You’ve probably heard this from a bunch of people already, but it’s pertinent enough that I don’t really care about being repetitive: Go see Sorry To Bother You. Depending on when you’re reading this, you might still be able to catch it in theaters, but really, any way you can get it is good. Director Boots Riley has crafted one of the best science fiction films in years, and any fans of the genre’s potential for cutting, gut-punching satire owe it to themselves to check it out. Not that “surreal sci-fi dystopia” is how the film initially presents, but luckily, its starter premise—which sees a Danny Glover-advised Lakeith Stanfield take on a “white voice” (David Cross) to turn himself into a telemarketing superstar—is just as funny and important as the hallucinatory strangeness it eventually evolves into. Even before we start getting hints about the world of legalized slavery that underpins the film’s universe, … [Read more...] about does everything great science fiction should
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are being adopted into the enterprise at a rapid clip and adoption is likely to surge in 2019. What comes next is the real business challenge: How will we manage technology that we likely don't understand? Featured stories iOS 12's most annoying bug yet Raspberry Pi-based ZeroPhone promises 'an open-source, Linux-powered' handset Microsoft officially christens 'Redstone 5' as the Windows 10 October 2018 Update New 2018 iPhone, iPhone XS, iPhone X Plus, iPhone 9: Rumors, leaks, launch date, and everything we know so far The issue is likely to bubble up in the year ahead. For now, most of us are lulled into thinking more algorithms are better and even assuming we can outsource critical thought to models. Why hurt our brains when we can trust Einstein, Watson, Alexa, Google Assistant, and other software tools to think for us?Primers: What is AI? Everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence | Machine learning? | Deep … [Read more...] about The AI, machine learning, and data science conundrum: Who will manage the algorithms?
Generally, when writing about or researching sex in games, I try to be as sex-positive as possible. That said, talking about sex should be like how we talk about using the bathroom: it’s totally normal to ask your housemate for more toilet paper, or to talk to your doctor about blood in your pee; but it’s not cool to go into graphic detail with your friends about stool consistency or submit your whole office to whiffy, thunderous farts. My policy is generally “let’s be more open about sex, but let’s not be totally open about everything.” A lady needs her secrets. NSFW Warning: This story contains graphic cartoon nudity and sex. And yet, I couldn’t help but feel giddy when a friend DMed me on Twitter to let me know about Quidget the Wonderwiener, a game that gleefully rolls around in its own smut like a dog in manure. Sure, we should all be more open about sex, but it’s also pretty thrilling to have to pass sexy games to each other in a … [Read more...] about Is About Boning In The Name Of Science
On Saturday, Gizmodo published a 10-page-long screed written by Google software engineer James Damore blasting the company’s diversity policies. In the now-viral document entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” Damore asserts that women are biologically ill-equipped to handle the rigors of the tech industry. The encouraging news is that Damore has now been fired from Google, according to multiple news reports. Sadly, the ideas espoused in his letter echo the same pseudoscience peddled by eugenicists and white supremacists for decades—and they’re unlikely to disappear anytime soon. Many ideas embraced by this ex-Google employee are based largely on the so-called conclusions of evolutionary psychology, a field premised on the idea that our psychological traits are the product of the same natural selection that shaped early human evolution. In practice, evolutionary psychology has been used to justify everything from rape to claims that … [Read more...] about Men Have Always Used ‘Science’ to Explain Why They’re Better Than Women
The end of summer is fast approaching, though the fun in the sun is coming to an even swifter conclusion for some of us: Take the tale of Paul Ceglia, the man who allegedly used forged documents naming him as a Facebook co-owner to try and rip off CEO Mark Zuckerberg in court. This week, police reportedly arrested Ceglia very far from his native home of upstate New York after three years on the run in Ecuador, and all without ever getting a taste of those sweet Facebook billions. But you, reader, probably have fewer good excuses than Ceglia to be spending your remaining summer nights locked up inside—You’re just addicted to a screen. Well, same here. And as long as you’re hiding from the outside world, you might as well read the best Gizmodo stories of the week. How Much Sleep Is Too Much Sleep? An entire industry—with its own spokespeople, podcasts, best-sellers, retreats, truisms, etc.—has sprung up around sleep. Give or take a contrarian or two, the … [Read more...] about Sleep Science, DIY Submarines, and Infectious Kissing Bugs: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week