Parallel vision

Parallel vision

Steve Furber's dream is to map the most intricate elements of the human brain in silicon form. Such an endeavour requires heavy-duty parallel computing, to which SpiNNaker, a project to map the brain through a massively parallel chipset. Ahead of his forthcoming talk at the Real Time Club on SpiNNaker, we caught up with Steve to find out where the project - and where parallel processing in general - is heading. 

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A broader vision

A broader vision

Broad Vision is an interdisciplinary art/science collaboration project at the University of Westminster, UK, now in its 3rd Year. On 28 February, GV Art gallery hosted the launch of the latest publication to emerge from the Broad Vision art/science team - Broad Vision 2 : Inspired by... Images From Science. The book showcases the work of students and educators from the second year of the Broad Vision project, connecting students from across the arts and sciences, and discusses the educational philosophy at the heart of the project.

 

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Making Kinections

Making Kinections

Microsoft has released a bunch of new, free code for Kinect. The release has the goals of allowing people to use the device for their own ends, to help to improve the sofware, and to open up possibilities of using it for new applications includuing 3D scanning.

 

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Web Curios 15/03/13

Web Curios 15/03/13

So, we have a new spate of 'parody' Twitter accounts ushering in the new Pontiff. Thanks, everyone. It was a very surreal week in general, and one which made me incredibly glad that I wasn't tasked with liveblogging smoke (that sounds like an analogy for something, and possibly ought to become one) - welcome, though, to Francis I from the internet and, most importantly, from the creative geniuses at Taiwan Animation (click on this, now. It features Dennis Rodman and a unicorn, and an unexpected reference to NBA Jam and references to the GAY VATICAN CABAL THAT FORCED BENEDICT FROM THE PAPACY (their words, not mine) - and still manages to be nowhere near as patently odd as the rigmarole surrounding papal succession).

 

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Copy and paste

Copy and paste

Google has launched Art Copy & Code, a "series of experiments to re-imagine advertising".

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Hacking out of home

Hacking out of home

With network connections and real-time displays, it's perhaps surprising that Digital Out-of-Home ad screens are not hacked more often. A bunch of Serbian students show what's possible in this video, hacking a live DOOH system in Belgrade. 

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Web Curios 08/03/13

Web Curios 08/03/13

HELLO! Web Curios has returned! You may not have noticed its brief absence last week, but it missed you. Oh yes. 

Anyway, the main thing that I realised in my momentary absence is that I may never be able to take 4 days away from the internet EVER AGAIN. It's been said before, but this stuff really does move fast. Can I be the first person to advocate for a Slow Internet movement, perhaps one where we agree to turn it off for 2 days out of every seven so that people like me can take a break for 96 hours and not feel like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the first 25 seconds of this scene from Total Recall when we try and catch up? Because really, I spent Monday night going through 4 days' worth of this stuff, and it felt a little like taking a punch in the face (upsettingly, I have a very good idea of what that feels like). As a result, there may be things in this Web Curios that are not 100% new and fresh - I can only apologise, and present my metaphorical cheeks to you for a chastening slap. I'M SORRY

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A culture of being consumed

A culture of being consumed

Adam Curtis recently wrote a rare article for the BBC discussing the power of consumerism, and the illusion of freedom that is associated with that.

 

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A question of sport

A question of sport

In the aftermath of a year of British sporting wins comes a new ad campaign for Santander's 123 current account, featuring three of its leading figures. Created by Havas, it features Jessica Ennis, Rory McIlroy and Jenson Button in rather stalker-y situations.

 

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Arty hangouts

Arty hangouts

Google is bringing two of its recent developments together. Combining the Google Art Project with Google+ is Google Art Talks, a simple yet neat way of delivering art lectures to a wider audience.

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Google squares up to the future

Google squares up to the future

Google has announced Squared, a new education and awareness campaign designed to upskill digital marketers. Produced in association with the IPA and Home Learning College, you get a 6-month intensive course in how to, you know, use computers and stuff.

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Scarfolking about

Scarfolking about

Scarfolk is a town in England's north west which is trapped in a decade-long Groundhog bubble. Every time that it gets to the end of the 1970s, the decade loops again, with all of the social, cultural and political bricolage which that decade brought to us.

 

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Valve CEO gets BAFTA Fellowship

Valve CEO gets BAFTA Fellowship

As part of next month's British Academy Games Awards, BAFTA is to bestow a Fellowship to Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve - the folks behind Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Steam platform.  

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Tack och adjö, Sverige

Tack och adjö, Sverige

The Pirate Bay is leaving Sweden for Norway and Spain. The move is due to pressure from an anti-piracy group which has threatened to sue the Swedish Pirate Party, sponsors of the site for the past three years.

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Web Curios 22/02/13

Web Curios 22/02/13

Well, the future is here. A future in which we as a species are overwhelmed my a raft of incredibly tawdry first-person bongo flicks. Come on, we all know that within a matter of hours of Google Glass being made available to the general public there will be a comedically-named website compiling the hundreds of thousands of 'erotic' home movies which the world's exhibitionists have seen fit to foist on us. Don't try and fight it, it's what we've been evolving towards for millennia. Not that any of the people shilling for a test pair will admit it - can someone please make a more accurate version of this Twitter feed, please? Thanks.


But that's not all that's happened this week. We've seen another, almost even more scifi, aspect of the future unveiled; we've seen the media gripped by a debate that has proven beyond all reasonable doubt that here in the UK our own media are engaged in an almost daily attempt to troll us; we've moved a week closer to being able to wave goodbye to good 'ol Benny and start looking forward to his successor; we've hopefully finished with the whole bloody Harlem Shake thing (as an aside, is this a new record for the time taken for a meme moving from new and fresh to insufferably played out?); we've revisited and remixed one of the more odious advertising trends of the 90s; we've arrived at what can only be described as the apotheosis of televisual entertainment; we've perfected the cat delivery system which the internet has been waiting for; the line between advertising and horror became blurred to the point of indistinguishability; and I discovered the ULTIMATE version of Believe by Cher (no joke).

All of that OBVIOUSLY pales into insignificance before the majesty of all the rest of the stuff that's been going on now, which I'm about to tell you about in migraine-inducing detail (prepare the darkened room now, you may need it). Don't worry, though - I, and by extension Web Curios, am on holiday next week, so you have a whole extra 7 days in which to recover from this edition. Oh, in the meantime, should anyone want the two spare tickets I've got to see Momus on Friday 1st March in East London then please get in touch with me on Twitter. He gives great gig, honest.

Right. Let's get to it. If we all grit our teeth we can probably survive this with only minor psychological scarring.

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Bright lights, big city

Bright lights, big city

Our Trace has been busy for Valentine's Day, with a giant exhibition using 15 of Times Square's digital screens to present I promise to love you.

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Web Curios 15/02/13

Web Curios 15/02/13

Surprise horseSurprise pontiffSurprise Pistorius! Oh, ok, so the horse stuff can no longer be considered in any way surprising, but that aside it's been a week of MASSIVE SHOCKS. I hope that you've managed to cope, and that you had a wonderful Valentine's Day and got beautiful, thoughtful gifts from whoever is closest to your heart, or that you finally came to accept the fact that you - and by extension everyone else - are alone in a godless universe and that you will still be alone when you die; either/or, really. 

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Christopher Thomas Allen: Light surgery

Christopher Thomas Allen: Light surgery

SuperEverything* is the new production from multimedia duo The Light Surgeons. The product of their tour of Malaysia, it will be performed live as part of a small tour of arts venues across the UK in March and April. We caught up with Christopher Thomas Allen as the duo commence their final preparations.

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Facing up to reality

Facing up to reality

Facial recognition has thrown up some interesting projects of late, with the latest being Faces in the cloud from Henry Cooke.

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Web Curios 08/02/13

Hello! For those of you who've not read one of these before, this is Web Curios and I'm Matt. Pleasure to meet you. Web Curios is a weekly digest of stuff I have found interesting on the internet this week - there's not really much more of a coherent philosophy behind it than that, but if you'd like to make one up then that's fine by me. It's pretty self-explanatory, although I probably should point out that you don't *have* to click on every link (unless, of course, you have A LOT of time on your hands. Which you might do. I have no idea who you are, after all) - think of it as an internet buffet of sorts. Probably one of those weird flourescent oriental ones that you see ill-advised tourists over-indulging at in Chinatown on Sundays, but with slightly less MSG.

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