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Watch a 1915 Film Adaptation of Alice in Wonderland Enhanced in 4K, with Costumes Based on Briginal Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel

Watch a 1915 Film Adaptation of Alice in Wonderland Enhanced in 4K, with Costumes Based on Briginal Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel

Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land pre­dates the inven­tion of cin­e­ma by a cou­ple of decades. Nev­er­the­less, much like the “Drink me” bot­tle and “Eat me” pre­sent­ed to its young pro­tag­o­nist, Lewis Car­rol­l’s fan­tas­ti­cal tale has called out the same mes­sage to gen­er­a­tions of film­mak­ers around the world: “Adapt me.” This cen­tu­ry, though not even a quar­ter of the way over, has already brought us full-length Alice movies (to say noth­ing of tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tions) from Europe, South Amer­i­ca, and of course the Unit­ed States. Those last include sep­a­rate adap­ta­tions of Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land and its sequel Alice Through the Look­ing Glass by no less an auteur than Tim Bur­ton. Both of those books were also tak­en on by a writer-direc­tor named W. W. Young more than a cen­tu­ry ago, though he sim­ply com­bined por­tions of both nov­els into a sin­gle fea­ture. You can watch this silent Alice in Won­der­land from 1915 above, in a ver­sion its uploader calls “by far the high­est qual­i­ty ver­sion of this film on the inter­net,” assem­bled “pri­mar­i­ly from two prints scanned …

Researchers build robot based on creature that lived nearly 500 million years ago

Researchers build robot based on creature that lived nearly 500 million years ago

This field utilizes Softbotics, which involves robotics incorporating flexible electronics and soft materials, to explore the biomechanical factors that influenced evolution using extinct organisms. (CREDIT: Carnegie Mellon University) Humans have existed on Earth for around 300,000 years, a mere blip in the planet’s history. This short span represents just 0.007% of Earth’s timeline, making our presence relatively recent in the grand scheme of things. Consequently, the animal kingdom we observe today, which shapes our understanding of evolution and inspires modern mechanical systems, is only a fraction of the creatures that have inhabited the Earth throughout history. This field utilizes Softbotics, which involves robotics incorporating flexible electronics and soft materials, to explore the biomechanical factors that influenced evolution using extinct organisms. “Our goal is to bring biological systems back to life through Softbotics, allowing us to mimic them and understand their operations,” explained Phil LeDuc, a professor of mechanical engineering. Led by LeDuc and Carmel Majidi, a research team has revived pleurocystitids, a marine organism that existed approximately 450 million years ago. These creatures, part of …

Plant based brownies that you can feel good about eating

Plant based brownies that you can feel good about eating

Did you know that you can grow brownies? I never tried it personally; however, I was able to use some leftover ingredients to create what I consider to be a very delicious plant-based brownie.  Clean eating is not as hard as you think; it can actually be pretty manageable sometimes. Well, for me anyway, because I adopted a nasty habit of reading what’s on the back of the boxes of some of my favorite, classic, old-school snacks. Oreos, Cheetos, and Taki’s all contain ingredients I cannot identify, like Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, and Riboflavin. This scares me because I’m not a dietitian and shouldn’t have to be a scientist to understand what I put inside my body. Don’t get me wrong; I indulge in my favorite toxic desserts occasionally, but mostly in desperate situations — like when I’m stuck in the airport at 4:00 AM and have no other options. At home, I have options.  Before I understood how to use my options properly, I used to dibble and dabble with my childhood favorite, Duncan Hines. Duncan Hines …

True Source unveils AI LLM service based on The Wheel of Time

True Source unveils AI LLM service based on The Wheel of Time

Are you looking to showcase your brand in front of the gaming industry’s top leaders? Learn more about GamesBeat Summit sponsorship opportunities here.  In a groundbreaking collaboration, iWot productions and AI software firm D1srupt1ve are creating True Source, a venture aimed at launching an AI-based large language model (LLM) based on Robert Jordan’s renowned The Wheel of Time series. The AI service, branded as the One Power, aims to immerse fans in an AI chat service that has an encyclopedic knowledge of The Wheel of Time across various media formats, including books, television, movies, video games, and location-based entertainment. This partnership signals a shift in how audiences interact with their favorite franchises. D1srupt1ve’s commitment to ethical AI application aligns seamlessly with iWot production’s vision of transforming The Wheel of Time into an immersive, interactive, and personalized experience. iWot productions is the company that owns the franchise for The Wheel of Time. How it works A monstrous character from The Wheel of Time: Myrddraal, a Tall, eyeless beings with pale, smooth skin, dressed in black, and …

A message to Joe Biden: a Palestinian state must be based on these three pillars | HA Hellyer

A message to Joe Biden: a Palestinian state must be based on these three pillars | HA Hellyer

The foreign secretary, David Cameron, recently surprised observers by raising the possibility of the UK recognising a Palestinian state before the end of a peace process with Israel. The US has also said it could recognise a Palestinian state after the war in Gaza and is reportedly drawing up policy options along these lines. These seem like remarkable developments amid the carnage of the Israeli assault on Gaza. But do they constitute a breakthrough that could lead to a positive outcome in the Middle East, or will they result in the formalisation of the Israeli occupation? The devil is in the detail. The Israeli occupation of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem (as well as the Golan Heights and Sinai) began in 1967, and was followed by the UN security council resolution 242, which spelled out the way forward. For decades, the resolution, underpinned by a singular principle, served as the basis for negotiations between Israel and its Arab neighbours. The principle was simple: a pre-condition of peace would be Israel withdrawing from the …

Apple’s Latest AI Tool Can Animate an Image Based on Your Description

Apple’s Latest AI Tool Can Animate an Image Based on Your Description

Apple has made another addition to its growing AI repertoire with the creation of a tool that leverages large language models (LLMs) to animate static images based on a user’s text prompts. MacRumors image made with DALL·E Apple describes the innovation in a new research paper titled “Keyframer: Empowering Animation Design Using Large Language Models.“ “While one-shot prompting interfaces are common in commercial text-to-image systems like Dall·E and Midjourney, we argue that animations require a more complex set of user considerations, such as timing and coordination, that are difficult to fully specify in a single prompt—thus, alternative approaches that enable users to iteratively construct and refine generated designs may be needed especially for animations. “We combined emerging design principles for language-based prompting of design artifacts with code-generation capabilities of LLMs to build a new AI-powered animation tool called Keyframer. With Keyframer, users can create animated illustrations from static 2D images via natural language prompting. Using GPT-4 3, Keyframer generates CSS animation code to animate an input Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG).” To create an animation, the …

New Apple AI Model Edits Images Based on Natural Language Input

New Apple AI Model Edits Images Based on Natural Language Input

Apple researchers have released a new open-source AI model that is capable of editing images based on a user’s natural language instructions (via VentureBeat). MacRumors image made with DALL·E Called “MGIE,” which stands for MLLM-Guided Image Editing, it uses multimodal large language models (MLLMs) to interpret user requests and perform pixel-level manipulations. The model is capable of editing various aspects of images. Global photo enhancements can include brightness, contrast, or sharpness, or the application of artistic effects like sketching. Local editing can modify the shape, size, color, or texture of specific regions or objects in an image, while Photoshop-style modifications can include cropping, resizing, rotating, and adding filters, or even changing backgrounds and blending images. A user input for a photo of a pizza could be to “make it look more healthy.” Using common sense reasoning, the model can add vegetable toppings, such as tomatoes and herbs. A global optimization input request might take the form of “add contrast to simulate more light,” while a Photoshop-style modification could be made by asking the model to …

How to Create a Spotify Pie Chart Based on Your Listening Stats

How to Create a Spotify Pie Chart Based on Your Listening Stats

Quick Links How to Create Your Spotify Pie Chart Is Creating a Spotify Pie Chart Safe? Key Takeaways You can create a Spotify pie chart of your listening habits using Spotify Pie, a third-party tool developed by Darren Huang. The website uses Spotify’s API to access your account stats, but there is a risk of leaks when it comes to sharing your account data. You can revoke third-party app access through Spotify’s website to help protect your account. While Spotify boasts its popular Wrapped summary every year, there are other ways to visualize your listening habits on the streaming service. This includes making a Spotify pie chart with your listening data using a third-party tool. How to Create Your Spotify Pie Chart Darren Huang, a US-based Computer Science student, developed a website called Spotify Pie. It uses your Spotify data and visualizes your listening stats with a pie chart. To create your own pie chart on the site, follow these steps: Head to the Spotify Pie website. Select Login to Spotify. Enter your Spotify credentials …

Hyundai is launching an electric van based on its new EV platform

Hyundai is launching an electric van based on its new EV platform

Hyundai announced a new deal with Iveco Group to supply an all-electric van based on its global eLCV platform. The Iveco-badged electric van will be Hyundai’s first export to use its new EV platform. Hyundai is building a new all-electric van for Iveco Hyundai revealed the news at a signing ceremony at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. The deal is part of a broader partnership established in March 2022. In July 2022, the companies announced a hydrogen-powered IVECO BUS based on Hyundai’s fuel cell system. The partners then unveiled the IVECO eDAILY Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle that September at IAA Transportation. The new agreement deepens the partnership as Hyundai’s first export based on its new Global Electric Light Commercial Vehicle (ACV) platform. Hyundai’s dedicated EV platform is designed for commercial vehicles weighing between 2.5 tons to 3.5 tons. The architecture features Hyundai’s latest tech for next-gen EVs, including a low-floor design, making loading and unloading cargo easier. Hyundai will build the chassis, while Iveco will customize the electric vans, distributing them through its network. …

Nearly 500 jobs to be based at new Coventry business park following £24m investment

Nearly 500 jobs to be based at new Coventry business park following £24m investment

Work to transform part of the former Meggitt aerospace site in Coventry into a new business park featuring hundreds of jobs has been completed thanks to a multi-million-pound investment by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). Over the last two years the WMCA has put nearly £24m into the regeneration of the derelict Meggitt site off Holbrook Lane working with urban logistics property developer Chancerygate. Now, after 24 months of work, Holbrook Park is offering businesses 31 industrial and warehouse units spread over 12 acres of the former aerospace manufacturing site. Some of the units are already occupied and once fully let, the business park is expected to be home to nearly 500 jobs. The site has stood mostly empty since Meggitt, whose customers include aviation giants Airbus, BAE Systems and Boeing, moved the majority of its operations and staff to new headquarters in nearby Ansty four years ago. Although the new business park occupies just one section of the 65-acre former Meggitt site, planning permission has already been granted for 500 new homes on …