Raymond Kurzweil is an American inventor and futurist. He is involved in fields such as optical character recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, electronic keyboard instruments, he has written books on health, artificial intelligence, the technological singularity, futurism. Kurzweil is a public advocate for the futurist and transhumanist movements, gives public talks to share his optimistic outlook on life extension technologies and the future of nanotechnology and biotechnology. Kurzweil received the 1999 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the United States' highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony, he was the recipient of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for 2001. And in 2002 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, established by the U. S. Patent Office, he has received 21 honorary doctorates, honors from three U. S. presidents. The Public Broadcasting Service included Kurzweil as one of 16 "revolutionaries who made America" along with other inventors of the past two centuries.
Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among the "most fascinating" entrepreneurs in the United States and called him "Edison's rightful heir". Kurzweil has written seven books; the Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best-selling book on Amazon in science. Kurzweil's book The Singularity Is Near was a New York Times bestseller, has been the #1 book on Amazon in both science and philosophy. Kurzweil speaks to audiences both public and private and delivers keynote speeches at industry conferences like DEMO, SXSW, TED, he maintains the news website KurzweilAI.net. Kurzweil has been employed by Google since 2012, where he is a "director of engineering". Ray Kurzweil grew up in the New York City borough of Queens, he attended NYC Public Education Kingsbury Elementary School PS188. He was born to secular Jewish parents who had emigrated from Austria just before the onset of World War II, he was exposed via Unitarian Universalism to a diversity of religious faiths during his upbringing.
His Unitarian church had the philosophy of many paths to the truth – the religious education consisted of studying a single religion for six months before moving on to the next. His father, Fredric was a concert pianist, a noted conductor, a music educator, his mother, Hannah was a visual artist. He has his sister Enid. Kurzweil decided; as a young boy, Kurzweil had an inventory of parts from various construction toys he'd been given and old electronic gadgets he'd collected from neighbors. In his youth, Kurzweil was an avid reader of science fiction literature. At the age of eight and ten, he read the entire Tom Swift Jr. series. At the age of seven or eight, he built robotic game, he was involved with computers by the age of 12, when only a dozen computers existed in all of New York City, built computing devices and statistical programs for the predecessor of Head Start. At the age of fourteen, Kurzweil wrote a paper detailing his theory of the neocortex, his parents were involved with the arts, he is quoted in the documentary Transcendent Man as saying that the household always produced discussions about the future and technology.
Kurzweil attended Martin Van Buren High School. During class, he held onto his class textbooks to participate, but instead, focused on his own projects which were hidden behind the book, his uncle, an engineer at Bell Labs, taught young Kurzweil the basics of computer science. In 1963, at age 15, he wrote his first computer program, he created pattern-recognition software that analyzed the works of classical composers, synthesized its own songs in similar styles. In 1965, he was invited to appear on the CBS television program I've Got a Secret, where he performed a piano piece, composed by a computer he had built; that year, he won first prize in the International Science Fair for the invention. These activities collectively impressed upon Kurzweil the belief that nearly any problem could be overcome. While in high school, Kurzweil had corresponded with Marvin Minsky and was invited to visit him at MIT, which he did. Kurzweil visited Frank Rosenblatt at Cornell, he obtained a B. S. in computer science and literature in 1970 at MIT.
He went to MIT to study with Marvin Minsky. He took all of the computer programming courses offered at MIT in a half. In 1968, during his sophomore year at MIT, Kurzweil started a company that used a computer program to match high school students with colleges; the program, called the Select College Consulting Program, was designed by him and compared thousands of different criteria about each college with questionnaire answers submitted by each student applicant. Around this time, he sold the company to Brace & World for $100,000 plus royalties. In 1974, Kurzweil founded Kurzweil Computer Products, Inc. and led development of the first omni-font optical character recognition system, a computer program capable of recognizing text written in any normal font. Before that time, scanners had only been able to read text written in a few fonts, he decided that the best application of this technology would be to create a reading machine, which
Habeas Corpus (album)
Habeas Corpus is the second album from St. Louis rock band Living Things; the album was recorded over a period of nine months in Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin. Michael Ilbert produced Habeas Corpus, unlike the previous record, Ahead of the Lions, produced by Steve Albini. "Brass Knuckles" – 3:15 "Mercedes Marxist" – 3:58 "Let It Rain" – 3:52 "Oxygen" – 3:14 "Cost of Living" – 3:44 "Island In Your Heart" – 4:24 "Snake Oil Man" – 4:38 "Post Millennium Extinction Blues" – 3:39 "Dirty Bombs" – 3:07 "Shake Your Shimmy" – 3:17 "The Kingdom Will Fall" – 2:51 Lillian Berlin, guitar Eve Berlin, Bass guitar Bosh Berlin, Drums Cory Becker, Guitar
Turner Classic Movies
Turner Classic Movies is an American movie-oriented pay-TV network operated by Warner Bros. Entertainment, a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia. Launched in 1994, TCM is headquartered at Turner's Techwood broadcasting campus in the Midtown business district of Atlanta, Georgia; the channel's programming consisted of classic theatrically released feature films from the Turner Entertainment film library – which comprises films from Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. However, TCM licenses films from other studios, shows more recent films; the channel is available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Malta, Latin America, Italy, Cyprus, the Nordic countries, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. In 1986, eight years before the launch of Turner Classic Movies, Ted Turner acquired the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio for $1.5 billion. Concerns over Turner Entertainment's corporate debt load resulted in Turner selling the studio that October back to Kirk Kerkorian, from whom Turner had purchased the studio less than a year before.
As part of the deal, Turner Entertainment retained ownership of MGM's library of films released up to May 9, 1986. Turner Broadcasting System was split into two companies; the film library of Turner Entertainment would serve as the base form of programming for TCM upon the network's launch. Before the creation of Turner Classic Movies, films from Turner's library of movies aired on the Turner Broadcasting System's advertiser-supported cable network TNT – along with colorized versions of black-and-white classics such as The Maltese Falcon. Turner Classic Movies debuted on April 14, 1994, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, with Ted Turner launching the channel at a ceremony in New York City's Times Square district; the date and time were chosen for their historical significance as "the exact centennial anniversary of the first public movie showing in New York City". The first movie broadcast on TCM was the 1939 film Gone with the Wind, the same film that served as the debut broadcast of its sister channel TNT six years earlier in October 1988.
At the time of its launch, TCM was available to one million cable television subscribers. The network served as a competitor to AMC—which at the time was known as "American Movie Classics" and maintained a identical format to TCM, as both networks focused on films released prior to 1970 and aired them in an uncut and commercial-free format. AMC had broadened its film content to feature colorized and more recent films by 2002. In 1996, Turner Broadcasting System merged with Time Warner which, besides placing Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. Entertainment under the same corporate umbrella gave TCM access to Warner Bros.' Library of films released after 1950. In the early 2000s, AMC abandoned its commercial-free format, which led to TCM being the only movie-oriented basic cable channel to devote its programming to classic films without commercial interruption or content editing. On March 4, 2019, Time Warner's new owner AT&T announced a planned reorganization that would dissolve Turner Broadcasting.
TCM, along with Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, over-the-top video company Otter Media, will be moved directly under Warner Bros.. Speaking about the move, then-Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara explained that TCM was "a natural fit with Warner Bros." due the company's massive film library. In 2000, TCM started the annual Young Composers Film Competition, inviting aspiring composers to participate in a judged competition that offers the winner of each year's competition the opportunity to score a restored, feature-length silent film as a grand prize, mentored by a well-known composer, with the new work subsequently premiering on the network; as of 2006, films that have been rescored include the 1921 Rudolph Valentino film Camille, two Lon Chaney films: 1921's The Ace of Hearts and 1928's Laugh, Clown and Greta Garbo's 1926 film The Temptress. In April 2010, Turner Classic Movies held the first TCM Classic Film Festival, an event—now held annually—at the Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Grauman's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
Hosted by Robert Osborne, the four-day long annual festival celebrates Hollywood and its movies, featured celebrity appearances, special events, screenings of around 50 classic movies including several newly restored by The Film Foundation, an organization devoted to preserving Hollywood's classic film legacy. Turner Classic Movies operates as a commercial-free service, with the only advertisements on the network being shown between features – which advertise TCM products, network promotions for upcoming special programs and the original trailers for films that are scheduled to be broadcast on TCM, featurettes about classic film actors and actresses. In addition to this, extended breaks between features are filled with theatrically released movie trailers and classic short subjects – from series such as The Passing Parade, Crime Does Not Pay, Pete Smith Specialties, Robert Benchley – under the banner name TCM Extras (formerly On
Black Skies in Broad Daylight
Black Skies in Broad Daylight is the first full-length album by American punk rock band Living Things. It was released by DreamWorks Records on May 3, 2004 in the UK, on August 17, 2004 in the US, it was produced by Steve Albini. CMJ described the voice of the band's lead singer, Lillian Berlin, as a "snarling Iggy-inspired baritone" and the album's songs as "scathing socio-political commentaries." Bombs Below March In Daylight End Gospel New Year No New Jesus I Owe Born Under The Gun On All Fours Keep It Till You Fold Dead Deer Standard Oil Trust For Tomorrow We Die I Wish The Best For You Body Worship Steve Albini – engineer Bosh Berlin – drums Eve Berlin – bass Lillian Berlin – guitar, vocals Bryn Bridenthal – publicity Mike Dewdney – booking Ben Grosse – mixing Beth Halper – A&R Lij – engineer, producer Jennifer Ross – coordination Floria Sigismondi – creative director, photography
Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock, they produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; the term "punk rock" was first used by certain American rock critics in the early 1970s to describe 1960s garage bands and subsequent acts perceived as stylistic inheritors. Between 1974 and 1976 the movement now called. By late 1976, bands such as Television and the Ramones in New York City, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Damned in London, the Saints in Brisbane were recognized as forming its vanguard; as 1977 approached, punk became a major and controversial cultural phenomenon in the UK. It spawned a punk subculture expressing youthful rebellion through distinctive styles of clothing and adornment and a variety of anti-authoritarian ideologies.
In 1977 the influence of the music and subculture became more pervasive. It took root in a wide range of local scenes that rejected affiliation with the mainstream. In the late 1970s, punk experienced a second wave as new acts that were not active during its formative years adopted the style. By the early 1980s, faster and more aggressive subgenres such as hardcore punk, street punk and anarcho-punk became the predominant modes of punk rock. Musicians identifying with or inspired by punk pursued other musical directions, giving rise to spinoffs such as post-punk, new wave, indie pop, alternative rock, noise rock. By the 1990s, punk re-emerged in the mainstream with the success of punk rock and pop punk bands such as Green Day, The Offspring, Blink-182; the first wave of punk rock was "aggressively modern" and differed from what came before. According to Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone, "In its initial form, a lot of stuff was innovative and exciting. What happens is that people who could not hold a candle to the likes of Hendrix started noodling away.
Soon you had endless solos. By 1973, I knew that what was needed was some pure, stripped down, no bullshit rock'n' roll." John Holmstrom, founding editor of Punk magazine, recalls feeling "punk rock had to come along because the rock scene had become so tame that like Billy Joel and Simon and Garfunkel were being called rock and roll, when to me and other fans and roll meant this wild and rebellious music." In critic Robert Christgau's description, "It was a subculture that scornfully rejected the political idealism and Californian flower-power silliness of hippie myth." Technical accessibility and a Do. UK pub rock from 1972-1975 contributed to the emergence of punk rock by developing a network of small venues, such as pubs, where non-mainstream bands could play. Pub rock introduced the idea of independent record labels, such as Stiff Records, which put out basic, low-cost records. Pub rock bands put out small pressings of their records. In the early days of punk rock, this DIY ethic stood in marked contrast to what those in the scene regarded as the ostentatious musical effects and technological demands of many mainstream rock bands.
Musical virtuosity was looked on with suspicion. According to Holmstrom, punk rock was "rock and roll by people who didn't have many skills as musicians but still felt the need to express themselves through music". In December 1976, the English fanzine Sideburns published a now-famous illustration of three chords, captioned "This is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band"; the title of a 1980 single by the New York punk band Stimulators, "Loud Fast Rules!", inscribed a catchphrase for punk's basic musical approach. Some of British punk rock's leading figures made a show of rejecting not only contemporary mainstream rock and the broader culture it was associated with, but their own most celebrated music predecessors: "No Elvis, Beatles or the Rolling Stones in 1977", declared the Clash song "1977"; the previous year, when the punk rock revolution began in Great Britain, was to be both a musical and a cultural "Year Zero". As nostalgia was discarded, many in the scene adopted a nihilistic attitude summed up by the Sex Pistols slogan "No Future".
While "self-imposed alienation" was common among "drunk punks" and "gutter punks", there was always a tension between their nihilistic outlook and the "radical leftist utopianism" of bands such as Crass, who found positive, liberating meaning in the movement. As a Clash associate describes singer Joe Strummer's outlook, "Punk rock is meant to be our freedom. We're meant to be able to do what we want to do."The issue of authenticity is important in the punk subculture—the pejorative term "poseur" is applied to those who associate with punk and adopt its stylistic attributes but are deemed not to share or understand the underlying values and philosophy. Scholar Daniel S. Traber argues that "attaining authenticity in the punk identity can be difficult".
Floria Sigismondi is an Italian-Canadian film director, music video director and photographer She is best known for writing and directing The Runaways, for directing music videos for performers including Justin Timberlake, Leonard Cohen, Katy Perry and David Bowie, commercials for brands such as Gucci, MAC, Target and Nike. Sigismondi has directed television including two episodes of The Handmaid's Tale and American Gods. Sigismondi was born in Pescara, Italy, her parents and Domenico Sigismondi, were opera singers. Her family, including her sister Antonella, moved to Hamilton, Canada when she was two. In her childhood she became obsessed by painting. Starting in 1987, she studied painting and illustration at the Ontario College of Art, today's Ontario College of Art & Design University; when she took a photography course, she became obsessed once more, graduated with a photography major. Sigismondi started a career as a fashion photographer, she came to directing music videos when she was approached by the production company The Revolver Film Co. and directed music videos for a number of Canadian bands.
Her innovative, but very disturbing video works, located in sceneries she once described as "entropic underworlds inhabited by tortured souls and omnipotent beings," attracted a number of prominent musicians. She has further described her works as, "Something quite textural and brutal" and something quite beautiful and light. It's like blending two worlds."With her photography and sculpture installations she had solo exhibitions in Hamilton and Toronto, New York City, Italy, Gothenburg and London. Her photographs were included in numerous group exhibitions, together with artists such as Cindy Sherman, Joel-Peter Witkin, Francesco Clemente; the German art press Die Gestalten Verlag has published two monographs of her photography and Immune. Sigismondi willingly creates her own set props for various music video productions such as, Perfume Genius's "Die 4 U". "If I don't create them myself, I design or draw them, I can get quite tactile detailed as far as what I see." She has an affinity for strange yet alluring things and created a flesh-esque chair to appeal to the sexual tension and desire to the spectator.
In October 2004 she gave birth to Tosca Vera Sigismondi-Berlin. Sigismondi resides in Toronto, New York City, Los Angeles, her daughter is named after the Italian opera Tosca. Floria herself was named after the main character. Sigismondi appears in the Canadian documentary films Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment, she is a two time MVPA winner of director of the year in 2006 and 2013. She directed Justin Timberlake’s video for the song "Mirrors", which won video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013. Sigismondi's first feature-length film is The Runaways, a period piece about the 1970s all-girl rock and roll band The Runaways; the film is about the relationship between Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. Sigismondi wrote the screenplay based on Currie's book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway; the film premiered in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival and was released in Canada and the United States in March 2010. In 2018 Sigismondi signed on to direct the Steven Spielberg produced The Turning, inspired by the 1898 Henry James novella The Turn of the Screw.
Postmortem Bliss The Runaways Leaning Towards Solace Hemlock Grove Daredevil The Handmaid's Tale American Gods The Turning Director Cinematographer 2000 "4 Ton Mantis", Amon Tobin 2013 MTV Music Video Award, USA - Winner for Video of The Year, for Mirrors 2004 Juno Awards, Canada - Best Music Video, for "Fighter" 2003 MTV European Awards - Best International Video Award, for Untitled 2003 New York Underground Film Festival - Audio/Visual Award, for Untitled 2003 Advertising and Design Awards, Ontario, Canada - Special Merit Award for Music Video, for "Fighter" 1999 German Kodak Photobook Award, for her book Redemption 1998 British Music Video Awards, UK - Nomination for Best Video: "Little Wonder" 1997 MTV Music Video Awards, USA - Nomination for Best Rock Video: "Beautiful People" Sigismondi, Floria. Redemption. Gestalten Verlag. ISBN 3-931126-18-8. Sigismondi, Floria. Immune. Gestalten Verlag. ISBN 3-89955-069-2. Official website Floria Sigismondi on IMDb Interview in Revolutionart International Magazine 4 The Raconteurs' video for'Broken Boy Soldier' + interview with director Floria Sigismondi.
CoolHunting.com Video Interview A Short Film directed by Floria with a brief interview Commercials, select music videos and a biography at Believe Media Official site for the feature documentary'FLicKeR' Fright Club - The New York Times Magazine