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Sunday, October 10, 2021

It’s hard to believe that the busiest man in comic books is an 87-year-old living legend. But that appears to be the case, based on Stan Lee’s recently-announced projects:

- “The Seekers”, a digitally-delivered superhero/”high concept” series he’s developing for MTV’s Geek website;

- “The Guardian Project”, a superhero series featuring characters that represent each of the 30 National Hockey League franchises.

Good to see Lee still going strong, decades after his Marvel heyday. Also curious to consider that some media/entertainment entities think the superheroic genre is still relevant enough to reach younger audiences, especially via words-and-pictures borne media. But hey, as long as they’re buying, Lee might as well be selling.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/10/2021 05:31pm
Category: Celebrity, Internet, Media, Pop Culture
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“Your car should drive itself. It just makes sense. It’s a bug that cars were invented before computers.”

Those are the words of Google CEO Eric Schmidt during a techie conference in late September. I doubt you’ll find a better encapsulation of the technocratic mindset, i.e. “getting computers to do the things we’re not good at”.

And Google is putting that automotive-specific philosophy into practice, with a fleet of largely self-driving cars used for Google Maps Street View mapping:

Robot drivers react faster than humans, have 360-degree perception and do not get distracted, sleepy or intoxicated, the engineers argue. They speak in terms of lives saved and injuries avoided — more than 37,000 people died in car accidents in the United States in 2008. The engineers say the technology could double the capacity of roads by allowing cars to drive more safely while closer together. Because the robot cars would eventually be less likely to crash, they could be built lighter, reducing fuel consumption. But of course, to be truly safer, the cars must be far more reliable than, say, today’s personal computers, which crash on occasion and are frequently infected.

As compelling — and likely inevitable — as all that is, it’s hard not to contemplate the dark side: When humans are deemed to be not particular good, efficient, etc. at most things, including governance and other messy pursuits…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/10/2021 11:36am
Category: Society, Tech
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