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Video: WonderCon Anaheim 2018 interviews with award-winning composers, designers and actors

At WonderCon Anaheim 2018, the Stanford Daily had the opportunity to interview a wide variety of industry professionals. The following roundtable interviews were performed and recorded: 1. Ariela Barer and Emily Coutts (actors, Marvel’s “Runaways” and “Star Trek: Discovery,” respectively) 2. Sean Callery (Four-time Emmy Award-winning composer, “Jessica Jones,” “Homeland,” “Elementary,” “24”) 3. Ruth Carter…

Sentience and sentiment

Is it so far-fetched, then, to imagine that emotions might emerge in sentient A.I. even without our deliberately putting them there? While a robot may never experience physical emotional cues such as an elevated heartbeat, cold sweat, or butterflies in the stomach, its mental perceptions of feeling could still exist. If emotions are indeed akin to an instantaneous summing up of inputs, then could a conscious machine be said to experience emotions as its internal processes produce new conclusions?

“To Be Takei”: Interview with Directors Jennifer Kroot and Bill Weber

In 2011, when Tennessee’s “don’t say gay” bill threatened to make the word “gay” illicit in schools, protesters held signs: “It’s okay to be Takei.” George Takei — first famous for playing Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek” — had just posted a YouTube video, encouraging students to say “Takei” instead of “gay.”

Since his career as helmsman of the USS Enterprise, Mr. Takei has worked as an LGBT civil rights activist and accumulated a massive social media following (he has 6 million Facebook friends). He is also committed to raising awareness about his family’s experience in Japanese-American internment camps, producing a new musical on the subject, “Allegiance.”