The “friendship plot” in fiction is the narrative of two friends that inevitably ends in sorrow. In many cases, it’s not a simple drifting apart that causes the end of the friendship, but tragedy; the friend dies or otherwise disappears. The friendship plot makes its home not in adult books, but in children’s stories. Why? Because friendship is connected with childhood, and introducing children (fictional and real) to loss forces them to grow up.
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An artificial intelligence model built by Ishanu Chattopadhyay and his colleagues analysed crime data in Chicago from 2014 to 2016 and managed to predict future levels of crime down to the nearest 300 metres, a week before they actually happened. While extremely useful, this artificial intelligence has been shown to expose racial prejudice in law enforcement. Hopefully, as the study’s data and methodology have been made available for others to evaluate, these prejudices can be avoided in the next iteration. Read full article here