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Sci-Fi Shorts: Lisa Asks Just How Perfect Your Perfect Android Has To Be

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In Blade Runner, the Tyrell Corporation’s motto was “More human than human,” and their goal was to create replicants who were so convincing than even a trained android hunter like Deckard (Harrison Ford) would have a hard time telling them apart from the real thing. That’s all well and good, but what about the poor schmuck who has to take “more human than human” from expectation to reality? How do you replicate all the things, big and small, that make a human, well, human? I have to imagine that’d be a thankless gig that attracted bitter misanthropes. And that’s certainly the case with the weary protagonist of Drew Mylrea’s science fiction short Lisa, which examines the unhappy life of an android engineer for whom perfect is never quite perfect enough.

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RoboCop Jumps Into Action In New Photos

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Drop it.In two weeks, the RoboCop remake will make its way into theaters across the country. Many of us are preparing by watching Paul Verhoeven’s original. It’s going to be hard for fans to separate the two movies, but the filmmakers and producers knew what they were getting into, and expect the comparisons. While the 1987 original is dark, gritty, and grimy, the new version looks slick and glossy, with a certain shine that is somewhat appealing. To get you ready for the remake, Sony released a ton of new images from the film that features the title character in action, as well as the film’s ensemble cast.

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RoboCop Tussles With ED-209(s) In New Clip, Plus A New IMAX Poster

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During the doldrums of winter, there are not many high-quality movies opening in theaters. While we can still watch Academy Award-nominated movies such as Gravity, Her, American Hustle, and 12 Years a Slave in theaters, the new pickings are mighty slim. While Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit failed to hit the mark, the new RoboCop remake could be the first hit action blockbuster for the new year. With only a few weeks until it’s release, Sony is pushing RoboCop for a big opening weekend, releasing two new clips and an IMAX poster.

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Google Unveils Smart Contact Lens

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Google contactsWhen Google bought Boston Dynamics (the eighth robotics company acquired by Google in the past six months) a while back, I half-joked about their run for world domination. I’m pretty sure I no longer find that funny. Last week Google jumped into the home appliance market by snatching up Nest Laboratories, a company known for making smart appliances, particularly a smart thermostat. Then Google announced that it’s making a smart contact lens. I guess Google glass is just too bulky, and now Google wants itself right in your eye.

It’s easy to be skeptical, if not downright cynical, about Google’s projects and their seemingly endless reach. But to be fair, it doesn’t seem that their smart contact lens is all about infiltrating consumers’ lives and harvesting information — well, at least, not information to be used for nefarious corporate purposes. Instead, Google’s X lab is trying to find a way to help diabetics measure their glucose levels without having to stick themselves with a needle multiple times a day.

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Google Buys Nest Laboratories

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Google and NestIt seems that Google is scooping up more than robotics companies these days. Google announced this week that it has acquired Nest Labs, a company best known for the manufacture of “reinvented” smoke alarms and thermostats, which includes, among other things, the ability to control both systems via an app.

Nest products, like so many others these days, are “smart,” meaning that, in addition to remote and mobile-control capabilities, they learn and adjust based on input from the user. The thermostat is particularly impressive, displaying the temperature digitally with a glass screen that also changes color to blend in with the wall it’s on. The thermostat learns by registering data about when users turn the heat up or down, and for how long. Eventually, it can predict users’ needs by preemptively turning off the heat when people leave for work or turn it up at night. It makes sense that Google would acquire a company making this technology, given Google’s use of deep learning and its systematic infiltration of consumers’ homes, lives, and minds.

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RoboCop TV Spot And International Poster

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international posterBelieve it or not, the new RoboCop remake opens in theaters in about three weeks. We can finally see whether director José Padilha’s new take on the RoboCop story is worth watching, or if it will join a long list of mediocre remakes such as Straw Dogs and Total Recall. While it’s doubtful that the new version of RoboCop will be better than Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original, we can only hope the film will give us a a fresh take on the source material. From everything we’ve seen, in terms of promotional material, it’s doubtful. Now Sony has released a new TV spot and international poster into the mix.