Helena Sarin: Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better With GANs And AI Art

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AI art using GANs (generative adversarial networks) is new enough that the art world does not understand it well enough to evaluate it. We saw this unfold last month when the French artists' collective Obvious stumbled into selling their very first AI artwork for $450K at Christie's. Many in the AI art community took issue with Christie's selecting...
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The new breed of artist exploring society's digital consciousness

The new breed of artist exploring society's digital consciousness "Low Form"
In 'Low Form' – the latest in a global swathe of exhibitions reflecting on the hype cycle of artificial intelligence – curator Bartolemeo Pietromarchi draws convincing affiliations between surrealism, computer simulation and new forms of algorithmic intelligence. Comprising works by 20 international artists, including many – such as Zach Blas, Ian ...
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JWT sees the future

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JWT‘s Intelligence unit has launched its annual trends report, The Future 100 . While much of it may be obvious to many of you, it‘s always good to see such predictions written down - something which we‘ll come back to in a few days‘ time, when we launch this year‘s Predictions Bucket. For 2019, highlights of The Future 100 include: Curators are bu...
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From gene editing to AI, how will technology transform humanity?

From gene editing to AI, how will technology transform humanity?
"A geneticist, an oncologist, a roboticist, a novelist and an A.I. researcher walk into a bar." That could be the setup for a very bad joke — or a tremendously fascinating conversation. Fortunately for us, it was the latter. On a blustery evening in late September, in a private room at a bar near Times Square, the magazine gathered five brilliant s...
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In Amazon Go, no-one thinks I'm stealing

In Amazon Go, no-one thinks I'm stealing
I was still in pigtails and barrettes when my mother told me the rules of shopping.  Don't touch anything. Don't put your hands in your pockets. When you get old enough to carry a purse, don't dig through it while you're in the store. Always get a receipt. Always get a bag. I thought she was overreacting. I just wanted to get a Berenstain Bear...
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Web Curios 23/11/18

Web Curios 23/11/18
Can we now officially call everyone who supports UKIP a racist, then? Is that OK? Good!  I can't be bothered to get angry about politics today, it seems (more) futile (than normal). I'm also in a hurry, so by way of preamble let me point out that it's getting very cold, that this country is in the grip of an appalling, embarrassing housing cri...
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Do you even bake, bro?

Do you even bake, bro?
Friend, have you heard the good news? Bread is back. After a 20-year period of privileged carb-fearing in America, our hunger for hearty artisan bread has returned in a way that we haven't experienced since the '90s. It's once again romantic — healthful even — to eat preservative-free, crusty, craggy bread, the bread we call "naturally fermented so...
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AI writes an ad, avoids car crash

AI writes an ad, avoids car crash
The Lexus ES, a rather angular looking beast from the company behind the Japanese Mercedes , is the subject of an ad written not by some talented louche scriptwriters in an agency, but by IBM's Watson artificial intelligence platform. The ad itself, from The&Partnership, is pretty decent. It features a Toyot--- er, a Lexus engineer wistful...
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The rise of the porn meme

The rise of the porn meme
​ When it comes to the internet, sex feels like it's everywhere – from porn sites to pop-up ads to men private messaging women on social media to send them unsolicited dick pics. But in the world of internet memes, however, sex has struggled to permeate the mainstream. While work lives, spending habits, and love of food have long been staples of th...
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Iceland Christmas ad: barred, but it will help 2018 go down as the year of ‘corporate caring’?

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A Christmas advertisement for the UK supermarket chain Iceland, which tells the story of a young girl who tries to help a baby orangutan whose home has been destroyed to create palm oil, will not be broadcast on television. The short animation, voiced by actress Emma Thompson, highlights the devastating impact that deforestation for palm oil planta...
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Hackers are stealing high-profile Instagram accounts

Hackers are stealing high-profile Instagram accounts
In early October, a publicist received an irresistible message via email. The publicist's client is a top "influencer"—someone who leverages a social-media following to exert influence and, usually, make money, often by selling sponsored posts. "We would be extremely interested in a business partnership," a man calling himself "Joshua Brooks" wrote...
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Everything on Amazon is Amazon

Everything on Amazon is Amazon
In 1618, an aspiring alchemist in Constantinople named Avedis created his first copper alloy cymbals. In 2018, a few hundred products from his brand, Zildjian, one of the oldest companies in the world, are eligible for Amazon Prime shipping, just like Hanes underwear or Xerox copiers or Bounty paper towels or Chanel perfume or an Eames chair or Col...
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May AI help you?

May AI help you?
Two years ago, Alison Darcy built a robot to help out the depressed. As a clinical research psychologist at Stanford University, she knew that one powerful way to help people suffering from depression or anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy, or C.B.T. It's a form of treatment in which a therapist teaches patients simple techniques that help...
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Alphabet: The Internet needs more friction

Alphabet: The Internet needs more friction
The Internet's lack of friction made it great, but now our devotion to minimizing friction is perhaps the internet's weakest link for security. Friction—delays and hurdles to speed and growth—can be a win-win-win for users, companies, and security. It is time to abandon our groupthink bias against friction as a design principle. Highways have speed...
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Steps forward, steps back: how the world deals with priorities

Steps forward, steps back: how the world deals with priorities
​ It's easy to voice an opinion as to what the government of the day should focus on; it's much harder to deliver it. When presented with a set of conflicting and connected priorities, do our responses change? How do we even try to address the threats and challenges of tomorrow, while simultaneously trying to address the many, increasing, threats o...
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Web Curios 16/11/18

Web Curios 16/11/18
What is it about politics that attracts the world's worst people? I mean, it's true isn't it - look at them this week, plotting and preening and self-regarding and mindwanking themselves raw on the power fantasies whilst only-just-metaphorically sh1tting all over us. Thanks, Conservatives! Thanks! Thanks everyone! I don't know if I've ever mentione...
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David Byrne on big data

David Byrne on big data Dirk Haun, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/dhaun/42584723175
I was reading a piece in Artforum by Mario Carpo on big data and how it is being used by a new wave of architects. He made some surprising comments—none of which relate to architecture—that sort of blew my mind. He pointed out that for many hundreds of years, science has been about discovering the essences behind phenomena—it is a method to find th...
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Roland Barthes and me

Roland Barthes and me
  As a teenager I was often and intensely bored. No, that is not quite right. As a teenager I was often and intensely afraid. For the adolescent they are really the same thing. One is frightened of being bored, and fed up with being afraid, but most of the time the two feelings are inextricable – adolescence is a time for what Roland Barthes (...
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The extraordinary story of Threatin, a band on a huge European tour with no fans

The extraordinary story of Threatin, a band on a huge European tour with no fans Magnified Media, CC licence
We have all, at one point in our lives or another, spent a little money on overpromoting ourselves. It might be buying the more expensive wine in a bar in order to impress one’s date, for example, or taking a contract on a top-of-the-range phone because it feels good. Jered Threatin, it seems, has taken this feeling to something of an extreme. Jere...
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Motion design in digital experiences of the future

Motion design in digital experiences of the future
When designers create products, they tell stories to users. Designers have a lot of tools to make a story more interesting. Motion design is one of the most powerful tools designers have. The true power of motion can be seen in mobile experiences. A mobile app without motion is just a sequence of independent screens. But when designers introduce mo...
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