Knock-knock. Who’s there? THE FUTURE. (Apple Is Making Minority Report a Reality)

Tom-Cruise-Minority-reportApple has just brought us one step closer to sci-fi reality. Business Insider reports that the tech innovator has been granted a patent for “three dimensional user interface session control” — translation: a technology that will enable users to operate their computers (and devices?) using hand gestures in the air. You know….like in the film “Minority Report.” According to BI, the technology already exists, but kind of sucks as is. So now Apple is in prime position to work their magic and make it so. Take a look.

(Shout out to director of photography Jendra Jarnagin for the 411.)

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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.

Fresh from El Futuro: 10 Inventions That Could Change Your Life

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A tooth tattoo that detects teeth-eating bacteria. A bionic retina. A next-level virtual reality visor. These are among the 10 invetions CNN has gathered together for it’s list of 10 inventions that will change life as we know it. Some are in early stages yet, but they’re already leaps and bounds ahead. Think of these as early smartphones or luggage with wheels — inventions that have come a long way, but whose practical genius totally reinvented the way we do some very basic things. And let’s be honest: could we imagine life without them at this point?

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See in 3-D: the Oculus Rift virtual reality visor

And we would like to modestly (a-hem) point out that one of these future-forward thingamajigs is something we told you about many moons ago: the much-anticipated Oculus Rift virtual reality visor. Do we know the future or what?

The CNN 10: Inventions

What the @#$**!% is a DASER?

DASER logoOn October 18, I had the honor and pleasure of being a part of something very sexy.  ‘Twas the National Academy of Science’s monthly series, called DASER (D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous) — a sweet spot in the heart of the nation’s capital, where people get together to talk about 2 of my fave things in the entire world: art and science.
And trust me, although I look both sleepy and sarcastic in the photo below,
DASER was fan-f**kin-tastic.

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The job of the October panel was to talk about science fiction… which I find quite exciting. Needless to say, I was all too happy to introduce everyone to the irons I currently have in the fire: Roxë15 and Godspeed. And I was in great company on the stage, arty science types doing hot projects: two sci-fi authors (one of whom is a theoretical physicist, the other someone who predicted a current-day technology in his writing), plus a law professor who’s a founder of the Center for Science and the Imagination and a moderator who’s EIC of the magazine “Issues in Science and Technology.”  And an audience of other very cool, creative eggheads. I swear, smart people are so sexy.
DASER_panel widePS: If you are in the D.C. area, check DASER out for your monthly dose of
cyber-geek-sexy.

Women. Who Needs ‘Em?

BLOG_no way-sexist_tiger rugMisogyny….it’s so tired, so neanderthal — so repulsive, so useless. Yet and still, unlike the extinct pint-sized sub-species, misogyny and it’s little brother, male chauvinism, continue to live. This post could go anywhere, but we will focus on how this cancer keeps contaminating one of our fave things in the world: film.

It’s hard to believe, but in this day and age, there are still those who are seriously selling the B.S. line that a woman should not/cannot carry a film. Films like the sci-fi flick “Gravity.” Not long ago, director Alfonso Cuarón revealed that he was pressured to change the gender of the lead character of “Gravity,” played by Sandra Bullock, to be male. ( And let’s be clear: Cuarón wrote the “Gravity’s” script about this woman character with his son.)

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Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone in “Gravity” (2013)

Enough already.

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Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in “Alien” (1979).

Enough of this ridiculous knee-jerk assumption that stories of adventure, intrigue, daring or importance are testosterone territory. One of the most memorable characters in contemporary science fiction, Ripley from the “Alien” film franchise (rocked out by Sigourney Weaver), was written as a man, but director Ridley Scott thought the movie would be more interesting if Ripley was a woman. Now imagine how much less memorable “Alien” would’ve been as yet another sci-fi flick with a male protagonist battling aliens in deep space.  See how that works?

Clearly, some people (and by ‘people’, I mean pathetic men and the pea-brained women who let these dudes shape their thinking) are very resistant to the reality that women and men are equal. Not the SAME, but equal in value. Everything in science, nature and divinity confirms this. And no amount of misogyny, chauvinism, male worship or plain old wishful thinking is ever going to change that fact….so for the love of God, deal with it and stop trying to derail great storytelling with your intellectually impotent nonsense. Here’s a 21st century news flash: like so many other things once thought to be the exclusive domain of men (voting, driving, running one’s own sex life, being boss, having a bank account, and yes….even acting), the jobs of lead actor and (gasp!) even film director, have both fallen into women’s greedy little hands. And guess what? We’re not going anywhere.

Roxë15: Onward and Upward!

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We have officially concluded the IndieGoGo campaign for Roxë15!

Thanks to the backing of visionary and generous supporters, we are headed toward post-production. We SO appreciate everyone who gave to this project.
Thank you for being invested!

We eternally grateful for all of the many forms of love that have come to this project from so many corners. Without audience, there is no point — so having you with us means everything…. and we will be loving you right back. We very much look forward to presenting a sci-fi film that is fresh, authentic and innovative.
Roxë15 will represent a new voice and a new perspective, in a new way. Namaste.

P.S.:
If you missed us on IGG,
the production accepts donations ongoing through PayPal:
Roxë15 on PAYPAL

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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