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Netflix teams with Ubisoft to develop series based on 'Assassin's Creed' video games

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Netflix is taking a swan dive into the Assassin's Creed video game franchise. The streaming TV giant will create a live-action TV series based on the Assassin's Creed series of video games, published by Ubisoft, the two companies announced Tuesday. Netflix may also eventually develop animated and anime series based on the hugely popular franchise, which chronicles a group of assassins' fight throughout history. "We're excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin's Creed is beloved for," said Peter Friedlander, vice president of original series for Netflix, said in a statement. "From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy."


Netflix is developing a live-action 'Assassin's Creed' series with Ubisoft

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Sharpen your hidden blades and pull up your hoods: Ubisoft and Netflix announced that a live-action Assassin's Creed series is officially in development. The TV show does not currently have a title or a showrunner, but Ubisoft Film & Television head Jason Altman and director Danielle Kreinik will executive produce the project. Netflix's @NXOnNetflix Twitter account, which covers the service's science-fiction and fantasy titles, tweeted the news with an animated teaser putting the Netflix symbol in the center of the classic Assassin's "A." Whispers of an Assassin's Creed collaboration between Netflix and Ubisoft have been around since 2016, when Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced that the game company was in talks with the streaming service on an unnamed, but potentially Assassin-y project. That announcement came shortly before the live-action Assassin's Creed movie starring Michael Fassbender took a leap of faith and missed the haystack in late 2016, becoming one of the worst reviewed movies of the year (it has 18% on Rotten Tomatoes to this day) and dampening fan faith in Ubisoft's ability to pull off an Assassin story in a non-game format. In 2017, Castlevania producer Adi Shankar confirmed that Ubisoft tapped him to produce an Assassin's Creed anime, but did not confirm at the time if that project was for Netflix specifically.


Netflix is making multiple 'Assassin's Creed' shows

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That's what I tell myself every night as I try to eradicate the memory of the live-action Assassin's Creed movie. A better brain-wiping solution, perhaps, will be to watch Netflix's newly-announced Assassin's Creed series. The streaming juggernaut has signed a deal with Ubisoft for multiple shows that explore the time-hopping saga. These include a "live-action epic" and "animated and anime adaptations," Ubisoft revealed in a blog post. The live-action series doesn't have a showrunner just yet, but Ubisoft Film and TV's Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik have been confirmed as executive producers.


Microsoft partners Netflix to help you learn data science, AI

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Inspired by the new Netflix original titled'Over the Moon', Microsoft has launched three new modules that guide learners through beginning concepts in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). The new Explore Space with "Over the Moon" learning path includes three modules: planning a Moon mission using the Python Pandas Library, predicting meteor showers using Python and VC Code and using AI to recognise objects in images using Azure Custom Vision. "Like the hero Fei Fei, use data to plan your own mission to the moon. Ensure your rocket can not only get you there, but also bring you and all your moon rocks safely back to Earth. Analyse and visualize datasets with common data cleansing practices," Microsoft said in a statement on Friday.


Next (Season 1 Episode 3) "FILE #3" trailer, release date - Startattle

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Shea (Fernanda Andrade) and LeBlanc (John Slattery) head to Dartmouth to investigate NEXT's whereabouts, which are potentially linked to Biomotion Labs. There, they visit LeBlanc's friend, Professor Richard Pearish (guest star Michael Herzovi) for answers. Meanwhile, Shea, Ethan (Evan Whitten) and Ty (Gerardo Celasco) take extra precautions to disconnect from electronics and the Internet to protect their families, and LeBlanc urges Abby (Elizabeth Cappuccino) to do so, as well, but NEXT complicates their plans. Network: Fox Episode title: "FILE #3" Release date: October 27, 2020 at 9pm EST (In the event that a World Series – GAME 6 is necessary, NEXT will be preempted, and local programming will air in primetime on the West Coast.) Next is a 2020 American science fiction crime drama television series created by Manny Coto ("24: Legacy") for the Fox Broadcasting Company.


Recommendation System Tutorial with Python using Collaborative Filtering

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A recommendation system generates a compiled list of items in which a user might be interested, in the reciprocity of their current selection of item(s). It expands users' suggestions without any disturbance or monotony, and it does not recommend items that the user already knows. For instance, the Netflix recommendation system offers recommendations by matching and searching similar users' habits and suggesting movies that share characteristics with films that users have rated highly. In this tutorial, we will dive into building a recommendation system for Netflix. This tutorial's code is available on Github and its full implementation as well on Google Colab.


Is Artificial Intelligence Controlling What You Stream on Netflix, Hulu?

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Jesus Diaz wrote the following for Fast Company: "I don't care how efficient the company says the algorithm is -- from my personal experience, it doesn't work. A machine can never fully replace personal taste and exploration based on human interaction." He continued in the op-ed: "We're sick of algorithms telling us where to go, who to listen to, and what to watch. Your machine predicts a 98% chance that I would like to watch Frozen. In fact, I have yet to find an instance of any algorithm surprising me with a smart suggestion."


Is Artificial Intelligence Controlling What You Stream on Netflix, Hulu? – ThomasNet News

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Sign up here to get the day's top stories delivered straight to your inbox. The routine is familiar now. Off from the day, lounging on a couch, ice cream at the ready, the remote or mouse clicks onto the preferred streaming site, perhaps to watch the show everyone is talking about or to be reacquainted with an old favorite. Streaming television and movie services are so deeply ingrained in the quotidian now, binge-watching is a common weekend activity and there are colloquial dating terms that invoke them -- "Netflix and chill." People log onto Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services at all times of the day: during their commute; in the morning while getting ready; and when curling up at night.


Chromecast with Google TV review: What a difference a remote makes

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The original Chromecast that debuted in 2013 was a simple $35 dongle. But it was still notable, providing a cheap way to make any TV "smart." Things have changed a lot since then, however. Not only do a lot of TVs now come with built-in apps, Roku and Amazon developed their own streaming sticks over the years -- both of which have remote controls and visual menus for easy navigation. Google's Chromecast soon seemed outdated by comparison.


'NeXt' on FOX: Show trailer created completely by artificial intelligence

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The new FOX sci-fi show NeXt showcased a new trailer created completely by artificial intelligence. To showcase the use of artificial intelligence ahead of the premiere of the new sci-fi crime drama, "NeXt," FOX tapped space150 to create the latest trailer using only AI. Space150's engineering team used AI to create, write and edit the newest trailer with the assistance of a machine-learning algorithm used to observe the entire series and select key themes, scenes and dialogue. Facial recognition was used to analyze emotion for every frame of the show, building up an "emotion index" for scenes. Color, luminosity, contrast and sound were also observed for additional data points on each scene.