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Mind-reading technology has arrived

An AI-powered “brain decoder” can now read your thoughts with surprising accuracy. Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin have achieved a groundbreaking feat: translating people’s brain activity, including their unspoken thoughts, into actual speech. This development, detailed in a study published in Nature, marks a significant advancement in brain-computer interface (BCI) technology. Traditionally,……

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Frankenstein: how Mary Shelley’s sci-fi classic offers lessons for us today about the dangers of playing God

Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus, is an 1818 novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Set in the late 18th century, it follows scientist Victor Frankenstein’s creation of life and the terrible events that are precipitated by his abandonment of his creation. It is a Gothic novel in that it combines supernatural elements with horror, death and……

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The Watchers – Directorial debut from Ishana Night Shyamalan gets lost in the woods of folklore 

We’ve come to expect intricate, creepy thrillers from M. Night Shyamalan so it’s no surprise that his daughters directorial debut follows in the same footsteps, almost. The Watchers follows Mina, an artist living estranged from her hometown America in Ireland, who gets lost in the woods and finds herself enslaved by the watchers; a swarm……

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Freddie Mercury 30 years on – remembering the theatrical, eccentric genius
EditorsMay 11, 2024

Freddie Mercury 30 years on – remembering the theatrical, eccentric genius

There is no doubt that Freddie Mercury was a genius: it’s clear in his music, his theatrical performances, and his eccentrically stylised persona. These different art forms constructed a full creative package and made Mercury an icon. As we mark 30 years since his death, we should celebrate the revolutionary lyrics, piano mastery and flamboyant… Continue reading Freddie Mercury 30 years on – remembering the theatrical, eccentric genius
Beyoncé is first Black woman to top Country Album charts
EditorsMay 10, 2024

Beyoncé is first Black woman to top Country Album charts

Beyoncé has made history by becoming the first Black woman artist ever to claim the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in modern country music history. This achievement comes courtesy of her country debut single, “Texas Hold ‘Em,” which not only reached Number One on the country chart but also debuted at Number… Continue reading Beyoncé is first Black woman to top Country Album charts

Mind-reading technology has arrived

An AI-powered “brain decoder” can now read your thoughts with surprising accuracy. Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin have achieved a groundbreaking feat: translating people’s brain activity, including their unspoken thoughts, into actual speech. This development, detailed in a study published in Nature, marks a significant advancement in brain-computer interface (BCI) technology. Traditionally,……

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Video: The Beatles’ new, restored video for ‘Let It Be’

The Beatles have released a brand new restored video for ‘Let It Be’. The video features clips from the newly released and restored 1970 film, Let It Be, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and uses rarely-seen alternate camera angles of the Fab Four and Billy Preston as they were recording the song. The meticulous restoration was done by Park Road……

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