BETTER START TREATING OLD SCIENCE FICTION TROPES AS SCIENCE FACT
March of the machines
"After many false dawns, AI has made extraordinary progress in the past few years, thanks to a versatile technique called "deep learning".
What history tells us about the future of artificial intelligence—and how society should respond
EXPERTS warn that "the substitution of machinery for human labour" may "render the population redundant"."
FeoNote: Fellow writers, here is a series of articles from the upcoming edition of The Economist, explains why the Age of Machines has finally arrived and what hopes and fears humanity has long held about this inevitability will mean. No matter what you thought it was going to be like, the revolution is here and you are not fast enough to outpace it. Instead, you'll need the flexibility of adaptation. Yes, you are one of the creatures who created their own replacements. Fortunately, you belong to one of earth's most adaptable species.
Continued at The Economist.
James Cameron Thinks Neill Blomkamp's Aliens Sequel Script Is 'Gangbusters'
By Cheryl Eddy
James Cameron put it very delicately when he admitted he didn't like Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But he has no such restraint when discussing the sequel to his Aliens, the polarizing Alien 3. It begins with the cruel discovery that Aliens' hard-fought survivors—other than Sigourney Weaver's Ripley—have all perished.
"I thought [the decision to eliminate Newt, Hicks, and Bishop] was dumb," says Cameron,
Continued at io9.
FeoNote: Apparently Cameron and I are in accord.
This 19-year-old "Robot Wars" star picked up all his engineering skills from YouTube tutorials
By Jake Kanter
A new breed of YouTube of engineer will be revealed when the BBC's cult entertainment show, "Robot Wars," returns on Sunday night in the UK.
"Robot Wars" was a cult British television hit in the 2000s, which featured homemade robots battling each other and supercharged "House Robots" in a purpose-built arena.
Continued at Business Insider.
Regenerative medicine today is like the internet in 1993
By Andrew Keen
Robin Smith is the co-founder CEO of ORIG3N, a regenerative medical company that has crowdsourced blood samples to create the world's biggest and most diverse bio-repository.
According to Smith, regenerative medicine is the next big thing in medical science — so disruptive, in fact, that he says it's akin to the Internet in 1993.
Continued at TechCrunch.
FeoNote: Fellow writers, time to stop treating this as future tech and now treat it as a given. Why? Because this is moving so fast that it is not only being implemented right now, but the next major update to this tech will likely arrive before New Year's Eve.
'Everybody showed up': James Cameron on the special bond of the 'Aliens' cast 30 years later
By Sarah Rodman
Many films and TV shows host reunion panels at Comic-Con but few can probably boast the attendance figures of the "Aliens" 30th anniversary gathering Saturday in Hall H.
And that was the best way to explain what was so special about the Oscar-nominated 1986 classic, said director James Cameron.
Continued at LATimes.