On June 28, Brian Eno will launch a new video experience for the title track of his latest album The Ship, which was released in April. What’s different about this music video is, according to Eno, it isn’t really a music video at all, but rather a visual experience informed by and created with artificial intelligence. advertisement advertisement “Just as I’m excited about the possibilities of artificial intelligence and new technologies, I’m so incredibly and numbingly bored with videos and the traditional music videos, that I just couldn’t imagine wanting to do that,” said Eno, on stage at Cannes Lions. “So really, this is an attempt to say, is there some other way we can do this thing?” The legendary artist and producer said that he’s interested in finding out what new technologies can do, primarily because they so often can do something nobody ever thought they could do. “They were invented to do one thing, … [Read more...] about Brian Eno Talks About Using Artificial Intelligence To Create Music And Art
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Trend alert: Recycled plastic is now in style. Over the last few years, fashion brands—particularly in the direct-to-consumer space—began rolling out products made from discarded plastic. In 2016, the shoe brand Rothy’s launched flats made from recycled water bottles. Last year, the clothing brand Everlane made the commitment to swap out all the plastic in clothes to recycled plastic, also made from plastic bottles. And just last week, the luggage brand Paravel said it had swapped out all the plastic in its bags, backpacks, and packing cubes to the recycled kind. advertisement advertisement This seems like a step in the right direction. After all, the world is drowning in plastic. Since the material was first invented in 1907, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced to date. Of this, 6.3 billion metric tons was waste. Only 9% of this plastic has been recycled, and a further 12% has been incinerated, a process that spews carbon and toxic … [Read more...] about Recycled plastic isn’t going to save us
advertisement advertisement A couple of months ago, as I boarded my plane home to Australia, I found a large brown envelope waiting for me on my seat. Neat handwriting on the envelope said, “A personal note to Mr Lindstrom.” My curiosity was piqued. Inside was a bunch of newspapers and a handwritten letter. It explained, “We’ve noticed you’ve been away from home for some time, so we thought you might enjoy some local news before we get you safely back.” I’m a firm believer that anyone with any kind of business savvy will aim to over-deliver and under-promise. Yet, for some unknown reason, the opposite seems to hold true. Perhaps this belief dates back to when I was a young kid obsessed with Lego. I’d get the box and build the car, the helicopter, the castle or whatever, and always at the end of each project I had a couple of spare Lego bricks. I treasured these almost more than the finished toy, and regarded them as a special … [Read more...] about Pinched By A Virgin
advertisement advertisement Google Maps is a lifesaver. But the mapping technology behind Google Maps isn’t just good for highway directions and bike routes; it can also find methamphetamine labs and track gang activity. Experts in the growing field of geospatial predictive analytics use cutting-edge algorithms and data analysis techniques that can do everything from predicting terrorist activity to preventing auto theft. The larger field that geospatial predictive analytics is a part of–geographical information systems (GIS)–uses data points and specialized software to turn maps into sophisticated analysis tools. Although the work is a far cry from something as sexy as you’d see on Breaking Bad, the GIS field is booming; firms specializing in computer-driven map analysis are hosting conventions, holding hiring fairs, and developing specialized software. Max Lu, a professor at Kansas State University, developed a novel method of finding meth labs through … [Read more...] about Google Maps Help Predict Meth Labs Before They Open
In prior discussions about smart cities, including the global rankings I published on Co.Exist a few weeks ago, I believe many of us have under-emphasized the importance of cities in creating an enabling environment for emerging technology companies. advertisement advertisement This was a key issue addressed at the first-ever Cities Summit held in Vancouver earlier this month. Mayors of 35 cities around the world joined with executives and consultants in an intense day and a half of panels discussing open cities, digital cities, urban laboratories, smart-city financing, and startup cities. One of the most interesting conversations was about “Startup Cities.” Nanci Klein of San Jose spoke about the five different industrial areas that the city is promoting, as well as the role of the city in supporting the local startup community. One of San Jose’s early insights was addressing the bureaucratic hurdles in their procurement process by creating a demonstration … [Read more...] about How Can You Build A Smart City?