Why Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Represents a Big Piracy Risk Around the World

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Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic “Tenet” is charting a new course for blockbusters during the pandemic by opening in foreign territories before it lands in the U.S.

However, many of the factors that make “Tenet” the milestone film in the cinema industry’s post-coronavirus road to recovery are simultaneously elements that expose it to piracy. That runs the risk that a thriller that thrives on keeping its twists under wraps will have its secrets exposed before domestic audiences have a chance to watch it.

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“In some ways ‘Tenet’ is a perfect storm for piracy, in that it has raised expectations, both about the film itself and the cinema experience,” one anti-piracy veteran said, speaking to Variety on condition of anonymity. “Also, it has limited availability and suffers from a staggered release.”

The film’s uneven worldwide release pattern — launching in some international territories on Aug. 26 before coming to

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UFC’s commentary team on what it’s like to be cageside for the biggest fights in the world

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Who has the hardest job in the UFC?

You could argue that there are just shy of 600 correct answers to that question, with the name of any fighter who steps foot in the Octagon a valid response. Jon Anik, Megan Olivi and Brendan Fitzgerald wouldn’t dare to dispute that notion, but the truth is that all three of them – as part of the UFC’s wider broadcast team – are subject to a similar level of scrutiny and pressure to their colleagues on the other side of the Octagon fence. Then there is Dan Hardy, who has stood inside the ring wearing cuts and bruises, but who now sits outside it, wearing a headset and a mic.

Play-by-play commentators Anik and Fitzgerald provide vital layers to the soundtrack of the in-ring action on their respective nights on the job, their contributions for the viewers at home filling the space

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‘Stock take’ of digital world is long overdue, says Molly Russell’s father

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Molly Russell - PA
Molly Russell – PA

A “stocktake” of the digital world is long overdue, the father of Molly Russell has urged, as he pledges his support for a new consultation into online harms.

The campaigner claims that graphic self-harm images on Instagram played a role in his daughter’s suicide and wants the internet to be a “safer place” for young and vulnerable people.

Ian Russell said: “Today’s current big tech platforms were born at about the same time as my youngest daughter, Molly. The powerful tech corporations live on, sadly Molly ended her own life in 2017, and I am convinced what she found online helped kill her.”

Writing for The Telegraph, the founder of the Molly Rose Foundation backs Labour’s new Our Digital Future consultation.

The review, which launches on Tuesday, will examine children’s safety, hate speech and the spread of disinformation online.

 

“The consultation will help the UK become

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75 Years After Hiroshima, the World Is Still Reckoning With Nuclear

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Photo credit: Bettmann - Getty Images
Photo credit: Bettmann – Getty Images

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Seventy-five years ago today, on August 6, 1945, President Harry S. Truman issued the order to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

The number of Japanese people who were immediately killed is estimated to be between 70,000 and 140,000, with longer-term estimates of deaths, including radiation illnesses and cancer, extending up to 220,000.

Photo credit: U.S. Army/Library of Congress/Public Domain
Photo credit: U.S. Army/Library of Congress/Public Domain

“How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause,” President Barack Obama said when he visited Hiroshima in 2016. “Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us. The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution, as well.”

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Obama’s use of the present tense is telling: It’s not at all clear that our grasp of nuclear technology fits a moral framework,

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‘Racist’ artificial intelligence is ‘painting world white’

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Jar Jar Binks, right, a character in the Star Wars franchise, is part of a long tradition of racial stereotypes when it comes to extraterrestrials, the study said - AFP
Jar Jar Binks, right, a character in the Star Wars franchise, is part of a long tradition of racial stereotypes when it comes to extraterrestrials, the study said – AFP

Artificial intelligence risks creating a “racially homogenous” workforce, Cambridge University researchers have warned.

Cultural depictions of artificial intelligence as white need to be challenged as they erase people of colour and result in machines with bias baked into their algorithms, the scientists claim.

According to the researchers from Cambridge’s Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, like other science fiction tropes, artificial intelligence has always reflected racial thinking in society.

In the study published in the Philosophy and Technology journal, they argue there is a long tradition of racial stereotypes when it comes to extraterrestrials – from the “orientalised” alien of Ming the Merciless to the Caribbean caricature of Jar Jar Binks.

However, artificial intelligence is portrayed as white because,

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Katy Perry, David Guetta, Steve Aoki Preview Tomorrowland Around the World Virtual Festival

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Tomorrowland Around the World performers Katy Perry, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Nervo and Dimitri Vegas joined Tomorrowland co-founder Michiel Beers and moderator Sean Dhondt in an online press conference today to preview what fans can expect from the virtual festival.

Scheduled for July 25 and 26 on the Tomorrowland website, Tomorrowland Around the World has combined 3D visuals with innovative game design to present an interactive digital festival meant to mimic the in-person experience. Attendees of the conference were given a preview of the performances, which utilize green screen technology to give the event a real-life touch.

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Each act recorded its respective set at green screen studios across the world, allowing the artist to be placed in the virtual playground of Tomorrowland with similar lighting and resolution. And because DJs naturally feed off of a crowd’s energy, Tomorrowland Around the

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Will COVID-19 Adaptations Create a More Disability-Inclusive World?

Elva Mankin

Video conferencing at home.
Video conferencing at home.

I have always been a fan of Charles Darwin. In my sixth-grade biology class, adaptation was taught as a concept that grew into Darwin’s theory of natural selection — but for me, it had a different meaning. It was the first time I learned there was a name for everything I had always done since birth. Growing up with a neuromuscular disease meant that adaptation was built into every part of my existence. As a lifetime wheelchair user, I learned at a young age that adaptation was a critical part of my ability to fit into an able-bodied world that wasn’t designed for me.

With the rise of COVID-19 and the drastic changes our world has experienced over the last several months, my intrinsic sense of adaptation has been adopted by the world at large. This pandemic is arguably one of the most significant periods in

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Porn’s Brave New World of Camming: ‘The Possibilities Are Endless’

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When I started doing adult films, the times known as the “golden days” were coming to an end. Sasha Grey marked the end of an era. Her rise to fame for being an extreme performer with no limits was as fast as her departure. Tube sites, that basically allow users to upload and watch adult movies for free, started to dominate the industry by profiting off of this pirated content, which then created budget cuts and business restructuring for porn companies. During this time we also saw a steady rise in camming and solo girl websites. Like a sort of guarantee, solo girl sites were a personal membership-based website selling clips, photos, and cam shows that could create residual income for a performer when they decided to leave the industry. But the options were limited—you either joined a network of other stars giving a percentage away to the host

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Tom Hanks Stays Focused on his World War II Mission in ‘Greyhound’

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“Greyhound” offers a very narrow slice of World War II combat and aims to tell its story in a way that allows its sailors to stand in for the millions of men who fought during that war. Coming in at a very tight 82 minutes before credits, the film focuses on the perils of battle and how the men respond to combat.

Written by and starring Tom Hanks, “Greyhound” was set to be a big theatrical release from Sony Pictures over Father’s Day weekend. Then Hanks and wife Rita Wilson became the first famous people we knew to become ill from the COVID-19 virus, movie theaters closed and everyone went into quarantine.

Rather than wait for an as-yet-unknown date in the future for theaters to reopen, Sony and Hanks decided to sell the movie to the fledgling Apple TV+ service, and the film debuts July 10. Surprisingly, the Apple TV

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Top Of The World In Technology

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A hobby is a non profitable human alternative of act for passing leisure time. All that technology is it has turn into due to humanity’s unawareness of our ONE God working the place and being all the things from the fly to the mountain. But humans utilizing science only to learn how to use this world, like instrument, they do not be taught something after they forgot about God.

With the development of the Internet and applied sciences reminiscent of VoIP (Voice over IP), organizations, companies and people can communicate any time from totally different elements of the world through video and voice calls, net conferencing, seminars and digital meetings.

This technology takes place when knowledge of electronics, mechanical science and software technology together types a science or knowledge house. Man has been given the intellect to design, construct, and assemble these gadgets, which improve the overall quality of life, … Read More