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Predictive patterns

Lip movements can be translated into text by smartphone. And as a research team from Taiwan recently discovered, smartphone video recordings can help analyse messages contained in our blood flow. Carotid arteries clogged up by fatty deposits restrict blood flow to the brain, potentially leading to strokes. Such reduced moving patterns, although just below the skin, cannot be detected...

Extraordinary talent

Video games programmed by women or based on stories written by diverse creatives make our world more colourful. Now an organisation is campaigning to allow people with disabilities the chance to forge a Hollywood career. Disabled screenwriters with initial experience can apply for a grant to cover living costs and become part of a spiritually akin writing community. Included...

Living list

Music streaming services offer ready-made playlists for any taste. For film portals, an algorithm learns from our preferences. This here, in turn, helps us to learn. Anyone looking for films starring or made by Black people will be delighted by a new website recently launched by a Brooklyn woman. The site contains an index of 250 films made between...

In the limelight

According to statistics women make up roughly 50% of the global population. A Swedish startup is examining the gender balance in film and TV with the help of artificial intelligence. The company founder and her team discovered two years ago that in the hit series Game of Thrones, female speaking time amounted to a mere 25%. Now they are...

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