Our A.I. love/fright affair

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UltronEver stop to think about humans’ state of affairs with artificial intelligence (A.I.)?  It’s a lot like a girl who’s fallen in love with a charming, attractive man who is also a serial killer: She is aware that he is dangerous, maybe even lethal; but she forces herself to love him anyway, trusting that her faith in his inner goodness will win out in the end and not leave her in a shallow grave in little, hacked-up pieces.

Or, rather, that’s how our relationship with A.I. could be; in actual fact, we stay with A.I. because we need its help, but we expect it’s going to turn and hack us up any second now. Continue reading

Avengers: Age of Ultron is everything a superhero movie should be.

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Avengers Age of Ultron

Okay, everybody freeze for the obligatory group shot!

Okay, let’s just get it out of the way: Avengers: Age of Ultron is everything a superhero movie should be.  You like superhero movies?  Go see it. (No spoilers ahead.) Continue reading