There’s an interesting new movie hitting theaters tomorrow, called Her. It sounds much like your typical romance movie, except in this case the guy falls in love with an adaptive AI. Sounds pretty boring, but where it gets interesting is as the AI evolves. Or at least, so it sounds from the very long review written up over at The Verge (go check it out if you’re interested, but be warned, it gives away a little more than the video preview below does..no big spoilers, but a lot of detail). No, it doesn’t get all Terminator-esque, it seems to remain a heart warming story throughout, but with some really interesting perspectives on AI and our future interactions with it.
The Wachowskis, who brought us The Matrix and Cloud Atlas, are at it again with Jupiter Ascending, set to hit the theaters in 2014. Features a man/wolf hybrid in a futurist setting, out to save a woman destined to be the universe’s next great leader. Ok, a bit over the top perhaps, but if they pull it off, it could be a fantastic move. Check out the trailer below.
A couple days back I saw a video taken by a camera strapped to the back of an eagle. Very cool, but I doubted the authenticity of it. I’ve been watching more and more sites post that video since then, and it’s looking like it’s the real deal, so I’m posting it here as it really is pretty cool (even if it does end up being a hoax!).
That got me thinking about all the other ‘cameras on animal’ videos I’ve seen…and I’m including some of the best below. Starting with one favorite, a camera strapped to a dog with the video set to a great song (Hearts by Johnny Neon, if you’re curious). If you’re looking to make your own pet videos, the camera of choice is definitely the GoPro.
Dog at dog park:
Here’s one strapped to the back of a Peregrine Falcon:
For you cat lovers, here’s one, a bit corporate (made by Friskies) but still very good:
I don’t think I’ve ever posted a movie trailer to this blog before…few have captured my attention enough to warrant that. This trailer for the upcoming movie Gravity though…wow. Intense. Can’t wait to see it (10/4/13 release date!)!
Ok, now that I’ve finally seen Skyfall (well, I didn’t catch it when it first hit the theaters, so decided to wait for the iTunes release and watch it on my home theater setup), I watched a trailer I’ve seen posted many times to the web, an ‘honest’ movie trailer put together by some fans(or not?). Funny, but massive spoilers so don’t watch it without seeing the movie first. As for the movie…I liked it, but I’d say Casino Royale is still my all-time favorite.
Mazda, you should be ashamed of yourself. To take the timeless Seuss classic ‘The Lorax’ and pervert it to suit your marketing neeeds…this sets a new low. The Lorax speaks for the trees and against mass consumption and consumerism. Early reviews of the movie are equally depressing, with the original environmental message mostly missing. I’ll admit that I haven’t seen it yet…with what I’ve heard so far, I’m reluctant to spend the money to see it in a theater and will wait for it to be available in iTunes instead.
One encouraging sign though, is that on YouTube, Mazda’s commercial has an overwhelming negative review so far (90% negative votes!). This is corporate green-washing at its worst. Don’t fall for it. These 4th graders can see the truth, can you?