Hi readers, Artificial intelligence isn’t just the stuff of sci-fi—it’s everywhere in our lives today, from natural disaster warnings to personality assessment to, well, almost everything that Google does. It’s not sentient robots (or a smartphone assistant you can really talk to)… yet. Instead, we’re talking machine learning, a kind of AI in which a computer “learns” how to do something by practice and iteration, or, in the case of neural networks, by being shown a large pool of examples, and extrapolating from there. A simple, practical kind of neural net learning is facial recognition. Instead of programmers needing to write an extensive set of instructions defining what a face is and isn’t, they can show a neural net thousands of images of faces, and the computer extrapolates from there. You’ve probably seen neural nets doing much less dignified work on Twitter, where they’re a favorite of amateur programmers and jokesters. You can ask a neural net to generate Goop...Read More >
Clint McElroy is a man of many talents, many careers, and, especially lately, many voices. Serial Box listeners know him as the voice of Ben Franklin in 1776.
Whose lives mattered to the American revolutionaries? How did they—individually, and collectively—draw the lines dividing those who they considered as part of the nation they envisioned, and those they did not?
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Bookburners continues with the team return to the scene of an old failure . . . and try their best not to repeat their previous mistakes. In 1776 August, we meet the real George Washington. Plus, a new micro story is published for Microfiction Monday!
We wrote a few weeks ago about the glut of sequels, prequels, spinoffs, and reboots at the movies and on TV these days, but this weekend’s film line-up reminded us of another category: the live-action adaptation of an animation classic.
Dead Air begins with a true crime mystery on a college radio show. Bookburners continues with the team preparing for an onslaught of magic. Plus, a new micro story is published for Microfiction Monday!
This week, we’re thinking about science and science fiction, and how the two can feed into each other in excellent ways.
Bookburners continues with a search for a magical artifact. And A Most Dangerous Woman comes to a stunning end in the season finale. Plus, a new micro story is published on our third Microfiction Monday!
Hi readers, Every year, San Diego Comic Con brings a tidal wave of movie and TV announcements, and don’t worry, we’re not going to inundate you further. You can see any trailers you missed here, but we want to look at something different: not the movies and comics being announced and teased, but the full-fledged storytelling happening at Comic Con itself. As Andrew Liptak at The Verge wrote, “By now, San Diego Comic-Con is far more than a series of reveals for high-profile film and television projects and a giant, geek flea market. Over the years, it’s increasingly become home to immersive pop-up activations that bring to life a tiny sliver of a world for fans.” You can read a round-up of all these immersive off-sites here. Sure, these pop-ups are advertisements—isn’t all of Comic Con, when you think about it?—but they’re also very cool ways of approaching storytelling. Liptak wrote about an “activation” promoting The History Channel’s new scripted...Read More >
Bookburners continues with a murder that brings Sal back to New York. And in A Most Dangerous Woman, a friendly visit leads to a deadly confrontation—and a break in the case. Plus, a new micro story is published on our second Microfiction Monday!
Whether it’s nostalgia, comfort, or just the insatiable desire for more of a beloved story, there’s something great about a sequel. In the broader media world, especially on TV, it can sometimes feel like we’re in a not-so-golden age of reboots, from Roseanne to Jurassic World to Queer Eye.
Bookburners continues with the team searching for a new purpose after their previous mission is rendered impossible. And in A Most Dangerous Woman, new information about Margaret’s faked death gives a glimpse of her real killer.
Everyone talks about what makes a great summer read, but maybe it’s really about not having to read at all—at least with your eyes. Whether we’re road-tripping, hiking, or chilling out—or, let’s be honest, doing some late spring cleaning—we are, obviously, big fans of listening to great stories.
Push notifications. Not a term that typically strikes enthusiasm or inspiration in the heart of the average mobile user. But we here at Serial Box are all about expanding the horizons of what’s possible in the world of storytelling, no matter the medium or screen size.