By Jen Clark on October 27, 2017

IoT ruins movies: Jurassic Park

Setting the scene After my recent forays into the world of IoT, I re-watched Jurassic Park with fresh eyes. Unlike many sci-fi films, whose tech-of-the-future projections seem to fall into two categories – space age teleportation or clunky displays and shiny silver suits – JP’s ‘futuristic’ tech is, well, achievable. Some of it is widely […]

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By Jen Clark on August 8, 2017

IoT ruins movies: Bridesmaids

Setting the scene: Bridesmaids, food safety and the IoT I’m going to cheat a little on this post, by ruining just one scene from this fabulous film. Most of the dramas we encounter along the way stem from protagonist Annie’s need for a big inner tidy, and far-reaching though it is, the IoT isn’t the […]

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By Jen Clark on June 27, 2017

IoT ruins movies: Die Hard

Setting the scene When a gang of organized criminals take over an LA skyscraper in order to steal the valuable bonds locked in its vault, it falls to a lone, off-duty cop (John McClane) to try and stop them. Any Die Hard fans will probably agree that McClane performs his task admirably, and probably couldn’t […]

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By Hannah Merry on May 26, 2017

IoT (doesn’t) ruin movies: Passengers

For many of my adolescent years I wanted to be an astrophysicist. I took a huge interest in space, the stars, solar systems and everything which came with it. Watching Passengers was everything I hoped for, it has is everything I think of when I imagine futuristic space travel. Slick, seamless interior with efficient connected […]

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By Jen Clark on April 20, 2017

IoT ruins movies: The Mummy 

Setting the scene: The Mummy I wouldn’t fancy a job as one of The Mummy’s archaeologists. Or even your run-of-the-mill treasure-seeking opportunist along for the ride, for that matter. The working environment is all wrong, for one thing. Enclosed tombs with shaky ceilings, booby traps and an atmosphere of questionable chemical composition make for an […]

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By Jen Clark on April 13, 2017

IoT ruins movies: Arrival

Setting the scene: Arrival and the concept of communication Arrival is a fascinating film, not least from the perspective of the Internet of Things. It’s all about communication and connection (a very IoT concept) – and not just communication with alien visitors. Equally important is the way that human beings of different nationalities and with […]

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By Jen Clark on April 6, 2017

IoT ruins movies: Single White Female

Setting the scene There’s nothing like a tale of stolen identity, sex and murder to spice up an otherwise ordinary Tuesday morning. Today, the IoT will get its clutches into Single White Female – a psychological thriller guaranteed to put you off roommates for life. We’ll investigate how blockchain and the smart home could have […]

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By Jen Clark on March 10, 2017

IoT ruins movies: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The 20th anniversary of the release of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is upon us. OK, OK, I know Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a TV series and not a movie (unless you count the 1992 comedy-horror film), but I love it, it’s my thing, let it go. If you were a teenager in the noughties […]

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By Jen Clark on March 9, 2017

IoT ruins movies: The Goonies

I recently watched The Goonies, having been forced into it by more than one ardent fan’s effusive reminiscence of happy childhood viewing. For those who haven’t had the pleasure, The Goonies is supposedly an adventure film about a gang of Enid Blyton-esque pre-teens who go on a quest for undiscovered treasure. What it actually is […]

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By Jen Clark on February 23, 2017

IoT ruins movies: The Terminator

Setting the scene: Artificial intelligence and robots At the heart of the movie The Terminator is a fundamental struggle between man and machine. In 2029, the future from which the Terminator is sent back to wreak havoc on the life of Sarah Connor, a state of perpetual and horrifying warfare exists between human beings and […]

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By Lynne Slowey and Demetre Quartey on January 25, 2017

Winning the Best Picture Oscar: IBM Watson and winning predictions

It was big news yesterday with the 89th Academy Award nominations announced. And from now until 26th February we will discuss, debate, and review who deserves to win an Oscar, the biggest accolade in the film industry. But is there a way to win? Can patterns predict? Are there key themes that make an Oscar […]

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By Jen Clark on December 1, 2016

IoT ruins movies: Home Alone

Setting the scene What would it be like if Home Alone had been made today instead of in 1990? Aside from the obvious perk of being able to call Kevin on his smart phone to check he was safe, wouldn’t it be fun if Kevin had live-streamed his pranks to millions of YouTube followers? Or […]

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