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2018-10-23 13:54 tech culture blog

Christie's Will Be the First Auction House to Sell Art Made by Artificial Intelligence | Smart News | Smithsonian

Hugo Caselles-Dupré, one of Obvious’ three co-founders, tells Christie’s Jonathan Bastable that GAN consists of two parts: the Generator, which produced images based on a data set of 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th and 20th centuries, and the Discriminator, which attempts to differentiate manmade and AI-generated works.

“The aim is to fool the Discriminator into thinking that the new images are real-life portraits,” Caselles-Dupré says. “Then we have a result.”

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2018-08-27 09:25 tech culture blog

How algorithms are transforming artistic creativity | Aeon Essays

It is getting harder to take a really terrible digital photograph, and in correlation the average quality of photographs is rising. From automated essay critiques to algorithms that advise people on fashion errors and coordinating outfits, computation is changing aesthetics. When every art has its Auto-Tune, how will we distinguish great beauty from an increasingly perfect average?

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2017-12-21 22:09 tech blog

War Stories: Lord British created an ecology for Ultima Online, but no one saw it | Ars Technica

The word "shard" in a database context may have been introduced by the CCA's "System for Highly Available Replicated Data".[19] There has been speculation[20] that the term might be derived from the 1997 MMORPG Ultima Online, but the SHARD database system predates this by at least nine years.

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2017-08-04 09:29 tech blog

Green burials: Plans for new biodegradable human seed pods to replace traditional coffins | The Independent

have your mortal remains folded into the foetal position, inserted into an egg-shaped capsule and planted in the ground like a giant seed pod. As the biodegradable capsule breaks down its contents will nourish a sapling planted above it

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2016-10-13 21:28 tech blog

1965-71 - G.E. Hardiman I Exoskeleton - Ralph Mosher (American) - cyberneticzoo.com

Note: some reports suggest that only one arm of Hardiman’s was built. The above photo usually accompanies that comment, but it is incorrect. A complete Hardiman was built with both arms, but the comment refers to the earlier tests of just the single, upper manipulator. Later, even when the full machine was built, one side was made static, and the other side was capable moving.

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2016-08-26 22:08 tech blog

The first autonomous, entirely soft robot | Harvard Gazette

In lieu of rigid electronic parts such as batteries or circuit boards, the "octobot" uses a microfluidic logic circuit powered by hydrogen peroxide converted into gas when in contact with platinum.

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