Singapore's world-first face scan plan sparks privacy fears
Singapore will become the world's first country to use facial verification in its national ID scheme, but privacy advocates are alarmed by what they say is an intrusive system vulnerable to abuse.From next year, millions of people living in the city-state will be able to access government agencies, banking services and other amenities with a quick face scan.This biometric check will do away with the need to remember a password or security dongle when performing many everyday tasks, its creators say.It is part of the financial hub's drive to harness technology, from ramping up the use of electr...
Borderlands' creators want longevity
The makers of 'Borderlands' want gamers to "interact" with the game "over time".Randy Pitchford, Gearbox Software founder and executive producer, is keen for the action role-playing first-person shooter video game to hold a special place for its fans and be something that you play over a longer time rather than go for a quick win.Pitchford said: "Yeah, I'm pretty proud of it. It's been interesting, there's a paradox that I think lives in the minds of all artists and creators - especially now - where, on the one hand, we want to believe in the value of what we're doing, but at the same time, th...
Kazakhstan: Borat creators' attempts to whip up fury achieve mixed results
Borat too far: Falling flat.The makers of the Borat sequel wanted to bait officials in Kazakhstan into a tetchy reaction for some free publicity. For now, the officials appear reluctant to comply.As part of pre-release publicity campaign, the marketers selling the film opened two social media accounts, on Instagram and Twitter, posing as representatives of the Kazakhstan government.Initial messages on the Twitter feed were designed to be purposely, if comically, bland, so as to lend them a vague air of authenticity. One on September 28 reads: “The Kazakhstan Trade Minister is currently conduct...
'Spanish Princess' creators Emma Frost & Matthew Graham on making a multi-racial historical drama
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'Watchmen' Emmy winners explore 'missing' history and possible sequel
Los Angeles (AFP) - The creators of big Emmy winner "Watchmen," a timely blend of superheroes and political satire that confronts US racism, say they are proud to have spotlighted the nation's historic traumas and modern-day injustices -- as fans hope for a possible follow-up.The HBO hit series, based on a seminal 1980s graphic novel, scooped up 11 Emmys at this year's television equivalent of the Oscars, making it Sunday's top honoree.The show opens with the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, in which up to 300 people were killed when white mobs torched a black neighborhood, but which many Americans h...
'Thrones' creators join 'Star Wars' director for Netflix series
Los Angeles (AFP) - The creators of "Game of Thrones" will team up with "Star Wars" director Rian Johnson and Brad Pitt for an ambitious new Chinese sci-fi adaptation, Netflix announced Tuesday.Liu Cixin's bestselling book trilogy "The Three-Body Problem," which tells the epic story of humanity's first contact with an alien civilization, will become an international series for the streaming giant."Liu Cixin's trilogy is the most ambitious science-fiction series we've read, taking readers on a journey from the 1960s until the end of time, from life on our pale blue dot to the distant fringes of...
Game of Thrones creators tackling Chinese sci-fi book series for TV
True Blood writer Alexander Woo will help pen the Netflix sci-fi series, which he will also executive produce alongside Benioff and Weiss, as well as Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, Pitt, and actress Rosamund Pike.Author Liu Cixin will serve as a consulting producer on the project, which is about humanity's first contact with an alien civilisation. The adaptation will cover all three novels in the series: The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest, and Death's End.In a statement, Benioff and Weiss declare: "Liu Cixin's trilogy is the most ambitious science-fiction series we've rea...
Understanding and respecting intellectual property rights
The protection of intellectual property rights has become even more important with the widespread use of technology and social media platforms.Technology has made it easier for people to lift any material or artwork and use it without permission, depriving the creators of the work the benefits they are entitled to and, in some cases, not getting credit for their creativity.It is important to understand that every piece of work has two types of rights: A material right and a moral right. The material right is lifelong and continues to remain in force for 50 years after the death of the owner fo...
'South Side' creators are excited to be moving to HBO Max — so they can swear all they want to
Shot entirely in Chicago, the half-hour comedy “South Side” premiered last summer and was quickly renewed for a second season, which was supposed to shoot this summer. That obviously didn’t happen, thanks to the “COVID of it all” as co-creator Diallo Riddle said when we talked recently.For now, it’s unclear when this wonderfully Chicago-specific look at the farcical daily grind of working-class Black people on the South Side will be able to reschedule and begin shooting season two. The wait might be as long as a year, but co-creator Bashir Salahuddin said they are not opposed to shooting over ...
‘Stranger Things’ won’t end at season four
While fans may have to wait a little longer before they can visit the not-so-sleepy town of Hawkins again — thanks to the coronavirus pandemic — ‘Stranger Things’ creators have given us a much-needed update on the production and a surprise confirmation.According to Matt and Ross Duffer, season four won’t be the last season in the much-loved, Netflix sci-fi show. “Season four won’t be the end,” Ross said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “We know what the end is, and we know when it is. [The pandemic] has given us time to look ahead, figure out what is best for the show. Starting to ...