3 The National Theatre of Scotland is surely one of very few drama companies (if not the only one) to have among its staff a “Digital Thinker in Residence”. It is little surprise, then, that its new trilogy of short plays (staged by director Cora Bissett under the umbrella title Interference) focuses on the future impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and other developing technologies. In the first play, Darklands by Morna Pearson, young couple Brie (Shyvonne Ahmmad impressing on her professional stage debut) and Logan (Nicholas Ralph) are trying to have a baby. No mean feat given that they work for a sinister entity known only as The Company, which keeps them prisoner in its high-tech facility... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Interference review: City Park, Glasgow: one powerful note of hope pierces the AI dystopia
3 You never see the Matisse painting that stands, covered in cloth, in the corner of a Hermitage gallery in 1956 in David Hare’s one act chamber piece The Bay at Nice. But you do, at the end, see its impact on Valentina, a matriarchal art expert played with signature waspish hauteur by Penelope Wilton, who has been brought in to verify its authenticity. She stands before it as though in the grip of a religious experience, joy, wonder and sorrow breaking across her face. Everything this canvas represents – freedom, sensuality, individualism – is everything she has denied herself, ever since she abandoned her arty bohemian life in Twenties Paris to return home to bring up her baby daughter. The Bay... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about The Bay at Nice, Menier Chocolate Factory, review: an artful but uneventful chamber piece saved by super performances
Google announced its cloud-gaming platform Stadia with the expected pizazz and bullishness of one of the world’s biggest tech companies. A company that has driven, changed and held dominion over large swathes of the internet. Here it comes, believing it can do the same to the $140bn gaming industry, the biggest entertainment medium in the world. Arrogant? Perhaps, but Google had the swanky stage presentation at the Game Developer’s Conference to back it up, along with fancy features and teraflops aplenty to wave around. And it is hard not to be excited by the potential of Stadia. Here is a games platform that will stream blockbuster games to any PC with a Chrome browser, Pixel device or TV with a Chromecast dongle plugged in. No expensive console required. Google's data centers apparently have more power than the best current-gen consoles combined. You can click on a link to a game from a YouTube video you are watching and be transported to gameplay almost … [Read more...] about Google Stadia profitability, protection and privacy
At the recent Geneva motor show, PSA boss Carlos Tavares announced “It will take 30 years,” referring to his long-term commitment to establishing the DS brand, which was only launched in 2015. His ambition is admirable; a week in the motor industry is a long time and so far DS has struggled to establish much of a foothold outside of its DS3 supermini in Europe. And do PSA’s shareholders hold this invented marque, named after an epochal but now almost forgotten Citroën, so closely to their hearts? Tavares might be well advised to carefully monitor his DS blind spot. Electrification, autonomous driving, the rise of Silicon Valley and Chinese car makers, low profitability and high investment continue... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about DS3 Crossback review: refreshingly different, but is it really premium?
Essay mills must be tackled by online giants such as PayPal, the Education Secretary has said. Damian Hinds said that the cash transfer website is “one of the main methods” used by university students to pay “unscrupulous” companies to write coursework, essays and dissertations on their behalf. Google and YouTube have already removed hundreds of adverts and promotions for essay–writing companies, following requests from ministers. Mr Hinds said it is "unethical" for companies to profit from dishonest practices, adding that PayPal has a “moral duty” to block payments to essay mills. "Sadly there have always been some people who opt for the easy way and the internet has seen a black market in essay writing services spring up,” he said. "However, no matter how easy it is to access these services now, it doesn't change the fact that this is cheating, and students must understand it is unacceptable. "It is simply unethical for these companies … [Read more...] about Essay mills must be tackled by online giants such as PayPal, Education Secretary says