Month: December 2018

‘Black Panther,’ 10 Months On

It’s difficult to believe that this movie was released in 2018. There’s been so much news since February, cinematic and otherwise, that it feels like ‘Black Panther’ is a film from years ago. But of course it isn’t, and of course it stands a good chance of taking home some Oscars in another couple months. So let’s take a moment to look at the movie again and see if it has anything different to say, almost a year after its initial splash. The movie’s visuals hold up, but maybe that goes without saying. The Marvel technical team knows what...

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Sonic the Hedgehog Poster Revealed

Paramount recently released a poster for the upcoming Sonic movie, centered on the main character from Sega’s extremely successful decades-long video game franchise. The poster has received largely negative feedback, based largely on the strange and slightly disconcerting design of the title character. The design seems to be following the lead of another video game-based movie, ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu,’ which features character designs that make use of a realistic fur texture on many characters, as opposed to a clean, glossy look that has been used in other iterations of both Pokemon and Sonic the Hedgehog. The new Sonic also...

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AI-Composed ‘Painting’ to Go on Auction

A visual work composed by AI (Artificial Intelligence) will soon go on auction through Christie’s, a prestigious auction house originally based in the UK. The piece is titled ‘Edmond de Belamy.’ The specific AI used is the work of a French art collective who call themselves Obvious. It is part of a series of works designed by the collective, as part of an attempt to explore the relationship between AI and what we perceive of as art. It is difficult to gauge the attitudes of the art community in response to these experiments. Christie’s, as well as multiple news...

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Amazon Plans to Open More Cashier-Free Stores

Tech giant Amazon is reportedly planning to open more stores utilizing their pioneering technology that allows normal operation without the use of cashiers or check-out lines. This technology has already been implemented in multiple retail stores around the country, including locations in Amazon’s native Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago. Cameras are used to detect when a customer has removed an item from a shelf. Linked computers tabulate each customer’s accumulated items and charges them based on the preferred payment information already stored in their specific Amazon account. This model has proved effective thus far, although it is still seen...

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