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Netflix ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is an interactive movie with 5 endings

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  • “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” is an interactive movie and has five different endings.
  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix first pitched the idea to “Black Mirror” creator Charlie Brooker in May 2017.
  • A Netflix representative told Business Insider, “While Bandersnatch is a standalone film, it is not the sole film in Season 5. Season 5 will still return in 2019.” 

Netflix released the first standalone “Black Mirror” movie on Friday, “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which features an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure style storyline that has been nearly two years in the making. 

Netflix dropped a trailer for “Bandersnatch” on Thursday, which described it as a “Black Mirror Event,” but the streamer kept most details away from the public. The Netflix page for the movie was also live, and described it as a Netflix Film. Now, the movie’s Netflix page describes it as a “Netflix Interactive Film.”

Here’s the Netflix description for the movie: “In 1984, a young programmer begins to question reality as he adapts a dark fantasy novel into a video game. A mind-bending tale with multiple endings.”

READ MORE: All 19 episodes of ‘Black Mirror,’ ranked from worst to best

“Bandersnatch” features five different endings, according to The New York Times. Options appear at the bottom of the screen with only a few seconds to choose. The Times reporter, David Streitfeld, said that the episode went back to the beginning when he did not choose anything, but it wasn’t clear whether it was a glitch or punishment.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, viewers will need about 90 minutes to reach an ending to “Bandersnatch,” but could take almost two and a half hours to fully experience it.

Netflix pitched the idea of an interactive story to “Black Mirror” creator Charlie Brooker in May 2017, THR said. Brooker was hesitant at first.

“We didn’t know what the story would be and thought, ‘Wouldn’t that just be a gimmick?,'” Brooker told THR. “Annoyingly, several weeks later, we were throwing story ideas around and this idea popped up that would only work as an interactive. It was good to come back and have an idea, but also daunting.”

“Bandersnatch” isn’t taking the place of season 5, however.

A Netflix representative told Business Insider, “While Bandersnatch is a standalone film, it is not the sole film in Season 5. Season 5 will still return in 2019.”

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More groups join in support of women in STEM program at Carleton

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OTTAWA — Major companies and government partners are lending their support to Carleton University’s newly established Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program.

The list of supporters includes Mississauga-based construction company EllisDon.

The latest to announce their support for the program also include BlackBerry QNX, CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority), Ericsson, Nokia, Solace, Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin Canada, Amdocs and Ross.

The program is officially set to launch this September.

It is being led by Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design with the goal of establishing meaningful partnerships in support of women in STEM.  

The program will host events for women students to build relationships with industry and government partners, create mentorship opportunities, as well as establish a special fund to support allies at Carleton in meeting equity, diversity and inclusion goals.

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Serious Labs seems to have found a way from tragedy to triumph? The Edmonton-based firm designs and manufactures virtual reality simulators to standardize training programs for operators of heavy equipment such as aerial lifts, cranes, forklifts, and commercial trucks. These simulators enable operators to acquire and practice operational skills for the job safety and efficiency in a risk-free virtual environment so they can work more safely and efficiently.

The 2018 Humboldt bus catastrophe sent shock waves across the industry. The tragedy highlighted the need for standardized commercial driver training and testing. It also contributed to the acceleration of the federal government implementing a Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program for Class 1 & 2 drivers currently being adopted across Canada. MELT is a much more rigorous standard that promotes safety and in-depth practice for new drivers.

Enter Serious Labs. By proposing to harness the power of virtual reality (VR), Serious Labs has earned considerable funding to develop a VR commercial truck driving simulator.

The Government of Alberta has awarded $1 million, and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing an additional $2 million for the simulator development. Commercial deployment is estimated to begin in 2024, with the simulator to be made available across Canada and the United States, and with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) helping to provide simulator tests to certify that driver trainees have attained the appropriate standard. West Tech Report recently took the opportunity to chat with Serious Labs CEO, Jim Colvin, about the environmental and labour benefits of VR Driver Training, as well as the unique way that Colvin went from angel investor to CEO of the company.

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While the world comes out of the initial stages of the pandemic, COVID-19 will be continue to be a threat for some time to come. Companies, such as Zen Graphene, are working on ways to detect the virus and its variants and are on the forefronts of technology.

Nanotechnology firm ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (TSX-Venture:ZEN) (OTCPK:ZENYF), is working to develop technology to help detect the COVID-19 virus and its variants. The firm signed an exclusive agreement with McMaster University to be the global commercializing partner for a newly developed aptamer-based, SARS-CoV-2 rapid detection technology.

This patent-pending technology uses clinical samples from patients and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The test is considered extremely accurate, scalable, saliva-based, affordable, and provides results in under 10 minutes.

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