The predictions bucket for 2020

The predictions bucket for 2020 Karl Bewick
Every year, we run an exercise to summarise next year‘s marketing and digital trends from agencies, prominent folks, and broadcasters. We‘ve been doing this for 9 years now and we do it for a variety of reasons. The first is to see which of the predictors actually get it right over the course of the year. That‘s the fun bit. The second is to help y...
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Tim Berners-Lee: web inventor‘s plan to save the Internet is admirable, but doomed to fail

Tim Berners-Lee: web inventor‘s plan to save the Internet is admirable, but doomed to fail Christina Hoeppner, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/26223114@N02/8434288479
Tim Berners-Lee is credited with inventing the world wide web and now he's calling on us to save it. The British engineer and computer scientist recently released a Contract for the Web – a list of commitments for governments, businesses and individuals to make in order to tackle fake news and privacy violations online. According to a new report by...
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Facebook metrics and business statistics

Facebook metrics and business statistics Annie Spratt
​With huge thanks to our friends at The Good Estate, here‘s a massive drop of the latest Facebook numbers for planners, strategists, account managers, and simply to quote to your friends  ​(You should get out more. - Ed) Key Facts: Facebook by the numbers Facebook financial statistics In 2018 Facebook generated 55.83 billion USD in revenu...
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Elizabeth Price: multi media

Elizabeth Price: multi media
One of our most popular articles ever is an interview with Elizabeth Price , just after she won the Turner Prize in 2012. Elizabeth's  ​bricolage ​ of video, technology, social commentary, history, and anthropology is both fiercely unique and extraordinarily ambitious. The Whitworth gallery in Manchester is exhibiting Elizabeth's latest work. ...
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Bauhaus in your browser

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Bauhaus, the ubiquitous Weimar-based art school founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, is being celebrated in what one might have called a "microsite" 20 years ago.  Produced in association with 12 organisations around the world including the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau,  ​Bauhaus Everywhere ​ is a colourful and comprehensive look at th...
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Deep state: browsing the web of Sheffield's Park Hill estate

Deep state: browsing the web of Sheffield's Park Hill estate Ilona Sagar, Deep Structure, 2019
We covered Ilona Sagar's excellent work back in 2015 and so it's a pleasure to see a new solo exhibition by her, at Sheffield's S1 Artspace. ​Deep Structure ​ is a new commission which looks at the web of social "markers" within the Park Hill estate of Sheffield. Designed in 1961, it is an infamous part of the city's landscape and visible from the ...
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Understanding aesthetics and fitness measures in evolutionary art systems

Understanding aesthetics and fitness measures in evolutionary art systems Work by William Latham
An ancient dream of humanity is to create models of itself. Ada Lovelace, often attributed as the first computer programmer, proposed to use computers for artistic tasks. Such tasks constitute a "grand challenge" since they present a series of subjective, social, and emotional characteristics that are often considered exclusive to human cultures. O...
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The Designers Republic is reawakened online and in print

The Designers Republic is reawakened online and in print “Atoms Vectors Pixels Ghosts“, TDR
We rarely run a news article on the launch of a new website; we‘re just not that kind of publication. But, in the case of TDR, we‘re happy to make an exception.  The Designers Republic (mitDR, tDR, TDR and many other acronyms) was created by Ian Anderson and Nick Philips in Sheffield, South Yorkshire - what TDR calls “SoYo“ - in ...
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Havana good time: Ana Cuba photographs for designer sex toy business

Havana good time: Ana Cuba photographs for designer sex toy business
​Photographer Ana Cuba has been appointed by upmarket sex toy brand Lelo to create a new set of images for its range of products. Browsing its website offers goodies such as a remote control anal vibrator, a wanking device with an SDK, and a rather brightly-coloured range of clitoral interrogative stimuli. It all looks rather lovely, and there...
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Facebook’s not a threat to the UK election

Facebook’s not a threat to the UK election Neonbrand
  The Cambridge Analytica scandal of March 2018 changed the status of Facebook forever. The revelation that a political consultancy had illicitly gained access to the data of millions of Facebook users forced the company to change its approach to privacy, including its rules and algorithms. The scandal also started a debate about the influence...
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The immersion industry: new report offers the state of play in the UK

The immersion industry: new report offers the state of play in the UK Neonbrand
​At the moment, one might argue that the entire UK is in a sort-of virtual reality - what with the Conservative party churning out a torrent of bullshit dressed as facts  while, at the same time, taking the entire country down with it through the xenophobia-influenced economic suicide otherwise called Brexit. More specifically,&...
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Cry behind your glasses: the dystopian future of AR

Cry behind your glasses: the dystopian future of AR Bram Van Oost
An overview on  ​Quartz ​ of augmented reality glasses paints a picture of a utopian future - although the future is anything but. As we are now learning, any utopian view emanating from Silicon Valley ends up being hellish for many target groups, but a licence to print money for the companies behind it. This also appears to be the case for au...
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All kinds of wrong

All kinds of wrong Mit Barras / The Wrong
​The Wrong ​ is a massive, dispersed, global art bienniale which uses the Internet as its canvas, its display mechanism, and its means of distribution. That's not to say that The Wrong is just online, though, or just about digital art. Certainly works on, by, and about digital media are prevalent, but The Wrong is also about the physical: its ...
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Sarah Selby invites you to feel the algorithm

Sarah Selby invites you to feel the algorithm Sarah Selby
Sarah Selby completed her Interactive Art degree at MMU two years ago and such is her thoughtful approach to digital creativity that she is already the star of the show at Arebyte.  ​Raised by Google ​ is her exhibition‘s name, and touches algorithms, data and analytics, and gamification. Each visitor‘s digital “footprint“ is analysed by an in...
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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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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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