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“Christopher Robin,” Reviewed: Disney’s Pleasantly Abrasive New Spin on Winnie-the-Pooh

“Christopher Robin,” Reviewed: Disney’s Pleasantly Abrasive New Spin on Winnie-the-Pooh | The New Yorker

“Christopher Robin,” Reviewed: Disney’s Pleasantly Abrasive New Spin on Winnie-the-Pooh | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-front-row/christopher-robin-reviewed-disneys-pleasantly-abrasive-new-spin-on-winnie-the-pooh?mbid=nl_Daily%20080718&CNDID=50268964&utm_source=Silverpop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20080718&utm_content=&spMailingID=14019572&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1460642776&spReportId=MTQ2MDY0Mjc3NgS2Most of the movie, which is set in postwar London, is the story of a midlife crisis.

UPS has new electric trucks that look straight out of a Pixar movie

UPS has new electric trucks that look straight out of a Pixar moviehttps://www.engadget.com/2018/05/09/ups-electric-trucks-arrival/UPS has revealed sleek new electric trucks that look like they’ve rolled straight out of Pixar’s Cars series. The company revealed it’s working with vehicle manufacturer Arrival on a pilot fleet of 35 lightweight electric trucks that look far more futuristic than the standard boxy vehicles. UPS says the trucks have a longer range than other delivery vehicles, reaching around 150 miles on a single charge. As with all electric vehicles, they have zero emissions. UPS plans to test the trucks in London and Paris this year.

How to read less news but be more informed, according to a futurist

Stop reading the latest news if you want to be better informed — Quartz

Stop reading the latest news if you want to be better informed — Quartzhttps://qz.com/1222019/stop-reading-the-latest-news-if-you-want-to-be-better-informed/Instead of focusing on what everyone is already talking about, hunt down unusual knowledge. Writer and futurist Richard Watson may teach London business students and Silicon Valley tech companies how to think about crafting tools for tomorrow, but he’s not even on Twitter. Instead of focusing on what everyone is already talking about, Watson hunts down unusual knowledge.

Smart glasses stage new experiences for deaf theater fans

London's National Theatre introduces smart glasses for deaf customers - CNET

London’s National Theatre introduces smart glasses for deaf customers – CNEThttps://www.cnet.com/news/smart-glasses-stage-new-experiences-for-deaf-theater-fans/?ftag=CAD1acfa04&bhid=27170905380744054130315685538756London’s National Theatre is using augmented reality to make its performances more accessible for hard of hearing customers. This week it launched a trial that will see deaf and hearing-impaired customers supplied with the eyewear, which displays subtitles in their field of vision wherever they’re sitting.

How Andrew Garfield in London’s ‘Angels in America’ Is Broadcast to International Screens

National Theatre Live 'Angels In America': How Andrew Garfield in London Play Is Broadcasted Internationally | Hollywood Reporter

National Theatre Live ‘Angels In America’: How Andrew Garfield in London Play Is Broadcasted Internationally | Hollywood Reporterhttp://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/national-theatre-live-angels-america-how-andrew-garfield-london-play-is-broadcasted-internationally-1023118The critically acclaimed stagings of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-winning play, which are set in New York at the height of the AIDS crisis, is presented in two parts: Millennium Approaches on July 20 and Perestroika on July 27. The breakthrough broadcast initiative National Theatre Live is bringing the live performance to more than 2,500 venues in 60 countries. “Unless you travel to London and buy a ticket, you can’t see these shows. This process democratizes the art for a very broad audience.”

DeepMind is using games to test AI aggression and cooperation

by Nick Summers @ engadget.com

As our ability to create AI grows, it’s important that we assess how it behaves in different situations. DeepMind, Google’s AI division in London, has been concerned with one aspect in particular: what happens when two or more AI have similar or conflicting goals. The team wanted a test similar to the “Prisoner’s Dilemma,” a popular game that pits two suspects against one another. In this scenario, you’re given a choice: testify against the other person and you’ll go free, while they have to serve three years. If you both say yes independently, however, you’ll serve two years in jail.

OK, J.K. Rowling—Enough Already With the World-Building

by K.M. McFarland @ wired.com

by K.M. McFarland @ wired.com

2016 HAS BEEN the biggest year for the Harry Potter universe since the book series ended in 2007. In April, its Universal Studios theme park expanded to Hollywood; over the summer, a stage prequel debuted in London, with a story courtesy of J.K. Rowling herself. And now comes the film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a fictional textbook Potter and his classmates studied at Hogwarts. But all this fan service—known in more cynical circles as “brand expansion”—has caused the world that Rowling created to sag under its own weight.

Fly-Along Companions Offer a Way for Older People to Travel

nytimes.com: Doug Iannelli, left, who runs a company in Atlanta called Flying Companions, helps Bill Penn, a client for seven years, at the grocery store. Credit: Dustin Chambers for The New York Times

nytimes.com: Doug Iannelli, left, who runs a company in Atlanta called Flying Companions, helps Bill Penn, a client for seven years, at the grocery store. Credit: Dustin Chambers for The New York Times

Janet Robertson, a documentary filmmaker in New York, helps look after her uncle, Vincent Fahey. Ms. Robertson hired a skilled traveling companion for Mr. Fahey on a London trip.

Doug Iannelli, owner of Flying Companions in Atlanta, managed the travel reservations and logistics, slept in an adjoining hotel room and otherwise accompanied Mr. Fahey full time as they took in the museums, restaurants and tourist sites. When needed, Mr. Iannelli provided a wheelchair and made sure they took frequent rest breaks.