Mirror test hints at surprising cognitive abilities in fish

A small tropical reef fish was able to recognize itself in a mirror, scientists said on Thursday in a finding that raises provocative questions about assessing self-awareness and cognitive abilities in animals.


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Netflix to Create More Interactive Content Following ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’

Following the success of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, streaming giant Netflix has officially announced it will be releasing more interactive content in the near future.

Though choose-your-own-adventure storylines have existed for quite sometime in the entertainment field, there’s no doubt Charlie Brooker’s hit anthology show has helped to bring it into the mainstream.

During a webcast to investors, Netflix’s chief product officer Greg Peters has confirmed the company is interested in pursuing more interactive stories, stating, “You should anticipate we’ll do more of those as we start to explore that format.” Chief content officer Ted Sarando also added, “We’ve got a hunch that [the interactive format] works across all kinds of storytelling and some of the greatest storytellers in the world are excited to dig into it.” Watch Netflix’s earning Q4 earnings video below and let us know in the comment section if you are looking forward to more interactive content.

For those who have yet to try out the choose-your-own-adventure episode, head over to Netflix to find out which ending of Bandersnatch you conclude with.

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Netflix faces lawsuit over ‘Black Mirror’ and ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is on the receiving end of a lawsuit from the owners of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books.

Chooseco, LLC trademarked “Choose Your Own Adventure” in the 1980s and has sold hundreds of millions of books using the branding ever since. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chooseco reported that Netflix sought to acquire this trademark but was never granted the license. 

Per an excerpt of the official complaint, via THR:

Indeed, the phrase “choose your own adventure” has been almost inextricably linked to Bandersnatch, either through Netflix’s own efforts or the mark’s ubiquity as established by Chooseco. The company has filed for at least $ 25 million for “infringement, dilution, and unfair competition” and demands that Netflix remove any “choose your own adventure” references relating to Bandersnatch. Chooseco wants to be distanced from the darkness and morbidity of Black Mirror (honestly, so do we). Read more…

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A game from ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is playable now

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If Black Mirror: Bandersnatch wasn’t unsettling or meta enough for you, the show’s team snuck in another layer of gameplay: an actual Tuckersoft Games website. You can peruse the company’s history (which you’ll be familiar with if you watched Bandersnatch) and explore its game titles – all of which reference other Black Mirror episodes.

Perhaps the sneakiest goody on the site is that you can actually play Nohzdyve, the game Colin (Will Poulter) is working on. But there’s a significant catch. 

The .tap file containing the game can only be played by downloading a ZS Spectrum Emulator – a program that mimics the OS of a personal computer from the 1980s’ Bandersnatch eraFuse, Qaop, or Speccy are some potential emulators, but they only work on certain computers or operating systems (one of the only Mac-compatible downloads I found wouldn’t open because it was from an unidentified developer). Read more…

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