The Culture is a fictional interstellar post-scarcity civilisation or society created by the Scottish writer Iain M. Banks and features in a number of his space opera novels and works of short fiction, collectively called the Culture series. In the series, the Culture is composed primarily of sentient beings of the pan-human variety, artificially intelligent sentient machines, and a small number of other sentient "alien" life forms. Machine intelligences range from human-equivalent drones to hyper-intelligent Minds. The Culture's economy is maintained automatically by its non-sentient machines, with high-level work entrusted to the Minds' subroutines, which allows its humanoid and drone
Kang Seung-yoon (born (1994-01-21)January 21, 1994), known as Seungyoon or Yoon, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, and leader of boy group Winner. In 2010, he participated in the reality television singing contest Superstar K2 and finished in fourth place. In January 2011, he became a trainee under YG Entertainment and went on to debut as a solo artist in July 2013 and as the leader of Winner in August 2014.
The same month, he joined the cast of SBS' variety show Flower Crew as a regular host.In 2017, Seungyoon starred in tvN's black-comedy series Prison Playbook. Seungyoon and fellow member Song Min-ho released a soundtrack for the drama titled "Door".In 2018, Seungyoon sung the OST for the Korean movie, Golden Slumber. The song was originally performed by The Beatles.In 2019, Seungyoon participated on MBC's “Show that Rewrites the Charts, What is No. 1 Right Now?” and performed Haebaragi's song “With Love”. Seungyoon claimed first place and the song was digitally released on April 12.
In 2015, Seungyoon starred as the male lead in the web drama We Broke Up, alongside label-mate Sandara Park. The 10-episode drama was aired from June 29 to July 17 via Naver TV Cast.In December 2016, Seungyoon starred in the web drama Love for a Thousand More alongside fellow member Kim Jin-woo. The web drama is a joint production of CJ E&M, YG Entertainment, and YGKPlus. He released a soundtrack for the drama, titled "You".
Through an interview, Rubin of 1Team stated Seungyoon as his role model ever-since the day he coincidentally watched him on Superstar K2 performing Michael Jackson's "Black or White" while on his way to academy. Since then his inspiration towards music grew more and more.
Kang Seung-yoon was born in Busan, South Korea, on January 21, 1994. Among his family, he is an only child raised solely by his single mother. Kang learned to play the guitar in the eighth grade. While in his last year of junior high, he took lessons in both classic guitar and billiards, soon going on to become the regional representative for billiards.
In October 2010, Seungyoon was scouted by LG U+ and appeared as a CF model for their International Call 002 range.In November 2010, CJ Group advertised their first new corporate campaign since six years with the message: Different ideas that change the world. The South Korean conglomerate wished to choose well-known figures within the country for this thus collaborating Superstar K2 and YG Family artists. In result Seungyoon was chosen as a model alongside fellow Superstar K2 contestants Huh Gak, John Park, Jang Jae-in and artists Big Bang, 2NE1 and Psy.With the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab in December 2010, Seungyoon was selected to endorse the product by Samsung.Through the MMORPG, Grand Chase developed by South Korean game developing company KOG Studios, in January 2011 Seungyoon exclusively became the endorsement model for the game.
"It Rains" achieved an all-kill by placing at number one on all nine major real-time charts in Korea. On July 31, "Wild and Young" was released with two more title tracks set to be promoted in August and September. Live promotions of the single commenced on August 4 on Inkigayo. On August 14, Seungyoon's second single "Stealer" (Korean: 맘도둑) was released. The music video, starring rookie actress Yoon Jin-yi, was "filmed secretly" and released without promotions so as not to disrupt the promotions for "Wild and Young".Seungyoon then participated in the survival reality program WIN: Who Is Next. The program would involve two teams of YG trainees (A and B) that would compete against each other for the chance to debut at the end of the series. In the seventh episode of WIN: Who Is Next, Seungyoon replaced bandmate Song Min-ho as the leader of "Team A". On October 25, it was announced that Team A had won the series and would debut as Winner. The group performed as the opening act of Big Bang's Japan Dome Tour which started on November 15, and made their own official debut on August 12, 2014. The same year, Seungyoon and fellow member Song Min-ho participated in Yoon Jong-shin's Monthly project and released the song "Wild Boy".
On June 20, 2013, Yang Hyun-suk announced Seungyoon would be debuting as a solo artist with the single "Wild and Young" composed by Teddy Park. On July 15, it was announced Seungyoon's debut would be postponed. However, the following day another single titled "It Rains" was released instead.
In December 2018, Jinusean's Sean reported that Seungyoon quietly donated 30 Million Won in addition to his donation earlier in the year to the Seungil Hope Foundation.Following the cancellation of contemporary casual clothing brand PLAC's 'by YOU' collection in collaboration with Seungyoon and bandmate Mino showcase event, scheduled on February 28, 2020 due to safety issues in relations to the recent coronavirus pandemic, the funds they raised towards the showcase was used to donate 10,000 masks for low-income children.
In 2010, Seungyoon was a contestant on Mnet's singing contest Superstar K2. He finished in fourth place, having released two singles, "I'll Write You a Letter" and "Instinctively". "I'll Write You a Letter" peaked at number 24 on the Gaon Chart after its release on the Superstar K2: Top 6 (My Story) album, while "Instinctively" became a number one hit single in South Korea and was listed as one of the top 100 songs of the year. It was released on its own as a digital single later in the Superstar K2 compilation album, Superstar K2 Up to 11. He also released "Life is Tab" alongside three other contestants to promote the Samsung Galaxy Tab.After initial success with Superstar K2, Yang Hyun-suk signed Kang to YG Entertainment on January 12, 2011. Kang also released a single, "You Are Heaven", for the soundtrack of the Korean drama Midas. Seungyoon graduated from Busan High School of Arts with a major in classic guitar in 2012. That year, he appeared on MBC's sitcom High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged. He plays as a young man with a heavy southern-Korean accent who arrives in Seoul dreaming to become the President. The series aired from 19 September 2011 to 29 March 2012.