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Smart But Dumb
January 1st, 2010

So while people will always try to build C-3PO-style machines that look and talk like us, the real advances will come in individual components we design to do one job well. Human intelligence arose from the unconscious co-operation of such systems to sustain the organism. Maybe if we get the constituent ‘smart’ parts right, a true AI system will spontaneously evolve — dare we say it — intelligently‚Ķ

The Dream Factory
June 1st, 2007

The real magic of the movies happens inside the powerful computers of digital effects houses today — where the weather, interfering studio suits and the limitations of real-world physics can’t hold up the shoot or ruin million dollar sets.


Through a Virtual Eye
June 1st, 2007

It’s the distributors and studios that are going to save money — by not having to earmark hundreds of millions to send a movie around the world as they do currently.

Click
December 1st, 2009

The first half of the book is more or less an ad for the company, where Tancer explains his predictions about when people will search for a given thing or his detective work to understand seemingly aberrant search phenomena (like searches for prom dresses months before the traditional US prom season).


Making it in the Movies
January 1st, 2010

If you’d invested in Titanic (1998) you would have received a little over $9 for every dollar you put in (900 percent ROI). For Crocodile Dundee (1986), USD$13 (1,300 percent ROI). For The Blair Witch Project (1999, the first sleeper hit of the web age), a whopping USD$7,103 (710,300 percent).

The Subtle Touch
June 1st, 2007

You might be surprised to learn that after most of the early patents from the 70s and 80s expired, R&D labs went to work and the new generation of capacitive, optical imaging and multi-point touch technology is much smarter.






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December 1st, 2009

Through a Virtual Eye Considering it's the oldest visual medium in human history, cinema is the ...
June 1st, 2007

Stuck in the Middle Business success can take two forms. The first is to forge ahead ...
December 1st, 2008

Making it in the Movies Hundred million dollar budgets. Fifty million dollar openings. Billion dollar profits. Investing ...
January 1st, 2010

Simulating the Future It used to be called role-playing, but an interesting example of an ...
March 1st, 2009

The Dream Factory Barely a movie reaches our screens today without digital effects, but did ...
June 1st, 2007


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