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Express | Johnny Depp undergoes terrifying transformation for new eerie science fiction film, Transcendence

December 23, 2013

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Source: Express — December 21, 2013 | Nicole Morley

The exciting trailer for new sci-fi flick Transcendence has been released. Playing scientist Will Caster in the movie, Depp’s character is desperate to reach immortality.

Caster attempts to transfer his knowledge, memories and emotions into an advanced computer programme to live on as artificial intelligence.

After the radiation claims Caster’s body, he survives as a virtual person — but his colleagues soon discover that they’re playing a… read more

Dish Magazine | Spike Jonze on getting to know Her

December 21, 2013

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Source: Dish Magazine — December 2013 | Fred Topel

Though Jonze did some research on some of the science of Her, he ultimately went with his heart. “Obviously, I love science fiction too,” he explained.

“I definitely was interested in things that Ray Kurzweil — American author, inventor, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google — writes about, and things like that.

“I made a lot of notes about artificial intelligence and watched a lot… read more

Slate | Her Spike Jonze’s wistful portrait of our love affair with technology

December 21, 2013

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Source: Slate — December 19, 2013 | Dana Stevens

It’s one of Her’s great strengths that it’s neither dystopian nor utopian in its vision of the coming singularity (the writer Ray Kurzweil’s term for an imagined future in which technology will have achieved consciousness).

In the first hour especially, there are many well-chosen details that satirize our growing dependence on gadgets to enhance moment-to-moment lived experience. [...]

NPR | A man and his machine, finding out what love is

December 21, 2013

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Source: NPR — December 19, 2013 | David Edelstein

Although sci-fi teems with cautionary tales of machines growing smarter than humans and taking over the world, on the basis of Her, I think Jonze yearns on some level for what futurist Ray Kurzweil calls “the singularity,” when machines will take on human characteristics and our minds will be expanded by machines.

Jonze began with what could have been a one-joke idea, and in the course of getting it on… read more

The New York Times | The Top 75 New York Times Best-Selling Education Books of 2013

December 20, 2013

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Source: The New York Times — December 18, 2013 | Deborah Hofmann

Welcome to the debut of The New York Times Bestseller List of Education titles.

This collection of eclectic and far-ranging titles is intended to get people talking and thinking about the many ways we discuss education, how we present sometimes arcane subjects, and how we think about teaching and learning at all ages and in many contexts.

The list was compiled by looking at every adult nonfiction… read more

Vulture | Transcendence teaser: Johnny Depp is singularity and loving it

December 20, 2013

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Source: Vulture — December 19, 2013 | Jesse David Fox

Is everyone pumped for the singularity? We’ll get to live forever and play in synth-pop bands with Ray Kurzweil. That’s where Transcendence comes in.

Directed by Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister, it tells the story of a brilliant artificial intelligence researcher, Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), who goes mad with power trying to achieve singularity. [...]

The Washington Post | Artificial intelligence: our final invention?

December 20, 2013

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Source: The Washington Post — December 18, 2013 | Matt Miller

This spring Hollywood will weigh in with Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as an AI researcher targeted by violent extremists who think we’re crossing a Rubicon that will be a disaster for humanity.

A few years ago I read chunks of Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity Is Near. Kurzweil argued that what sets our age apart from all previous ones is the accelerating pace of technological advance.

This… read more

Slate | Johnny Depp is starring in a movie about the singularity

December 20, 2013

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Source: Slate — December 20, 2013 | Will Oremus

Ray Kurzweil is convinced the technological singularity is nigh. So is Johnny Depp’s character, it seems, in a Hollywood flick that’s due out in April.

This may be the singularity’s mainstream moment. Kurzweil is its preeminent latter-day apostle, and he was recently hired as an engineer by Google to work on hastening its arrival by teaching computers to understand English. Now we’ve got Captain Jack Sparrow explaining it in a… read more

The Blaze | Glenn: The government cannot stop the exponential growth of technology

December 15, 2013

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Source: The Blaze — January 18, 2013 | Glenn Beck

Technology is advancing at a rampant rate, which creates amazing possibilities but also incredible challenges for the average person. Only a few years ago your music player, phone, TV, and computer were all separate devices that would have cluttered your desk if you laid them all out. Today, all of that fits in the palm of your hand with your smartphone or tablet. And that’s just the beginning. New… read more

The Blaze | What happens when machine overtakes man?

December 15, 2013

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Source: The Blaze — November 19, 2013 | Benjamin Weingarten

As listeners may know, Glenn Beck believes strongly in Ray Kurzweil’s work and the concept of Singularity. Kurzweil argued that this convergence, resulting in Singularity, would occur due to exponential increases in technology, which would develop at faster and faster rates over time under the Law of Accelerating Returns.

Glenn has argued that technological advances will be so rapid and jarring that the results will often be unpredictable,… read more

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