Humans and computers have a long history of competing when it comes to playing board games. From Wolfgang Von Kempelen’s ‘Turk’ (a mechanical chess-playing machine which eventually turned out to be operated by a small human) to the infamous match between IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue versus human chess genius Garry Kasparov. Another victory can be added to computer wins, as Go world champion Ke Jie has just lost two games of ‘Go’ against Google’s DeepMind AI system AlphaGo.
Recent researches cast attention to screen time for children. The results show how the time kids spend playing with smartphones, tablets and other handheld screens has a direct negative influence on the development or their expressive speech.
What it’s like to be dead? That’s a question we humans cannot answer until we are there, at the end of our lives. The big unknown. But this virtual reality experience developed at the University of Barcelona might get you a glimpse into how it could feel like to be dead, and with that eventually reduce the angst of leaving this earth.
A Recent announcement from a Canadian start-up is stirring up the media. They introduced a AI model capable of synthesizing a person’s voice from just a one-minute audio sample. In other words, you can get anyone to say anything you want.
Ever wondered how does the Internet taste like? Lemons, obviously! Scientists at the National University of Singapore succeeded in digitally transmitting the basic look and taste of a freshly poured glass of lemonade to a simple glass of water. It works as follows: use a sensory device to calculate the color and pH levels of the beverage, send these data to a special jug, which then mimics the specifications of the drink with a pulse of electricity. A LED light will make sure your refreshment has the right color tone, cheers!
Source: New Scientist
Never take a bad selfie again with Adobe’s latest AI photo editor. The company revealed a glimpse of one of its future mobile applications developed by the artificial intelligence framework, Adobe Sensei. The concept video presents a myriad of promising photo-editing features to create the ultimate portrait: from 3D-facial mapping to automatic portrait masking and style transfers. While these technologies at present are mainly part of experimental research, Adobe suggests that such features might soon be coming to a smartphone near you.
How to get physical in a digital age? This is the editorial question of Frame‘s latest issue Retail Revolution. NNN fellow Govert Flint was interviewed by the magazine to discuss his collaborative project Enrichers, a design company for an environmentally enhanced future. From wallpapers that mimic leaves to moving chairs and water carpets. “We propose a sustainable design movement based on the use of environmental simulation to increase wellbeing,” Flint explains.
From April 1st a virtual poetry museum will open “its doors” at Museumplein in Amsterdam, all jokes aside. The museum is a project by International Silence (Twan Janssen and Johannes Verwoerd) and counts as the fifth museum of the famous square. The first augmented exhibition, curated by writer Anna Enquist, will feature a selection of Dutch poets, such as Ida Gerhardt, Annie M.G. Schmidt, René Puthaar, Menno Wigman and more. Each artist will present six poems in a pavilion-like construction, which will be freely accessible via this link. See you there?