An idealistic public defense attorney grapples with the shortcomings of the criminal justice system in freshman helmer Chase Palmer's quirky but charming 'perfect crime' caper "Naked Singularity," co-starring John Boyega, Bill Skarsgård, Olivia Cooke, and Ed Skrein. Comparably, the closest thing to "Naked Singularity" that I can remember is Norman Jewison's satirical legal system expose "And Justice For All" (1979), co-starring Al Pacino, John Forsythe and Jack Warden. Charismatic heroes like Boyega and Skarsgård, a reptilian villain like Skrein, and a desperate damsel-in-distress like Olivia Cooke keep this nimble but nail-biting exercise in larceny sufficiently compelling throughout its bustling, R-rated, 93-minute runtime. For a change, "Naked Singularity" lives up to its poster art of a pugnacious Boyega armed with a samurai sword which he wields with lethal ferocity during the finale. Making his directorial debut, Palmer shares credit for the screenplay with seasoned tv scribe David Matthews.No, I haven't read Sergio De La Pava's massive 2008 novel "A Naked Singularity" which served as the film's source material. A self-published sensation, De La Pava's book came to the attention of the University of Chicago Press, and the UCP picked it up and reprinted it in paperback. The Wall Street Journal heralded De La Pava's book as one of 2012's ten best novels. Interestingly, like his struggling protagonist, De La Pava still toils as a Manhattan public defender. Juggling as many as 70 cases at a time, the author displays his prodigious, first-hand familiarity with the Manhattan criminal justice system. While the novel plunges the reader into far more detail than the film, Palmer remains largely faithful to the novel's main events. At 678 pages, teeming with details ad nauseam, De La Pava's tome amounts to a whopper. After savoring the cinematic adaptation, sheer curiosity prompted me to embark on the novel. Sadly, my chief discovery was Casi's pot-smoking neighbor Angus (Tim Blake Nelson), who explained "singularities" with Casi, had been whittled down to a bit part."Naked Singularity" opens with Casi (John Boyega of "Star Wars") awakening suddenly in the middle of the night as if he had been blasted from a cannon. "I am a public defender," Casi informs us in voice-over narration, "and there are only 15,000 of me for the 10.5 million people who were arrested last year in America. I work for a machine that is the U. S. Criminal Justice System. Once you fall in, it's almost impossible to get out. That's the harsh reality of the machine." Indeed, Casi looks like he hasn't slept in days. Worse, his sarcasm puts him at odds with cantankerous Judge Cymbeline (Linda Laven of CBS-TV's "Alice"), who is rapidly becoming grit in his craw. Casi dreams about beating the flawed system at its own game and giving his dysfunctional clients a second chance. Ignorant as most of his clients are, Casi knows the law well enough to help those who follow his advice. Casi's altruism often clashes with Judge Cymbeline's draconian reading of the law. She doesn't give anybody a break, ana she allows Casi enough leeway to stick his neck into a noose.Meantime, Casi's daredevil colleague Dane (Bill Skarsgård of "It") notifies him about a client with sexy ears who has requested him to represent her in a drug rap. Actually, Casi remembers Lea (Olivia Cooke of "Thoroughbreds"), a lowly desk clerk with a criminal record at the NYPD Tow Pound, where stolen and lost automobiles are held. She explains she got busted for heroin. Moreover, her life depends on her staying out of jail. The two wind up in the back seat of a NYPD undercover car. Lea explains to two hard-nosed narcs, she was in cahoots with Craig (Ed Skrein of "Midway"), a subhuman street hustler who learned that a black Lincoln Navigator had been impounded. Nobody but the Mexican cartel, however, knows it contains $15 million in heroin. The cartel mule was visiting his girlfriend when the SUV disappeared. Craig offered her cash to obtain a sample of the contraband, so he could arrange a rendezvous with a high-level Hassidic gangster (Kyle Mooney of "Zoolander 2") nicknamed 'The Golem.' Despite informing on Craig to the narcs, Lea still plans to help Craig steal the narcotics and receive her a million-dollar cut of the profits. Of course, sharing anything with Lea is the last thing on Craig's greedy mind. If this synopsis doesn't grab you, "Naked Singularity" is probably not for you.Nobody gives a bad performance. "Naked Singularity" gives John Boyega his best role to date. Skrein chews the scenery with relish as the despicable lowlifer who takes advantage of Lea. Olivia Cooke's Lea, however, doesn't take Craig's crap. She fights back. Indeed, she is fighting for her life as well as her future. In one scene, she complains to Casi that she is always "being chosen" rather than "choosing." She wants to change her life. She takes close quarters combat survival lessons to protect herself from Craig. Meantime, Casi wades into a dilemma that threatens to undermine his moral compass. He must decide if breaking the law to achieve a greater good is an option in his world of pristine idealism. Not only does Casi's thrill-seeking colleague Dane devise a plan to hijack the heroin shipment, but also to ensure the real criminals--Craig and the Mexican cartel--get caught with it, while Casi and he steal the villain's double-digit, million-dollar payday without getting shot to shreds. Unfortunately, Palmer & Matthews neglect to develop the sci-fi singularity subplot. Nevertheless, "Naked Singularity" qualifies as an entertaining heist thriller with a bittersweet, romantic ending.
Is my first though after viewing ''naked singularity''. Yes , its an easy story and a easy plot, but the black comedy and irony including the metaphysical draw you feel from staying at the rim of a black hole, gives you the laughs you need to forget every serious thing in life, because its that kind of feeling i get in a roller coaster, you can either scream or laugh, cause the singularity wont let you loose till its over.So do give this ''law'' drama a chance, cause ill consider this a good idea to make a film over, its shallow but entertaining, the actingare very nice, and its like ringing a tubular bell when considering the choice of score, you wont forget the chimes and rythm of it all. So a seven stars from the grumpy old man.
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"Will we survive technology?" We will create machines with greater-than-human intelligence. Not interested in the concept of the singularity? The amazing opportunities technology provides mankind will still blow your mind.
=3tDHH1eXKmAWe are not here to review movies. Watch it and decide for yourself. The story of Steve Jobs is a must for this list, say what you will. As one movie critic puts it: "Not a perfect film, but it is a good and worthwhile one, distilling the essence of its eponymous subject and his times."
AI singularity and virtual immortality would mark a startling, transhuman world that techno-futurists envision as inevitable and perhaps just over the horizon. They do not question whether their vision can be actualized; they only debate when will it occur, with estimates ranging from 10 to 100 years. [Artificial Intelligence: Friendly or Frightening? ]
It is an open question, post-singularity, whether superstrong AI without inner awareness would be in all respects just as powerful as superstrong AI with inner awareness, and in no respects deficient? In other words, are there kinds of cognition that, in principle or of necessity, require true consciousness? For assessing the AI singularity, the question of consciousness is profound .
I'm not going to evaluate each competing cause of consciousness. (That would require a course, not a column.) Rather, for each cause, I'll speculate whether nonbiological intelligences with superstrong AI (following the AI singularity) could be conscious and possess inner awareness.
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The problem of near-trapping of linear water waves in the time domain for rigid bodies or variations in bathymetry is considered. The singularity expansion method (SEM) is used to give an approximation of the solution as a projection onto a basis of modes. This requires a modification of the method so that the modes, which grow towards infinity, can be correctly normalized. A time-dependent solution, which allows for possible trapped modes, is introduced through the generalized eigenfunction method. The expression for the trapped mode and the expression for the near-trapped mode given by the SEM are shown to be closely connected. A numerical method that allows the SEM to be implemented is also presented. This method combines the boundary element method with an eigenfunction expansion, which allows the solution to be extended analytically to complex frequencies. The technique is illustrated by numerical simulations for geometries that support near-trapping.
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