We’re in a dark moment for the tech industry: a time when some new technologies have been adopted recklessly and backfired terribly, and others have developed far more slowly than their creators hoped.
Against the backdrop of this pessimism, a film like “I Am Human” — a fundamentally optimistic documentary about neuroscience and brain medicine — feels surprisingly refreshing.
“I Am Human” is a moving trio of narratives about people who are trying to overcome serious physical limitations with cutting-edge brain science.
The debut feature from Taryn Southern and Elena Gaby offers an accessible look at a complicated subject — even if it occasionally succumbs to unnecessary hype.
Chances are you use them every day and know very little about them. We’re talking about emojis, those cute graphics which apparently no email or text message can be without these days.
Martha Shane and Ian Cheney’s documentary, whose title is the English translation of the Japanese word “emoji,” delivers a quick primer on their history and several human interest stories about people petitioning to get new emojis approved.
If you had no idea such a thing was even possible, then “Picture Character,” receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, will prove enlightening.
Emojis don’t spring into being all by themselves. They must be approved by the Unicode Consortium, whose name makes it sound like an evil organization in a dystopian sci-fi thriller. It’s actually a nonprofit organization based in Silicon Valley, composed in part of representatives of all the major tech companies.
Anyone is free to petition for a new emoji and make an argument for its existence. In recent years, bagel and sloth emojis have been approved, while Jesus and condom emojis have been rejected.
The sleepy, rust-belt city of Steubenville, Ohio was once best known for high school sports and for being the birthplace of Dean Martin.
That all changed after the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl by members of the local high school football team, brought to national attention by the hacking network Anonymous, which published videos and social media from the night of the assault.
“Anonymous Comes to Town” explores the aftermath of the events of August 11, 2012—a night that divided Steubenville but in the process emboldened generations of women to speak up about abuse.
The documentary also asks: when is it OK for outsiders to intervene?
Watch “Anonymous Comes to Town” above and read the story at The Guardian.
“Autonomy,” a new documentary on self-driving cars directed by Alex Horwitz and produced by Car and Driver magazine, gets its most grievous sin out of the way in the first 15 minutes.
Executive producer and New Yorker magazine writer and author Malcolm Gladwell discusses his vintage BMW, while a rotating cast of other talking heads wax poetic about the rise and fall of American car culture.
Thankfully, the movie’s nostalgic phase passes quickly. Even better, they’re actually making a point.
The film, which had its world premiere here at SXSW in Austin this past week, is a comprehensive, thorough examination of the state of autonomous vehicles, and a vital bit of education for people who haven’t paid close attention to the technology’s slow, steady arrival.
Behind its thousands of lines of code is a deeply human story of innovation and risk-taking, as portrayed in “Ember.js: The Documentary.”
The documentary leans heavily on interviews with the framework’s co-founders, Tom Dale and Yehuda Katz. Although it’s clearly geared towards those with an interest in programming, it’s not really a “programming” documentary per se.
The film discusses events and concepts even non-technical people can understand — like the risky decision to leave a stable job to start something new.