From sci-fi to your pocket: What AI means in your smartphone

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Just a few short years ago, artificial intelligence (AI) was the stuff of sci-fi movies, or nerdy robot foosball competitions shown in the “future tech” section of the evening news. Nowadays, however, it’s an everyday buzzword, and you even have mobile AI in your phone. That’s right, hidden among the marketing speak of neural engine co-processors is the simple fact that an increasing number …

'Star Trek Discovery' premiere review: Smart, serious sci-fi on a slow burn


Star Trek history was made Sunday night, and not just because of Sonequa Martin-Green — who, as Michael Burnham, became the pioneering black female protagonist this franchise deserves. (Seriously, the camera can’t get enough of her, delivering epic hero shot after epic hero shot.) 

It’s more than that. For the first time in the history of Star Trek, we’re not getting an introduction to the main location of a show in its first episode. The equivalent of the Enterprise, or the Voyager, or the space station known as DS9, doesn’t show up yet. Your cozy familiar template for a spacebound show that introduces all its characters at once is deader than Kirk’s hairpiece.  Read more…

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Sci-fi movie Valerian gets its official mobile game for Android and iOS

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is set to debut in movie theaters on July 21. The film inspired by the French comics is directed by Luc Besson, known for another sci-fi masterpiece, The Fifth Element.

If you’re not necessarily a fan of sci-fi movies, but own an Android or iOS smartphone, you might want to try out the Valerian official mobile game, which has just been released in the App Store and Google Play.

Although the game is available for free, you’ll notice it features in-app purchases. Since this is a single player title, you’ll pay for …

Elon Musk's Father's Day was all sci-fi and tech, of course


Like many dads around the world, Elon Musk is spending his Father’s Day making bad dad jokes and receiving the gift wrapped fruits of being a good parent. 

First, Musk took to Twitter to let his kids (who must be sci-fi fans, too) know that he’s not just a space and electric car mogul, he’s also on the dark side of the Force. 

It’s time they knew …

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 18, 2017

Later, Musk seemed a little giddy when he posted a photo of a gift he received for Father’s Day: a luxurious, personalized iPhone case.  Read more…

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is here to destroy all your summer sci-fi dreams


In the last few years, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has pulled back from calling b.s. on what some sci-fi movies get wrong, but with all the new sci-fi films being released, he couldn’t hold back any longer. 

In a short spot for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Tyson uses his familiar mix of humor and spot-on intellect to dissect the leaps of scientific faith needed to believe the plots of Alien: Covenant, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and even the new Baywatch (not sci-fi, but he makes a good point). Personally, I’ll never get tired of Tyson’s #sciencesplaining – keep it coming (even if it occasionally spoils the fun).  Read more…

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Sci-fi clicker Spaceplan coming soon to Android and iOS, but you can watch a 40-minute trailer now

Devolver Digital is a well-known publisher of games, but the company rarely activates in the mobile industry. However, when they do launch a mobile game, it’s always something special.

The new title soon to make its way to Android and iOS platforms is called Spaceplan. If the name rings a bell, you’re not mistaken. Spaceplan started as a web-based game, but Devolver Digital claims the mobile version is much better.

Spaceplan is a clicker type of game with a sci-fi theme. Humorously, the publisher claims it’s “based partly on a total misunderstanding of Stephen …