ROBOPOCALYPSE IN MASS MEDIA

“At first, art imitates life. Then life will imitate art.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Watch the first trailer for HBO’s upcoming Westworld series

 

From Digital Trends:

 

[T]he dark drama [is] based on the 1973 film of the same name about a futuristic, Wild West theme park where the artificially intelligent inhabitants rebel against their human keepers.

 

 

Source: Watch the First Trailer For HBO’s Upcoming Westworld Series | Digital Trends

How analytics are turning games into distraction machines

From Digital Trends:

 

No matter how users stumble into a freemium game, once they’re hooked, almost every title is an unending staircase. They’re designed so that each step up only leads to more options, and more opportunities to spend more money, and more time in the pursuit of the next goal. It’s an infinite climb that, for some players, can have more in common with addiction than entertainment.

When it comes to understanding freemium, the best advice may be the message that Matthew Broderick received back in the ‘80s when he tried to win the War Game against a machine: “The only way to win, is not to play!”

 

Gaming analytics allow developers to hack your feeble human brain like never before, and highly refined games they’re cranking out with it are more like crack than art.

Source: How analytics are turning games into distraction machines | Digital Trends

Pokemon Go T&Cs strip users of legal rights

From TechCrunch:

 

Players of Pokemon Go are not only giving up their right to act like sane human beings in public, as they walk around, zombie-esque, reaching into the phones held in front of their faces, they are also likely to be waiving legal rights if they don’t take a very close look at Niantic Labs’ Terms of Service for the game.

 

Source: Pokemon Go T&Cs strip users of legal rights | TechCrunch

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Sunspring: a sci-fi short film written by a machine

 

Guaranteed to blow your mind!

 

From ars technica via YouTube:

In the wake of Google’s AI Go victory, filmmaker Oscar Sharp turned to his technologist collaborator Ross Goodwin to build a machine that could write screenplays. They created “Jetson” and fueled him with hundreds of sci-fi TV and movie scripts. Shortly thereafter, Jetson announced it wished to be addressed as Benjamin. Building a team including Thomas Middleditch, star of HBO’s Silicon Valley, they gave themselves 48 hours to shoot and edit whatever Benjamin (Jetson) decided to write.

 

Prosthetic arms inspired by ‘Deus Ex’ are coming next year

From engadget:

[Deus Ex] delves deep into a possible future where human augmentation is commonplace, changing society and warfare in equal measure. Two arms – one based on Adam Jensen, the hero of Mankind Divided, another on the wider Deus Ex universe – will be released next year as royalty-free designs that anyone can use.

Source: Prosthetic arms inspired by ‘Deus Ex’ are coming next year

A guy trained a machine to “watch” Blade Runner. Then things got seriously sci-fi

From Vox:

In other words: Warner had just DMCA’d an artificial reconstruction of a film about artificial intelligence being indistinguishable from humans, because it couldn’t distinguish between the simulation and the real thing.

Source: A guy trained a machine to “watch” Blade Runner. Then things got seriously sci-fi. – Vox