Honda NeuV concept, 2017. Honda has previewed a new electric van prototype which will be revealed at the 2017 CES. The NeuV is equipped with an artificial intelligence system, dubbed Emotion Engine, by Cocoro SB Corp. According to Honda, the Emotion Engine “creates new possibilities for human interaction"
Yesterday afternoon - in between filming on a rooftop and then overnight in a parking lot - I ran into a store near the cinematographers house in Toronto that had a front window full of old boom-boxes and cassette centers, I went in looking for a handful of old cassette tapes to purchase for this campaign and instead found a room full of beautiful old walkmans and very unique radios, record players, etc.
Sadly, the man who worked at the store was a bit of a weirdo’ and didn’t really respond to my asking about cassettes or walkmans - and at one point actually slowly closed the door on me in mid-conversation! He just stood there with both of us in the doorway of his small-business and touched the front door on my left shoulder and left it there… I looked down at the door touching me and back at his face and he didn’t even acknowledge what he was doing. Very strange… very hilarious.
My search for cassettes here in Canada continues - I should be flying back home to Los Angeles this Wednesday, so, we’ll see if I come across anything between then and now - or if I get myself kicked out of anymore local stores.
In 1998, South African president Nelson Mandela urged the world to ponder a question of profound importance, one that demanded attention from even the most ardent defenders of nuclear might: Why does the world “need” nuclear weapons “anyway.” An attraction to “the threat of brute force” offered one explanation, Mandela theorized. But subtler imperatives were also at work. For over sixty years, the United States has reserved the right to brandish nuclear weapons while denying them to states deemed unworthy, irrational, and uncivilized. The result, this hero in South Africa’s victory over white supremacy suggested, intensified power disparities between the Western powers and their former colonies, formalizing a global regime of nuclear inequality that benefited North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies, and later Israel, while perpetuating the relative military disempowerment of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Years prior, another commentator, Indian diplomat V. M. Trivedi, had similarly observed that the nuclear weapons club mirrored political and racial divisions in the global arena, dubbing the system “nuclear weapons apartheid.
Shane J. Maddock, Nuclear Apartheid: The Quest for American Atomic Supremacy From World War II to the Present