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The Mortuary Assistant is getting a “companion piece” movie adaptation

The Mortuary Assistant is the latest video game to be getting the silver screen treatment. The indie horror - which has been a huge...

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Quest Users Can Now Watch YouTube Together Thanks to ‘Bigscreen’ Update

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Bigscreen is putting Meta to shame again, as the VR hangout app just got a serious bump in functionality for Quest users and PC VR users alike. Now VR’s favorite social viewing app includes native YouTube support, so you can watch anything on YouTube with friends and strangers. Bigscreen has now added the version of YouTube […]

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NASA astronaut, two cosmonauts set for Wednesday return to Earth

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, launched by Russia to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft last April, returns this week to a world torn by war in Ukraine and escalating superpower tension as he closes out a 355-day stay in orbit, the longest single flight by a U.S. astronaut.

Uncharted Is One of the Highest Grossing Video Game Movies of All Time

Warcraft still unbeaten, though.

As the cinematic run for Uncharted nears its conclusion, PlayStation Productions has to be happy with its first effort. According to The Numbers, the film has pulled around $339 million in ticket sales worldwide, making it the fifth highest grossing video game movie of all time. It’s unlikely to catch the likes of Warcraft or Detective Pikachu, but it could yet creep past The Angry Birds Movie, which sits at around $352 million.

Sony Pictures recently indicated that the adaptation represented the beginning of a “new hit movie franchise” for the firm, but a sequel has yet to be announced – even though a post-credits scene appears to set one up. The organisation is also working on other big screen adaptations of PlayStation properties, including Ghost of Tsushima.

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Historical pioneers brought back to life as NFTs depicting how they could look today

Pionauts, one of the most unique and groundbreaking NFT art collections, is set to launch on 28 April 2022, announced Johan Van Asperen Vervenne, the founder and visionary behind the team that created the series.

Today, Pionauts is the world's first company to create large-scale photorealistic appearances of historical pioneers, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Nefertiti, Aristotle, Cleopatra, and so many more.

"Pionauts began as an idea for an NFT collection. Most NFT collections have about six different backgrounds," Johan said. "My team used 84 different 17th and 18th-century paintings to create many of the backgrounds used."

The 150 original pioneers selected by Van Asperen Vervenne and his team mostly lived before the invention of the camera. The team behind Pionauts are artificial intelligence, 2D and 3D graphic design specialists from nine countries.

“People of all ages are fascinated by pioneers that lived before the invention of the camera,” Van Asperen Vervenne said. “Before Pionauts came to life, we only saw old paintings and could only imagine what they looked like when they were alive.”

Van Asperen Vervenne felt it was time to bring them back to life today and go beyond the “stories we read about what they accomplished and go beyond imagining what stories they would tell about themselves if they were alive today.”

With that in mind, Van Asperen Vervenne and his team brought to life “the best-known pioneers with the latest 3D and artificial intelligence (AI) technology.” Applying Deep Learning technology and months of manual retouching, a collection of 8,500 unique variations was created with modified characteristics such as age, facial features and expressions.

Voting utility

Each of these NFTs comes with voting powers that grant holders of the breath-taking digital art collectibles the right to voice how they want the Pionauts comic stories told. They also come with copyrights and many of the photorealistic pioneers' portraits are already trademarked, said Van Asperen Vervenne.

“These portrait trademarks safeguard against infringement of copyrights increasing the value of the Pionauts project,” he added. “Pionauts owns the copyrights for commercial and non-commercial use.

 Royalty income

The Pionauts team sees a positive future in collaborating in various entertainment, marketing and educational projects. Johan and his team's goal is to create more 3D models of pioneer's faces and explore collaborations with Metaverse games, brands, educational- and the movie industry.

“Our goal for Pionauts NFT holders is to share in our future success as the Pionauts brand expands. Pionauts will share 25% of its royalty income with its NFT holders that are KYC (Know Your Customers) compliant,” Johan said.

Pionauts allows all Pionaut NFT holders to exclusively co-create new storylines about breathtaking interplanetary journeys and have a voice in choosing where the story goes next, Johan said.

"The ambition of the Pionauts team is to create a series of pilots, blockbuster movies, similarly as Pixar's Toy Story franchise and the Marvel cinematic universe," Van Asperen Vervenne said. "Pionauts has some very exciting announcements in the pipeline," he said.

The Pionaut's inception

Van Asperen Vervenne one day became intrigued by musician George Aquilla Hardy's depiction of what the first US President would look like today. But Johan went further. He dove into the topic of facial recognition and researched facial reconstruction techniques for digital illustration.

After he concluded his investigation, he decided to see if he could recreate the faces of a few famous people throughout history. After forming a dedicated team of international designers, he looked at historic pioneers regarded as some of the world's greatest minds.

With the help of some of the world's best artificial intelligence (AI) experts, including the founding father of the AI Gan source code, Johan added movements to the face of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle from the image of a statue representing his likeness.

Patience paid off, and it enticed Johan and his colleagues to continue with more restorations. They chose several more famous personalities of the past, that also include Socrates, Beethoven and William Shakespeare.

After many hours of meticulous attention to detail, the talented group transformed the faces of several of the most renowned pioneers worldwide into a photorealistic likeness of them thanks to groundbreaking AI. And then the decision to make them Pionauts.

"Earth is explored by the greatest minds in history. Imagine the progress we can make if these brilliant people help us explore space?" Johan asked. "And thus, the pioneers from history became Pionauts."

Utility

Each of the 8,500 NFTs comes with great utility. They come with voting rights on comic stories with the pioneer characters, their stories, the possibility for holders to input their stories, royalties from their sales, and future movie deals from which we like each NFT holder to profit.

“The goal is that holders of any Pionauts NFT will enjoy passive income as the Pionauts brand expands,” and “This 'army' of thousands of Pionauts NFT holders will undoubtedly help signal, prevent and protect Pionauts portrait rights for the benefit of all those invested in the collection.”

The unique Pionauts NFT collection launches on 28 April 2022

www.pionauts.com         Discord: https://lnkd.in/eQktanmD         Twitter: @pionauts 

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Google Removes Popular File-Sharing App from Play Store Over Piracy Concerns

Czech file-sharing and hosting platform Ulož.to has millions of users. In addition to the site, some people use the official app on Android devices. However, following an allegation of widespread piracy, Google has decided to remove the application from the Play Store. Ulož believes the complaint is ungrounded and filed a counternotice to get the app restored.

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50 Call-to-Action Examples You Can’t Help But Click

Think about all the times you've signed up for things in your life. Did you once download Evernote? Dropbox? Spotify? Maybe you've even taken a class on General Assembly.

Each one of these signups is likely a result of an effective call-to-action (CTA).

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Mercedes’ New Plan Could Set a Precedent for Autonomous Car Liability

In operation, Mercedes’ new Drive Pilot appears to be similar to many other “traffic jam assistant” solutions available on the market. A Drive Pilot-equipped S-Class or EQS will assume command of the car’s speed, steering, and brakes on specific highways below 40 mph to move you forward in traffic. However, there is one significant difference: […]

Oscars 2022: AI Predicts the Winners

Best Actor: Will Smith; Best Picture: 'The Power of the Dog'

What Are Some Better Alternatives to Playing the Lottery?

The lottery is a very popular game in most parts of the world. Not only is it readily available, but it is also very easy to play. It doesn’t mean that there is no strategy to the lottery, but most people just play it for fun. However, there is a drawback. The chances of winning in the lottery are very slim. And people often do not understand how much money they are losing while playing the lottery. So, we are […]

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MPA: Google’s Delisting of Thousands of Pirate Sites Works

The MPA has teamed up with Google to remove pirate site domain names from search results in countries where these are already blocked by ISPs. No court has ordered Google to take action but the company is voluntarily complying with "no-fault" ISP injunctions. According to the MPA, this delisting of pirate sites is an effective tool in the fight against online piracy.

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And the Oscar Goes to: How Swarm AI’s Predictions Beat Movie Critics’ Choices

The tech takes its cue from nature, helped turn $20 into $11,000 in horse races

Indica, Sativa and Hybrid Cannabis Strains

Do You Prefer Sativa, Indica, or Hybrid Strains?

You've probably heard the terms Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid before. But do you know what they mean? Marijuana is divided into two types: Sativa and Indica. In addition to these two types of cannabis, you can also have "mixes" and these strains are called hybrids.
Which strain do you prefer... Sativa, Indica or a Hybrid?

Differences Between Indica and Sativa Strains

There are many differences between the anatomy of Indica and Sativa strains: how they grow, how long they flower, and so on. But the biggest difference is the kind of chemicals they produce. The different chemicals that different strains produce are what produce such distinct effects on cannabis users. Without these chemicals reacting with your body, you wouldn't enjoy the giggles and other pleasurable effects of marijuana.
Below you can find an overview of Sativa, Indica, and Hybrids, which should shed some light on the subject. If you are still confused, search the Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds blog. There you can find out information on specific strains and info on cannabis use.
Keep in mind that the following effects are general characteristics of the strains mentioned. They produce effects that may not apply directly to all cannabis users. How you react depends on your unique biology, history of cannabis use, expectations, environment, and even the food you that day. Having said that, these effects are well known for a reason. Most people should react very similarly to that which is described below.

About Indica Strains

Known for: a calming effect on the body
Ideal for: relaxing, as a nightcap before bedtime, to relax with a movie, a book, or music
Appearance: short plants with broad leaves
Origin: India (although recent research suggests that it came from Afghanistan)

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Indica is a strain that is best known for having a calming effect on the body. It is a great choice for relaxing before bed, or in general. It has a calming effect which can sometimes be overpowering. If you need to relax after a stressful day or are feeling your mind racing, try a bit of Indica to slow down and chill. There is a reason that Indica has earned the nickname: “In-da-couch”. 

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Indica is not always the best choice if you have a test coming up, or an important social meeting. It can make you so relaxed that you may have perceptions of time slowing, and you with it. I would take this as a strain before sleep, rather than before going for a hike.

About Sativa strains

Known for: invigorating and uplifting cerebral effects
Ideal for: physical activity, social gatherings, and creativity
Appearance: tall plants with thin leaves
Origin: Regions near the equator (like Colombia, Mexico, and Thailand)

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Sativa is a strain of marijuana known for its ability to invigorate the spirit and create uplifting cerebral effects. It is a great choice for when you want to party, socialize, go for a walk, or write a song. It is known to stimulate creativity, and as such is fantastic if you are working on an art project.

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Sativa is not always the best choice for relaxation. Its ability to cause cerebral stimulation may make it not the best choice for trying to relax or sleep. But if you want to go for a run, it would be a great choice. 

About Hybrid Strains

Known for: having a mix of effects of both parent strains. Usually, one strain will have more prominent effects. Sometimes one strain will have forward effects that are slowly replaced by the other strain.
Ideal for: This is tough. You need to research the strain that you are choosing to see what it would be good for.
Appearance: Hybrid plants will often show characteristics of both strains, with one being more dominant.
Origin: Regions near the equator (like Colombia, Mexico, and Thailand)

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The best of both worlds, hybrids inherit properties from both parents. They can be either Indica or Sativa dominant in their genetic makeup and resulting effects. To get an idea of this, you can drink wine that is made from 1 specific grape. As an alternative, you can drink a wine that is a mix of two to three different grapes. Each grape adds its own unique qualities. In the same way, hybrid marijuana strains can produce complex, strains with great depth.

Hybrids can produce new strains which feature different qualities of the parent strains. These can complement each other in unique and interesting ways. In some ways, the hybrids can be combined in a way in which the result is actually better than the original strains. In effect, you create a situation where 1+1 doesn't equal 2, instead: 1+1=3! What an exciting prospect.

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Because Hybrids are so unique, it is difficult to pin down an overview of properties other than to say that they have a mix of effects of the parents. For hybrids, you really should research each strain and its effects. Luckily for you, Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds has done the leg work for you, and our website dives deeply into the effects of the strains we sell. Whether it be research on the blog or if it is the description found under each type of marijuana seed in the store, we will help you figure out the effects of each type of marijuana.

So, wait no longer, go on over to the website and do your research. Only you know what you are looking for. We can provide you with descriptions, but only you can decide what is best for you.

Are you interested in buying cannabis seeds? Check out our seed bank for the best Indica seeds, Sativa seeds, Hybrid seeds, and more!

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