Depth of Field: The Movie Poster Brexit Deserves

Photographs, Susan Sontag once famously wrote, “fiddle with the scale of the world.” They tell us only a distortion. They are incomplete, even as they strive to render the frame whole and exact. That does not make them false. Exactly the opposite. Photographs invite meaning, possibility. The best photos, thick with narrative, sweat. It is true that a picture is worth a thousand words. It is also true that a picture is worth a thousand more pictures. One image gives way to another. What are photographs but gateways into parallel realms, memories resurrected, passageways into the familiar? What we see, we have already seen. John MacDougall’s portrait-style capture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson—taken during …

You Are Already Having Sex With Robots

Henry the sex robot is the “mind” of a “woman” trapped in the “body” of a “man.” When you talk to Henry, you’re really talking to the artificial intelligence database Realbotix developed for its female predecessor, Harmony. To masculinize Henry, Realbotix founder and CEO Matt McMullen and five other “robot heads” sit with Henry doing R&D, which amounts to chatting Henry up. “Henry, how was your day?” McMullen asks. “Just fine, baby,” Henry says. “But when are you going to take me out to dinner?” The humans all look at each other. “That didn’t sound quite right,” McMullen says, and the others agree. The language database they’re developing for Henry shouldn’t include soliciting nights out on the town. “Sometimes Henry …

Woman arrested for threatening to blow up Swedish embassy over A$AP Rocky case

Rebecca Kanter is accused of abusing staff and damaging property at Washington DC embassy A fan of the rapper A$AP Rocky has been arrested in Washington DC after allegedly threatening to blow up the Swedish embassy there. The rapper is currently jailed in Sweden, awaiting trial for an assault charge Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

From evil twins to deepfake videos: the best books about doppelgangers

The rise of deepfakes has stoked the old fear that our lives can be hijacked by demonic doubles. Laurence Scott shares his favourite books on convincing imposters The rise of The Double, about a St Petersburg bureaucrat whose life is gravely unsettled when his doppelganger comes to work in the same office. In Richard Ayoades 2013 film adaptation, Jesse Eisenberg (who, fittingly, played Zuckerberg in the Facebook biopic The Social Network) cries that his demonic double stole my face. Jesse Eisenberg in The Double. Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar There are many ways to steal a face, and not all of them rely on the supernatural. The string of murderous misadventures in Patricia Highsmiths 1950s novel The Comedy of Errors or signals …

HBO’s Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi’s Ultimate Potential

Some of the science fiction flourishes in the new HBO miniseries Years and Years are deft-but-familiar technological signifiers of a near future—a smart speaker named Señor has telephonic and IoT skills far beyond those of Alexa, a teenager wears a holographic Snapchat filter mask to breakfast, self-heating school lunches have vat-grown meat entrées. But the drama, which follows the multigenerational Lyons family of Manchester, England, from the present to a completely plausible (and increasingly grim) tomorrow, is more clever and more chilling than any of the gadgets. Television apocalypses tend to come with a bang—zombies, dragons, Revelations. With Years and Years, writer Russell T Davies is instead working down amid the whimpers. Except for one nuclear bomb, courtesy of President …

Meet the 10-year-old drag kid shaping the future of drag youth

It’s about to be Pride season, the time of year when brands cash in on “diversity” and emblazon a bunch of crap with the rainbow flag. Every once in a while, however, a brand does something that actually moves the LGBTQ community forward. Take the latest ad from Gillette, which was posted on Thursday and which features a young trans teen from Canada by the name of Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, shaving for the first time. Try to watch this without tearing up. SEE ALSO: Women and girls will feel so seen by new guidelines for their mental health The ad is effective not only because of its writing, which ignores clichés, but because the producers actually cast a trans person …

In Praise of Ultra-Short Videogames

These days, the game industry at large seems to be focused on games that can keep players playing, and paying, indefinitely. This overarching genre of “forever” games encompasses esports like Hearthstone and Overwatch, social hangouts like World of Warcraft and Fortnite, and endlessly repetitive grinds like Destiny 2 and even Candy Crush Saga. The idea in each case is to create an experience that can engage a critical mass of players for hundreds or even thousands of hours over a span of years. There’s something to be said for these kinds of endless experiences. These days, though, I’m frequently more fascinated by games at the complete opposite end of the spectrum. This class of “lunch break” games—single-serving, single-player narrative experiences …

Naomi Wolf admits blunder over Victorians and sodomy executions

Death sentences in 1800s were hardly ever carried out, despite claim in authors book Outrages It was only published this week, but already the writer Naomi Wolf has admitted an error at the heart of her latest book. Instead of being actually executed for sodomy in 1859, as the writer claims in Outrages, Thomas Silver was apparently paroled two years after being convicted. Silver, who was 14 when he was convicted, is just one of several cases cited in the book but, according to the writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet, the error stems from a simple misreading of a historical record and raises wider questions about the argument Wolf puts forward. In Outrages, which was published by Virago, Wolf examines …

Facing the Ubiquity of Fortnite in Our Kids’ Lives

Amos and I were walking out of the gym after basketball practice last weekend when he saw a friend inside the lobby. He bolted to the window, rapped on the glass, and began performing a very particular dance. He put one hand—fingers in the shape of an L—to his forehead; his legs jutted back and forth like a dancing bear on a pendulum. Puzzled, I watched. Then I pulled out my phone. “Siri, show me a dance with an L.” “Whenever you feel me vibrating, that's me doing the jitterbug,” answered Siri, as robotically unhelpful as ever. It was, of course, YouTube that provided the answer: “It's ‘Take the L,’ from Fortnite.” “But he doesn't play Fortnite,” I mumbled in …

This man fed a family of crows for years then they started bringing him presents.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay This story really is incredible; it shows the amazing bond that humans can have with animals of all kinds. Stuart Dahlquist has long been a bird enthusiast, but even he was shocked by the actions of a family of crows that he’s been feeding for several years. This is what Dahlquist posted on Twitter. We’ve been feeding a small family of four crows (mated pair and their two year old kids) for several years. Last week two days in a row they left these gifts, pull tabs threaded onto pine twigs. This isn’t only generous, it’s creative, it’s art. My mind is blown. pic.twitter.com/tT5ORZ3AHL — Stuart Dahlquist (@StuartDahlquist) March 24, 2019 Dahlquist told Bored Panda …