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‘Jexi’ is, unfortunately, a movie fit for our times

This review contains major spoilers for Jexi.  In his recent New York Times op-ed, “How to Stop Superhuman A.I. Before It Stops Us,” Dr. Stuart Russell, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, advises people to create artificial intelligence machines that work toward our (human) objectives rather than their nonhuman ones.…


This review contains major spoilers forJexi

In his recentNew York Timesop-ed, “How to Stop Superhuman A.I. Before It Stops Us,” Dr. Stuart Russell, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, advises people to create artificial intelligence machines that work toward our (human) objectives rather thantheirnonhuman ones. That way, machines will “always defer to humans” and “ask for permission when appropriate.”Jexi,a new sci-fi comedy film released on Friday starring Adam Devine (Workaholics, Pitch Perfect), showcases the sort of A.I. that Russell strongly cautions against: a machine that thinks and acts for itself.

The film’s premise is painstakingly modern: Phil (Adam Devine) breaks his phone when he bumps into Cate (Alexandra Shipp) — like so many of us, he was looking down at his device instead of where he was walking. After a visit to what bears a striking resemblance to the Apple Store where a disgruntled employee named Denice (Wanda Sykes) roasts Phil for his millennial smartphone addiction, Phil gets a new phone that offers an audacious and horrifyingly independent A.I. assistant, Jexi (voiced by Rose Byrne), which I will refer to using she/her pronouns. 

Sykes looks on in disbelief as Devine mourns his broken phone.

Sykes looks on in disbelief as Devine mourns his broken phone.

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Before Phil had Jexi, he was entirely dependent on Siri and a seemingly voluntary loner. It’s part of a cycle Phil doesn’t care to break: Because he can enjoy an evening of Netflix and food delivered to his doorstep all thanks to his smartphone, he’s just fine.

So, as Phil is setting up his new phone, he grants the operating system access to all his social media,

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Obviously you’re watching this bear eat a cookie out of Jason Momoa’s mouth

Some days, social media is a gift. This is one of those days. Jason Momoa, star of Aquaman and also our hearts, got up close and personal with a real, live bear at some point in the not-too-distant past. I guess this is tied to his new Apple TV+ series, but all I see is…


Some days, social media is a gift. This is one of those days.

Jason Momoa, star ofAquamanand also our hearts, got up close and personal with a real, live bear at some point in the not-too-distant past. I guess this is tied to his new Apple TV+ series, but all I see is an adorable bear gently extracting a cookie from the mouth of a gentle giant.

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The things we do for our ART. SEE. Is out. Please watch on Apple TV+. The bear needs to know your scent. So here’s my cookie kisses big guy. Love you tag. Aloha Baba Voss

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Momoa’s new series,See, is set in a distant future where humans long ago lost their sense of sight and figured out how to get by without it. That natural order is then thrown into disarray when it turns out a village chieftan’s (Momoa) newborn twins can see.

In our review, Mashable’s own Tricia Crimmins calledSee“a respite from our own world” and encourages Apple TV+ subscribers to at least check it out. As Tricia writes:

Based on the two episodes (out of ten) I’ve seen thus far,Seecertainly succeeds in creating a plausible, futuristic vision in which its characters and plot can exist. Both in concept and meticulous execution, the series is creative, different, and fresh. For that reason alone, it’s worth checking out the first episode. 

I’m guessing there’s a notable bear that pops up in one of the opening episodes, if Momoa’s out here doing this bear thing “for our ART.”

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Tim Cook throws shade at Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency

Now that Facebook has announced its initiative to build a cryptocurrency, will other tech giants follow in its footsteps? Well, Apple probably won’t.  In an interview with the Les Echos newspaper (via CNBC), Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company does not plan to launch a cryptocurrency and criticized the notion of a private company…


Now that Facebook has announced its initiative to build a cryptocurrency, will other tech giants follow in its footsteps? Well, Apple probably won’t. 

In an interview with theLes Echosnewspaper (via CNBC), Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company does not plan to launch a cryptocurrency and criticized the notion of a private company launching any sort of currency. 

“I really think that a currency should stay in the hands of countries. I’m not comfortable with the idea of a private group setting up a competing currency. A private company shouldn’t be looking to gain power this way,” he told the outlet. 

Cook’s stance toward Libra appears to be in line with that of some politicians, who also consider Libra to be a threat to currencies issued by nation-states.

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Most Americans don’t know that Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp, new Pew survey says

The illusion of consumer choice is as American as apple pie. Most Americans apparently just don’t know that truth also extends to the tech sector. Leading non-profit public opinion research organization.” Pew Research Center released a new report Wednesday measuring the digital literacy of American adults across topics like cybersecurity and the tech industry. Called…


The illusion of consumer choice is as American as apple pie. Most Americans apparently just don’t know that truth also extends to the tech sector.

Leading non-profit public opinion research organization.” Pew Research Center released a new report Wednesday measuring the digital literacy of American adults across topics like cybersecurity and the tech industry. Called the Americans and Digital Knowledge report, the results were pretty dismal: a majority of respondents could answer fewer than half of the ten (for the most part very basic) questions correctly.

One question concerned Facebook’s sprawling business interests. Pew asked survey respondents whether they thought that Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp (it does). Just 29 percent of people surveyed correctly answered in the affirmative — meaning that over 70 percent of Americans don’t know that Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp.

That’s not the most stable foundation of public knowledge for any potential future anti-trust inquiries into Facebook’s ownership of Instagram and WhatsApp.

Rather than being misinformed, however, most Americans are actually under-informed. While 22 percent answered incorrectly, nearly half – 49 percent – responded that they were “not sure” whether Facebook owned Instagram and WhatsApp.

Pew says that this result indicates that people’s use of social media is out of joint with their understanding of the companies.

“We found that even as a majority of American adults use Facebook, they aren’t that knowledgeable about some aspects related to the business side of the company,” Monica Anderson, Pew’s associate director of research, told Mashable. “Only around 20% correctly identified WhatsApp and Instagram as two companies owned by the company. And around half reported being unsure. So there is relatively low levels of familiarity with the co

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Google Pixel 3a XL is $100 off *and* comes with a free $100 gift card

TL;DR: The compact and comprehensive Google Pixel 3a XL with 64GB of memory is on sale at Best Buy for $379.99, $100 off its original price. You’ll also get a free $100 Best Buy gift card! Where would we be without our phones? No, seriously, every time we detach and delete social media apps in…


TL;DR:The compact and comprehensive Google Pixel 3a XL with 64GB of memory is on sale at Best Buy for $379.99, $100 off its original price. You’ll also get a free $100 Best Buy gift card!


Where would we be without our phones? No, seriously, every time we detach and delete social media apps in an attempt to detox every time Instagram crashes (which is quite often), we are reminded of just how much we need it. Smart phones have become an essential in our world today, where pretty much every store accepts Apple Pay and even the New York City subway just introduced mobile pay. 

With phones being such an important aspect of our lives, it’s important that we choose the rig

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