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'2001 A Space Odyssey' 50 Years On: Q&A with Computer Scientist Stephen Wolfram

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'2001 A Space Odyssey' 50 Years On: Q&A with Computer Scientist Stephen Wolfram

In April 1968, Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke released "2001: A Space Odyssey." The film has delighted and confounded audiences for 50 years now, and presaged many technological and cultural developments, from computers and AI to space exploration and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Computer scientist Stephen Wolfram, inventor of the computation software Mathematica and online Wolfram Alpha knowledge engine, spoke with Space.com about the impact the movie had on developing technologies of the day as well as where its predictions haven't come to fruition. Space.com: Where does "2001" fit in the cannon of predictive science-fiction stories? Stephen Wolfram:...

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Why You Shouldn't Expect to See 'Blade Runner' Replicants Anytime Soon

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Why You Shouldn't Expect to See 'Blade Runner' Replicants Anytime Soon

Fans of the 1982 sci-fi-noir thriller "Blade Runner" had to wait more than a quarter-century for the follow-up film "Blade Runner 2049," which opened in U.S. theaters on Oct. 6. But they'll likely have to wait much, much longer to see any semblance of the films' human-mimicking androids — dubbed "replicants" — in the real world, experts told Live Science. The original film was set in the year 2019, and "Blade Runner 2049" takes place just 30 years later. But although the realms of both films exist in the not-too-distant future, replicants represent astonishingly sophisticated technology compared to what is...

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer (Official)

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer (Official)

Watch the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and see it in theaters December 15 Read More: YouTube

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End of the World As We Know It: What's the Draw of Dystopian Sci-Fi?

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End of the World As We Know It: What's the Draw of Dystopian Sci-Fi?

Grim sci-fi and speculative fiction tales are often rooted in scenarios of oppression, moral disintegration or even total social collapse — from the perpetual surveillance and menace of "Big Brother" in George Orwell's "1984," to the deadly state-sanctioned battles fought by desperate children in Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" trilogy. But as bleak as these stories are, they have captivated readers and writers alike for decades. What drives authors to imagine these broken futures, and what might explain their enduring popularity? On Oct. 6, a panel of writers at New York Comic Con (NYCC) explored their own relationships with dystopian...

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'Twilight Zone' Enters the Stage Dimension

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'Twilight Zone' Enters the Stage Dimension

"The Twilight Zone" is entering (another) new dimension. Later this year, the classic speculative-fiction television series will make its theatrical debut at London's Almeida Theatre. This is the first stage adaptation of "The Twilight Zone," reports Ryan McPhee for Playbill. American playwright Anne Washburn, who penned "Mr. Burns," a dark comedy that follows survivors of an apocalypse recreating episodes of "The Simpsons," is adapting the ever-relevant series for stage. Previews for the limited engagement start in December, Broadway World reports. "'The Twilight Zone' looks back at American nightmares made during the Cold War which speak as powerfully to the current...

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