AI and deep learning – is science fiction becoming science fact?

Science fiction gives us a glimpse of the future. Many futures, in fact. Through the eyes of such cultural visionaries as Kubrick, Asimov and Roddenberry, we’re able to peak through to the worlds of tomorrow, to the tools and toys of decades hence.

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The importance of the internet of things in healthcare

The internet of things holds many promises.

Per the OECD, IoT has the potential to impact “almost all major economic sectors: health, education, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, [and] electric grids” through a combination of network connectivity, widespread sensor placement, big data analysis, and machine learning.

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When do you stop watching?

It’s a dilemma.

You start watching a show. You have the best of intentions, but, for any number of reasons, can’t quite get into it. Something isn’t grabbing you, and you’re thinking about bailing.

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What happens when you can’t trust the president?

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It used to be taken for granted that, even if you didn’t like his politics, you could trust the president of the United States was basically telling the truth.

That when he outlined a position, he actually held it. That the world could take its cues from his statements.

Way back on January 19, the day before Donald Trump assembled “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period”, if the president spoke, people assumed he was giving you some version of the facts that mapped on to the real world.

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Review: Arrival

Denis Villeneuve delivers a sci-fi masterpiece

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In the past two decades, only two directors –Alfonso Cuarón, who won for Gravity in 2013, and Avatar’s James Cameron in 2009 – have been nominated for the Best Director Oscar for sci-fi films. That both have come in the last seven years may, optimistically, point to a slight thawing in the Academy’s stance to the genre, but it’s small comfort to anyone who cares about such things.

Perhaps, with his latest effort Arrival, Denis Villeneuve will do what Christopher Nolan was unable to, what Ridley Scott was unable to, what the Wachowskis and Neill Blomkamp and Duncan Jones and Spike Jonze and Alex Garland were unable to. Perhaps he’ll join that illustrious and exclusive club.

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