For better or for worse the age of synthetic media is here. We're getting to the point where artificial intelligence can create its own videos, images, and sounds clips. Among the cool projects out there is Timecraft, created by MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Using new machine learning techniques, it can deduce how a painting was made and recreate it in real time, producing a time-lapse video of the masterpiece coming to life.
One of the main questions people ask themselves as they go through life is; "what would I do if money were not an object?" The idea of being rich to the point where you don't have to work anymore is extremely exciting. All the things we dream about and wish we could have sitting at the palm of our hands is an image that lights an inner fire that is put out the moment we set our alarms for the next day's work. We could only guess that attaining this level of wealth would mean, shopping, going on vacation, buying our parent's expensive cars and houses, and relaxing by the pool. The fact of the matter is that not all people who can live that way would live that way.
Over the course of a couple of generations, Blockbuster was the king of the entertainment industry. In the early 2000s, the struggling founders of Netflix offered to sell their company to Blockbuster for a relatively modest sum of money. They were turned down and laughed at. Ten years later, Blockbuster declared bankruptcy. Now, Netflix dominates the streaming world and Blockbuster is a thing of the past.
If you thought October involved too much candy, then you're not ready to learn about The Sweetest Day. The underrated holiday is celebrated in only some states and totally ignored in others. It's a mix of Halloween and Valentines Day. It also has a sweet background story.
There's something super nutty about the fact that Israeli's have such a low rate of peanut allergies. The country's most culturally fixated snack, Bamba, is a peanut puff. Researchers from the UK did some digging and beleive that Bamba may be the reason for the low percentage of peanut allergies. If so, the future of America might actually have a PB&J sandwich in it after all.