Google’s Deep Dream software proved that computer imagination can be strange and hallucinogenic. But, given the right parameters, it can also be profoundly dirty. Just look at the AI-generated pictures above — the top row of images all look fairly innocent (they’re supposed to be towers); but the bottom row, well, has an unmistakeable penis-y feel to it. That’s right: artificial intelligence has learned how to hallucinate genitals.
This imagery is the work of computer scientist Gabriel Goh, who created a neural network that mashes together two existing programs. The first is a Deep Dream-like image generator from MIT that uses deep learning to look at libraries of pictures and create similar images, and the second is an open source…
Whatever dark magic Nintendo cast to make a tiny NES has apparently also produced an opposite — a giant human-sized console, free to roam around the arcades and alleys of Japan with two smaller controllers in tow. It’s a particularly detailed replica of Nintendo’s iconic first home console, released in Japan as the Famicom, with accurate labels, switches, and colors. But unlike the smaller version of the NES released this year, which is filled with circuit boards and chips, the six-foot creature is likely filled with blood and organs.
It looks like it’s a true Family Computer, too, with the smaller controllers holding their parent unit’s hands. The NES Classic Edition is available from November 11th, comes with 30 games, and will be…
Fans got that answer during an intense and emotionally gripping season premiere. Rick and Negan came head-to-head, and Rick was left with a few decisions to make: would he continue to fight and lead his own people or will he bow down to Negan in order to assure his group’s safety? Along the way, a few other pivotal moments happened as well, and we’re breaking down this week’s biggest developments.
Warning: Spoilers for the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead below.
A Couple of Beloved Characters Kick the Bucket
By now, you know that both Abraham and Glenn met Lucille, Negan’s bat. It was brutal, emotional, and painful to watch. It also took a little too long to happen. Negan first killed Abraham because Negan said he always kills one person from a group when meeting them. However, after an outburst from Daryl, Negan decided to kill Glenn as well because Negan wants to be obeyed at all times.
Fans knew someone was going to die, but the curveball was that two characters were killed off. The scenes were incredibly graphic, and there were a couple small moments that matched what happened in The Walking Dead #100, which was probably incredibly hard for any of the fans of the comic series to watch. More importantly, these moments are Negan displaying dominance. This is just the beginning, and if Negan is willing to go this far upon first meeting the group, how far is he willing to go if Rick and company start fighting back?
Negan Wants to Keep Rick Alive
While Negan bashed Glenn and Abraham’s skulls in with incredible ease, he didn’t do the same to the leader, Rick. In fact, it’s clear that Negan wants to keep Rick alive. He tested Rick by driving him down the road, in the RV, and tossed him out to the walkers. However, instead of letting the undead eat Rick, Negan shot them down and saved him.
Negan is all about wearing people down, so they’ll be more susceptible to what he says. While he may seem crazy, there is a method to his madness, which is shrouded by the cold, yet highly-charismatic, persona he puts on. This episode did wonders for character development for that character. Viewers got a clear and concise vision of who Negan is and what he wants.
Negan Has a Way of Getting What He Wants and He’s in Charge Now
As if two people getting murdered wasn’t heart-wrenching enough, Negan found a way to get what he wants from Rick: putting Carl’s life in danger. Negan drew a line on Carl’s arm and told Rick he has to cut his son’s arm off with a hatchet. If he didn’t, Carl would die and so would everyone else. It was a painful moment for Rick, as well as the audience, watching Rick struggle with the decision, while Carl remained relatively cool about it. Right before Rick was about to swing the weapon, Negan stopped him and told him that he was in charge and things were going to be different.
Much like the moment with Negan and Rick in the RV, this scene really helped define who Negan is. He knows how to get people on his side: through fear. This was almost as hard to watch as Negan bashing in Abraham’s skull. Actor Andrew Lincoln did a tremendous job at showing emotion as he was about to hurt his son for the greater good.
Daryl Gets Taken Away
Glenn died because Daryl stood up and punched Negan in the face. If he never did that, only Abraham would have died. However, Negan still kept him alive, and at the end of the episode, Negan had Daryl thrown into the back of a van and taken away. If Rick doesn’t obey Negan, he will mutilate Daryl and send the pieces to him.
Negan is keeping Daryl as insurance, just in case Rick and his group get any bright ideas. He may be ruthless, but Negan is showing that he’s smart. He didn’t get to where he is at just by killing off people. He always has a backup plan. However, what does this mean for Daryl? Will Negan try to break him and make him join The Saviors, or will he be locked up and forgotten about?
The Season 7 premiere was an emotional rollercoaster. While it was incredibly frustrating to have to wait for 20 minutes to find out who died, it paid off in the end. This episode wasn’t so much about who was going to die as it was a one-hour of character development for this season’s villain. Rick and the people of Alexandria are in for one hell of a ride. How will they overcome this monster? Comic book readers may have a good idea of how that will happen, but it seems like all hope is lost for the group.
I’m a huge fan of Neill Blomkamp’s films: District 9, Elysium, andChappie, and I was eagerly awaiting his take on the Alien franchise before it got delayed. Now, he’s partnered up with BMW to helm The Escape, a new entry in the company’s The Hire series of short action films, which just hit the web today.
The film opens with a short intro explaining that a genetics company called Molecular Genetics has been experimenting with human clones. As the FBI closes in, the security contractors tasked with taking one of the clones away mounts an escape, hiring The Driver to whisk away Five (played by Dakota Fanning). The head of the mercenary group, the Punisher himself, Jon Bernthal, hops in the side passenger seat, and the convoy makes its…
At the end of Season 6 of The Walking Dead, the newest buy guy on the block, Negan, stood in front of a group from Alexandria, and he was planning on killing one of them to show he was in charge. However, before that happened, the episode ended, which led to frustration and a whole slew of theories over the summer as to who Negan would kill.
Now, with the start of the new season, we finally learned which out the fan-favorite characters Negan decided to beat to death. You can see the lineup of potential victims in the image above.
Warning: Spoilers for the Season 7 premiere below.
It turns out that Negan killed Abraham Ford. He first appeared on The Walking Dead in Season 4, Episode 10. About 20 minutes into the episode, Negan did his nursery rhyme to pick who to kill, and he landed on Abraham. He was the muscle of the group, with the heart of gold.
In even more startling news, Negan wasn’t done after bashing Abraham’s head in. Daryl was extremely upset after Negan killed his first victim and punched Negan in the face. Daryl was taken away, and Negan said that actions like that wouldn’t fly, so he then killed Glenn. He first appeared on The Walking Dead in Season 1, Episode 1.
Obviously, this all comes as a huge shock fans of the show, even though they knew at least one death was coming. It seems like Negan is going to be the nastiest villain that this group has come up against.
For more about the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead, make sure to check out out breakdown of the newest episode, which you can read after the episode airs.
Rest in peace, Abraham an Glenn. You will be missed.
After the talk, there were plenty of lingering questions about his Mars colonization plans: what about radiation? Where would people live? During the AMA, he followed up on a several of topics that he didn’t cover at the initial talk.
On rockets and propulsion
Several people asked about the rockets that SpaceX intends to use for the journey to Mars.
When asked about whether or not the Interplanetary Transport System would be able to hover over the surface of Mars while the crew searches for a…
“With Battlefield 1, EA and DICE have proven the viability of World War I as a time period worth revisiting in first-person shooters,” reviewer Miguel Concepcion said. “It brings into focus countries and nationalities that do not exist today while also shedding light on how the outcome of that war has shaped our lives. As World War II shooters proved many years ago, no game can truly capture the entirety of a global conflict. This is why the focused structure of the War Stories anthology works well. Moreover, Operations succeeds as an effective educational primer on the battles that this gripping adversarial mode are based on. Battlefield 1 is just an introduction to one of the deadliest world events in history, but it is an outstanding, feature-rich package in both its emotional stories and strong multiplayer.”