Portrait of Edmond Belamy, a painting created by a Paris-based art collective called Obvious, was generated by using an algorithm and a data set of 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th and 20th centuries.
It sometimes seems like technology is at odds with the art world — a tension between brain and heart. But plenty of artists, from Da Vinci to Cory Arcangel, have proved that’s not true, and continue to prove it as technology evolves. In Technographica, we explore how contemporary artists are using technology in unusual and unexpected ways.
Project Reefstone takes an even simpler approach. It’s composed of many wavy panels of light fabric that have been laser cut to different sizes to represent the global land-ocean temperature index data collected by NASA over the past 40 years.
from Google and H&M’s IVYREVEL
The worlds first Data_Dress is created by Kenza Zouiten. We believe that fashion can really amplify your personality and boost your confidence. But finding something unique to wear can be difficult. That’s why we, with our friends at Google, developed a technology that allows us to create one of a kind designs based on how you live your life.
(originally posted in February 2017)
Weapons of Math Destruction
Weapons of Math Destruction has been Longlisted for the National Book Award!
A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life — and threaten to rip apart our social fabric
We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated.
But as Cathy O’Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong.
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These mesmerizing blue and white swirls are giant cyclones and storms that roar in the gas giant’s upper atmosphere.
Space Photos of the Week: Juno Swoops In to Give Jupiter Its Close Up
On the night of Sunday, October 29, 2017, extremely strong winds from a cold front moving through Pennsylvania brought down trees and interrupted power in this part of the United States and points northward. The damage included an old tree next to the farmhouse.
As the tree fell, it took with it the electric power line attached to the house and the cable for internet and wi-fi. Electric was restored rather quickly, however no wi-fi or internet service until Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Ten days off the grid was an eye opener.
No WordPress, no YouTube, no Spotify, no Facebook, no Twitter, no Flickr, no Pinterest, no Vimeo, no Google and no Tumblr. You get the idea. Also the lack of wi-fi and internet disrupted my part-time job from home so there went that “extra income”.
At Best Buy a few days ago, one of the associates said he would rather go without water than go without wi-fi or internet. He went on to say you can buy bottled water and bring it home but not wi-fi/internet, so the choice was simple.
That pretty much sums it up for me too. 😉 👏🏻 👍🏻