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The Winners of Drawing of the Year 2018 - Aarhus School of Architecture
Sadly, appears not to provide high-resolution versions of the drawings because, as we know, the internet has difficult transferring large images.
3 days ago
YouTube Rewind 2018 is officially the most disliked video on YouTube - The Verge
“Honest feedback can suck, but we are listening and we appreciate how much people care,” the representative said. “Trying to capture the magic of YouTube in one single video is like trying to capture lightning in a bottle. We also learned that creating content can be really hard and this underscores our respect and admiration for YouTube creators doing it every day. Keep the feedback coming and maybe we’ll release a top 10 list of ‘Rewind dislike’ reaction videos.” -- there is something really... something? about this statement. It's almost like it's a parody and feels content-free?
youtube  rewind  theverge  representative  pr  statement  language  content  writing 
3 days ago
The Cymascope - Science and Cymatics -
The CymaScope is a new type of scientific instrument that makes sound visible. Its development began in 2002, with a prototype that featured a thin, circular, P.V.C. membrane; later we used latex. Fine particulate matter was used as the revealing media. However, it was soon discovered that far greater detail could be obtained by imprinting sonic vibrations on the surface of ultra pure water. The surface tension of water has high flexibility and fast response to imposed vibrations, even with transients as short-lived as a few milliseconds. Therefore, water is able to translate many of the sinusoidal periodicities--in a given sound sample--into physical sinusoidal structures on the water's surface. Current limits to imprinting sound on water occur in the higher harmonics and are due mainly to there being insufficient energy available in this area of the audio spectrum to cause excursions of the surface tension membrane.
6 days ago
[v 0 .95] Doom Neural Upscale 2X - WADs & Mods - Doomworld
Using AI NeuralNetworks (A lot of Nividia's texture tools super resolution and a little bit of Topaz's AI gigaPixel), all textures and sprites have been upscaled 8x (with tons of AI artefacts), then downscaled to a final 2X to restore a pixel art look.
doom  upscale  neuralnetwork  ai  superresolution  topaz  gigapixel 
6 days ago
Shutting Down
It’s time for the sun to go down on sunsetting, and to turn the corner on pivoting, into clearer language.
6 days ago
Bird Mechanic Review: What It's Like to Fix Bird Scooters
Here's an Isaac Asimov story about humanity's future of tending to ubiquitous computer controlled robots no wait it's about the people needed to keep on-demand e-scooter infrastructure running sorry my mistake
bird  mechanic  economics  via:alexismadrigal  employment  jjobs  scooters 
11 days ago
Generating Classical Music with Neural Networks - FloydHub Blog
Of course, part of the difficulty is figuring out how to translate words (or notes) into vectors that you can pass directly into the model. A lot of my work was finding a good encoding for the music!
18 days ago
Valdez, Alaska paid off ransomware hackers
“The city of just 4,000 gave its attackers four bitcoins, worth $26,624 at the time of the payment, in exchange for a decryption key that unlocked its systems that had been affected by the cyberattack.”
bitcoin  municipal  valdez  ransom  city  security  government  alaska  ransomware 
18 days ago
(24) Movies & Shows - YouTube
"Free" "content" in exchange for "viewing" "paid" "advertisements" on youtube.
youtube  movies  streaming  free  advertising 
21 days ago
The Predictive Brain as a Stubborn Scientist: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Bayesian theories of perception have traditionally cast the brain as an idealised scientist, refining predictions about the outside world based on evidence sampled by the senses. However, recent predictive coding models include predictions that are resistant to change, and these stubborn predictions can be usefully incorporated into cognitive models.
prediction  predictiveprocessing  predictivecoding  freeenergy  perception  action  cognition  friston 
27 days ago
Jurassic Park for Perfume: Ginkgo Bioworks Reconstructs Scents From Extinct Plants - IEEE Spectrum
"Researchers at Ginkgo Bioworks, one of the largest synthetic-biology companies in world, succeeded in resurrecting the smell by expressing the genes needed for making the defunct flower’s pungent aroma molecules in microbes. Ginkgo unveiled—and demoed—the new perfume at the company’s inaugural annual meeting in Boston last week."
ieeespectrum  bioworks  perfume  extinct  plants 
6 weeks ago
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