Science fiction – Star Warz http://star-warz.net/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 02:23:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://star-warz.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-23T234539.702-150x150.png Science fiction – Star Warz http://star-warz.net/ 32 32 The future of technology https://star-warz.net/the-future-of-technology/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 02:23:35 +0000 https://star-warz.net/the-future-of-technology/ Technology has the potential to do many things, one of which is to change the world WE should be grateful to be able to live in a time when advances in science and technology can help us, make our lives easier and inspire us to rethink our daily lifestyles. There is no doubt that this […]]]>

Technology has the potential to do many things, one of which is to change the world

WE should be grateful to be able to live in a time when advances in science and technology can help us, make our lives easier and inspire us to rethink our daily lifestyles.

There is no doubt that this list of current and future technologies has the potential to revolutionize our lives even more, thanks to the technology that humans have already developed and paved over.

The remarkable tools and resources that have been made available to us through advances in technology have given us access to a wealth of information that is currently at our fingertips, as evidenced by how smartphones have completely taken over life. of each one.

Technology is advancing rapidly, with each year bringing new discoveries and groundbreaking ideas. Even now, some of the brightest minds are developing the next technology that will fundamentally change the way we live.

Therefore, inventions that seem like something out of a science fiction novel are materializing right now. From robots that can read minds to AI that can create their own images, holograms, and bionic parts of the human body, there’s a lot to look forward to in future technology.

The potential of augmented reality (AR) is phenomenal. It has been around for quite some time in the form of various apps that can overlay information around you. It differs from virtual reality in that it overlays information rather than simply immersing you in a virtual world.

Employers are experimenting with augmented reality and virtual reality gadgets in the office. They can be used in a variety of ways, such as for visual representations of blueprints, virtual scale models of products in development, and even basic virtual team meetings.

Cognitive robots

The concept of reading someone’s mind has moved beyond the realm of science fiction thanks to significant advances in technology in recent years and has been one of the most intriguing and useful applications that researchers have had. opportunity to test until today.

Researchers have created a way for quadriplegic patients to interact with the world using a machine learning algorithm, a robotic arm and a brain-computer interface.

Eventually, the algorithm can adapt to an individual’s preferences and brain signals. Quadriplegic patients may one day have brain-controlled wheelchairs or other assistive devices.

Electric or autonomous cars

Electric vehicles have been on the market for some time, and their performance and range are constantly improving. Due to recent developments in battery technology, the growth of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and a surge in investment, autonomous vehicles are one step closer to becoming a reality.

For example, Tesla already has a highly developed mode called Autopilot that can support some driving functions, but one day car manufacturers intend to make hands-free driving possible.

Space and work robots

The United States Orbit Agency (NASA) has already begun deploying a variety of robots in space. This takes on its full meaning as technology advances. Robots don’t need oxygen to breathe or food to eat, so they don’t have to worry about those things. Instead, they can be loaded with sensors that beam data back to Earth.

The same is true in his professional life. Robots are able to perform more difficult, risky and monotonous tasks than humans, saving people from the hassle and risk.

According to some theories, they also have the potential to work more efficiently, faster, and error-free.

Final Thoughts

Some of this can transpire. Or none of them. However, there are three certainties, namely that the technology will become smaller, better and more profitable, so that we will be able to put computers and sensors in almost anything. We are on the way to a world where everything is interconnected, not just with the Internet but with each other.

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Solution to the climate crisis? Earth Takes One Step Closer Towards Sustainable Space Solar Power https://star-warz.net/solution-to-the-climate-crisis-earth-takes-one-step-closer-towards-sustainable-space-solar-power/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 09:36:45 +0000 https://star-warz.net/solution-to-the-climate-crisis-earth-takes-one-step-closer-towards-sustainable-space-solar-power/ Forget the rooftop solar panels, power plants and wind turbines ravaging our landscape – space solar power might be closer to reality than we once thought. According to researchers from Xidian University, testing and inspection have been completed on a new tower that could pave the way for space solar power in China. This announcement […]]]>

Forget the rooftop solar panels, power plants and wind turbines ravaging our landscape – space solar power might be closer to reality than we once thought.

According to researchers from Xidian University, testing and inspection have been completed on a new tower that could pave the way for space solar power in China.

This announcement means we are one step closer to a concept long seen as a potential key to solving the energy and climate crisis facing Earth.

Scientists conducted a successful test on June 5 that was – according to a statement released by the university – the “world’s first fully bonded and complete system solar power plant”.

The 246-foot (75 m) tall steel structure sits at Xidian University’s South Campuses, equipped with five different systems designed to support the eventual development of space-based solar power.

In recent years, other countries have also set their sights on space solar power. In March, the UK government reportedly considered a £16 billion (€18.72 billion) proposal to build a solar power plant in space.

In the United States, a partnership of 100 million dollars (95.93 million euros) has been concluded to provide cutting-edge technology for their own space solar energy system.

Japan has also incorporated the field into its future vision for space exploration.

Science fiction or reality?

The company’s hope is that, in theory, satellites could continuously collect photons from the sun – converting energy into photovoltaic cells and wirelessly transmitting that electricity as microwaves to receivers on Earth.

Although it may seem like an adventure straight out of a science fiction novel, the concept of space solar power is not new, noted Dr. Jovana Radulovic, director of the school of mechanical engineering and of design from the University of Portsmouth.

“Engineers and scientists of the last century came up with these ideas,” she told Euronews Next.

The theory made its first appearance as early as the 1960s, proposed by Peter Glaser, an aerospace scientist and engineer who was also president of Power from Space Consultants.

In theory, a space solar power station placed in Earth orbit would be fruitful, because it is lit by the Sun 24 hours a day, allowing it to produce electricity continuously.

This gives the technology a significant advantage over solar power systems placed on Earth, which can only generate electricity during the day and are highly dependent on the weather.

As global energy consumption is expected to increase by almost 50% by 2050, this method of electricity generation could play a crucial role in meeting growing demand and tackling the climate crisis.

Space solar presents significant challenges

As promising as the technology may seem at first glance, this space-based solution to real-world problems also presents significant challenges.

The first, and arguably the most obvious, is the cost barrier. As mentioned above, nations have already invested hundreds of millions in space-based solar initiatives – and it’s for good reason.

Most systems are modular, which means that a number of solar modules are assembled by robots once in orbit. This type of assembly requires transporting all the elements in space, which is difficult and expensive, with an additional impact on the environment.

Another problem comes from the space constraint itself. To transport the energy, the electricity would have to be converted into microwaves before being sent back to the earth.

To do this, a huge antenna must be built on the surface to collect the microwaves and convert them back into electricity.

“That would require a huge receiver – we’re talking miles,” Radulovic added.

The size of the antenna depends on the intensity of the microwaves emitted; a smaller antenna, which would be more practical and more economical, would increase the intensity of the microwaves.

However, if the microwave signal strength is too high, it can damage objects and animals exposed to the beam.

It should also be mentioned that there would be at least a 10% energy loss due to conversion and re-conversion, which would make the energy source less efficient than it first appears .

Likewise, huge batteries would be needed to store solar energy on Earth, which is already a huge challenge for the terrestrial solar industry.

A valuable investment for the future?

It would be difficult to ensure that solar panels also survive in space. Their vulnerability to space debris means they would need constant maintenance and would also need to be radiation hardened unlike Earth.

All of these factors would significantly increase the cost of projects, calling into question whether space solar power is really worth it.

“That’s why we pay special attention to what Space X is doing,” Radulovic told Euronews Next.

“The idea of ​​being able to reuse the component by using the same rocket to launch things into space over and over again – that’s clearly very cost effective.”

“Unless we see a massive decrease in the cost of all the components needed to establish this solar-powered space station, it’s not going to happen as quickly as we think. This is something we need to focus on,” she added.

However, despite its challenges, this sci-fi method of power generation could be a valuable investment in our future.

“Sooner or later the technology will become more profitable because it will be researched more – when that happens we can talk about the potential for building [space-based solar technology]”said Radulovic, noting that at this moment we are “very far from this dream becoming a reality”.

As the current energy and climate crisis rages, it is clear that drastic measures must be taken to protect future generations and the planet. While the technology has its short-term pitfalls, the long-term benefits of space solar power are promising.

The technology is also a precursor for exciting research and development opportunities. In the future, we are likely to see this space technology (and similar) play an important role in the world’s energy supply.

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“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and 7 Other Wild Musicals That Blend Unexpected Genres With Singing https://star-warz.net/the-rocky-horror-picture-show-and-7-other-wild-musicals-that-blend-unexpected-genres-with-singing/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/the-rocky-horror-picture-show-and-7-other-wild-musicals-that-blend-unexpected-genres-with-singing/ There might be an unfair stereotype that all musicals are the same, at least among those who aren’t fans of the genre. Granted, there was some sort of formula in many classic or traditional musicals that were made in the 1950s and 1960s when the genre was most popular. RELATED: Every Genre, Every Tone At […]]]>

There might be an unfair stereotype that all musicals are the same, at least among those who aren’t fans of the genre. Granted, there was some sort of formula in many classic or traditional musicals that were made in the 1950s and 1960s when the genre was most popular.



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Yet there are musicals that are less traditional, less safe, and more willing to combine the tropes of the genre with a variety of other genres in unpredictable and even crazy ways. The following eight examples all offer something a little different from what you’d get from a classic Hollywood-style musical. Some are well-known cult classics, and some remain quite underrated. They’re probably not for everyone (some might even be a little bad), but all are a breath of fresh air in the genre.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

A die most beloved cult movies of all time – and also one of the best examples of a wild and revolutionary musical – The Rocky Horror Picture Show has achieved near-mythical status at this point, nearly 50 years after its release. It’s understandable why – the characters are there and memorable, the music is catchy, the content was bold (at least by 1975 standards) and the midnight screenings it still gets are legendary.

The plot is difficult to explain. A young couple stumble upon a mansion inhabited by the enigmatic and often terrifying Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and come face to face with bikers, aliens, multiple song-and-dance numbers, and even cannibalism. The movie itself ends up being something of a comedy/horror/sci-fi/musical/tragedy hybrid, and after all this time, it still has to be seen to be properly believed; words can’t do much when it comes to explaining The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

ghost of paradise (1974)

In an alternate universe, by Brian DePalma wildly entertaining horror/sci-fi/comedy/musical/tragedy, ghost of paradiseis the movie with The Rocky Horror Picture Show popularity, and rocky horror is the criminally underrated of the two. In our universe, that’s not the case, and in pop culture, apparently, there’s only room for one mid-1970s musical.

At least ghost of paradise still has something of a cult. If his musical numbers are just as memorable as Rocky Horror’s, then he compensates by having a better story that doesn’t die out in the second half. It’s a colourful, chilling and highly entertaining film about greed, revenge and unrequited love, and like many of De Palma’s films, it demonstrates the director’s skill at mastering many genres.

The 5000 fingers of Dr. T (1953)

Known for being a critical and commercial disappointment at the time of its release, and for being the only famous script writer Dr Seuss never written, call The 5000 fingers of Dr. T weird would be a huge understatement. Most of the movie is a dream sequence where a young boy is enslaved by a piano teacher who wants 500 other prisoners to play on a super long piano (where the 5000 fingers in the title come from), and he has to try to escape and/or wake up.

It’s pretty much what you’d expect from a movie written by Dr. Seuss, with lots of rhyme, weird characters, and colorful, twisted, otherworldly sets and costumes. While it’s no surprise that it’s not a massive hit, it deserves a bit more appreciation for being so unique, with its surrealism, fantasy elements, dreamlike qualities and songwriting all wrapped up in a family movie.

The Blues Brothers (1980)

The Blues Brothers is packed with musical numbers and features a host of great music legends, but part of what makes it so memorable is that it’s more than just a musical. Jake and Elwood’s journey to raise enough money to save the orphanage they grew up in also features slapstick comedy, car chases, deadpan humor, and spectacular stunts/scenes of mayhem and destruction.

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From start to finish, it’s non-stop fun and never boring. It also happens to be one of the most watchable movies of all time, and one that doesn’t get old, because there’s nothing else quite like it (not even its lesser known sequelwhich came out in 1998, which is probably best avoided).

Restricted zone (1980)

How to even describe Restricted zone…if it’s even possible to do so. It’s like a 74-minute fever dream filmed that is sometimes hilarious, sometimes uncomfortable, and almost always unnerving. Also, said fever dream could be in black and white or in color, depending on the version you are looking at.

It all feels weird, and its lingering weird energy is probably too much for most viewers to handle for its entire runtime. It’s surreal, deranged, often tasteless, and probably hilarious for anyone who loves absurd humor. It is also notable for being one of the first projects Danny Elfman helped him realize, after which he found some more success founding an offbeat new wave band Oingo-Boingothen even more success as a composer for film and television,


Rep! The Genetic Opera (2008)

Rep! The Genetic Opera was not well received at the time of its release, and is no doubt trying a bit to establish itself as a cult film, but it has a lot to offer. It’s a dystopian story about organ transplants and murderous insurance schemes where said organs are violently “taken back” if clients don’t pay on time.

With such a dark premise, Rep! The Genetic Opera ends up being a musical/horror/sci-fi/satirical hybrid. Even viewers who don’t particularly appreciate what happens are likely to at least appreciate the chances it takes and the fact that it’s so unique. It’s also notable for being one of those rare musicals where just about every word is sung, which has to count for something.

Apple (1980)

Apple is a low-budget, maybe a bit overambitious sci-fi/fantasy musical set in the distant future…of 1994. It’s a disconcerting movie where you wonder if you’re laughing with or of him, as he tells the story of a wild music contest at Eurovision, except this one is organized by someone who could be the devil? There’s also an apple, of course, as the title promises.

See, Apple is not good. But Apple is interesting. He doesn’t have much to say, but thanks to his gender-hopping, he at least manages to find a lot of ways not to say much. It’s an experience, that’s for sure, and once it’s over, viewers can tell their friends they survived. Applewhich is sure to impress them.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, With Emotion (2001)

Including “Once More, With Feeling” among a list of feature films might be cheating, because it’s technically an episode of the TV show, buffy the vampire slayer (and one of the best in the overall series). It lasts longer than most episodes of buffytechnically qualified for feature length as it is over 45 minutes long and features a unique title sequence as well as larger scale and more complex visuals than most buffy episodes.

It’s one of the most iconic musical episodes of all time, and considering how buffy crosses just about every genre and emotion, this ensures the episode qualifies as a great musical in its own right, in addition to being a great buffy episode of course. To be a key Season 6 episode story-wise, to have hilarious scenes and heartbreaking scenes, to have catchy songs, and to maintain the fantasy/action/romance elements found throughout the series, “Once More, With Feeling” is a classic, through and through. .

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The American Scholar: New World, Old World https://star-warz.net/the-american-scholar-new-world-old-world/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 04:15:06 +0000 https://star-warz.net/the-american-scholar-new-world-old-world/ Flickr/franckmichel A professor I had in graduate school once told me that all stories are either about a stranger coming to town or someone going on a trip. The professor was rather short with wavy gray hair and had a plump face and a hoarse voice. He came to class with just a pen and […]]]>

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A professor I had in graduate school once told me that all stories are either about a stranger coming to town or someone going on a trip. The professor was rather short with wavy gray hair and had a plump face and a hoarse voice. He came to class with just a pen and the student’s story to study in the workshop, and most of what he taught us was said in a wandering preamble that opened up discussion, or after the fact at serious comment from a student during class. He never came up with a point to make, and he didn’t denounce or even inform, but rather shared a thought or two with us without seeming to care about the effect of his remarks or even if we let him. had heard. In class, we didn’t cling to his every word, but we listened intently, and at his mention of the two story formulas, everyone in class nodded, because of course they all knew that. . You go out into the world or the world enters. Only I was surprised. Learn so late something suddenly so obvious! It was like wondering all afternoon where your glasses were only to find them on a string around your neck. You’ve had them all along! They only seemed to miss! If only I had thought to check around my neck! If only I had remembered to think about stories! Think about life!

This experience of missing information so basic that it should have been in my blood repeated itself recently when suddenly, like an epiphany, I realized that you have a story as soon as someone enters a new world. It was like a whole new idea, but it was really the trip my teacher had been talking about. How to bring a character into this world, what a wonderful path! Passing through a wardrobe, making a wish by grabbing a magic charm, falling down a rabbit hole, jumping in a puddle, climbing into a hot air balloon, being swept away by a tornado – all of this projects a character into a new world where the great adventure is to see if and how the old rules apply.

Most of the stories that came to mind were children’s stories. But Jack Finney’s science fiction novel Many times revolves around the protagonist’s repeated excursions into the world of the past, and such classic fiction as Jane Eyre launches the character into the new world of boarding school, away from home, and now into the world of work. Jane, whom the reader first sees as a 10-year-old kid hiding in a library alcove, still has a long way to go before she is master of her domain, and not relegated to corners. Isn’t that what a good story tells, a happy story? How do we come from our corners to join the world, even if we had ventured to take it head-on? Lay down your weapons. Look around you in wonder.

Sometimes a character doesn’t learn it over the course of a story but simply testifies to the goodness of wonder as a response to life. I think that’s what Forrest Gump does in the movie that bears his name. The adventure is his, but the lesson is ours: welcome life and don’t worry too much. He does it, at every turn, despite the pain he feels and those of which he seems oblivious. But why, I wondered with two students in my adult pre-intermediate class, describe Forrest Gump like a comedy, like our English textbook did? Surely that’s not it. Two students remained in the class, and one of them frowned that the assessment was wrong. Forrest Gump is not a comedy, he says. I turned to the other student, who shrugged. So I pressed him. He gestured to suggest a tear in the corner of his eye. “Sad,” he said.

I had just seen the film for the first time by chance, and I agreed that it was not a comedy. In fact, the comic scenes had confused me because they hardly corresponded to the tenor of the film, full of trials, difficulties and death. Even the ending isn’t a solution to a problem, like sending the stranger on their way or returning safely to his world, because, really, Gump has no problems, just circumstances he’s dealing with. impatience, giving no indication that threats or loss might overwhelm him. He never seems to venture into another world but takes his world with him, and his acceptance protects him like a shell. Other lists categorize the film as either a drama or a romance, but my students and I decided it was more broadly an adventure story. But then, isn’t everything? Adventure! Walk up to him or step back to let him in. Or, as Gump does, wake up each day open to what’s coming. Once again the fundamental, indisputable truth, which strikes me as a novelty: the adventure of it all. As Helen Keller said, if life isn’t an adventure, it’s nothing. I will go on an adventure for nothing, without a doubt.

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Amazon Prime’s Darkest Sci-Fi Reveals Controversial Robot Debate https://star-warz.net/amazon-primes-darkest-sci-fi-reveals-controversial-robot-debate/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:00:25 +0000 https://star-warz.net/amazon-primes-darkest-sci-fi-reveals-controversial-robot-debate/ The Internet is abuzz with talk of whether artificial intelligence can get really sentient after a Google chatbot claimed to be just that. But while the internet may be freaking out about AI sensibility right now, Hollywood has been obsessed with the subject for decades, specifically exploring the idea through robot-human clashes in films like […]]]>

The Internet is abuzz with talk of whether artificial intelligence can get really sentient after a Google chatbot claimed to be just that.

But while the internet may be freaking out about AI sensibility right now, Hollywood has been obsessed with the subject for decades, specifically exploring the idea through robot-human clashes in films like I robot and The Terminator franchise.

Perhaps the most recent iteration of this contentious AI debate appears in Archive, a 2020 sci-fi film streaming on Amazon Prime. The film delves into a range of sci-fi topics, including uploading your consciousness into a digital afterlife, but its central premise teases one particular question: can we create robots that are truly “equivalent” to Human being ?

Reverse sat down with two experts in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence to unpack the heavy science at the heart of this impossibly dark sci-fi film and ask if it misrepresents AI in its quest for equivalence human.

“There are many different definitions of AI at the human level,” baobao zhanga assistant professor of political science at Syracuse University who studies AI governance, says Reverse.

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Will AI become “equivalent” to humans?

Experts say AI can be equivalent to humans in a very limited set of situations – like playing a game – but certainly not in most real-life scenarios. Shutterstock

ArchiveThe protagonist of , a lone scientist named George Almore, has built three different android prototypes – each more advanced than the last – in an effort to create a truly “human-equivalent” AI. An android is a robot that looks like a human being. He tests his prototypes’ ability to display inherently human qualities, such as empathy, through a video game of playing with a puppy.

“You are all an attempt at the same thing. Multi-level learning. Artificial intelligence. The human equivalent of the Holy Grail,” George tells his third and most advanced prototype, J3.

But if you ask an AI researcher if humans can build an “equivalent” robot – or perhaps one that surpasses humans – they’ll give you a more complicated answer than the movie offers.

“I think it’s important to break down what AI outperforms humans means. We need to distinguish between AI outperforming humans in specific tasks and AI outperforming humans in all or almost all tasks. says Zhang.

For example, Zhang’s research focuses more on defining what she calls “human-level” AI in relation to work.

The 2020 sci-fi movie trailer, Archive.

“In our study, we defined ‘human-level machine intelligence’ as when machines can perform 90% or more of tasks better than the median human worker paid to perform that task,” says Zhang.

Sven Nyholmassistant professor of philosophy at the University of Utrecht and author of the book Humans and robots: ethics, agency and anthropomorphism, feels the same as Zhang.

“Well, it would be nice to know the answer to this question: equivalent in what?” asks Nyholm.

Nyholm says it’s plausible that humans could develop an AI that Acts like similarly – in other words, mimics – human behavior in a “restricted set of situations”. But a robot that performs at a level equivalent to humans in all situations seems much less realistic.

Also, if we’re talking about an AI that matches not just the cognitive intelligence of humans, but our full emotional range and capacity for empathy, that’s probably more unlikely, despite what Archive suggests.

“If we have AI technology that lacks an animal or human-like brain or nervous system, it’s hard to see how it could experience feelings or have affective states similar to ours or those of animals. “, says Nyholm.

But there is another, less obvious definition of “equivalence”: a moral definition. Nyholm describes the search for John Danaher, which argues that if a robot behaves in a manner equivalent to a human being, it should have the same moral status as human beings. Nyholm is a little less certain.

“But that’s, of course, a big ‘if’, because creating robots that behave equivalently to how humans behave is very hard to do,” says Nyholm.

Can we really compare AI to humans?

Archive’s comparison between AI and human development is flawed, experts say. vertical entertainment

In Archive, George uses a lot of vaguely scientific gibberish to explain how he built his prototypes, throwing in actual terms like “deep learning” — an AI training method that’s modeled after how humans learn — but which is part of its film science rooted in actual AI research? Not really.

Real-world deep learning research Is model AI metrics against human performance, according to Zhang, but that’s about the only thing the movie gets right. It is in the details of the film where Archive leaves the realm of real AI research and enters science fiction.

The film’s scientist, George, developed three different versions of androids, each more developmentally advanced than the next. The first prototype stopped developing mentally at the age of five and is emotionally monotonous. The second prototype is mentally more developed than the first and expresses basic emotions like jealousy. The third and final prototype is meant to be “equivalent” to a human, containing all of the complexities of being human. It uses equivalent brain scans of humans at different ages to show how far each prototype has progressed.

But real-life experts say that’s an overly simplistic comparison between AI and human development.

“The idea that we could map AI development to human development — as in, say, a certain AI system equating to a five-year-old child — is pretty unrealistic,” says Nyholm.

The reason this is unrealistic has to do with the fact that AI systems work in a very different way to human bodies. For example, while the AI ​​can become very good at specific tasks, like playing the game Go, he is often very bad at other tasks outside his field of expertise.

Zhang agrees. “I think it’s hard to match AI development with human development,” she says.

Do AI researchers care about “equivalence” as much as Hollywood?

Movie scientist George Almore has different goals than most real-life AI researchers. vertical entertainment

For all the attention Hollywood has devoted to films examining robots that have matched or surpassed humans, it’s not really such a big concern for researchers working in this field.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a big discussion concern among AI researchers. The majority of AI researchers are working on much narrower topics,” Nyholm says, but he adds that researchers sometimes consider scenarios of science -fiction to inspire their work.

Researchers are interested in making sure AI doesn’t harm people, but not because they’re worried about robots getting too smart, as Hollywood likes to suggest. An example might include racial bias in facial recognition technology, which is based on computer-generated algorithms.

“I think it’s really important that the ‘narrow’ AI systems deployed today are safe, fair, and robust,” says Zhang.

Zhang adds that Hollywood movies like Archive tend to focus on storylines that anthropomorphize – ascribe human qualities – to robots, which can lead the general public to misunderstand how AI actually works in our daily lives in software applications like chatbots or search engines. research.

“Most AI systems today are not androids or robots; instead, they are embedded in software applications with no physical representation,” says Zhang.

“I think it probably doesn’t quite fit in with a lot of real-world AI research. However, it does make for a good engaging narrative in a sci-fi story,” Nyholm adds.

Archive is streaming now on Amazon Prime.

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Stranger Things’ Most Heartbreaking Arc Made On Arrival https://star-warz.net/stranger-things-most-heartbreaking-arc-made-on-arrival/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 14:01:18 +0000 https://star-warz.net/stranger-things-most-heartbreaking-arc-made-on-arrival/ The following contains spoilers for Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1, now streaming on Netflix. stranger things promised that Season 4 would further explain Chief Hopper’s past. Hopper started the season isolated in Russia and battled a demogorgon, allowing the Netflix series to focus on his trauma, as opposed to previous seasons in which his […]]]>

The following contains spoilers for Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1, now streaming on Netflix.

stranger things promised that Season 4 would further explain Chief Hopper’s past. Hopper started the season isolated in Russia and battled a demogorgon, allowing the Netflix series to focus on his trauma, as opposed to previous seasons in which his plot revolved around protecting Eleven and the other teenagers from Hawkins. , Indiana, vs. Upside Down. Viewers were excited to learn more about the fan-favorite character.

The show certainly delivered on its wording in detailing Hopper’s tragic backstory with his daughter Sara. It was previously revealed that she died of cancer, but in Season 4, Hopper confessed additional details that made it even more overwhelming. While this turned out to be the most emotional plot point of Season 4 Part 1, it was also very similar to the ending of the 2016 sci-fi film. Arrival.

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Based on the short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, Arrival followed linguist Louise Banks as she accepted a gift from visiting aliens. She was able to see the future after decoding their language, allowing humanity to build technology to help the aliens years later and avert a nuclear war. But Louise also glimpsed her own harrowing fate: she and fellow actor Ian Donnelly were meant to fall in love and have a daughter named Hannah – who would later die of an incurable disease. Louise would keep this knowledge a secret until after they were married and Hannah was born, prompting Ian to leave them.


Foreign Things‘ version of this story happened when Hopper told Enzo what had happened to Sara. This had to do with his past in Vietnam, where the chemical Agent Orange altered his battalion’s genes. When they returned, most of his comrades had disfigured children or died young. Hopper always took Sara in with his wife, thinking they would escape that fate, only for Sara to die of cancer.

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While Ian’s fate in Arrival was carved in stone, Hopper is in stranger things was something he chose, but they had a similar result. Hopper eventually admitted that he had lied to his wife, like Louise had to Ian. Like Ian, Hopper’s wife left him, which led to him becoming an alcoholic and drug addict.


Fortunately, Hopper would get a second chance at parenthood through his bond with Eleven, whose journey parallels his own in season 4. Hopper and Louise’s decisions invited sympathy as they each wanted to experience the joy of parenting even knowing the potential tragedy, but stranger things being an ongoing series gives Hopper the ability to move past his loss. David Harbor has previously revealed that Hopper’s story will have a “beautiful” ending.

Stranger Things Season 4, Volume 1 is now streaming on Netflix.

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Demi Moore strikes up a relationship with the Swiss chef’s boyfriend on Instagram https://star-warz.net/demi-moore-strikes-up-a-relationship-with-the-swiss-chefs-boyfriend-on-instagram/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 20:49:02 +0000 https://star-warz.net/demi-moore-strikes-up-a-relationship-with-the-swiss-chefs-boyfriend-on-instagram/ Theo Wargo/Getty Images Back in March, People magazine has confirmed that the American actress Half Moore was dating Daniel Humm, a Swiss chef and restaurateur. Now, Moore has made her relationship Instagram official and has gone public for the first time since fellow American Ashton Kutcher, whom Moore started dating in 2003, married in 2005 […]]]>

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Back in March, People magazine has confirmed that the American actress Half Moore was dating Daniel Humm, a Swiss chef and restaurateur. Now, Moore has made her relationship Instagram official and has gone public for the first time since fellow American Ashton Kutcher, whom Moore started dating in 2003, married in 2005 and divorced in 2013. Clearly, A handful of failed relationships never stopped the 59-year-old from pursuing true love — and I hope she found it.

Moore shared the first photos of herself and Humm on Tuesday, uploading an image of hers and Humm’s shadows, a sweet forehead kiss and a family photo with their dog, Pilaf. Moore captioned the post, “Visiting the Palace of Kings and Queens… Swipe to see the Queen. She tagged Humm in the first image to publicly highlight her relationship, which fans greeted with lots of warm affection and many congratulations.

Moore’s pup, Pilaf, also accompanied the couple to the 2022 French Open final, as seen in several media uploads on Wednesday showing the trio among onlookers.

On Wednesday, the 46-year-old chef reposted Moore’s couple photos to his Instagram story.

As for Moore, who made his film debut in 1981 with the soap opera general hospitalshe recently appeared as Piper Griffin in Adam Mason’s Songbird, a sci-fi thriller based on the COVID-19 pandemic. She starred alongside Jessica Williams, Karan Soni and Ed Helms in Patrick Brice’s horror comedy Corporate animals. This year, Moore starred in The unbearable weight of massive talent, an action comedy starring Nicholas Cage, Pedro Pascal and Sharon Horgan. At this time, very little is known about Moore’s next project, The substanceincluding release date.

As for television, Moore appeared as Linda in the sci-fi drama series The best of worlds and Diana in Dirty Diana, but there doesn’t appear to be any future roles for Moore outside of those in feature films. As she approaches her 60s, it’s entirely possible that Moore is contemplating retirement or planning to settle down with her new boyfriend.

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Entering the DeSci Era: Human Verification in the Metaverse with Genetics and NFTs https://star-warz.net/entering-the-desci-era-human-verification-in-the-metaverse-with-genetics-and-nfts/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 05:39:22 +0000 https://star-warz.net/entering-the-desci-era-human-verification-in-the-metaverse-with-genetics-and-nfts/ Javier M. Floren, CEO and co-founder of DNAverse As the concept of the metaverse continues to develop rapidly, it is absolutely vital that human characteristics are incorporated into it. Our physical world has already evolved into a digital hybrid, with smartphones becoming digital extensions of ourselves. We need the same hybridization process to take place […]]]>

Javier M. Floren, CEO and co-founder of DNAverse

As the concept of the metaverse continues to develop rapidly, it is absolutely vital that human characteristics are incorporated into it. Our physical world has already evolved into a digital hybrid, with smartphones becoming digital extensions of ourselves. We need the same hybridization process to take place within the metaverse. It is high time that scientific innovations were used to improve social interactions in the metaverse.

At this point, we are still in the early adoption/innovation phase. It was reported that throughout 2021, approximately 28.6 million wallets actively traded NFTs, representing a volume close to $25 billion. Platforms such as Sandbox which raises $93 million and Yuga Labs which raises $450 million demonstrate the scale of interest in this burgeoning space and indicate the long-term viability of Web3.0 and the metaverse .

The continued proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) is making it increasingly difficult to identify who is on the other side of our interactions. Chatbots commonly deployed on a wide range of websites aim to trick us into thinking we’re talking to a real person. We’ve all seen movies like The Matrix, I Robot, or TV series like Black Mirror. They generally paint a negative picture of how humans and machines can co-exist. Although it is classified in the catalog of “Science Fiction“, if history tells us something, Science Fiction can quickly become Science Fact. If these visions come to fruition, how will we tell humans from machines when using avatars in a virtual world?

Science fiction or decentralized science (DeSci)?

DNAVERSE launches a collection of 3,200 NFTs, the first to be fully personalized with real DNA. After a centralized fall, the process becomes decentralized to initiate the BIOmetaverse as the goal is to let life replicate in all metaverses. Currently whitelisted for the Genesis drop, the process is open and democratic and can be accessed by simply signing up with an avalanche of forms on DNAVERSE.io.

We are at a point in history where we can access technology that allows us to leave an indelible mark as human beings in digital ecosystems. We are already seeing science-only NFT collections, DNA-based personalization in the metaverse like DNAVERSE, genetic sequencing, decentralized health services, and even blood sample tokenization.

Where a real person cannot be distinguished from the AI, being able to verify that you are human using science and genetics will be paramount for future social interactions in the metaverse. Taking a small section of DNA and having scientists create a unique artistic representation of an individual as an NFT will be one way to ensure human verification in this new paradigm. This practical application is just one of the many possibilities offered by Web3 technology. The benefits of introducing an individual’s genetics into an NFT artwork also extend to personalizing digital assets with an individual’s true essence, or shifting consciousness into the web3.

Let’s not confuse DNA verification with a form of KYC. The goal is not to create a biological database or fill out forms to show who we are or where we live, but to distinguish who is a real person and who has been programmed to interact with us.

The sustainability of the metaverse and future NFT projects relies on demonstrable utility for the individuals, who will constitute the community of participants. Sharing the benefits of each project in a sustainable way is essential, for example, genetized NFTs can be used in human verification.

The key will be to create an ecosystem based on collaboration, ensuring that the metaverse is open to everyone and offers us the possibility to interact safely. Every technological advancement has the potential to be used by both good and bad actors. Just consider how the emergence of social media keeps the world seamlessly connected, but can also be used to facilitate the rapid spread of fake news. It is impossible to perfect new technology, but by putting certain safeguards in place and ensuring that we have ways to identify and protect ourselves, humanity can be preserved in this new digital universe.

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Spiderhead review: Chris Hemsworth does his bad in Netflix’s dark sci-fi https://star-warz.net/spiderhead-review-chris-hemsworth-does-his-bad-in-netflixs-dark-sci-fi/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 14:01:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/spiderhead-review-chris-hemsworth-does-his-bad-in-netflixs-dark-sci-fi/ Psychology studies are riddled with past experiences that read like dystopian science fiction. Take the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, in which a group of volunteers were divided into “guardians” and “prisoners” in an effort to discern how social roles influence behavior. The experiment was canceled after six days due to the nightmarish results. In this […]]]>

Psychology studies are riddled with past experiences that read like dystopian science fiction. Take the famous Stanford Prison Experiment, in which a group of volunteers were divided into “guardians” and “prisoners” in an effort to discern how social roles influence behavior. The experiment was canceled after six days due to the nightmarish results. In this context, the configuration of Netflix spider head is nothing out of the ordinary, other than the high-tech island prison that looks like a modernist art museum.

Deadpool and Zombieland series screenwriting duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick based the film on George Saunders’ 2010 short story “Escape from Spiderhead”, in which a prisoner named Jeff (played in the Miles Teller film) is put through a series of pharmaceutical trials with drugs that manipulate his emotions and actions, especially towards other prisoners who are also dosed. The short story is something of a thought experiment, playing with the ideas of free will and morality under pressure. Director Joe Kosinski – currently in the lead with the almost simultaneous release of his film Top Gun: Maverickalso featuring Teller – keeps those themes intact, with a generous dollop of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor, Chris Hemsworth, dancing to 80s soft rock.

Hemsworth stars as Steve Abnesti, head of Abnesti Pharmaceuticals, the company that persuaded the feds to loan him a few dozen maximum-security prisoners to serve as human guinea pigs (which might seem like a stretch, until you know). learn it wildly unethical story of the US government’s experimentation on prisoners). From a tropical island fortress, Abnesti and his team test “emotional regulation” drugs that can produce love, lust and fear on command – shades of MKUltra and the CIA dosing unwitting civilians with psychedelics.

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Despite the dystopian premise, Kosinski brings a light touch to spider head. Colorful cinematography and fiery editing contrast the tragic backstories and dark living conditions of the characters, and highlight the disparity between the chemically-induced nightmarish highs and lows of Abnesti’s experiments. Midway through the film, Abnesti asks Jeff to describe the worst day of his life as two’s trip on a feel-good drug. Jeff recalls the day his father abandoned him, laughing hysterically the whole time. This general mood of emotional boost runs through everyone spider headand Kosinski effectively exploits its sinister undertones.

Much of the burden of maintaining the film’s wacky tone falls on Hemsworth, whose character combines the sociopathic coldness of a CEO, the occasional sadism of a prison guard, and the insecurity of a suburban father who fears death. to have lost its advantage. Abnesti desperately wants Jeff to love her, for reasons that are never completely clear. He doesn’t seem to care whether anyone else on the island lives or dies; he uses Jeff’s tentative love interest, Lizzy (Lovecraft Country‘s Jurnee Smollett), as an emotional cudgel, and he’s thrilled when another prisoner resorts to self-harm during a trial. He treats Jeff differently, though it’s unclear if he values ​​the man more as a friend, a plaything, or a whetstone for Abnesti’s skills in manipulation and intimidation.

Hemsworth plays Abnesti as such a hollow man that it’s clear from the start that he’s not what he seems. But it keeps the character grounded enough that he doesn’t get into Bond villain territory. As a means of regulating the emotions of the audience, this performance is effective – more so than the musical palette (jazz for sardonic moments, strings for sentimental moments), which is both manipulative and predictable. In general, spider head works best when it operates in an ironic register rather than in a sincere register. Reese and Wernick’s attempts to add emotionally charged backstory to these characters play like the padding they are; it’s obvious that spider head is a 106-minute film based on a short dialogue story.

The names of experimental drugs in spider head are kind of silly, but no dumber than the names of actual pharmaceutical drugs: the speech-enhancing serum in the story is known as “Verbaluce”, while “Vivistiff” improves feelings of arousal. The hardest to swallow is “Darkenfloxx”, the drug that sends users into a black hole of terror and despair. Again, however, Saunders and the writers are not too far from reality.

Jurnee Smollett and Miles Teller sit together at a table, touching hands, in Spiderhead's prison in Netflix's Spiderhead

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But one thing about spider head doesn’t match the real world, and the nagging contradiction almost undermines the film. In the film, Jeff is repeatedly asked to administer Darkenfloxx to other inmates, a request he refuses even when threatened with significant personal consequences if he does not cooperate. Ultimately, it turns out to be part of a larger experiment to see if subjects can be programmed to overcome “human nature” by “hurting[ing] those they love. Which is fine, except humans hurt the ones they love all the time, without needing future sci-fi drugs as an excuse.

They do it for reasons they often barely understand, an aspect of human psychology that spider head doesn’t really matter. For all of his heartbreaking backstory and overwhelming sense of guilt, Jeff ultimately always acts out of rational self-interest. It is a creature rarely seen outside of philosophical assumptions. The same goes for the other characters in the film: Throwing away the keys to the prison pantry, a prisoner who assaults Jeff and Lizzy stops because they offer him food. In real life, he’d be just as likely to kill them both and take the keys anyway.

For a film so realistic in other areas, spider head seems to deliberately circumvent the fact that most people don’t need to be pushed so hard to hurt others. Just look at it Milgram’s experiment, another famous psychological test in which a majority of subjects administered what they believed to be painful electric shocks to others, with far less persuasion than Jeff receives in the film. Is Jeff the exception to this rule? Is it a naive film or simply full of hope? We all like to think we wouldn’t hurt another person just for our own benefit. By reassuring the public that they, like Jeff, are better than that, spider headthe creators miss an opportunity to give the audience something really stimulating to chew on.

spider head streaming on Netflix from June 17.

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Best new movies on HBO Max in June 2022 https://star-warz.net/best-new-movies-on-hbo-max-in-june-2022/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://star-warz.net/best-new-movies-on-hbo-max-in-june-2022/ A new month means new options on streaming services. As far as film libraries are concerned, HBO Max dominated the competition, with options ranging from the latest blockbusters to the most iconic works from Hollywood’s Golden Age, there’s something for everyone on the streamer. June sees the addition of works by some of the biggest […]]]>

A new month means new options on streaming services. As far as film libraries are concerned, HBO Max dominated the competition, with options ranging from the latest blockbusters to the most iconic works from Hollywood’s Golden Age, there’s something for everyone on the streamer. June sees the addition of works by some of the biggest stars of the past fifty years, in genres ranging from intergalactic sci-fi and legal thrillers to romantic comedies and indie dramas about self-improvement. HBO Max covers all members of the public.

Writer / Director: Jon Favreau

Cast: Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo and Robert Downey Jr.

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Jon Favreauthe director of Iron Man and creative leader behind The Mandalorianreturned to his indie film roots with this comedy-drama he wrote, directed and starred in. Favreau plays Carl Casper, the head chef at a posh Los Angeles restaurant who becomes disillusioned with the demanding and restrictive nature of the role and quits his job to run a food truck to pursue his creative and professional fulfillment, which also allows him deepen his relationship, especially with his young son Percy (Emjay Anthony). Chief is a funny and moving film that has a beautiful depiction of a father-son relationship and features a strong supporting cast.

Director: Ted Kotcheff

Writers: Michael Kozoll and William Sackheim

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy and Richard Crenna

In the first film to appear Sylvester Stalloneiconic character John Rambo, a traumatized Vietnam War veteran is harassed and hunted down by police in a small town he was trying to pass through. After being chased into the nearby woods, Rambo’s instincts and combat training take over and he battles the many policemen as an army of one. Stallone gives one of the performances of his career in this action-thriller which deals with themes of PTSD and the treatment of veterans in the United States.

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Writers: Ronald Shusett and Dan O’Bannon

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone and Michael Ironside

There’s never a bad time to revisit Paul Verhoevenit’s classic Total recalland with its addition to HBO Max, getting your ass to Mars has never been easier. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Doug Quaid, an Earthbound construction worker who signs up for a vacation thanks to a fake memory implant, administered by the sleazy corporation Rekall. However, before the proceedings can begin, Quaid remembers that he is actually a secret agent trying to overthrow the villainous regime, and soon finds people trying to kill him at every turn, including his wife Lori (Sharon Stone). Total recall is a chaotic work of art from one of our most visionary sci-fi directors, in RoboCop and Starship Troopers Paul Verhoeven, and remains one of Schwarzenegger’s Best Movies. It’s a total blast from start to finish, holding up brilliantly well over thirty years after its release.


Writer / Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson and Dan Stevens

Anne Hathaway stars in this dark comedy as Gloria, a woman struggling with alcoholism. When her boyfriend breaks up with her and kicks her out of her apartment in New York, she is forced to move into her parents’ old house in a small town in New Hampshire. In her old hometown, she meets Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), a childhood friend who offers him a job at the bar he owns. However, after a long night out, Gloria discovers that her drinking causes a giant monster to appear in Seoul, South Korea, and attacks the city by mimicking its actions. This underrated gem is refreshing and unique take on the damage addiction can cause, while Hathaway and Sudeikis play against type and do some of the best work of their career.


Director: Sydney Pollack

Writers: David Rabe and Robert Towne

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeannie Tripplehorn, Hal Holbrook and Gene Hackman

According to the novel by John Grisham, The company stars Tom Cruise as Mitch, a recent Harvard Law School graduate who takes a job at a boutique law firm in Memphis and is taken under the wing by senior partner Avery Tolar (Hackman Gene). Mitch is quickly smitten with his new job, which comes with a high salary, a new car, a house, and his student debt paid off. But it soon emerges that the firm is representing shady clients and keeping dark secrets. The company is a strong display of a young Tom Cruise at the height of his powers, taking on an acting giant on the scale of Gene Hackman. A tense 90s legal thriller which is done too rarely in the modern film industry.


Director: Wes Craven

Writers: Carl Ellsworth and Dan Foos

Cast: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy and Brian Cox

Horror movie icon Wes Craven makes terror climb to the top of his armrest Red eyes. Rachel McAdams stars as Lisa, a woman on a flight home who sits next to a charming but unsettling man played by Cillian Murphy. The man soon turns out to be a hitman who needs Lisa’s help to reach his target and threatens the life of Lisa’s father (Brian Cox) if she fails to help him. McAdams is charming and easy to root for in the lead, while Murphy creates a menacing and memorable villain and Craven creates a tense atmosphere that few others can match.

Director: Reginald Hudlin

Writers: Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield and Eddie Murphy

Cast: Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, Halle Berry and David Alan Grier

Eddie Murphy stars as Marcus, a runaway businessman who must rethink his life choices when his new boss Jacqueline (Robin Givens) treats him the same way and it completely destabilizes him at work. Murphy’s star power is on full display in this romantic comedy that gives men a little taste of their own medicine.

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