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Upgrade: biohacking, AI containment, and paralyzation workarounds

Image enhancement

Naive vs machine-intelligent image enhancement. “Photorealistic hallucination” and honest technical names. Reconsidering the absurdity of fictional image enhancement in the age of clever neural nets. Creative, artistic “enhancement” vs rigor.

Paralyzation workarounds

Well, breaking your spinal chord sure seems to suck. Spinal breaks and the autonomic nervous system. Bodily control via brain-machine interface.

Transhumanism

Extension of human functionality by implanted technology! Increasing neural communication speed, or shortening signal distance. Gun arms. Gun arms! Vocal device command by subvocalization.

The AI “box test”

Self-serving artificial intelligence. Yudkowsky’s AI  box test. Callback to Ex Machina. Additional stipulations. The true power of a goon with a wrench. How easy are humans to fool? Very.

Links

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Tron : Episode 145

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Tron

What: People but with lasers and in a computer. And light bikes!
Directed by: Steven Lisberger
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner

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Westworld : Episode 139

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Westworld [1973]

What: Robots! And six shooters! you get the idea.
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Starring: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin

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Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams : Episode 127

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Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams

What: The first season of Amazon’s anthology series, Electric Dreams, bringing a bunch of Philip K Dick‘s short stories to life.
Directed by: Julian Jarrold, David Farr, Tom Harper, Marc Munden, Jeffrey Reiner, Francesca Gregorini, Dee Rees, Peter Horton, Alan Taylor, Michael Dinner
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jack Gore, Shannon Brown, Annalise Basso, Maura Tierney, Connor Paolo, Juno Temple, Janelle Monáe, David Lyons, Karin Anglin, Anton Bassey, Anu Bhatt, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard

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Black Mirror Season 4 Part 2 (feat. Liam Ginty, space person) : Episode 126

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Black Mirror Season 4 Part 2 (Episode 4-6)

What: Stories of dystopian sadness but with multiple stories inside one sometimes.
Directed by: Tim Van Patten, David Slade, Colm McCarthy
Starring: Georgina Campbell, Joe Cole, Gina Bramhill | Maxine Peake, Jake Davies, Clint Dyer | Douglas Hodge, Letitia Wright, Daniel Lapaine

Featuring guest co-host
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Black Mirror Season 4 Part 1 (feat. Fraser Cain of Universe Today) : Episode 125

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Black Mirror Season 4 Part 1 (Episodes 1-3)

What: Dystopian sadness over and over where somehow the bright points are even worse
Directed by: Toby Haynes, Jodie Foster, John Hillcoat
Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Andrew Gower | Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague | Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson

Featuring guest co-host
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The Osiris Child : Episode 121

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The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One

What: A space adventure throwback with a very presumptive title where a dad rescues a daughter. And there are monsters!
Directed by: Shane Abbess
Starring: Kellan Lutz, Daniel MacPherson, Isabel Lucas

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Blade Runner 2049 : Episode 120

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Blade Runner 2049

What: Like Blade Runner, but the sequel. Gosling!
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Jared Leto

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Blade Runner : Episode 105

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Blade Runner

What: Harrison Ford hunts humanoid androids and it’s beautiful.
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah

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Power Rangers : Episode 102

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Power Rangers [2017]

What: The breakfast club bands together to save the wold with crystals and robots.
Directed by: Dean Israelite
Starring: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston

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