We’ve heard many predictions of how robots will take over the monotonous functions of our daily lives, freeing us to work on highly-skilled or creative tasks. But in fact the opposite may be happening: Some of the easiest tasks to automate turn out to be creative ones, and many of the montonous jobs we’d really like to automate are proving very tricky.Read more
Stumbling onto Alec Radford’s deep convolutional generative adversarial network, or DCGAN, was one of the few genuinely jaw-dropping moments I’veRead more
Gerhard Widmer occupies a peculiar place within computer science research. His focus of study is computational perception, a relatively unknown subfield located at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and machine learning.
Widmer offers a manifesto for Music Information Research (MIR), a vast new field that encompasses everything from music recommender systems to automated music recognition and transcription systems to original algorithmically-generated music.Read more
We already know that artificial intelligence systems can work in law firms and beat the world champion at a game of Go. Now it turns out that AI can write some pretty good pop songs, too.
Researchers at Sony have been working on AI-generated music for years, and has previously used AI to create impressive jazz tracks.Read more
Several months ago, Olaf Diegel, a professor from Sweden’s University of Lund, debuted his incredible 3D-printed aluminum guitar. The guitar—a truly beautiful instrument that was decked out in barbed wire and roses—was the world’s first 3D printed aluminum ax.
The guitar, better known as the Heavy Metal, grew out of Diegel’s desire to test metal 3D printing.Read more
Visual recognition technology that brings art to life through a smartphone app is being introduced at Cambridge Art Fair from September 30 to October 2.
ActivCanvas recognises the artwork at the point of a phone and shows a potential buyer hidden information about the piece using augmented reality video and a suite of other features.Read more
Sam Kronick has a bunch of rocks arrayed in front of him on a raised desk in his Oakland studio. He’s an artist and his plan is to sketch the rocks, but not with pen and paper. He and his artistic partner Tara Shi are going to do a 3D scan of them so that an artificial intelligence program can map their contours, learn to recognize rocks and then start generating its own craggy depictions.Read more
Venice, first of the big autumn film festivals, is the most glamorous, attracting big stars to Europe’s most beguiling location. But this year, virtual reality technology could steal the limelight from all the talent posing on the Rialto.
The film Jesus VR – The Story of Christ, to be unveiled at the festival on Thursday, marks the biggest investment so far in bringing the immersive world of virtual reality to mainstream cinema.Read more
Seated against a deep red backdrop, gazing intently at hand-held mirrors, two eunuchs in sparkling saris inspect their appearance before Raksha Bandhan celebrations in the red light district of Mumbai. The photograph is an arresting contemporary scene, but a new Tate Britain project is aiming to inspire deeper reflections with images from its own collection.Read more
Machine learning has spawned a fresh trend in mobile image editing apps. These new apps don’t just overlay “filters” on top of your photos, but use cloud-based computing to turn them – or at least try to – into beautiful paintings.
Unlike traditional filtering tools, this new breed of apps doesn’t use your mobile device’s hardware to process the images, but instead relies on remote servers to do the heavy lifting.Read more
Prisma, the psychedelic photo-editing app that uses artificial-intelligence algorithms to turn your selfies into strange artworks, has been released on Android.Read more