better without you. I have a message for those considering suicide as a solution to a temporary problem. Please call a hotline. Please reach out. Asia needed you, Anthony. We needed you. Please come back.”

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If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

08 Jun 16:48

Anthony Bourdain Dead at 61

by Alex Gilyadov

Anthony Bourdain has died at age 61.

THR reports Bourdain was found dead Friday morning in his hotel room in France. The cause of death is believed to be from an apparent suicide. He was working on an episode for the latest season of his hit show, Parts Unknown.

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06 Jun 17:51

Microsoft’s deep sea data center is now operational

by Rachel England
Data centers are hot, noisy and usually inefficiently located. Microsoft's solution? Put them at the bottom of the sea. Following initial prototype testing, the company's years-long Project Natick is finally delivering Microsoft's vision of sustainab...