Web Curios 09/08/19

Web Curios 09/08/19
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! What's that? It's  not  a happy Friday? You feel strangely anxious about the state of, well,  everything , and it feels ever-so-slightly like things might be becoming, well, perhaps a tiny bit  much ? WELCOME TO THE MODERNITY CLUB! In which every week you're entitled to a surprise FREE GIFT of HORRORNEWS, ...
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Digital Earth: technology and geopolitics in the 21st century

Digital Earth: technology and geopolitics in the 21st century
​Digital Earth is “a global research network of artists and scholars who map out, picture, and grasp how technology in the 21st century shapes geopolitics” , whose “aim is to gather and exchange global knowledge on current and emerging technological developments” . The collective has been around for a while now, but has recently been active in rele...
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How ancient symbols can benefit modern design

How ancient symbols can benefit modern design
I love symbols. I love the prevalence and permanence of the symbols in our world. I love that some symbols are transitory. I love learning the stories behind their design, and I love discovering and saving symbols that might otherwise slip away. Over the past three years, I've created a digital encyclopedia of symbols. I've gathered together more t...
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Ars Electronica launches a music festival

Ars Electronica launches a music festival Alex Braga, c/o Ars Electronica
Ars Electronica has announced a new event and festival.  ​AI x Music ​ is to be held across Western Austria, Ars's home turf, in September. The event will feature artists including Memo Akten, Markus Poschner, and Hermann Nitsch; scientists including Josef Penninger; and others including Amanda Cox from the  ​New York Times ​ data journal...
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Web Curios 02/08/19

Web Curios 02/08/19
A majority of one! It could all fall apart within weeks! PLEASE GOD LET IT ALL FALL APART! It almost certainly won't, of course, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't all pray fervently just in case there is a God - if there  is,  they're definitely not a Tory.  Anyway, I usually use this preamble to complain about how everything is ter...
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Anna and Alex present more Intelligent Machinery

Anna and Alex present more Intelligent Machinery Anna Dumitriu
We have covered Brighton-based artists Anna Dumitriu and Alex May's work many times over the past nine years, to the extent that we definitely call them friends of Imperica. So, it's good to see that arts organisation Ugly Duck has tasked the couple with an events programme and symposium in September, critically examining the role of robots and rob...
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Incognito: wearable anonymity

Incognito: wearable anonymity “Incognito“, Ewa Nowak
The UK is one of the most wired-up nations on earth for CCTV, with a citizen who lives and works in London being captured around 300 times per day on average by public and private cameras. Evading such surveillance is difficult without wearing something like a balaclava or false facial features, both of which look ridiculous and may end up causing ...
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The Internet is killing the Internet

The Internet is killing the Internet
How much carbon do you think is emitted every year by streaming video? Not the Internet as a whole, just streaming video. The answer is around 300 million tons. This is around 1% of global carbon emissions alone, and is the same as the annual carbon footprint of Spain. Bitcoin uses as much as Switzerland. French environmental analyst organisation T...
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Advertising is linked to human dissatisfaction

Advertising is linked to human dissatisfaction Andrew Bowden, CC https://www.flickr.com/photos/bods/6681023443
A report on the Centre for European Policy Research's policy site, Vox, claims that advertising can be directly linked to human dissatisfaction. The report, written by Chloé Michel (Swiss Re), Michelle Sovinsky (Mannheim Uni), Eugenio Proto (Bristol Uni), and Andrew Oswald (Warwick Uni), argues that there is a "link" - note that neither the word "c...
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Hardcore uproar: Deller rave documentary comes to BBC4

Hardcore uproar: Deller rave documentary comes to BBC4
Everybody in the place , Jeremy Deller's documentary on the sociocultural significance of acid house and rave in the UK, screens tonight on BBC4. First shown at last year's Frieze, the documentary is focussed on the years between 1984 and 1992. Clearly, a massive amount of change had occurred in the UK in those years (which have been documented man...
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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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