How Empowered Minorities Helmed Multi-Million Movie Blockbusters in 2018

Back in 2016, when Scarlett Johansson was cast as the lead in the live-action Ghost in the Shell remake, critics balked, lamenting that such a prominent blockbuster role, which should have been performed by an Asian woman, was instead given to a white woman. It was part of a larger Hollywood trend, of Asian roles … Read moreHow Empowered Minorities Helmed Multi-Million Movie Blockbusters in 2018

How to stream New Year’s Eve 2019 countdowns

You can also watch the Times Square festivities from ABC, CNN and NBC through a variety of streaming TV services beyond their respective apps and pages. DirecTV Now, Hulu (with a live TV package), PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and YouTube TV can provide your fix. You’ll have more choices if you’re not too attached to … Read moreHow to stream New Year’s Eve 2019 countdowns

This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task

Depending on how paranoid you are, this research from Stanford and Google will be either terrifying or fascinating. A machine learning agent intended to transform aerial images into street maps and back was found to be cheating by hiding information it would need later in “a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.” Clever girl! This occurrence reveals … Read moreThis clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task

Epic Games surprises players on New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year! The folks over at Epic Games have a special treat in store for players hopping on Fortnite today. In celebration of New Year’s Eve all around the world, Fortnite is having an in-game live event where a massive, dropping disco ball descends on the map each hour, on the hour. The virtual … Read moreEpic Games surprises players on New Year’s Eve

Tesla is keeping 44 US stores open until midnight in year-end Model 3 sales push

Some Tesla employees will ring in the New Year on a sales floor this year as the automaker tries to liquidate its inventory of Model 3 sedans — and even its more expensive Model S and Model X vehicles — before the federal tax credit for EVs is cut in half. In a list of updated … Read moreTesla is keeping 44 US stores open until midnight in year-end Model 3 sales push

Noa’s new Alexa skill has human narrators read news from NYT, FT, Economist & others

News junkies who want something more in-depth than Alexa’s Flash Briefing now have a new option for listening to the day’s news — as well as features and other reporting — right from their smart speaker. A company called Noa has just launched an Alexa skill that uses human narrators to read you the news from … Read moreNoa’s new Alexa skill has human narrators read news from NYT, FT, Economist & others

Beijing uses face-detecting smart locks to curb public housing abuses

There are 47 projects using the technology as of the end of 2018, but the city now aims to have it in every project (serving about 120,000 tenants) by the end of June 2019. As with other uses of facial recognition in the country, this convenience comes at a steep cost to privacy. The building … Read moreBeijing uses face-detecting smart locks to curb public housing abuses