ReHacked vol. 257: “AI will cure cancer” misunderstands both AI and medicine, The Real-World Locations of 14 Sci-Fi Dystopias, Antarctic English and more

ReHacked vol. 257: “AI will cure cancer” misunderstands both AI and medicine, The Real-World Locations of 14 Sci-Fi Dystopias, Antarctic English and more
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The Real-World Locations of 14 Sci-Fi Dystopias - Atlas Obscura #art #culture #history #longread

In some science fiction cinema, the future looks pretty bleak, with dystopic visions of a world struggling with overcrowding, high crime, pestilence, and the aftermath of war. And it can also look uncomfortably familiar thanks to filmmaker’s use of real-world buildings in their sets — sometimes to anchor the story in real life, and sometimes just because it already looks “futuristic.” We’ve assembled a list of 14 real-world filming locations of sci-fi dystopias.

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Explore interactive World map of 15th century #interesting #history

How French Artists in 1899 Envisioned What Life Would Look Like in the Year 2000 | Open Culture #futurism #history

Atom­ic physi­cist Niels Bohr is famous­ly quot­ed as say­ing, “Pre­dic­tion is very dif­fi­cult, espe­cial­ly if it’s about the future.” Yet despite years of get­ting things wrong, mag­a­zines love think pieces on where we’ll be in sev­er­al decades, even cen­turies in time. It gives us com­fort to think great things await us, even though we’re long over­due for the per­son­al jet­pack and moon colonies.

Rachel Thomas, PhD - “AI will cure cancer” misunderstands both AI and medicine #ai #society

Automated computer systems, often involving AI, are increasingly being used to make decisions that have a big impact on people’s lives: determining who gets jobs, housing, or healthcare. Disturbing patterns are found across numerous countries and a range of systems: there is typically no way to surface or correct errors, and all too often the goal is to increase corporate and government revenues by denying poor people resources they need to survive.

These companies tried a 4-day workweek. More than a year in, they still love it : NPR #career

he latest data come from a trial in the U.K. In 2022, 61 companies moved their employees to a four-day workweek with no reduction in pay.

They began it as a six-month experiment. But today, 54 of the companies still have the policy. Just over half have declared it permanent, according to researchers with the think tank Autonomy, who organized the trial along with the groups 4-Day Week Campaign and 4 Day Week Global.

Antarctic English - Wikipedia #interesting

Antarctic English is a variety of the English language spoken by people living on the continent of Antarctica and within the subantarctic islands.: vii  Spoken primarily by scientists and workers in the Antarctic tourism industry, it consists of various unique words and is spoken with a unique accent. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Antarctic English was influenced by Spanish-speaking South Americans and Northern European explorers who introduced new words that continue to be used today.

Testing of the F-35C Tailhook #engineering

HDMI Forum Rejects Open-Source HDMI 2.1 Driver Support Sought By AMD - Phoronix #software #copyrights

AMD Linux engineer Alex Deucher commented on the ticket:

"The HDMI Forum has rejected our proposal unfortunately. At this time an open source HDMI 2.1 implementation is not possible without running afoul of the HDMI Forum requirements."

Thus a sad day for open-source GPU drivers with no apparent solution to safely implement HDMI 2.1+ functionality within open-source display drivers...

'Dune: Part Two' Is The Best Sci-Fi Film of the Decade #culture #art #cinema

You don’t need to be a studio head or a theater owner to realize that everyone in Hollywood has their fingers crossed for Dune: Part Two. Sure, the Oscars are right around the corner, and there are certainly plenty of great films from last year that are worth celebrating, but so far 2024 has been an absolute shit show at the box office. Business had been bad and the product has been even worse. Granted, we’re only three weeks into February, so the sample size is small, but you know things are rough in Tinseltown when trash like Argylle opens at No. 1 and the latest Marvel-affiliated widget off the production line currently sits on Rotten Tomatoes beside a fat green splat and a woeful 13% favorable rating.

Things Unexpectedly Named After People #interesting

Boeing Missing Key Elements of Safety Culture: FAA Report | Aviation International News #safety #aviation

The FAA blamed Boeing for a deficient safety culture in a 50-page report issued on Monday following a public outcry over several safety lapses before the January 5 incident in which a door plug “blew out” from an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 in mid-flight.

In a review of the employment culture at the company, an expert panel found what it called gaps in Boeing’s safety journey and that a majority of employees did not show “skillful awareness” of the concepts of just culture and reporting culture.

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