The clip has been pulled to bits, so if possible spoilers don’t concern you, have a read of Gizmodo’s interpretation of what we see.
Tuesday, 18 April, 2017
Tuesday, 11 April, 2017
Igor Vitkovskiy is a Kiev, Ukraine, based artist and design alchemist, who has also worked for film production studios. Possibly this work, which bears the caption “Openhearted”, is from a science fiction film he may have been part of? Either way, it’s an intriguing image.
Friday, 24 March, 2017
Spoilers follow, don’t say you weren’t warned.
Now we can actually see how both films connect to each other, even though we already knew.
Friday, 24 March, 2017
The hotel suite from 2001: A Space Odyssey, were astronaut David Bowman (Keir Dullea), ended up after his epic journey through the star gate, has been recreated in intricate detail by Simon Birch, a Hong Kong based British artist, at the 14th Factory, in Los Angeles, an arts project he opened earlier this month.
In something of an intriguing coincidence, Birch collaborated on the project with Paul Kember, and architect, whose uncle, and great uncle, had worked with Stanley Kubrick, on designing the very same hotel room, for the film.
If there’s such a thing as a bucket-list for fan of “2001”, then seeing this, is now on that list.
Tuesday, 14 March, 2017
The work of Swedish artist Simon Stalenhag is both alluring and unsettling. What exactly is being depicted in his futuristic paintings? Do the people of the Earth find themselves under the yoke of extraterrestrials, who have invaded?
Tuesday, 14 March, 2017
Can an astronaut travel through a black hole, and what happens if this is possible? There’s only way to find out, isn’t there? Take the journey, and see.
A sci-fi animation by Hello, Savants!, an Amsterdam based fellowship of creative people with unique disabilities and unexpected talents.
Thursday, 2 March, 2017
Late Australian composer Ron Grainer wrote the music for many TV shows and films, between 1960 and 1980. Perhaps one of his best known scores was the theme music to the BBC’s long running sci-fi show, Doctor Who, which he wrote in 1963.
In this short documentary, Verity Lambert, Dick Mills, and Brian Hodgson, producers attached to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, discuss how they went about recording the theme, along with the late Delia Derbyshire, and the challenges posed by the available technologies of the time.
What we learn from them is fascinating, considering that compositions like this are now created in powerful computer systems with dozens of separate tracks and digital effects. The Doctor Who theme, on the other hand, recorded in 1963, was made even before basic analog synthesizers came into use. “There are no musicians,” says Mills, “there are no synthesizers, and in those days, we didn’t even have a 2-track or a stereo machine, it was always mono.”
Monday, 27 February, 2017
Here, those aboard deep space vessel Covenant are enjoying a final meal, before going into cyrosleep for the long voyage to a planet in a distant solar system, that they intend to colonise.
All looks to be well. But is it?
Michael Fassbender features, as you can see. But wasn’t he in several pieces, when we last saw him in Prometheus? Scott has hinted though that Fassbender plays two roles in Covenant.
I’m looking forward to seeing how Covenant and Prometheus will tie together.
Thursday, 2 February, 2017
Be warned, contains SPOILERS, of sorts.
Tuesday, 31 January, 2017
This is a topic we’re not going to stop hearing about: the threat to jobs from robots, or artificial intelligence. Robots can be taught to do one thing, and another, and they can perform those tasks well, but they still struggle to work in the same way as a person. A human has a mix of skills, flexibility, and judgement, something that cannot easily be automated.
But the new jobs panic is exaggerated and misplaced. For one thing, political and social caution may block some of the potential uses, such as self-driving cars. For another, many jobs will continue to require a blend of skills, flexibility and judgement that is difficult to automate. David Autor, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, argues that such employment requires “tacit” expertise that cannot readily be codified.
A good job too. I’m (still) writing a book that’s set 400 years in the future. Robots and artificial intelligence feature. They do much of our heavy lifting, but people still have jobs of a sort. It seems to me there’d be no story if robots performed every last function, and people didn’t even need to do trivial things, such as make phone calls.