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Celluloid Dreams

The Bioethics Film Festival Wants Scientists to Heed the Warnings of Science-Fiction

The Penn Bioethics Film fest is trying to start a public dialog about the real scientific issues that appear in films such as 'Ex Machina,' and 'Her.'
Cait Molden
4.19.17
Luxury Week

Meet the Submarine Inventor Who Wants Everyone to Live Under the Sea

Deep-ocean explorer Phil Nuytten is designing an underwater base.
Jackie Wong
9.28.16
Terraform

​Like a Sea Cucumber

My avatar looked sharper all the time. Smoother motion algorithms, deeper skin fractals, heavier AI. Somewhere in the cloud, his huge, artificially intelligent personality was slyly crunching.
Rudy Rucker
6.29.15
Opinion

Why VFX Is Being Vilified

Backlash to the future.
Raqi Syed & Sonya Teich
5.15.15
Culture

How to Win an Academy Award for Planting Trees in Video Games

Meet SpeedTree, the former Defense Department contractor that created trees for 'The Elder Scrolls' and 'Avatar.'
Emanuel Maiberg
1.20.15
Culture

Jaunt Offers an Immersive Enough VR Experience, But Can It Change Filmmaking?

Jaunt, a multi-lens globe-like camera that can shoot in 3D and with nearly 360 degrees of freedom, hopes to usher in a new age of virtual reality-based film.
DJ Pangburn
10.19.14
Motherboard Blog

A New Physics Model Is Predicting Box Office Hits Better Than You

A quick list of notable movie flops: _John Carter_ (reportedly costing $250 million), _Waterworld_ (the classic flop), _Swept Away_ (Madonna), _Battlefield Earth_ (Scientology), _Speed Racer_ (live action cartoon hype fail), _Basic instinct 2: Risk...
Michael Byrne
6.15.12