Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction . . .
For instance, Man of Steel was knocked down without Kryptonite this weekend by Monsters and Zombies.
Welcome to the real world of entertainment where a fictional flying, indestructible, indefatigable man in a cape is beaten at the box office by cartoon computer imagery and another movie about dead people (zombies) running amok.
Meanwhile creative people have many outlets, including a Robotic Clone that can give You dirty looks.
A Global Future 2045 conference, cybernetics enthusiasts, life extension researchers, and singularity proponents, can get together in one place.
Held at Lincoln Center in New York the conference featured topics from brain life extension to immortality around 2045. Hmmm, I wonder if I’ll make it?
Also on display was inventor Hiroshi Ishiguro showing off his latest robotic clone. The Geminoid HI-2 robot, is an exact replica of Ishiguro, with lifelike tics and shrugs. It also scratches itself and fidgets just like a human. During the exhibit the Geminoid also gave unprompted dirty looks. Ishiguro is one of the world’s top experts on human-mimicking robots and wants his creations to be as close to a human as possible.
The Hubble telescope shows two galaxies collide and deform each other; creating new stars out of gas and dust.
“Gas and dust drawn from the heart of NGC 2936 becomes compressed during the encounter, which in turn triggers star formation.”
Wow! You mean this sort of thing doesn’t just occur in Hollywood?
The Hub L.A., a Los Angeles co-working collective, is offering high-tech equipment to let its users make all the media they want.
” … for creatives who rely on more equipment than fits in a tote bag–like video editors and filmmakers–the options for space and community are more limited and expensive.”
The Hub L.A., celebrated earlier this year, the opening of its new, 3,200-square-foot satellite space, the Hub L.A. Media Lab, just downstairs from the main Hub space. Access to the lab starts at $75 per month.
It seems there will be more dust and gas colliding after all…
Results from the weekend box office —
Box Office Mojo
Studio Estimates Weekend June 21-23, 2013
- A Robotic Clone So Advanced, It’ll Give You Dirty Looks (fastcoexist.com)
- Russian Multimillionaire Seeks Human Immortality, Artificial Brains By 2045 (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Dmitry Itskov’s Immortal Robots Hit the Big Stage, in Name Only (motherboard.vice.com)