"I'm not entirely convinced scientists have their latest developments under control. You know genetic engineering, nuclear weaponry and computers. Whatever trouble we fall into you can be sure of one thing: it'll be of our own making..." Terry Nation quoted in the Radio Times in 1977. We can all feel grateful it is so different now and scientists are definitely not developing technologies that may grow out of control!
The late Terry Nation was a Welsh television writer and novelist, working on many of the most popular British TV series of the 1960s and 1970s. He made a significant contribution to Doctor Who from its outset, creating the villainous Daleks, and was also the creator of two series for the BBC: Survivors and the cult Blake's 7.
And "yes" we all wore those strange scarf/cravat things in the early 1970s.
Our friends at AI specialist Essencient have been monitoring the Twitter sentiment since the start of the current UK General Election campaign and are predicting a swing of up to 49 seats to the Conservatives. Will this be correct? We'll find out tomorrow.
UPDATE: Well it's now tomorrow and the answer is clearly "No"– the AI could not predict the outcome of the General Election based on Twitter sentiment and a first-past-the-post (as distinct from proportional representation) electoral system. The computer say "No, I mean yes, I mean... oh look it's nearly time to go to the pub, TGI Friday."
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Episode #30 - 16th August of the Weird Tales Radio Show podcast is our Mischievous Faeries edition and, along with recounting the legends and folklore of the Willy Howe barrow, we look at the latest reports that pyramids have mystical powers, and have a recipe for using spells to magic up money.
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