The Robots Are Coming

artificial intelligenceArtificial intelligence has just evolved in a huge way. The NY Times reports that scientists at Google and at Google Stanford University have developed a software that can teach itself to recognize what’s happening in photographs. Google’s old-school image-recognition software could only teach itself to identify individual objects. (After seeing 10 million images from YouTube, it taught itself to recognize cats. Ha!) This new program is braniac in comparison; in most cases, the software’s photo captions were pretty much the same as those of human observers. It’s very cool, but maybe a little unsettling? I just wonder, when the software describes  “A pizza sitting on top of a pan on top of a stove,” what does that mean to the software? What is its understanding of what pizza, a pan, and a stove are?

I guess one day very soon, I’ll be able to ask it myself.

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Her Is Gorgeous

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Joaquin Phoenix rocks the house in “Her”

How intimate are you and your technology? Do you trust it? Do you need it? Do you want it — even miss it — when you’re away from it? Now imagine that your technology felt the same things for you….and more. Could you….would you…..cross that line?

Her is a intriguing, visionary look at the next level of humanity’s relationship with tech. Take it from CyberGeek #1, Spike Jonze and his cast did their thing — they created an eloquent, realistic, tech-driven near-future sci-fi flick that’s actually all about the human heart and soul. This one will stick in your head, especially if you’re listening toward the end. (Oh, and BTW: do not let the corny commercial throw you off.)

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Sean Young as Rachael in the classic, “Blade Runner”

Last but not least, here are a few other movies starring the world’s most lovable robots.

ROXË15: Update!

You’re probably wondering:
Where in the world is Roxë?

A new voice in science fiction

Roxë15: A sci fi short film

We are thrilled to report that as you read these words,
Roxë15 is in the very capable hands of superb editor Lamont Jack Pearley!
YAAAAAY!

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He’s very serious about editing: Lamont Jack Pearley

Jack (who’s also a fantastic filmmaker in his own right) has edited for Bloomberg Business Week and City Lights Media, worked production with Upright Citizens Brigade and in the documentary world — not to mention his work producing, directing and editing his films and Web series. We’re amped that he is now slicing, dicing and cutting Roxë15 into the future-forward visual journey it’s destined to be. Our ETA for the finished film? Early 2014. After Jack does his thing, we still have a couple more post-production bases to cover before prime time…..but baby, we are well on our way.

Stay tuned!

COUNTDOWN

It’s on!
Our campaign to raise post-production money is up until 11:30pm PST tonight!

Big love to everyone who has already pledged their support to Roxë15.
We thank you for getting behind this new voice. For everyone else, you still have a few hours to support Roxë15! Check it out on IndieGoGo and if you dig it, become a backer. Let’s change the playing field in American film!

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Convo with a Computer?

In the year 2051, it’ll be a no-brainer. Not only will your computer have convos with you, those conversations will be some of your most important ones. One of Roxë’s main fall-backs is Tech Support, the artificial intelligence technical support savior of computers gone awry.
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Maria Martir, a chanteuse with an insanely sexy voice, is the voice of Tech Support in Roxë15. And she has a helluva question about artificial intelligence.

THE CAMPAIGN TO RAISE POST-PRODUCTION FUNDS FOR THIS FILM ENDS SEPT. 30 AT 11:59 PST.
Support inventive film!

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You can catch Maria scorching up stages around NYC.