The Da Vinci Code
Right now, in the City of Southampton, not many miles from Chillblast Headquarters, there is an exhibition of original artwork by the greatest creative mind of all time, Leonardo Da Vinci. It’s completely free and offers a unique chance to eyeball some of his most dynamic material. Meanwhile, programmers in Japan have used a database of 150,000 different vocal recordings to develop software that can generate the voices of unidentified dead people. Now Microsoft Japan has hired the same boffins to synthesise the voice of Da Vinci’s most famous subject, the Mona Lisa. They used biometric data taken from the Leonardo portrait, such as skull geometry, nasal architecture and the length of her right-middle finger to establish the physical height of the enigmatic muse, then they put the results online as an audio download. The synthetic voice intones, "I am a lady with a smile, filled with a profound riddle." But perhaps she would have not sounded like a lady at all, seeing that computer analysis of all the available self-portraits of Leonardo da Vinci prove that the old faker had exactly the same shaped skull and nose as his Mona Lisa portrait. It will need one of our powerful Chillblast computers to work out if they were one and the same person.