Prepare to be confused FX previews Legion series at NYCC

first_img The cold and rain didn’t stop Marvel fans from flocking to the Hammerstein Ballroom to catch a glimpse of the upcoming FX series Legion at New York Comic Con on Sunday. An offshoot of the X-Men franchise, the show follows the story of David Haller, aka Legion, Charles Xavier’s mentally unstable son who has the potential to be one of the most powerful mutants.Moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Stack, the panel consisted of showrunner Noah Hawley (Fargo, Bones), executive producer Lauren Shuler Donner, executive producer and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, as well as cast members Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Rachel Keller, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, and Bill Irwin. As per Marvel tradition, nobody was really allowed to say much other than how excited they were to work on the series, lest a squadron of men in suits hauled them off to a gruesome fate.But as a reward for sticking it out, fans were treated to an extended preview of the pilot episode. And it was…okay, if a bit confusing.The entire series looks like it’s taken a bath in the Mayfair filter on Instagram—bright candy colors muted in a haze of grainy blue. In the first half of the episode, we’re given a quick crash course into David Haller’s turbulent life before entering a mental institution, including an alcohol-fueled, superpowered teenage run-in with the police and a failed attempt to hang himself. The episode then switches gears and focuses on Haller’s manic-pixie-meet-cute romance with Syd Barrett, Rachel Keller’s unhinged ingenue who refuses to be physically touched. It wasn’t until the last few minutes of the preview that Haller’s superpowers take center stage, and while I won’t spoil, it doesn’t necessarily bode well for him. Oh, and Aubrey Plaza is also in there with her signature deadpan, a pair of hipster headphones, and a penchant for quirkily drumming on tables.If that description gives you whiplash, then rest assured that it’s meant to. Supposedly, according to the creators, the disjointed nature of the episode mirrors the confusion in Haller’s mind about whether or not he actually has powers or is just completely off his rocker. It’s also reflective of Legion’s convoluted road to existence. More than a few questions at the panel centered around where exactly the show fits into the overall Marvel/Fox/X-Men universe, thanks to the very same legal quagmire that prevents the Avengers from mentioning that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are Magento’s kids.The short of it? Yes, this is the same world as the X-Men films. Kinda. There’s a distinct possibility that Legion takes place in a parallel universe—a theory that showrunner Hawley didn’t outright deny when asked. No, this does not take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, they’re not shying away from the fact that Charles Xavier is Legion’s dad. (Dan Stevens pointed out the wheelchair in the first scene of the pilot). No, there’s probably not going to be a crossover with the X-Men films or the MCU—but also hey, you never know what kind of superpowers Marvel’s lawyers have.FX didn’t announce a specific date for the Legion premiere, but you can expect it to air sometime in early 2017. Hopefully, by then we’ll all be a whole lot less confused. Stay on target American Horror Story season 6 takes a turn down familiar paths last_img read more

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Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Coming to PS4 Xbox One and PC

first_imgStay on target Back when the original Mega Man Legacy Collection was released, many felt it was incomplete. After all, it only featured the first six games in the series. A follow up with the rest of the Blue Bomber’s adventures was inevitable, and today, Capcom has officially announced that Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will be headed to PC, PS4, and Xbox One both digitally and at retail on August 8 for $19.99.Where the original collection focused exclusively on Mega Man games from the Nintendo Entertainment System, this collection is all about everything that came afterward. The compilation features Mega Man 7 through 10. Mega Man 7 was originally on the SNES while Mega Man 8 came out on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. The most fun games of this collection are Mega Man 9 and Mega Man 10 While these came out for the PS3 and Xbox One, they were purposely made to look and play like the old NES games. They are every bit as great as those classic titles.Capcom didn’t just toss the old games into a collection without also including new features. New players (or those who don’t want to be mercilessly slaughtered) can choose the “Extra Armor” option which reduces damage by half. There are even checkpoint saves throughout the levels — useful for when you meet an untimely demise. More experienced gamers have the option of playing remixed stages and testing their mettle in Challenge Mode. There’s even a global leaderboard for those who want to prove they are the best Mega Man player on Earth! A museum mode containing production art, sketches, development materials, concepts, a music player, and more rounds out the entire package.Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 will be demoed at Capcom’s E3 booth. As a huge fan of the franchise, you had better believe I will be checking this game out when I’m at the show next week. As for everyone else, August 8 isn’t that far away so the wait won’t be so bad. Considering how we’re also (finally) getting Sonic Mania in August, this summer will be great for fans of retro games. The Marvel Universe done in the style of MegamanStreet Fighter IV characters reimagined as MegaMan sprites last_img read more

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AI Is Already One of the Largest Industries on Earth and Its

first_imgStay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Major tech companies are investing in AI and machine learning at an alarming rate. According to a new report, companies spent between $26 and $39 billion on AI research (with giants like Google, Facebook, and Baidu contributing more than two-thirds of that) in 2016 alone. While that’s not nearly on the scale of, say, global oil trade (which cracks a trillion most years), it’s still enough to make it one of the largest sub-industries on Earth. That’s put it well above many very large numbers like Hollywood’s box office takings from last year ($11 billion) or the GDP of Iceland ($16 billion).On its face, this isn’t too surprising. Silicon Valley’s wealth is among the greatest in the world, easily dwarfing whole regions (and it’s kinda messed up how that isn’t even an exaggeration), of course, they’d invest a sliver of that money into hyper-advanced autonomous software. What this shows, though, is that the race for AI has officially kicked off. Contrast this figures, for example, to those from 2013, and we find that investment in AI has more than tripled. It’s also shifted almost entirely to research, development, and, most importantly, deployment.Those sectors adopting AI fastest are, of course, the automobile, tech, and telecom industries. The McKinsey Global Institute for Artificial Intelligence concludes that these are the industries that have the most to gain. Each of these areas (as well as finances and health care) benefit tremendously from AI adoption, with the earliest consumers of machine learning tech in those fields yielding profits that can be 10% or more higher than the industry average year-on-year.Now, I know all that sounds super-boring, but, in short: smart businesses are making billions thanks to AI. And that’s going to get faster and faster as things go. As those businesses employing AI out-compete their rivals over the next few years, we’re going to start seeing the beginning of the end of us. Higher profits are awesome, and all, but a good chunk of that is coming from human workers who are becoming obsolete. Obviously, we should keep using AI to make our lives awesome, but even the Patron Saint of wacky Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Elon Musk, is certain that the day will soon come when we need to change up how we conceive of our entire economy if we want to keep the world intact.Amazon might be the best example of a modern business profiting by cutting out humans. The tech company bought Kiva, a robotics company that specializes in automated packaging. The investment and subsequent deployment of Kiva’s tech has decreased the time it takes from the moment the customer clicks to the moment the package ships down from about an hour to just 15 minutes. And that’s with a boost to inventory capacity and a massive operating cost drop. With that kind of advantage, it’s not hard to see why rumblings of an Amazon-dominated retail future are so prevalent.It’s not quite all doom and gloom though. Netflix has dramatically improved their algorithms for helping users find movies they might like. The algorithm was already pretty great — enough that I recall wanting to punch the sun anytime my roommates would “like” random shows or movies on my account. But that, and many other minor issues have been smoothed out, and Netflix projects that this has helped that save $1 billion in subscription cancellations annually.I guess, though, if you think about it, Netflix is really just the replacement for brick-and-mortar movie rental shops and the clerks who would give you recommendations there. So I guess there is no silver lining. We’re all going to be funemployed in a decade or two. Better hope we figure out our collective shit.last_img read more

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