Despite all the political blustering that has surrounded Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger’s meeting with the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee this week, the real story in the Snowden affair is cryptography.
‘I can feel it’. HAL 9000, the supercomputer at the centre of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), makes this claim to emotional sensitivity moments before its higher functions are terminated by astronaut Dave Bowman, the sole surviving human aboard the Discovery spaceship.
You probably don't know (or have almost certainly forgotten) that, every December, we round up all of the digital media predictions agencies and publishers make for the coming year. Some of them are absolute nonsense, some of them are highly predictable ("Year of mobile/social", anyone?) and some of them are spot-on.
The University of Lincoln and the Usher Gallery have 3D-scanned all their collected sculptures and made the resulting files freely available online.
The service of commissioning oil paintings from photographs has been around for many years. The replacement of film photography with digital provides new opportunities in this area, one being the commissioning of oil paintings from Instagram. This service is provided by Pixelist, a startup from Will Freeman and Conor Colwell. We spoke with Will about Pixelist and how such a service works – both theoretically and practically.
Leave the main entrance at Oxford railway station and one of the first things you see is the modern, amber-bricked building of Said Business School. While Said might have a reputation for fostering the next-generation's corporate leaders with powerful and intensive undergraduate courses, there's much more to it than that – it's about making people more human. We talked with Associate Fellow Tracey Camilleri about a newly-developed artistic, human and highly innovative approach to developing leaders - featuring well-known creative technologists John V Willshire and Chris Thorpe.
JB Allen is the President of First Blockchain. You might not be particularly interested in the founder or the company - particularly as there isn't much information available about either. However, Allen has claimed to create the world's first stateless company by embedding the company's articles of assocation into the Bitcoin blockchain.
Pharrell Williams is behind what is, allegedly, the world's longest music video. Beating Jacko's "Ghosts" (a veritable blipvert at 39 minutes), the piece focusses on Williams' track Happy. So, why is it 24 hours long? Because it can be.
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