While Oscar Sharp was thinking up ideas for a film submission to Sci-Fi London's 48-Hour Film Challenge, he read a lot of sci-fi screenplays. In fact, he read all of the sci-fi screenplays he could find on the internet. That's when he had the idea: why not feed an algorithm these scripts—ranging from The X-Files to Ghostbusters toInterstellar to The Fifth Element—and let the movie write itself?
Sharp contacted his long-time collaborator Ross Goodwin, an AI researcher at NYU, who put a certain AI bot called Benjamin to the task. Benjamin is an LSTM recurrent neural network, which is often used for text recognition. It worked by ingesting the screenplays, dissecting them down to the letter, and learning to predict which letters, words, and phrases were likely to appear together. Eventually, Benjamin even learned to write in screenplay format with stage directions and dialogue.
"As soon as we had a read-through, everyone around the table was laughing their heads off with delight," Sharp told Ars Technica. The resulting screenplay and film, Sunspring (which you can and definitely should read), is dramatic and absurdly funny. The characters speak in enigmas befitting of the film's futuristic world. (One of the stage directions Benjamin wrote: "He is standing in the stars and sitting on the floor.")...
Eerie images of America’s most abandoned places, from theme parks to shopping malls and stadiums, have been documented by one photographer hoping to raise awareness of the spaces left behind. Shopping malls once teeming with people are shown empty with indoor escalators covered in snow, the interior of a once grand theatre is seen empty and derelict, and the busy theme parks of old are seen as a pile of lifeless rubbish and abandoned machinery.
Harold Feinstein, master photographer and renowned teacher, died in his home on Saturday, June 20, 2015. His wife Judith Thompson was at his side. Feinstein was born in Coney Island Hospital in 1931 of Jewish immigrant parents. He began photographing in 1946 at the age of 15 by borrowing a Rolleiflex from a neighbor and heading straight to Coney Island. Certain of his calling as an artist, he dropped out of school at the age of 16 and became the youngest member of New York’s historic Photo League in 1949.
Information visualization has a long history and there were great strides made in the field between the 17th and 19th centuries, in particular. However, the century that has seen the greatest progress in the development of information visualization thanks to the development of computing power. Visualizations like the redrawing of the classic Minardi map of the Russian Revolution, pictured below, could now be rendered in increasing detail and with interactive elements. Author/Copyright holder:...
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