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  1. Watch out, kid. He may take your job one day. In an interview with Axios, Steve Mnuchin says he's very optimistic that AI won't affect jobs in the long run. He offers a Star Wars analogy. Perhaps you've been worried that someone will soon design a robot that can do your job. Yes, a robot that can play politics even better than you do. And, on a grander scale, what if a robot came along that could code even faster than Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and be a slightly better speaker? Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin believes there's little reason to worry. In an interview with Mike Allen of Axios, Mnuchin was asked how artificial intelligence would affect jobs (around the 46.50 second mark). "In terms of artificial intelligence taking over American jobs, we're, like, so far away from that that it's not even on my radar screen," he said. He said it would be "50 or 100 more years" before humans should worry about robots making them dispensable. But wait, aren't robots already taking over human jobs and, indeed, the human ability to drive? Isn't Steve Wozniak worried that he will soon become a robot's pet? Mnuchin elaborated that he could see Elon Musk's idea of self-driving cars in tunnels going under the whole of America to alleviate traffic. "That, to me, isn't artificial intelligence. That's computers and using real technology we have today," he said. To Mnuchin, "that's very different from artificial, you know, R2-D2 taking over your job. You know, interviewing me." This is a relief. I'd been concerned that a joke-telling robot was a threat. Still, while it's true that humans have adjusted to technological change many times before, perhaps this time it will be different. AI as we've seen it so far tends to enrich the few at the top and doesn't filter down quite so readily to those toiling below, and that's got experts worried. Indeed, a Forester report last year suggested that AI will wipe out 6 percent of all jobs by 2021. On Thursday, PwC estimated that 38 percent of US jobs were at risk within the next 15 years. Allen in fact pressed Mnuchin about short-term effects of robotics, such as robots that can fold towels in hotels. "Quite frankly, I'm optimistic," said Mnuchin. "That's what creates productivity." He said training and education were the ways to help American workers, so that they can do more productive jobs for higher wages. Education is surely a good idea, one that shouldn't be burdened with budget cuts. One survey suggested that the US ranks 14th out of 40 countries studied in "cognitive skills and educational attainment." Which, sadly, puts us below Russia. A recent Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development study of math, reading and science skills saw the US 25th in science (below Slovenia) and 40th in math skills (below Vietnam, Russia and the OECD average.) And then there was this White House report that suggested automation of one kind or another will affect between 9 and 47 percent of all jobs within 10 to 20 years. We'd better hurry up with that education thing. I hear R2-D2 is thinking of starting a family. Source
  2. I have started this sub-section for Android Games to keep Android mobile games free from applications / themes. All nsane members are requested to post Games here. If admins as requested creates a sub-forum for it at any stage, this thread will be merged later. For posting guidelines, please refer to this post: //www.nsaneforums.com/topic/220597-guidelines-and-templates/ PS: Admin, thanks for listening to Android sub-forum request.
  3. he official Blu-Ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is scheduled to be released in two weeks time but an early copy has just leaked on various pirate sites. Considering the hype around the movie in recent months it's no surprise that hundreds of thousands of fans have already downloaded the movie. After becoming one of the top grossing movies of all time in theaters, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now gearing up for its home entertainment releases. Many people are expected to buy the Blu-Ray and DVDs, which are scheduled to come out on April 5th, so they can relive the latest chapter in the convenience of their own home. However, it appears that pirates are off to an early start. As is often the case with popular movies, the Blu-Ray versions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has leaked online in advance of its retail debut. There are currently dozens of copies posted on torrent, hosting and streaming sites, including The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents where it leads the lists of most shared files. The first copy appeared online yesterday and within 12 hours an estimated 250,000 people had already grabbed a copy. This number is likely to increase to several millions during the weeks to come. The Blu-Ray disc, posted below, originates from the REPLiCA release group and appears to be a regular retail copy. Under the most recent rules, Scene release groups are required to supply a photo of the physical disc with their group tag as proof. Leaked Star Wars Blu-Ray The leaked Blu-Ray is by no means the first footage that has ended up on pirate sites. Several camcorded copies of the movie have been floating online for three months, but due to their low quality the interest in these releases has been limited. Needless to say, this isn’t an issue with the Blu-Ray version. Screenshot from the pirated Blu-Ray In recent weeks Disney and Lucasfilm have tried to limit the exposure of pirated copies. The companies sent out tens of thousands of takedown requests to Google. However, on most pirate sites the film remains widely available. In any case, it’s safe to say that the movie studios will be disappointed with the early pirate release, which is likely to eat away at some of the home entertainment revenues. Article source
  4. If there’s a bright center to the virtual reality universe, you’re about to get the chance to enter the experience that it’s farthest from. Trials on Tatooine is one of the first commercial virtual reality experiences featuring the Star Wars universe. Lucasfilm’s venerable effects outfit Industrial Light and Magic built this game in its ILMxLab division with the hopes of bringing storytelling to new mediums. The software works with HTC and Valve’s Steam VR-powered HTC Vive, and it has players interacting with R2-D2, wielding a lightsaber, and avoiding stormtrooper fire (hint: stand still so you don’t accidentally wander into one of their stray shots). Analysts at tech advisor Digi-Capital think the VR business could grow to $30 billion in spending by 2020, and a simulated binary sunset over the dunes of Tatooine is something that could push that market to grow at a rapid pace. Check out the trailer for Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine below: This isn’t ILMxLab’s first attempt at VR. The company has messed around with the technology for months, and it is even pushing the boundaries of what is possible in augmented reality, which mixes together digital images with the real world. With Industrial LIght and Magic pushing into new, unexplored fields, the company is looking for help from capable people who can help it understand these new technologies. To aid in that search, it launched a new video today that shows off what it’s working on while asking for qualified candidates to “join the Force.” As part of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, ILMxLab is giving a talk about “bringing cinematic VR to life.” That panel begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, and it will appear online as a video-on-demand in a few months. SourcE
  5. The following videos take original Star Wars clips with original characters but change the dialogue into something altogether different. Funny and irreverent, the audio syncing is tremendously well done and the voice impersonations equally so. Not only very clever but also great fun – enjoy! "STAR WARS: A Bad Lip Reading" "THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: A Bad Lip Reading" "RETURN OF THE JEDI: A Bad Lip Reading" Source
  6. How many characters do you think there are in Star Wars? And not just the seven major movies, either – which are now considered 'canon'. But also the expanded universe, encompassing all the story elements depicted in innumerable novels, comic books, video games, and more. Care to take a guess? According to Swiss researchers, there's actually a whopping 21,647 characters in total, which they extracted from entries in Wookieepedia, the fan-maintained Star Wars encyclopaedia. If that number seems a little on the high side, bear in mind that it's across some 36,000 years of storyline in total, squeezing in all kinds of galactic minutiae that mainstream Star Wars fans would be totally unaware of. And now all those characters – or, at least, the 7,563 deemed important enough – have been charted on this truly mind-boggling map that shows the connections between all the primary Star Wars heroes, villains, and in-betweeners. Of these, 1,367 are Jedi and 724 are Sith. The characters are spread among 640 different communities on 294 planets, and despite the high visibility of aliens in the Star Wars universe, it turns out almost 80 percent of the major players are actually human. The details of this massive map, charted by researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, show that its designers would understand almost-invisible intricacies of the Star Wars social fabric that its own creators may never have even considered. "To put some order into this massive forest of data, we based our approach on network analysis," said data scientist Xavier Bresson of EPFL's Signal Processing Laboratory. "In other words, all the connections that one character has with all the others. Using these cross-references, we are able to accurately determine the time period of the character almost without fail, when this information is not directly provided in the books or movies." Aside from being a geeky labour of love for those involved, the map is also a demonstration of data techniques the researchers say could help in all sorts of real-life research, using algorithms to create and interpret links between massive amounts of data. "Once enough documents and archives have been digitised," said Bresson, "this method could be useful in filling knowledge gaps that remain in historical and sociological research and in numerous scientific fields as well." It's also helpful if you're ever curious about the social circle of… say, Yoda. For those only interested in the really important characters, the researchers created this separate graph below (large version here) highlighting the connections of Star Wars' top 20. Enjoy. http://www.sciencealert.com/data-scientists-map-every-important-character-in-the-star-wars-universe
  7. So, It Comes To This: Real Star Wars Printed Condoms These are real Star Wars condoms you can order from Graphic Armor, a company that specializes in custom condom printing and not knight's armor painted with butts and penises like I imagined in my mind. So like, the actual condom you put on your wiener really has a quote on it and a picture of Vader or Yoda. Granted it's probably not going to look so clear when it's on your wiener, but you only have your wiener to blame for that. At least Yoda will look shriveled and lifelike. The text will probably look like wingdings. I want one custom printed to make my penis look like a lightsaber. *swinging green lightsaber around so it slaps my legs* Hey honey, ever been with a Jedi? "I'm going to bed." I don't blame you. But seriously you haven't ever been with a Jedi though, right? I can't compete with that. Source
  8. Star Wars Shadow Art Looks Like Clutter Until Light Hits It From The Perfect Angle This is a series of Star Wars shadow art created by pop artist Red Hong Yi. It all looks like a bunch of clutter on sticks until the light hits it from just the right angle. Then MAGIC HAPPENS. Magic also happens when I put on my robe and wizard hat. Just kidding, that is usually when sadness happens. Did I tell you I tried casting a love spell on my girlfriend? It worked, except she fell in love with my roommate and now they're moving in together. Or, I should say, they're moving into my place together and asked me to leave. It's cool though, it won't be the first time I've set an apartment building on fire. Source
  9. Not CG: Star Wars's BB-8 Soccer Ball Droid Appears IRL This is a video from Star Wars Celebration 2015 yesterday of the franchise's new loveable droid, BB-8. Apparently they discussed using an entirely computer generated droid before realizing that would suck and be a George Lucas prequels move and decided to build a functional robotic version instead. I'm not even sure how the hell he works and keeps his head on. My guess is gyroscopes and magnets. One thing's for sure though: BB-8 definitely just rolled his way into my heart. Well, technically over my foot and into my shin, but still. Source
  10. Star Wars Celebration just kicked off in California with a worldwide livestream of panel for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Director JJ Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy took the stage to give lip service to the fans, doing it all for the fans and some misspelled emoticons: When all was said and done, John Boyega (Finn), Daisy Ridley (Rey), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Anthony Daniels (C-3P0), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) were onstage with a batch of newly-designed stormtroopers. Finally, after giving a little bit of new information about the film (the desert planet isn’t Tatooine, it’s “Jakku”), Disney and The Force Awakens team unleashed the second teaser on the world: If you didn’t get a good enough look at those new villains and the new Imperial insignia, good news: some The Force Awakens promotional art leaked this morning, giving us a better look at Kylo Ren’s mask, the new Troopers, and that awesome silver Stormtrooper with a cape. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18th 2015. http://www.geek.com/news/new-star-wars-the-force-awakens-teaser-and-villains-revealed-1620604/
  11. As with all things giant and conglomerate, Star Wars news usually comes through business announcements as often as anything else. Today is no exception, with StarWars.co announcing the first official details about our not-Episode VIII upcoming Star Wars movie, as well as confirming when the next trilogy installment will come our way. The hits: Gareth Edwards, Felicity Jones, Rian Johnson. December 16, 2016, and May 26, 2017. The spin-off film not connected to a trilogy will be called Star Wars: Rogue One, and will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) and written by Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz). Felicity Jones — who was almost going to be Black Cat in a Sony Spider-verse before Amazing Spider-Man 2 bombed — is the first official cast member on board. It hits theaters on December 16, 2016. Disney President Bob Iger announced these details to shareholders this morning as well as confirming that Looper writer-director Rian Johnson will also be writing-directing the next trilogy installment, Star Wars Episode VIII. That movie is instead going to try to hit closer to the original’s released date: May 26, 2017 — forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars in 1977. We don’t really know what Rogue One is about or when it’s going to take place in the Star Wars canonical universe. The current press release says the idea came from Idustiral Light & Magic’s Chief Creative Officer John Knoll, who will also be producing. I can’t find anything that Kroll has said about having a Star Wars idea in the past, but that doesn’t mean it’s not out there. At different times during pre-production, people have thought this film was a Obi-Wan Kenobi solo movie, a Boba Fett movie, a young Han Solo movie and — most recently — a Sabine from Star Wars: Rebels movie. Last time I heard any information about it, it was suggested to me that all or some of those ideas are not mutually exclusive. With Sabine the Rebels character being a Mandalorian (with similar armor), young Boba Fett surviving the Battle of Geonosis in Episode II and virtually no one mentioning where Han Solo was before A New Hope, all of these ideas could still be on the table. “Rogue One” could also be a call sign, the leader of a squadron or pack of rogues, pirates, smugglers, or other morally questionable characters. This would lend some credence to rumors that this movie will cover how the Rebel Alliance came across the Death Star plans in between the original and prequel trilogies. All we know now is that we have a title, star, director and writer, which is more than we have for a lot of movies that we’re drooling over. What is Rogue One? The search begins now. http://www.geek.com/news/star-wars-rogue-one-is-your-next-star-wars-movie-release-1617825/
  12. You’ve seen amateur remakes of your favorite movie trailers. You’ve seen Lego remakes of your favorite movie trailers, and you’ve even seen 8-bit remakes of your favorite movie trailers. But this particularly remake of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer uses a trick you’ve probably never seen before. Check out the teaser for the first in the new Star Wars trilogy redone entirely in neon. In this video, YouTube user Neonardo recreates every shot in the Episode VII trailer as a flickering, moving neon picture. So now you can watch John Boyega stumbling in the desert in a Stormtrooper outfit, that little bouncing soccer ball droid BB-8, and the infamous crossguard lightsaber ignition as if they were glowing signs above a bar or a bowling alley. Reducing the real images into minimalist colored outlines is a neat effect, like something out of fellow Disney sci-fi franchise Tron, and by the time the classic Star Wars logo appears virtually unchanged, suddenly its trademark font has even more resonance. If you enjoy the style you’ll be glad to hear that Neonardo uses it for more than just Star Wars fan art. The UK-based digital artist’s YouTube channel features a showreel with neon remakes of everything from 60s Batman to Jurassic Park to Inception’s spinning top. Meanwhile, Neonardo’s online gallery showcases neon images from classic films like North by Northwest and more modern ones like a dancing neon baby Groot. So the next time you’re looking for a snazzy visual remix of a hot new movie trailer, be on the lookout for Neonardo. Source
  13. Man Syncs Christmas Light Show To Star Wars Songs This is a video of music teacher (hence the giant instruments) Tom BetGeorge's Christmas lights display. Tom says he has about 12,500 channels running 100,000 lights, and this year they're all synced to Star Wars songs (there's even a lightsaber battle). I wonder how many people have been blinded by the display and blown through that stop sign and crashed into a neighbor's house. Because in my mind it's at least in the tens, and that neighbor is pissed. Source
  14. It Was Only A Matter Of Time (24 hours later): LEGO Version Of The New Star Wars Teaser Trailer This is a stop-motion LEGO version of the new Star Wars teaser trailer. Youtuber Snooperking made it within a day of the original coming out. Obviously, the quality kind of reflects that. Source
  15. It isn’t a hoverboard, but it is the next best thing: Californian company Aerofex is now taking down payments for the Star Wars-like Aero-X hoverbike. Priced at $85,000 the Aero-X certainly isn’t cheap, but if it actually comes to market as promised in 2017, I don’t think the price tag will be an issue for early adopters. The Aero-X, if it performs as advertised, will be capable of carrying up to 140 kilos (310 lbs), at an altitude of 3.7 meters (12 feet), at speeds of up to 72 kph (45 mph). Aerofex first demonstrated its prototype hoverbike back in 2012. Back then, the prototype (embedded below) was little more than two huge ducted fans — like you might find on a hovercraft — with a bike- or quad-like frame and seat. The commercial version, the Aero-X, which is scheduled to begin flight tests in 2016, will look a lot slicker and feature an all-carbon-fiber-composite chassis, resulting in a rather lithe dry weight of just 356 kg (785 lbs). It’ll be powered by a normal gas-powered three-cylinder engine, which will allow it to carry up to two people (as long as they weigh under 140 kilos (including baggage) at speeds of up to 72 kph. It doesn’t mention it anywhere on the Aero-X website, but it will probably be very, very noisy. The fuel tank is good for 85 minutes of operation. The Aero-X is capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL). Now, in theory, it isn’t actually very hard to strap two huge fans to a motorbike-like frame and putter around. What is hard is creating a hoverbike that’s safe, fun, and easy to control. There’s a reason no one has made a successful hoverbike before now. According to Aerofex, the Aero-X is “a hovercraft that rides like a motorcycle.” This is tough, due to something called the coupling effect. Basically, all open-rotor craft are unstable, finicky beasts that require a lot of skill to pilot. This is why you can’t just point a helicopter in the direction you want to go — there are all sorts of different forces at play that need to be controlled and counteracted at the same time, thus the helicopter’s massively complex controls. Merely leaning left or right, like on a motorcycle, isn’t enough — unless you have some clever technology that helps keep the hoverbike stable. Aerofex says it’s solved the coupling problem, has filed the relevant patents, and thus — if all goes well — the Aero-X will be the first safe and easy-to-use hoverbike on the market. What the finished Aero-X hoverbike will look like, hopefully At this point, you should probably be rather excited: Like the theoretical hoverboard, there could be some really, really cool applications for a stable hoverbike. With a max altitude of around 12 feet, you could take the hoverbike almost anywhere. You could cruise over deserts, fields, hills — and with the optional “flotation pontoons,” over lakes and rivers. By talking to the FAA, Aerofex found that the bike could be classified as something like an “aerial ATV” if its max altitude stays below 12 feet, thus removing any need for a pilot license. Beyond sports and recreation, there are also agricultural, police, and military uses. Judging by the amount of thrust produced by those rotors, though, you probably don’t want to fly over anything fragile — like, you know, small animals or your wife’s roses. Aerofex is taking Aero-X pre-orders today, with expected delivery “in 2017.” The target price is $85,000, with a refundable $5,000 deposit. Source
  16. The first picture taken on the set of the next Star Wars movie has been revealed, showing that principal photography on Episode VII has officially begun. The photo, shared by J. J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company on Twitter, was tweeted alongside the hashtag #dayone, and shows a clapboard emblazoned with two names: Abrams', and that of his cinematographer, Dan Mindel. The Star Wars sequel was set to commence filming this month at London's Pinewood Studios. While the tight-angle picture doesn't show any of Episode VII's sets, actors, props, or even where it was taken, that hasn't stopped fans from speculating on plot points. Filmmaker Joseph Kahn took to Twitter to analyze some of the more arcane language on the clapboard, suggesting that the camera was set up for a visual-effects shot. A smear of a sand-like substance across the clapboard suggests that Episode VII — due for a December 2015 release date and boasting most of the original trilogy's main actors— could be returning to desert planet Tatooine. Abu Dhabi is rumored to be a stand-in Luke Skywalker's (adopted) homeworld, with Disney chairman Alan Horn having already said "some second-unit" filming had taken place in the country. Photos taken by Abu Dhabi's The National show crew working on a covered set in the midst of sand dunes, while sources for the publication reported seeing "shuttle-like" vehicles, buggies powered by jet engines, and a "big, centuries-old-looking market." Source