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Stephen Colbert To Produce TV Series Based On Roger Zelanzny's Sci-Fi Novels 'The Chronicles of Amber'

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Stephen Colbert is joining the team that is adapting Roger Zelazny's "The Chronicles of Amber" for television. Variety reports: Colbert will now executive produce the potential series under his Spartina production banner. Spartina joins Skybound Entertainment and Vincent Newman Entertainment (VNE) on the series version of the beloved fantasy novels, with Skyboudn first announcing their intention to develop the series back in 2016. The books have been cited as an influence on "Game of Thrones," with author George R.R. Martin recently stating he wanted to see the books brought to the screen. "The Chronicles of Amber" follows the story of Corwin, who is said to "awaken on Earth with no memory, but soon finds he is a prince of a royal family that has the ability to travel through different dimensions of reality (called 'shadows') and rules over the one true world, Amber." The story is told over ten books with two story arcs: "The Corwin Cycle" and "The Merlin Cycle." The series has sold more than fifteen million copies globally. The search is currently on for a writer to tackle the adaptation. No network or streamer is currently attached. Colbert and Spartina are currently under a first-look deal at CBS Studios, but they are not currently the studio behind the series. "George R.R. Martin and I have similar dreams," Colbert said. "I've carried the story of Corwin in my head for over 40 years, and I'm thrilled to partner with Skybound and Vincent Newman to bring these worlds to life. All roads lead to Amber, and I'm happy to be walking them."

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Tesla video promoting self-driving was staged, engineer testifies | Reuters

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Jan 17 (Reuters) - A 2016 video that Tesla (TSLA.O) used to promote its self-driving technology was staged to show capabilities like stopping at a red light and accelerating at a green light that the system did not have, according to testimony by a senior engineer.

The video, which remains archived on Tesla’s website, was released in October 2016 and promoted on Twitter by Chief Executive Elon Musk as evidence that “Tesla drives itself.”

But the Model X was not driving itself with technology Tesla had deployed, Ashok Elluswamy, director of Autopilot software at Tesla, said in the transcript of a July deposition taken as evidence in a lawsuit against Tesla for a 2018 fatal crash involving a former Apple (AAPL.O) engineer.

The previously unreported testimony by Elluswamy represents the first time a Tesla employee has confirmed and detailed how the video was produced.

The video carries a tagline saying: “The person in the driver’s seat is only there for legal reasons. He is not doing anything. The car is driving itself.”

Elluswamy said Tesla’s Autopilot team set out to engineer and record a “demonstration of the system’s capabilities” at the request of Musk.

Elluswamy, Musk and Tesla did not respond to a request for comment. However, the company has warned drivers that they must keep their hands on the wheel and maintain control of their vehicles while using Autopilot.

The Tesla technology is designed to assist with steering, braking, speed and lane changes but its features “do not make the vehicle autonomous,” the company says on its website.

To create the video, the Tesla used 3D mapping on a predetermined route from a house in Menlo Park, California, to Tesla’s then-headquarters in Palo Alto, he said.

Drivers intervened to take control in test runs, he said. When trying to show the Model X could park itself with no driver, a test car crashed into a fence in Tesla’s parking lot, he said.

“The intent of the video was not to accurately portray what was available for customers in 2016. It was to portray what was possible to build into the system,” Elluswamy said, according to a transcript of his testimony seen by Reuters.

When Tesla released the video, Musk tweeted, “Tesla drives itself (no human input at all) thru urban streets to highway to streets, then finds a parking spot.”

Tesla faces lawsuits and regulatory scrutiny over its driver assistance systems.

The U.S. Department of Justice began a criminal investigation into Tesla’s claims that its electric vehicles can drive themselves in 2021, after a number of crashes, some of them fatal, involving Autopilot, Reuters has reported.

The New York Times reported in 2021 that Tesla engineers had created the 2016 video to promote Autopilot without disclosing that the route had been mapped in advance or that a car had crashed in trying to complete the shoot, citing anonymous sources.

When asked if the 2016 video showed the performance of the Tesla Autopilot system available in a production car at the time, Elluswamy said, "It does not."

Elluswamy was deposed in a lawsuit against Tesla over a 2018 crash in Mountain View, California, that killed Apple engineer Walter Huang.

Andrew McDevitt, the lawyer who represents Huang’s wife and who questioned Elluswamy’s in July, told Reuters it was “obviously misleading to feature that video without any disclaimer or asterisk.”

The National Transportation Safety Board concluded in 2020 that Huang’s fatal crash was likely caused by his distraction and the limitations of Autopilot. It said Tesla’s “ineffective monitoring of driver engagement” had contributed to the crash.

Elluswamy said drivers could “fool the system,” making a Tesla system believe that they were paying attention based on feedback from the steering wheel when they were not. But he said he saw no safety issue with Autopilot if drivers were paying attention.

Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Kevin Krolicki and Lisa Shumaker

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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petrilli
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at what point is this just a criminal enterprise?
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diannemharris
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It always has been
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Authorities seize Andrew Tate's luxury cars

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Rolls Royce

Just days after incel influencer Andrew Tate taunted climate activist Greta Thunberg with a description of his expensive gasoline-powered car collection, Romanian authorities seized several of them, according to Romania's Spy News. The cars include a Buggati Chiron worth 3 million euros, a Rolls Royce worth 400,000 euros, two Ferrari cars, and a Porsche. — Read the rest

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i am going to need a lot more popcorn
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ML and flooding the zone with crap

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Wisdom of the few is often better than wisdom of the crowds.

If the crowd is shilled and fake, most of the data isn't useful for machine learning. To be useful, you have to pull out the scarce wisdom in the sea of noise.

Gary Marcus looked at this in his latest post, "AI's Jurassic Park moment". Gary talks about how ChatGPT makes it much cheaper to produce huge amounts of reasonable-sounding bullshit and post it on community sites, then he said:

For Stack Overflow, the issue is literally existential. If the website is flooded with worthless code examples, programmers will no longer go there, its database of over 30 million questions and answers will become untrustworthy, and the 14 year old website will die.
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Overall, because the average rate of getting correct answers from ChatGPT is too low, the posting of answers created by ChatGPT is substantially harmful to the site and to users who are asking or looking for correct answers.

The primary problem is that while the answers which ChatGPT produces have a high rate of being incorrect, they typically look like they might be good and the answers are very easy to produce. There are also many people trying out ChatGPT to create answers, without the expertise or willingness to verify that the answer is correct prior to posting. Because such answers are so easy to produce, a large number of people are posting a lot of answers.

There was a 2009 SIGIR paper, "The Wisdom of the Few", that cleverly pointed out that a lot of this is unnecessary. For recommender systems, trending algorithms, reviews, and rankers, only the best data is needed to produce high quality results. Once you use the independent, reliable, high quality opinions, adding more big data can easily make things worse. Less is more, especially in the presence of adversarial attacks on your recommender system.

When using behavior data, ask what would happen if you could sort by usefulness to the ML algorithm and users. You'd go down the sorted list, then stop at some point when the output no longer improved. That stopping point would be very early if a lot of the data is crap.

In today's world, with fake crowds and shills everywhere, wisdom of the crowds fails. Data of unknown quality or provable spam should be freely ignored. Only use reliable, independent behavior data as input to ML.

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Epson zaps lasers into oblivion, in the name of the environment

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Inkjet is the future, claims Japanese printer maker

Japanese electronics and printer maker Epson announced this month that it will end the sale and distribution of laser printer hardware by 2026, citing sustainability issues.…

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it's just a coincidence that ink jets are wildly more profitable and capturable for squeezing out every penny.
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Bad Date

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"Even split between us, this will pay way better than the Jumanji sponsorship I came into the date with."
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gglockner
81 days ago
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And here I was thinking the bad date was MM-DD-YY.
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fxer
84 days ago
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Not believable that he hasn’t seen jumanji
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JayM
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Hahaha
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"Even split between us, this will pay way better than the Jumanji sponsorship I came into the date with."
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