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In 2065, a Military Satellite Becomes Self-Aware—and Wants to Become an Artist

While many artificial intelligence critics busy themselves getting terrified over the possibility of a Matrix-type scenario wherein AIs overthrow humanity for Earthly supremacy, others are exploring a more nuanced point of view. Consider London-based artist Lawrence Lek a member of the latter camp. In Geomancer, a 45-minute film designed with the ever-unbelievable Unreal Engine, Lek imagines AI as not only potentially benevolent, but artistic, and in many other ways, even human-like. Geomancer follows a young military AI satellite that becomes self-aware, then decides to descend to Earth and become an artist. Geomancer, the satellite, touches down at the Singapore 2065 Centennial, a future where the country has survived climate change floods. But the AI isn’t as unique as it thinks it is, since … Read the rest

It’s Illegal to Be Perfect in This Perfectly Dystopian Short Film

Nobody’s perfect, yet many of us strive perfection, however unobtainable it may be. But what if we lived in a world that didn’t desire perfection, but punished it instead? That’s the concept behind this dystopian sci-fi short The Problemless Anonymous, by filmmaker Gary Roberts, co-written with his friend Samuel Barber.

It’s set in a world where to be perfect is illegal. Citizens are tested by the Ministry of Imperfection and if they get a positive result for perfection, they have to attend an imperfection clinic. Here they will be further tested so they can be given an adequate problem to adapt to the world around them. Failure to attend results in a prison sentence.

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December Double! A Story and Comic (and Squid Mural)

It’s holiday time at Space Squid. This month we’re doubling up with a mindbending story and a devastating comic tale, plus photos of Austin’s biggest, best mutant squid mural ever. They are, respectively, Here Comes New Jersey from Leland Neville and Every Mother’s Child from John Sowder. Mural photos by Chad Trosclair. ~~~ 1 ~~~…
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December Double! A Story and Comic (and Squid Mural)

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Unmathematical

by William Squirrell “In those days,” said Grandpapa from his recliner, “space was not yet a vacuum, and hellfire had a name unmathematical.” The older kids playing poker at the table rolled their eyes. The little ones on the floor kept setting up Mousetrap. “But Grandpapa,” Ivy looked up from…
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Unmathematical

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