She’s a safe pair of hands who asks the questions and fills the airtime
Hardly a day goes by without real life throwing another offering into the pot of potential Black Mirror storylines.
The latest is the general knowledge app HQ, played live on smartphones, like a quiz show, at set times of the day, with prize money to be divided up between the players who make it to the end of 12 increasingly difficult questions. I’ve never managed to get past question six, but I know someone who won $150. The game has already been on the receiving end of a number of controversies, about its investors and creators, but that doesn’t seem to have dented its appeal. While the quiz plays out, there’s a rolling comments section underneath it, like a demonic Twitter feed that it’s impossible to take your eyes away from. Not only is it Black Mirror-ish, it’s a bit Clockwork Orange, too.
The actor has collaborated with artist Harmonia Rosales to create a series of images of the ‘terrifying’ reality of racism in the US
The Black Mirror actor Aldis Hodge has devoted his Hollywood career – which includes roles in Hidden Figures and Straight Outta Compton – to positive portrayals of African Americans. Now he is using the art world to promote social justice with a series of provocative paintings.
The first two, produced in collaboration with acclaimed artist Harmonia Rosales, were shown at the LA Art Show last week. Rosales’s reimagination of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam – depicting God and the first man as black women – went viral last year when she posted it on Instagram.
One of the threads running through the sci-fi series’ latest season concerns digital versions of ourselves who live on after we die … it could happen sooner than we think
When Roman Mazurenko was struck down by a car and killed just before his 33rd birthday, his “soulmate” Eugenia Kuyda memorialised him as a chatbot. She asked his friends and family to share his old text messages and fed them into a neural network built by developers at her artificial intelligence startup, Replika.
“I didn’t expect it to be as impactful. Usually I find showing emotions and thinking about grief really hard so I was mostly trying to avoid it. Talking to Roman’s avatar was facing those demons,” she told the Guardian.