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Zoom, Enhance

Do you remember that scene in Blade Runner (1982) where Deckard instructs his computer to zoom in – and in and in – on a photo of an apartment, allowing him to reveal hidden details that help the story along? It always seemed impossible (as if replicants, etc, were not) as it has done when repeated in other films and shows since. However, it looks like another bit of Science Fiction is turning into science fact.

Google has been working on a system to guess – using computer learning techniques – the details of an image from a pixellated version. It isn’t infallible but could guide where to look again… or lead to miscarriages of justice. Fire up those sci-fi engines again for further stories!

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