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George Miller on 'Mad Max' Sequels, Secret Talks With Stanley Kubrick - Hollywood Reporter
Then of course, one of the fascinating things he told me about was how he had readers who were reading for him that never knew it was Stanley Kubrick. So if he heard of a novel, he would send it out to people. I think he did it through newspaper ads at the time. And he would send it out to people and ask for a kind of synopsis or a critique of the novel. And he would read those. And it was done anonymously. But he said there were housewives and there were barristers and all sorts of people doing that. And I thought, yeah, that's a really good way to open up the possibilities. Because otherwise, you're randomly looking [for material], walking through a bookstore or an airport
film 
3 days ago
Bernie Sanders' Campaign Is Concerned About the 'Berniebro,' As They Maybe Should Be
The Berniebro is now what happens when Reddit eats a fairly liberal, if irritatingly opinionated white guy, and spits him out. He is tired, he is covered in boils, and he is intent on destroying Hillary Clinton by any. means. necessary.
reddit  politics 
4 days ago
Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre Photography
http://landscapesuicide.blogspot.com/2016/01/everything-was-lost-in-air-and-wind-4.html

In the early 20th century, following the development of the entertainment industry, hundreds of theaters were built across North America. Major entertainment firms and movie studios commissioned specialized architects to build grandiose and extravagant auditoriums.

From the 60's, TV, multiplexes and urban crisis made them obsolete. During the following decades, these theaters were either modernized, transformed into adult cinemas or they closed, one after the other; many of them were simply demolished.
Those which remain, escaping this fate, have been converted to serve varied purposes.

Now, many are reused as churches, retail spaces, flea markets, bingo halls, discos, supermarkets or warehouses. Some are waiting for a restoration and some others just sit abandoned.
5 days ago
Meet Viv: the AI that wants to read your mind and run your life | Technology | The Guardian
He moves on to another example. “Send my mom a dozen yellow roses.” Viv can combine information in his contact list – where he has tagged his mother – with the services of an online florist that delivers across the US. Others requests Kittlaus says Viv will be able to accomplish include “On the way to my brother’s house, I need to pick up some good wine that goes well with lasagne” and “Find me a place to take my kids in the last week of March in the Caribbean”. Later I test out how well both Siri and Google’s virtual assistant perform on these examples. Neither gets far.
automation  natural-language  machine-learning 
6 days ago
Reading the Numbers of Stop-and-Frisk
On September 10, just before the show’s public opening, a small crowd gathered in the back of the gallery to witness what had been announced as a performance employing “the radical misuse” of this data. With little fanfare, the Obadikes took their seats at a small table, placed on their headphones, switched on a radio transmitter, and began to read aloud the logs of stop-and-frisk reports from over 123 NYPD precincts. The performance was simply the sustained recital of the numerical tags of the many self-reported incident forms. Each number was read individually, the Obadikes alternating between themselves. After a log was read in its entirety, the artists would take a short breath, flip the page, and begin anew. For 30 minutes, the cryptic nature of all those abstract numbers — the assigned marks of supposed criminality — became public in a new way.

Mendi + Keith Obadike, “Numbers Station [Furtive Movements]” (2015) (click to enlarge)
data  art  stop-and-frisk 
8 days ago
Designing an AI Persona — Medium
By allowing Hollywood to influence user experience in the emerging field of AI, what we end up with is another Minority Report trap. Clients and users expect a Hollywood-like interface and companies race to catch up with a pre-designed future.
artificial-intelligence  fembots  interfaces 
11 days ago
The Epic Fail of Hollywood’s Hottest Algorithm -- Vulture
In 2010, after Relativity’s The Fighter was released, Kavanaugh was denied one of the three Producers Guild credits that entitle one to ascend the stage in the event of a Best Picture Oscar win. The credited producers argued on Kavanaugh’s behalf, but as he appealed the decision, former Relativity executives say that staff were also ordered to construct a phony paper trail, submitting notes on a rough cut of the film from president of production Robbie Brenner and a timeline of company ­president Tucker Tooley’s set visits and production meetings as if they were ­Kavanaugh’s. Though
film  hollywood  production  takedown 
11 days ago
The Dark Web Now Has a Literary Journal | Motherboard
Edited by Robert W. Gehl, associate professor at the University of Utah's Department of Communication, and pseudonymous creator GMH, the first issue of The Torist, a collection of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, launched on the dark web over the weekend.

The project started on Galaxy, a social network on the dark web, around 18 months ago, the pair told Motherboard in encrypted chats. GMH and Gehl, who was using his own pseudonym at this point, were discussing issues around feminism and literature.
literature 
12 days ago
Scripts For Free | HowlRound
I do like the idea of providing well-written (I hope) modern translations for free to those studying or simply interested in the plays. But my main goal is to inspire productions.
theater 
13 days ago
kateoplis
animated gif covers very simple and lovely
books  art 
16 days ago
Taskmaster robots watch while you work in case you miss a step | New Scientist
This imagined scenario could soon be reality. A robot called Watch-Bot can watch people work, learn the steps that make up the task, then remind people when they forget a step. In 24 trials watching humans at work in the office and kitchen, Watch-Bot was about 60 per cent accurate in shining a laser pointer at the missed task, such as returning milk to the fridge.
robots  artificial-intelligence 
18 days ago
Review: In ‘Marjorie Prime,’ Lois Smith Connects With the Past - The New York Times
Walter is Marjorie’s husband. Or, rather, he is the exact image of Marjorie’s husband (and Tess’s father), now deceased, as he was some 60 years earlier. Walter is what is called a Prime, the latest device for helping people whose memories are fading, as Marjorie’s definitely is. As Jon says of Walter, “It’s amazing what they can do with a few zillion pixels.”

Primes like Walter, provided by a company called Senior Serenity, are given the outward form that best suits the individual they are created to assist. Then they are fed, word by word, with data about the life of that individual and her (or his) relationship with the person who has been simulated. The recollections that Primes salvage and store are only as accurate and complete as those of the human beings who feed them information.
chamber-sf 
18 days ago
What the FBI’s surveillance of Martin Luther King says about modern spying.
A few months after the first Edward Snowden revelation, the National Security Agency disclosed that it had itself wiretapped King in the late 1960s. Yet what happened to King is almost entirely absent from our current conversation. In NSA reform debates in the House of Representatives, King was mentioned only a handful of times, usually in passing. And notwithstanding a few brave speeches by senators such as Patrick Leahy and Rand Paul outside of the Senate, the available Senate record suggests that in two years of actual hearings and floor debates, no one ever spoke his name.  
nsa  surveillance  history  activism 
18 days ago
Why David Cronenberg Hates The Weinstein Company and Reje | Indiewire
"I always thought that I’d be a novelist," he said. "I aspired to writing as a career. I was interested in the technology of filmmaking, which derailed my writing aspirations. That’s why it took me 50 years to finally write my first novel."
film  cronenberg 
19 days ago
Werner Herzog Talks Virtual Reality - The New Yorker
What was more convincing was animated films. Digitally created landscapes and events made a better impression on me.

Would you call what you experienced cinema or film?

No. I am convinced that this is not going to be an extension of cinema or 3-D cinema or video games. It is something new, different, and not experienced yet. The strange thing here is that normally, in the history of culture, we have new stories and narrations and then we start to develop a tool. Or we have visions of wondrous new architecture—like, let’s say, the museum in Bilbao, or the opera house in Sydney—and technology makes it possible to fulfill these dreams. So you have the content first, and then the technology follows suit. In this case, we do have a technology, but we don’t have any clear idea how to fill it with content.

...No, no, not of the human condition—that’s misquoted. Today, today it is the most intense way to express our inner condition. It used to be, let’s say, literature or sculpture or architecture in previous centuries and in previous cultures.

"I don’t see anyone who is addicted to films, but I do see young people addicted to video games."
vr  film 
22 days ago
Anthropomorphism on Trial | Usability, etc.
aurel (1990) states that “anthropomorphising interface agents is appropriate for both psychological and functional reasons. Psychologically, we are quite adept at relating to and communicating with other people.” People have a tendency to anthropomorphise, to see human attributes in an action appearing in the least bit intelligent ...

Laurel calls this theory computers as theatre. Alan Kay, however, predates Laurel in comparing computers and theatre: “Context is the key, of course. The user illusion is theatre, the ultimate mirror. It is the audience (the user) that is intelligent and can be directed into a particular context. Giving the audience the appropriate cues is the essence of user-interface design” (Kay 1984).
artificial-intelligence  interfaces 
22 days ago
ANTHROPOMORPHISM: FROM ELIZA TO TERMINATOR 2
anthropomorphism in the interface. Like any taboo,
simply sweeping away the issue (assigning human
characteristics to the computer) does not make it go away.
The examples above highlight some of the contexts in
which scientists, designers and filmmakers have explored
the implications of anthropomorphizing the humanmachine
interfaee.
artificial-intelligence  interfaces 
22 days ago
Artist's Books: Scenarios: Scripts to Perform by Richard Kostelanetz EXILE Books
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Scenarios: Scripts to Perform by Richard Kostelanetz

SCENARIOS: SCRIPTS TO PERFORM BY RICHARD KOSTELANETZ

$ 60.00

This comprehensive anthology of scripts, notes, compositions, graphs, instructions from every major performance artist of the 20th century. A must have reference book for anyone interested in this important medium. With contributions from Marina and Ulay Abramovic, George Brecht, John Cage, Peter Frank, Philip Glass, Dan Graham, the Living Theater, Claes Oldenburg, Rachel Rosenthal, Gertrude Stein, and Robert Wilson to name only a few.
performance  art 
23 days ago
Simon Pegg Didn’t Really Post This Bowie Tweet -- Following: How We Live Online
. Back in November, Justin Bieber reacted to tweets from his most ardent fans, and one of those tweets was — surprise! — "@justinbieber If I’m ever sad, I just remember the world is 4 billion years old and somehow I managed to exist at the same time as you."
26 days ago
BowieNet: how David Bowie's ISP foresaw the future of the internet | Technology | The Guardian
At a time when plenty of major corporations were still struggling to even comprehend the significance and impact of the web, Bowie was there staking his claim. “If I was 19 again, I’d bypass music and go right to the internet,” he said at the time. He understood that a revolution was coming.
56k 
26 days ago
Do You Read Differently Online and in Print?
the advent of silent reading. Human beings have been reading for thousands of years, but in antiquity, the normal thing was to read aloud.
shifts  books  reading  solitude 
26 days ago
Internet Movie Database - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
IMDb originated with a Usenet posting by British film fan and professional computer programmer Col Needham entitled "Those Eyes", about actresses with beautiful eyes.
27 days ago
The Next Phase Of UX: Designing Chatbot Personalities
Howdy, whose bot affects a casual and lightly irreverent tone (much like that of Slack itself), has novelist/satirist/former-improv-comedian Neal Pollack on the product-design payroll. Anna Kelsey, who was hired right out of Harvard as X.ai’s first "AI interaction designer," studied folklore mythology and directed theater. "The whole idea of creating a character, and thinking very technically about the way specific words or groupings of words can make people react and respond, is something I thought about all the time in college," Kelsey says.
artificial-intelligence  digital-writing 
4 weeks ago
Bird-Watching, Patriotism and the Oregon Standoff - The New York Times
I value my time on these refuges deeply, but I am also well aware that anything I see there — everything I see there — can also be seen by anyone who follows me. When I use that land, I do not use it up.

And that, I think, is where Mr. Bundy and his followers miss the point: When land is held by the federal government they so despise, that land belongs to us all
environment  wildlife  oregon  public-space 
4 weeks ago
The American Revolution: Pages From a Negro Worker's Notebook
Since 1955 and the advent of automation, overtime has been detrimental to the workers.
automation  workers 
4 weeks ago
The Doomsday Invention - The New Yorker
Bostrom dates the first scientific analysis of existential risk to the Manhattan Project: in 1942, Robert Oppenheimer became concerned that an atomic detonation of sufficient power could cause the entire atmosphere to ignite. A subsequent study concluded that the scenario was “unreasonable,” given the limitations of the weapons then in development. But even if the great nuclear nightmares of the Cold War did not come true, the tools were there to cause destruction on a scale not previously possible. As innovations grow even more complex, it is increasingly difficult to evaluate the dangers ahead. The answers must be fraught with ambiguity, because they can be derived only by predicting the effects of technologies that exist mostly as theories or, even more indirectly, by using abstract reasoning.
singularity  ai 
4 weeks ago
Beyond Zero and One: Machines, Psychedelics, and Consciousness by Andrew Smart review – inside the minds of computers | Books | The Guardian
One problem with superintelligent conscious machines, however – as SF writers down the ages and some modern philosophers agree – is that they might very well choose to destroy all humans. How to stop the godlike robots wiping us out? The best way, Smart suggests, might be to give them a dose of digital LSD to force open their doors of perception.
robots  sci-fi  artificial-intelligence  drugs  cray 
4 weeks ago
Stop traffic2cash.xyz referral spam in Google Analytics (Guide)
This type of referral is commonly called Ghost Spam; it receives this name because it is not a real referral, it gets directly into your Google Analytics reports and never accesses your site. So all the data left, the hostname, the page, the metrics are fake.

You may see dozens and even hundreds of hits from this spammer since it hits multiple times at once.
ghost-spam 
4 weeks ago
Case Study - SceneTap | Sightcorp
"Sleazy startup SceneTap (sold gender ratios inside bars) used SightCorp ( OpenCV)" ah
face-detection 
4 weeks ago
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