Our first story is the most interesting one. Brain reading is more and more becoming a thing. There is a paper called Seeing Beyond the Brain, conditional diffusion models with Sparse Masked Modeling for Vision decoding.
Games have served as benchmarks and challenge problems for AI going back decades. In 1997 you have Deep Blue famously beating Gary Kasparov in chess. In 2016 you famously have AlphaGo beating Lisa Dahl and Go. In 2019 we managed to make an AI that could be top humans in poker as well.