There’s no question that a good science fiction film typically has to feature some highly intelligent and likable AI characters. For nearly a century now, AI on our screens has gotten more and more common, from a robot that is a good friend and sidekick, to those who chug beer and smoke cigars. All in all, artificial intelligence has gotten more commonplace in the cinema and even on our TV sceeens, so what is it that we love so much about our robotic companions? I decided to dig a little bit deeper into the sci-fi genre for a look into the history of AI in movies.
Tech is amazing, no matter what a detractor might say to the contrary. Every day, I wake up and check my phone to see all of the updates that came overnight. 60 emails, 10 Twitter notifications, 2 text messages and 6 personal Facebook notifications, not including the GeekOut specific ones. But in a world that’s constantly connected, sometimes, it can feel like all of this tech has turned into one big distraction.
It’s that time of the month once again, when GeekOut Bristol takes to the streets… No we don’t. We get to the pub and we enjoy drinks, board games, video games, comics and books, stories, tech and so much more. But what do we have planned this month? What makes this one so special, that you really shouldn’t miss this event? As always, we’ll look at what’s coming up this Friday at our seriously cool GeekOut Bristol Meet.
In today’s online world, it sometimes pays big online corporations to listen to their audience. Consumers these days have a much bigger voice with social media; Any company, that does not at least attempt to listen to their fans is probably doomed to failure. Sometimes these corporations forget this and get it oh so very wrong. Take what happened when Facebook took over Instagram as an example, that went horribly wrong and yes, Facebook eventually turned around on their decision… But it does make me wonder how many people instantly shut down their accounts, then never trusted Instagram ever again?
Art is increasingly inspiring reality. So many things that are just commonplace now were inspired by sci-fi that came before, namely the automatic door being an effort to recreate the sliding doors of the original Star Trek series from the 1960’s, and we also owe the creation of mobile phones and the bluetooth headset to go with them to the communicators and Uhura’s earpiece. Tablet computers were seen in The Next Generation long before Apple released so much as an iPod, but for an earlier example go to the 14-minute-mark of this episode of Blake’s 7. (more…)
If you’re like me, then you have a mobile device that loves to just die; It gives up and it goes kaput. You’re in the middle of an important call when suddenly the phone says “remember that 10% of battery you had? Sykes! You have 0% now, loser!” What if you just really love to play Candy Crush Saga on your phone? Well then, might I be able to recommend you invest in a portable charger/charging bank? Join Timlah as we look through portable chargers and what you should look out for when purchasing one.
After a long time toing and froing, I knew I had to replace my old laptop. I was looking for better laptops, something that could play more games than my old IBM Thinkpad x200 could ever do. The Thinkpad cost me a mere £60 and this time, I was looking to spend under my budget of £250. Join Timlah as we look at the Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet, a 10.1″ device with Windows 8.1 pre-installed on it.
The web is full of really useful tools for productivity, but sitting up the top are Google Apps. Read on to find out why both Timlah and Joel have been using the web office tools so avidly and what benefits we’ve seen through using it.