Expanse fans, no need to worry—Amazon orders season 5 of its new sci-fi show

It’s back! The long-awaited fourth season of The Expanse returns on its new network, Amazon Prime. It will now apparently also air a future fifth season.

May 2018 initially looked like an anxious month for fans of television’s best sci-fi show in years, The Expanse. The ambitious SyFy series based on James SA Corey’s beloved novels had just the right mix of visual gusto, gripping action, geopolitical drama, and addictively tense pacing to keep us glued for its three seasons. (We learned Belter! We podcasted!) But then, unexpectedly, SyFy did what SyFy does—it cancelled the show ahead of its S3 finale.
Luckily, Expanse fans know the rest of the story. Less than a month later at National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that his company would be saving the series and producing a fourth season as an Amazon original. And this weekend, Bezos and co.


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2019-07-27 17:57:01

This is why we can’t use Microsoft to host the world wide open code repository. Also, this isn’t just about trade, it’s about speech. And developers inside other countries might be resisting their govts, so by shutting them off, the US and Microsoft might be effectively opposing democratic movements. Of course the current US govt is doing that too.


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Will Machine Learning Build Up Dangerous ‘Intellectual Debt’?

Long-time Slashdot reader JonZittrain is an international law professor at Harvard Law School, and an EFF board member. Wednesday he contacted us to share his new article in the New Yorker:
I’ve been thinking about what happens when AI gives us seemingly correct answers that we wouldn’t have thought of ourselves, without any theory to explain them. These answers are a form of “intellectual debt” that we figure we’ll repay — but too often we never get around to it, or even know where it’s accruing.

A more detailed (and unpaywalled) version of the essay draws a little from how and when it makes sense to pile up technical debt to ask the same questions about intellectual debt.

The first article argues that new AI techniques “increase our collective intellectual credit line,” adding that “A world of knowledge without understanding becomes a world without discernible cause and effect, in which


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2019-07-27 16:56:44

This is why we can’t use Microsoft to host the world wide open code repository.


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Is Motion Smoothing Ruining Cinema?

With TVs now delivering images faster than movies, TV manufacturers have tried to make up for that discrepancy via a digital process called motion smoothing. Whether you’ve realized it or not, you’ve likely watched a movie in motion smoothing, as it’s now the default setting on most TVs sold in the United States. Bilge Ebiri from Vulture says that while this feature was well-intentioned, “most people hate it.” He argues: “Motion smoothing transforms an absorbing movie or narrative TV show into something uncanny. The very texture of what you’re watching changes. The drama onscreen reads as manufactured, and everyone moves like they’re on a daytime soap — which is why it’s sometimes called the ‘soap-opera effect.’ In other words, motion smoothing is fundamentally ruining the way we experience film.” From the report: Motion smoothing is unquestionably a compromised way of watching films and TV shows, which are meticulously crafted to


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