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Netflix is getting blasted for using AI art in an anime instead of hiring artists

Mashable

Netflix is getting thoroughly blasted on social media for using artificial intelligence to make an anime rather than paying actual human artists. Released by Netflix this week, The Dog & The Boy(Opens in a new window) is a three-minute sci-fi anime short about a kid whose robot dog waits for him when he goes off to war. It isn't a unique story(Opens in a new window), but what sets this anime apart is that its background art was generated using AI rather than drawn by humans. According to images shown during The Dog & The Boy's credits, a human would draw a relatively rough layout of what they wanted by hand. This image was then put through an AI art generator a few times, before finally being revised by hand to create the final artwork that was used in the anime.


Netflix's 'Dog and Boy' anime causes outrage for incorporating AI-generated art

Engadget

In 2016, Studio Ghibli co-founder and director Hayao Miyazaki, responsible for beloved anime classics like Princess Mononoke and Kiki's Delivery Service, made headlines around the world for his reaction to an AI animation program. "I would never wish to incorporate this technology into my work at all," Miyazaki told the software engineers who came to show their creation to him. "I strongly feel that this is an insult to life itself." A half-decade later, artificial intelligence and the potential role it could play in anime productions is once again in the spotlight. This week, Netflix shared Dog and Boy, an animated short the streaming giant described as an "experimental effort" to address the anime industry's ongoing labor shortage.


'The Last of Us' recap: A kinder, more loving tale for Bill and Frank

Washington Post - Technology News

Then, suddenly, we flash forward to the modern day of 2023. Frank is wheelchair-bound and gravely ill, and Bill is old and frail. Frank is so sick that he's unable to feed himself or indulge in his pleasantries of painting. One morning, Frank decides he wants go die by his own choice, with Bill's assistance. Offerman as Bill flashes back the saddest face any man can possibly have, and Frank is heartbroken.


Television Is Better Without Video Games

The Atlantic - Technology

"Fudge," I remember saying, only I didn't say fudge, I said fuck, a word for adults. I was playing The Last of Us, a narrative video game for adults about a zombie apocalypse, and I had just died for what seemed like the thousandth time in the first room with a "clicker," the game lore's name for a medium-difficulty enemy. These "infected"--it's classier not to call them zombies, and this is a classy zombie-combat game, one with a story--had become misshapen thanks to a cordyceps brain infection, which devoured mankind almost overnight. The clicker was ghastlier than others, because it had lived long enough for the infection to fully engulf its formerly human face, fungal fibers enrobing it, teeth jutting out like barbs. An older infected is a more resilient one.


Amazon is reportedly making a Tomb Raider TV series

Engadget

Hollywood may be taking another stab at a Tomb Raider production, but this time for the small screen. The Hollywood Reporter sources say Amazon is creating a Tomb Raider TV series for Prime Video, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge (of Fleabag fame) set to be an executive producer and write the script. It's not certain who would star, but we wouldn't count on movie stars Angelina Jolie or Alicia Vikander reprising the role of Lara Croft. The show is reportedly still in the development stage. We've asked Amazon for comment.


Phoebe Waller-Bridge reportedly writing Tomb Raider TV series

The Guardian

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is reportedly set to write a new take on Tomb Raider for Amazon. According to the Hollywood Reporter, sources claim the Emmy-winning star and creator of Fleabag is developing a new TV series based on the popular game, writing scripts and executive producing. Amazon is yet to confirm the news. The character of Lara Croft, an archaeological adventurer, has previously been brought to the big screen by Angelina Jolie in two films and more recently, Alicia Vikander in 2018. After that film underperformed, a planned sequel was cancelled and in 2022, MGM lost their rights to the franchise.


5 best streaming devices in 2023

FOX News

Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson helps you to find parking spots with this easy to use Apple Maps feature. An increasing number of you are turning to streaming as your primary way of consuming media. New streaming services and original content are also expected to drive growth in the industry. With all of this in mind, we want to ensure that you can watch all the content you love, so we've gathered up five of the best streaming devices on the market. CLICK TO GET KURT'S CYBERGUY NEWSLETTER WITH QUICK TIPS, TECH REVIEWS, SECURITY ALERTS AND EASY HOW-TO'S TO MAKE YOU SMARTER With over 208,000 reviews on Amazon and an 84% approval rating at the time of publishing, the Amazon Fire Stick is an excellent streaming device choice.


Women Are Talking, But is the Academy Listening?

Slate

This week, Dana, Julia, and Stephen start by discussing the film, Women Talking. Then they chat about the new U.K. import Traitors with Slate's own Carl Wilson. Finally, they finish by talking ChatGPT and the coming of AI chatbots. Dana: Werner Herzog is in his somber, elegiac mode with The Fire Within: A Requiem for Katia and Maurice Krafft. Not to be confused with Fire of Love, about the same people, but made by Sara Dosa.


The 10 Best Shows on Apple TV Right Now

WIRED

Slowly but surely Apple TV is finding its feet. The streaming service, which at launch we called "odd, angsty, and horny as hell," has evolved into a diverse library of dramas, documentaries, and comedies. It's also fairly cheap compared to services like Netflix--and Apple often throws in three free months when you buy a new iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV. Curious but don't know where to get started? Below are our picks for the best shows on the service.


'The Last of Us' recap: More ground rules and a big dose of body horror

Washington Post - Technology News

Silence is the key word here. Remember those zombies Ellie mentioned that use echolocation? When the group makes it to the second floor, the ceiling caves in behind them, obstructing their way out. The commotion also attracts two zombies; Joel signals to Ellie that these infected can't see, and move around based on sound. At a certain point, Ellie and Tess split up, and the attention focuses back to Joel, who regroups with Ellie.