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Based on a premise by science fiction author René Barjavel and directed by J.K. Raymond-Millet, this eerily prescient French film from 1947 entitled ‘La télévision, œil de demain’ pretty much nails a vision of smartphones (and the risks of walking and driving while engrossed in them) while describing the evolution of TV into pocket sized devices.

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Behold: the mighty gas giant Jupiter getting its Hallowe’en pumpkin on: captured in infrared by astronomers at the Gemini North Observatory in Hawaii. To wit:

Gemini was able to produce such a clear image using a technique called lucky imaging, by taking many images and combining only the clearest ones that, by chance, were taken when Earth’s atmosphere was the most calm. Jupiter’s jack-o’-lantern-like appearance is caused by the planet’s different layers of clouds. Infrared light can pass through clouds better than visible light, allowing us to see deeper, hotter layers of Jupiter’s atmosphere, while the thickest clouds appear dark. These pictures, together with ones from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Juno spacecraft, can tell us a lot about weather patterns on Jupiter, like where its massive, planet-sized storms form.

(Image: International Gemini Observatory, NOIRLab, NSF, AURA; M. H. Wong (UC Berkeley) & Team; Acknowledgment: Mahdi Zamani; Text: Alex R. Howe (NASA/USRA, Reader’s History of SciFi Podcast)

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Jay-Z: not amused.

A mere sample of the potential of deep fake audio – a minor digital polish away from indistinguishable replication. In each case, the voices are entirely computer generated by Tacotron 2, a neural network architecture developed by Google.

Copyright infringement? Jay-Z’s record company thought so.

Follow the Vocal Synthesis Subreddit here.

(Pic: Kevork S. Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Parisian photographer François Vogel’s experiments with slit-scan photography and After Effects time-displacement, applied to his Abyssinian cat – whose jellyfish manifestation will fuel your nightmares later.

More here.

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