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I’m more or less obsessed with Artificial Intelligence and the idea of a technological singularity. This piece is an excellent (and terrifying) summary of where we’re at it and, if we’re not careful, where we’re going.

Poor old ants.

I’m a big fan of video games and am particularly interested in their inevitable merging with movies. There will always be ‘game’ games that are relatively abstract but we’re already seeing releases that are more like playable films. The latest and perhaps most impressive is L.A. Noire from the fine people who brought us the Grand Theft Auto series. You play as a detective in 1940s Los Angeles but the game is less about shooting bad guys than it is about questioning suspects. To that end, the producers have employed facial motion capture technology that’s so good you can make a perfectly normal, human judgement about whether or not another character is lying. This stuff is catnip to me and if you’re at all interested I recommend the video below.

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