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The Best Sci-Fi TV Shows on Netflix

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Netflix has an excellent international library, including German sci-fi gem Dark -- one of the best series on Netflix full stop. This adult animated anthology series spans a range of genres, with plenty of episodes hitting the Black Mirror comparison button. Robots in a post-apocalyptic city, farmers piloting mech suits and a space mission gone wrong all pop up in the first season. While the episodes can be hit and miss (some have been criticized for their treatment of women), you'll find plenty of thought-provoking and impressive animation. This apocalyptic sci-fi from Belgium will probably turn you off from flying any time soon.


Synamedia Acquires Utelly To Boost Synamedia Go's Content Discovery Capabilities

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Synamedia, the world's largest independent video software provider, announced the acquisition of Utelly, a UK-based privately-owned content discovery platform provider with products targeted at the entertainment industry. Its offerings include metadata aggregation, search and recommendations, as well as content management and a content promotion engine. Its SaaS-based technology is already pre-integrated with the Synamedia Go video platform and will now be embedded in the Go.Aggregate add-on pack to solve one of the major challenges viewers face: finding content across TV and apps on any screen. Utelly's technology achieves this through metadata aggregation, intelligent asset linking, AI and machine learning. By unifying data and using AI to enrich sparse data sets, Utelly provides customers with search and recommendations that enhance viewers' content discovery experiences.


Perspective - Should we be afraid of artificial intelligence?

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The apocalyptic idea of computer-run robots turning against the human race and taking over the planet is not something we should dismiss, but for now we should be celebrating and embracing the positive side of artificial intelligence (AI). That's the view of Professor Anthony Elliott, the author of a new book entitled "Making Sense of AI". He says AI currently does a lot of good, helping us for example in the fields of industrial robots and self-driving cars, as well as providing vital information for fighting pandemics such as Covid-19. However, he admits that with AI, "to some extent, we lose control over decision-making".


MSNBC contributor deletes tweet of Russian plane being shot down after learning it was from video game

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Former U.S. ambassador to NATO provides insight on a potentially pivotal setback for Russia in its war on Ukraine on'The Story.' MSNBC contributor Barry R. McCaffrey, a retired four-star general, shared a video Monday of what he appeared to think was a Russian plane being shot down by Ukraine, but deleted the tweet after being informed it occurred in an animated video game. According to images of the original tweet, McCaffrey tweeted an animated image from the video game "Arma 3." MSNBC's Brian R. McCaffrey, a retired four star general, shared video of a Russian plane being shot down by Ukraine on Monday but deleted the tweet after being informed it occurred in an animated video game. McCaffrey wrote in the since-deleted tweet, "Russian aircraft getting nailed by UKR missile defense. Russians are losing large numbers of attack aircraft. UKR air defense becoming formidable," to accompany the animated image from the video game.


The most watched movies of the week: New releases and some unexpected classics

Mashable

Wondering what everyone's been watching this week? Well, spring is in the air and so is action, action, action! Every week, the popularity of movies across streaming might be determined by promotions, star power, critic raves, social media buzz, good old-fashioned word of mouth, or a new addition to a beloved franchise. While the reasons may vary, you can't argue with the numbers that streaming aggregator Reelgood collected from hundreds of streaming services in the U.S. and UK. As it has for weeks, The Batman continues to reign supreme.


Hype or Not? Episode 3: Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence has taken the consumer world by storm. But should this technology, in which machines mimic human intelligence to perform tasks, be applied to wealth management? Some tech companies have started to work on applications for the advisor space. And Tim Welsh, Nexus Strategy president and CEO, believes AI will be the next big thing in wealthtech. Senior Tech Editor Davis Janowski agrees that AI will be big in this industry, but he argues that the tech is still in its infancy and that there's still a lot of hype out there.


Raising Robovoices

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In a critical episode of The Mandalorian, a TV series set in the Star Wars universe, a mysterious Jedi fights his way through a horde of evil robots. As the heroes of the show wait anxiously to learn the identity of their cloaked savior, he lowers his hood, and--spoiler alert-- they meet a young Luke Skywalker. Actually, what we see is an animated, de-aged version of the Jedi. Then Luke speaks, in a voice that sounds very much like the 1980s-era rendition of the character, thanks to the use of an advanced machine learning model developed by the voice technology startup Respeecher. "No one noticed that it was generated by a machine," says Dmytro Bielievtsov, chief technology officer at Respeecher.


'The Man Who Fell to Earth' review: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris shine in smart sci-fi series

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Stop me if you've heard this one before: An alien arrives alone on Earth and learns about human culture. Along the way, they befriend a human or two and have to hide from dangerous government forces. I could be talking about anything from E.T. to The Iron Giant. Instead, I'm thinking of Showtime's new series, The Man Who Fell to Earth, which executes this classic science fiction storyline with a clear, fresh vision. The Man Who Fell to Earth is a sequel to the 1976 film of the same name (which is itself an adaption of the novel by Walter Tevis) but it is by no means redundant.


AI threatening jobs in the entertainment industry, warns union

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are replacing skilled professionals and threatening employment opportunities in the performing arts industry, a union has warned. Equity, which represents performing arts workers, has announced a new campaign that aims to strengthen performers' rights to address what it describes as the "rapid development" of AI across the entertainment industry. The organisation says that the use of the technology across the audio and audio-visual sector – including in automated audiobooks and digital avatars – has advanced significantly in recent years and is replacing skilled professional performers due to the perception it's cheaper and more convenient. It said that many artists that get involved with AI work are not being compensated fairly and are sometimes not paid at all. "The explosion of artificial intelligence across the entertainment industry is a significant and growing concern for audio artists and other performers," warned Paul W Fleming, Equity general secretary.


UK regulators will allow drivers to watch TV in autonomous cars

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With self-driving vehicles possibly arriving on UK roads later this year, the government is starting to put rules in place to accommodate them, the BBC has reported. As part of that, it will allow drivers in autonomous vehicles to watch TV from an infotainment screen in self-driving mode, as long as they're ready to take back control. That's a modification of a law that has been on the books since 1986 that prohibits drivers from viewing a "television-receiving apparatus" when behind the wheel. It will still not allow the use of mobile phones, which were officially banned in the UK last year. That's because automakers can implement technology to stop a car's built-in screen from displaying content when the driver needs to take back control, but can't do the same on a smartphone.