Here's some spectacular news: Ted Chiang's incredible science fiction story "Story of Your Life" (which won the Nebula and Sturgeon, and was reprinted in his fantastic collection Stories of Your Life and Others) is being adapted for a feature film by director Nic Mathieu and producer Shawn Levy. We published an illuminating interview with Ted in 2010. He's one of science fiction's genuine good guys, and "Story of Your Life" in one of the genre's outstanding pieces. Plus, short story adaptations tend to be more successful than novel adaptations (a lot more happens in a typical novel than happens in a typical film).
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Ted Chiang’s acclaimed work “Story of Your Life” is being adapted for film! The story, which is collected in Stories of Your Life and Others, won the 1999 Sturgeon Award and the 2000 Nebula Award for short fiction. It has a premise that should be perfect for the screen: when an alien race, the Heptapods, lands on earth, a linguist, Dr. Louise Banks, is tasked with learning their language. The catch is that the Heptapods have one language for speaking and another for writing—and studying the written language forces Dr. Banks to deal with questions of free will, determinism, and her memories of her daughter.
The Stormtrooper Decanter is on back-order, but you can pre-order one from the next batch for £22 — it’s based on Andrew Ainsworth’s original movie helmet moulds from 1976, and will provide endless opportunities to point to lowball glasses and say things like “aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper drink?” (via Bonnie Burton)
Yahoo has released a machine-learning model called open_nsfw that is designed to distinguish not-safe-for-work images from worksafe ones. By tweaking the model and combining it with places-CNN, MIT’s scene-recognition model, Gabriel Goh created a bunch of machine-generated scenes that score high for both models — things that aren’t porn, but look porny.
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