Painting translation: new meanings in visual language

Painting translation: new meanings in visual language “An image of the Self, from Day 8,939“, Josh Rowell
Earlier in the year, we covered  Pareidolia ​, an exhibition in Hoxton that featured Josh Rowell - an upcoming artist whose technologically-enhanced paintings are very much worth a look. ​Author's Translations ​, a new exhibition at the Daniel Benjamin Gallery in Kensington, features  Rowell alongside conceptual artist Paula Mor...
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Building a better bear

Building a better bear Terence Eden
We have long been a fan of former fellow Oxford resident Terence Eden and his many energetic projects. This one is one of his best.  Many of you are no doubt aware of  ​The Great Bear ​, a work by artist Simon Patterson that takes the London Underground map and transposes its station names with those of famous people, structured...
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The grim fandango: a device to challenge the tech majors

The grim fandango: a device to challenge the tech majors
Back in 2011 we profiled Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev, and talked about their device Newstweek : a hardware wifi device that does a live search-and-replace on news articles. Fast-forward nine years later and while the opportunities for hardware interception remain, the terrain is different. At that time, the FANGs (Facebook, Amazon, Netfli...
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Web Curios 08/11/19

Web Curios 08/11/19
You know what? I have to say, despite my initial reluctance and general distaste for the whole thing, I've quite  enjoyed  the first week of the election. Of course, it's partly the novelty of it all, and the fact that it's all still quite fresh (ignoring, of course, the fact we've basically been being campaigned at solidly for 3 years) -...
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The heart of the matter: hacking cardiovascular research

The heart of the matter: hacking cardiovascular research Hush Naidoo
Central Saint Martins in London is holding a unique event tomorrow night, where cardiovascular research will be “hacked“ by artists, designers, and members of the public. The setting is unique in itself. Part of a long-term collaboration between CSM and the Tokyo Institute of Technology,  ​Hacking Hearts ​ provides an open-access platform to t...
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GPT-2 is finally launched

GPT-2 is finally launched Marius Winkler
 GPT-2, the AI engine from OpenAI, has been finally launched in full. You may recall that this is the software that was deemed to be too powerful, and thus too dangerous, to release in the open. However, OpenAI's phased release, combined with close monitoring of its installations, means that it is now completely out in the wild. Humans didn't ...
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Janelle Shane's new book makes the Singularity easier to handle

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Many of you know Janelle Shane's work from her blog  ​AI Weirdness ​, where she "teaches" neural networks to spit out new varieties of products. For example, training a network on recipe names offers up network-produced dishes such as Completely Meat Circle, Artichoke Gelatin Dogs, and  Salmon Beef Style Chicken Bottom.  ​Mmmmmm. ​ J...
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The future of protest is high tech – just look at the Catalan independence movement

The future of protest is high tech – just look at the Catalan independence movement Toimetaja Tõlkebüroo
People across the world are demonstrating their discontent in increasingly creative and disruptive ways.  The past year has seen schoolchildren across the world join the Fridays for Future strikes, witnessing mass walkouts from schools across the globe. In Chile, coordinated fare-dodging protests on public transport – also led by school pupils...
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Spotify launches kids app; what next for music discovery?

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Spotify has launched  ​Spotify for Kids ​ in Ireland, with an announced intent to make it available globally through its Family Sharing package. While the company's intention is honourable, I wonder if it will hinder rather than help. To understand this point of view, I'd like you to consider how we discover music. When I was about 5, I discov...
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Clouds over Europe: Gaia-X announced as a homegrown AWS competitor

Clouds over Europe: Gaia-X announced as a homegrown AWS competitor Alex Vasey
Amazon, the very model of Necessary Evil, may dominate hosting alongside Microsoft, IBM, Alibaba and a couple of other vendors but that's not to suggest that it's a permanent dominance. In fact, given Amazon's tentacles in practically every part of our lives and our willingness to make Jeff Bezos the world's richest human being, competition isn't a...
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BT goes beyond limits with new slogan

BT goes beyond limits with new slogan
For all the brouhaha about BT's new logo - the words "BT" in a circle - it has been executed rather nicely. The brand palette has gone to a dominant purple, and there's a new sans serif font which looks a lot softer than the previous one. Also, the brand campaign purports that BT is a "tech company" to which... well, the jury's out. Yes it is, but ...
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Web Curios 01/11/19

Web Curios 01/11/19
HABEMAS ELECTIO! See, it sounds almost like a  good  thing if you imbue it with a bit of unnecessary papal glitz (or, depending on either your Catholicism or your vintage, make it read like a spell in Harry Potter)!  Maybe it will all be FUN after all?  It won't though, will it? A few short days into the campaign proper and alre...
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New Superflux work on technology for care

New Superflux work on technology for care Superflux
One of the very first Imperica articles in August 2010, a day after we launched, was an interview with Professor Yorick Wilks . Yorick was talking about the future comprising of a world, at least in many societies, where robot companions were generally accepted - particularly to help the elderly and people with a lessened physical ability.  Fa...
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For your ears: new (and old) music

For your ears: new (and old) music
​Los Angeles-based YACHT (Young Americans Challenging High Technology) have released their seventh album, and their third on James Murphy’s DFA label. For this one, the band invented a songwriting process using Artificial Intelligence. It worked by pointing an AI engine at YACHT’s corpus of 82 songs, and letting it spit out whatever new lyrics it c...
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Neue Haas Grotesque: the world's favourite font enters the gates of hell

Neue Haas Grotesque: the world's favourite font enters the gates of hell
There's nothing more that a designer hates than bad kerning. Even Comic Sans is better than a beautiful but badly-kerned font. To really get people mad - in time for Halloween - R/GA has launched  ​Hellvetica , a variant of Helvetica with deliberately awful kerning. The spacing between characters is all over the place - deliberately...
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Droga5 rustles up an German arthouse film to sell burgers

Droga5 rustles up an German arthouse film to sell burgers
Droga5 London has released a 72-minute film in German to promote microwaveable burger brand Rustlers for the German market. Rustlers, makers of products which you turn to after a heavy night on the booze, isn't as popular in central Europe as, for example, the UK. To address this in its campaign, Droga5 enlisted a cast including Paul Fassnacht ( Da...
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Risk management in your social media strategy

Risk management in your social media strategy Markus Spiske
Social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have become integral to doing business today. Whether your business maintains little social media presence or aggressively uses these online platforms to reach existing and potential customers, social media can trigger several risks to your organization. These risks are as va...
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Survive and thrive

Survive and thrive Ian Froome
We recently told you about ​Collapse OS ​, an operating system to be used with very-low-tech kit for when global supply chains run down, an event brought on by catastrophic climate change in the near future.   Those lovely people at art/tech centre BOM, in the centre of Birmingham, are running a day which looks at a very similar scenario....
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The book with no ending: browse Argos catalogues from past decades

The book with no ending: browse Argos catalogues from past decades
It was always a highlight to pick up the new Argos catalogue “from your local showroom”. Teenagers would, on Saturday mornings, go to Argos to mainly fuck around and nick a few pens. December, however, reframed Argos into the purveyor of everything a 14-year old could want, from board games to a new Philips “personal stereo cassette player” wi...
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AI could be a force for good - but we’re currently heading for a darker future

AI could be a force for good - but we’re currently heading for a darker future Christopher Burns
​ Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already re-configuring the world in conspicuous ways. Data drives our global digital ecosystem, and AI technologies reveal patterns in data. Smartphones, smart homes, and smart cities influence how we live and interact, and AI systems are increasingly involved in recruitment decisions, medical diagnoses, and judici...
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