You can now get an AI artist to create fantasy artwork on demand. While this is a boon for creating a huge volume of new artworks for use in the publishing industry, including the cottage industry of writing fantasy content from novellas to roleplaying adventures without having to pay steep royalties to the artists who created the art, this somewhat unexpected development (unexpected for anyone who like me thought AI was years away from emulating human creativity) means that any artist can have their distinctive art style they have spent half a lifetime creating emulated in minutes by a computer programme. Such AIs can spin off thousands of original works in the style of an existing artist they have studied. This begs the question, can and how will copyright law protect creatives from having their work emulated? As yet, the law seems able and willing but the details are still missing.

Named after a fictional dystopian virtual world from the 1992 science fiction novel “Snow Crash” and popularised by the Spielberg film “Ready player one”, metaverses are collaboratively developed environments beyond the control of any one person that the hype is currently touting will replace the two-dimensional internet we know now with a three dimensional, immersive VR world in which people represent themselves with avatars – virtual representations of themselves. Is the metaverse the next step in the development of the internet, the digital frontier in which we should all be investing, or an overhyped false dawn destined to be forgotten as soon as the next big thing hoves into view?

Portsmouth Police are working with the University of Portsmouth to offer free bicycle security marking events. The next event is on Thursday 10 November from 2-4 pm, and takes place in the Richmond Building forecourt, Portland Street.

During the event, bikes will be marked with a unique code and added to the national Bike Register database. The national database makes it easier for police forces across the county to reunite stolen bikes with their owners. It can also act as a deterrent to would-be thieves as the bike is permanently marked, making it more difficult for anyone other than its proper owner to sell.

"My own garden: the young gardener's yearbook" by Mrs Loudon. A toxic little book found in Leeds Library rare books collection.

Anyone who had read Umberto Eco’s 1980 novel “The name of the rose” might have thought poisoning people by contaminating a book with a deadly toxin is the stuff of fiction but books manufactured in the nineteenth century were often made with the most hazardous of substances. Green covers achieved using arsenical dyes and anti-fungal agents added glues make some books from this era positively dangerous to handle without gloves.

The desire for certainty is strong in most people but we should resist comfortable but false certainty.

I never thought I would be quoting the eponymous Urban Dictionary but one of the phrases recently added draws attention to how often we make unwarranted assumptions about other people: Schrödinger’s Queer. The term describes a person (usually in the public domain, a celebrity) about whose sexual orientation nothing is known, and argues that until evidence emerges like they marry someone or appear with romantic partners in public, no assumptions can safely be made about their sexuality. Like the eponymous unstable caesium atom in Schrödinger’s original thought experiment, we cannot know whether it has decayed (killing the cat) or not until we open the box and see whether the cat is alive or dead. Until the evidence presents itself, we are left with uncomfortable uncertainty.

Here we see the glazed smile characteristic of someone listening to one too many textbook chapters in a single sitting.

Everyone learns differently and yet most educational systems are produced for scale, risking a one-size-fits-none approach to learning. Happily, there is much you can do to personalise your world at university.

From visually collaging research to converting the printed word to and mp3 audio file, routine process automation and revision aids, we have everything you could possibly want.

A contraction of All Hallows’ Eve, Hallowe’en originally formed part of a three-day Christian season that was secularised during the Reformation, acquired the trappings of an ancient pagan festival celebrating the departure of the souls of the dead and the coming of Winter, and which has since become commercialised and augmented with the American tradition of displaying a Jack-o’-lantern.