Greenpeace points FaceApp at the planet

Greenpeace points FaceApp at the planet Greenpeace / Isobar
FaceApp was huge all of… er… three weeks ago, wasn't it? The app where you could see a simulation of what you looked like in the past and will look like in the future, with its questionable links to data-skimming Russian organisations, was all the rage. (If you want to age quickly, try editing a magazine – Life Coach Ed). Staying with Russia, that ...
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Comic Code: updating the font we love to hate

Comic Code: updating the font we love to hate
Like measles, Comic Sans is a phenomenon which everyone hates but shows no signs of going away (By the way, VACCINATE YOUR KIDS – Medical Ed).  Still seen on homemade signs across the world – telling colleagues not to steal milk, patients of a new appointment system, or library opening hours –  typeface designer at Monotype, Toshi Omigari...
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Facebook: another week for the trash fire

Facebook: another week for the trash fire DSD
It's a rare week that goes by without the Zuckopticon being in the shit, and this week is no exception.  Netflix has made documentary The Great Hack  available in its catalogue, but it's ironically satisfying to see that Facebook’s story of data security doesn't end there. First up is a piece which, to their credit (if...
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Wearable Horizons, five years on

Wearable Horizons, five years on
Five years ago, Imperica ran an event at the BFI in London's south bank. Called Wearable Horizons , its intent was to look at where the nascent wearable technology market could be heading. With a set of genuinely brilliant speakers (Ghislane Boddington, Kate Sicchio, Andy Piper, Tamara Sword, Gretchen Andrus, Anna Dumitriu… oh, we could go on forev...
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Teaching robots to spot taught robots

Teaching robots to spot taught robots
The MIT-IBM Watson Lab and Harvard University's Natural Language Processing unit have come up with GLTR (Glitter), a tool for spotting automatically-generated text. It works through using the same kind of algorithms used to make text, to spot text made using those algorithms too. Specifically, GLTR uses the GPT-2 language model, which is often used...
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AI: just as fallible as us

AI: just as fallible as us
Research scientist Janelle Shane has announced the forthcoming publication of her new book, You look like a thing and I love you. Janelle is perhaps best known for her experiments in artificial intelligence gone (slightly, deliberately wrong) in her blog, AI Weirdness . In a way, Janelle's work is a postmodern re-enactment of the ventriloquist and ...
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How does clothing make(th) the marketer?

How does clothing make(th) the marketer? Neosiam
If you're reading this in a marketing agency, take a look around you. Are people wearing jeans? Trainers? How about jewellery, or hair styling? It's a probability that agency employees are wearing jeans. Denim, created in the French town of Nimes but popularised by American tailor Jacob Davis and retailer Levi Strauss, have come a long way since th...
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CGI offcuts: when the process is worth as much as the output

CGI offcuts: when the process is worth as much as the output Cool 3D World
Large-scale cinematic works from the likes of Pixar require massive amounts of graphical and data grunt in order to push just 5 minutes of CGI, let alone 90. Let us not forget, however, that CGI is essentially computer programming. It's possible for an animator to make a mistake on paper for a frame; it's possible for an animator to do the same in ...
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The strategy of strategy

The strategy of strategy Sebastian Voortman
Strategists in advertising, digital and marketing practices have a permanent, incessant need to not just know more – but to understand  more of the world around them too. This is not easy when, for example, a client from Scotland with rural customers wants their product promoted, and chooses city-dwellers working in the west end of London to u...
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The end of you: death and technology

The end of you: death and technology
The human race is generally living longer. On average, we live for around 72 years – around 40 years more than we did 250 years ago. Technology in general has, of course, been a considerable contributor to this. Whether it's medical research lessening the impact of certain diseases or greater access to better food, the ability to simply live longer...
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Web Curios 26/07/19

Web Curios 26/07/19
Let's play a game, shall we? Which newly-appointed Junior Minister was once told in no uncertain terms that they had to stop having an affair with M**o Y*********os due to the potential reputational damage that said affair could do to the Tories? Anyway, that's enough of the politics, it's all too awful. Let us instead revel momentarily in the JOY ...
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Image is everything: how AI understands visual data

Image is everything: how AI understands visual data Emre Can
Many of us frequently encounter a service called Recaptcha when filling in a web form. The service is promoted as being a security measure, to avoid bots automatically spamming forms – but it's much more than that. Consider the situation when Recaptcha offers up a 3x3 matrix of blurry images, some of which feature cars. To get through Recaptcha's c...
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The connected home: smart devices mature

The connected home: smart devices mature
The dream of the Internet of Things has not only came true, but is arguably most evident and valuable in the household, a traditionally difficult environment for technology to really penetrate since the advent of TV. A connected home goes far beyond the smart speakers that immediately spring to mind, such as Amazon's Alexa, the Google Hom...
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This year's reader survey

This year's reader survey Cory Doctorow, CC https://www.flickr.com/photos/37996580417@N01/15126029202
Each year, we run a reader survey to inform us how we're doing. This is a genuinely useful survey to us - we value the feedback of every reader. This year, we believe that we are pretty well informed as to how we're doing. Our view is that we don't publish long and interesting articles frequently enough, and that the vast majority of our traff...
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User research: turning good apps into great

User research: turning good apps into great
It is now unequivocally agreed that good user experience plays the most important role in building a great app. This is why doing extensive user research is more significant than ever before. Deep user research, leading to great UX benefits, can help to deliver a successful app.  Why doing user research is crucial for mobil...
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New work from James Bridle

New work from James Bridle
Se ti sabir is a new short film from James Bridle. Shot in a first-person perspective with James's rather beautiful voice narrating it, the film is about  ​"Just as we are learning more about the many different forms of intelligence that populate the world, we are also allowing computational systems to take over ever more of our cognitive and ...
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Instagram influencers: no, having 30,000 followers does not make you a celebrity

Instagram influencers: no, having 30,000 followers does not make you a celebrity
Claims that anyone with more than 30,000 social media followers is officially a celebrity have been circulating, following a recent ruling by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority, in which it decided that an ad for sleeping pills posted by Instagram influencer Sarah Willox Knott (a.k.a ThisMamaLife) counted as a "celebrity endorsement" of a med...
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French Kiss: when culture goes into reverse

French Kiss: when culture goes into reverse Still from the video of Lil Louis, “French Kiss”
Thirty years ago this week, a 12" single was released by a Detroit house DJ. On the face of it, there's nothing special in that; house music at the time had already been prevalent in the UK top ten pop charts. Indeed, three years previously,  ​Jack Your Body ​ by Steve Silk Hurley got to number 1. This track, however, was different. Not just f...
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Web Curios 19/07/19

Web Curios 19/07/19
Well, Donald might be a racist, but it looks like we're getting one of our own in next week so, well, let's not get too smug about how we're 'better than all that'. In less than seven days, barring some sort of miracle, we'll finally find out what the protocol is about moving one's mistress into No.10. GREAT! Let's not think about that, t...
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The late, Late Show

The late, Late Show
The quality of discourse which currently pervades many of our media channels seems to be inversely proportionate to the number of channels that we can now access. Where governments over time have equated choice with quality, we all now know that this clearly not the case. Analysis and criticism, particularly in arts and politics, have suffered at t...
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