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Stick figure safety videos from Metro Los Angeles are equal parts hilarious and violent

9 hours 24 sec ago
When I took Drivers Ed way back when, I remember being shown unusually graphic videos from the 1960s which depicted horrific scenes recorded in the aftermath of particularly gruesome accidents. The message was clear, if not a bit overdone: driving can be exceedingly dangerous and you better obey the rules of the road lest you wind up in a video like this. Perhaps looking to these videos for inspiration, Metro Los Angeles this week released five animated videos that illustrate all of the horrific things that can happen if you don't respect the safety guidelines that govern train transit. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 7 will be Apple’s riskiest iPhone release yet The videos, while being nothing more than black and yellow animations featuring stick figures, are surprisingly violent and graphic. Even the video titles themselves don't leave much to the imagination, with "Dismount or dismembered?" being one such example. Since their release this week, the videos have gone somewhat viral, if only because it's not too often that we see a public transit outfit release something that was seemingly lifted from an entirely different generation. And naturally, some can't help but view these safety videos as nothing more than comical. So without further ado, here's what Metro Los Angeles decided to unleash upon the public earlier this week. First up, we have "Present or pulverized?" which highlights the danger of being locked into your phone, oblivious to the environment around you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yowkv9zyaF4 Next up, we have "Careful or crushed?" which showcases what happens when you try and beat a train rolling down the track. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GOejWsV9LE The rest of the collection of bizarre videos can be seen below. "Heads-up or headless?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiz66gZDvuY "Patient or pancake?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQQexd4WMWo "Mindful or mangled?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEA4BdTGFeU "Dismount or dismembered?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMvbarb-Erk

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi on working with Marvel: 'These people don't act like a studio'

9 hours 58 sec ago

For a filmmaker with such a particular, peculiar sense of humor, New Zealand writer-director Taika Waititi has helmed a surprisingly wide range of projects. The film adapts Barry Crump’s book Wild Pork And Watercress, but it’s also meant as a throwback to 1980s-era mismatched-buddy comedies and on-the-run movies.


This is your next jam: Aphex Twin, Gucci Mane, and more

9 hours 30 min ago

As a Canadian who grew up during Broken Social Scene’s indie rock reign, I have a soft spot for Brendan Canning, that band’s shaggy, beloved co-founder. Canning’s releasing a new solo album called Home Wrecking Years on August 12th, and "Book It to Fresno" is its horn-flecked lead single.


How to be human: is love worth it?

10 hours 58 sec ago

Priscila Tonon RamosLeah Reich was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column "Ask Leah" ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is Slack’s user researcher, but her views here do not represent her employer. You can write to her at askleah@theverge.com and read more How to be Human here.Hi Leah,I'm really hoping you can help me work some things out. I've just come out of a four-year relationship with a man who I still love and just can't seem to let go of yet. ...


5 of the most badass action scenes in movie history

12 hours 38 sec ago
As difficult as it must be to construct and film a compelling action scene, it takes more than just punching, kicking, car chases and explosions to create a truly memorable sequence that will stick in the minds of moviegoers forever. In a new video, CineFix explores five of those sequences — action scenes that are just as smart and impressive as they are thrilling and explosive. SEE ALSO:  Canceled Star Wars TV series would have explored Emperor Palpatine’s origins Mad Max: Fury Road is the most recent movie on the list, so we'll start with it. In one minute of action, director George Miller manages to give more than half a dozen characters something important to do. In lesser movies, there are times when we find ourselves wondering why certain characters are in the movie at all if they aren't going to contribute to the story. Not so in Mad Max . Speaking of giving everyone something to do, Peter Jackson was able to direct enormous armies in the The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers without ever letting us lose track of what exactly was happening. CineFix calls it "pyramid action," which means that we can see every level of the fight taking place all at once, from the massive battle between two sides to the strategies deployed by each side all the way down to the individual skirmishes between characters we recognize. The video is a fascinating critique on some of the most brilliant conceived and perfectly executed action scenes in modern filmmaking. If you want to see all of them, you can watch the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3_d5Y0Gr3c

The Whale of Iron: Inside the JMSDF Akishio submarine and the Kure Maritime Museum

12 hours 58 sec ago

Japan's Akishio submarine was decommissioned in 2004 and now sits on dry land just outside Hiroshima. The Kure museum next door has a scale model of the largest battleship ever built. Here's what they're like inside.


Riding in a supercar changed my life

14 hours 46 min ago

My ridiculously fortunate job has me at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England this week, serving as the Verge's car newbie trying to find out what all the fuss is about. It was a thrill the likes of which you only experience in some life-or-death situation.


China to regulate search results following man's death

18 hours 58 min ago
BEIJING (AP) — China issued new regulations on Saturday demanding search engines clearly identify paid search results, months after a terminally-ill cancer patient complained that he was misled by the giant search engine Baidu.

China tightens controls on paid-for internet search ads

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 01:12

China's internet regulator said on Saturday that search engines should tighten management of paid-for ads in search results, making clear which results are paid-for and limiting their numbers. Chinese regulators last month imposed limits on the number of lucrative healthcare adverts carried by Baidu Inc following the death of a student who underwent an experimental cancer treatment which he found using China's biggest internet search engine. Wei Zexi, 21, died in April of a rare form of cancer, and the case sparked widespread public anger.


Self-driving cars will deliberately kill people, and that’s ok

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 23:00
Elon Musk keeps warning us that artificial intelligence is a real threat , but he’s also contributing to the evolution of machines. Sure, he might not be doing the real coding, but the smart Tesla cars that will be able to drive themselves around town in the following years will have to be programmed to handle a particular type of emergency: hitting a pedestrian or saving the lives of the passengers inside the vehicle. DON’T MISS: Galaxy Note 7 shaping up to be Samsung’s most powerful smartphone yet Tesla and other carmakers are already working on self-driving cars, but autopilot features are yet to be finalized – or completely safe. Even if driverless cars would be readily available to buyers, the legal framework that would allow such machines to operate on public roads isn’t there yet. That means self-driving vehicles aren’t legal as long as they’re not regulated. Overall, self-driving cars are supposed to increase the safety of everyone on the road, and minimize the risk of accident. But even so, accidents may happen, and a car would have to be programmed to react in a worst-case type of scenario where it should choose who to save, either the people in the car, or a pedestrian. Sure, the car may be smart enough to find a way to save everyone – or at least not kill anyone, even though some people may sustain injuries. But no matter how unlikely such a scenario sounds, carmakers and lawmakers will have to take it into account. A new research study reveals that prospective owners of self-driving cars responded in online studies that driverless cars should make decisions for the greater good. But by presenting respondents with “a series of quizzes that present unpalatable options that amount to saving or sacrificing yourself,” as The New York Times puts it , the researchers were able to discern that people would rather stay alive. The study, published in Science magazine , details the findings of a group of computer scientists and psychologists after performing six online surveys of United States residents between June and November last year. Teaching ethics to a car, and therefore, to a powerful computer that may have AI features, might be one of the hardest things that programmers working for Tesla, Google, and Apple will have to do. By forcing machines to abide to a certain set of yet-to-be-determined laws, tech companies including Musk’s Tesla will teach them the types of situations where it’s okay to jeopardize the life of a human. The Times ’ full article on the matter, complete with a video explaining this particular moral dilemma, is available at the source link below.

MIT's answer to global health issues: Democratizing big data analytics

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 22:40

Discover how medical professionals and MIT researchers are using data-enabled systems to help doctors around the world make the best healthcare decisions.