Tag: Wild-systems

Wild Systems

Hunger Games for Robots

As technology develops and introduces more complex wild systems every day, it is inevitable that some jobs are taken over by our creations. How would you feel if robots inherited ethical complications of existence? This is the question that Berlin-based audiovisual artist Martin Reiche seeks to answer, by pitting robots against each other in a deadly fight for resources.

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Puppy Delivery Drones

Puppies delivered by drones! For the National Adopt a Shelter Dog Day, celebrated on April 30, online community 3 Million Dogs released a funny video, envisioning a modern way of adopting a dog. Although this might become a reality in the future, you can go to your local shelter now to give unconditional love a chance.

Source: Design Taxi


Flights Delayed Due to iPad Crash

Do you ever feel you cannot function during the day without your tablet? Apparently, also American Airlines pilots cannot do without their iPads. The airline company has been using iPads instead of paper reference books for several years now. However, a recent system failure revealed a weakness in the company’s policy. Dozens of flights were grounded as pilots’ iPads crashed.

It was reported that several iPads used by pilots to receive flight plans had system failures as planes were getting ready to take-off. The devices screens went black for both pilots and co-pilots, and some flight had to return to the gate in order to establish a Wifi connection to fix the problem. American Airlines stated that the failure was due to a problem with the software application.

It still remains unknown whether the issue has been resolved properly, but the story is – once again – an illustration of our dependency on technology and our intimate relationship with it.

Source: Gizmodo

Artificial Intelligence

Ever-Changing Sceneries with Microbots

Does the illustration above pique your interest? Then, you should hear the story behind it. Kirsten Zirngibl‘s illustrations depict imaginary landscapes that are formed by microbots, which can be fed with new data to change the scenery entirely. Zirngibl explained that the piece above, called Microzoo, is made of microbots entirely.

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Drone Operated by Honeybee Brain

The Green Brain Project aims to create drones that will think, act and sense like a bee. In order to do this, the team of researchers from the University of Sheffield and University of Sussex in England is now working on recreating the brain structure of the European honeybee Apis mellifera. 

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Artificial Intelligence

Should We Fear Thinking Machines?

From drones in the sky taking pictures and dropping bombs, to smart houses equipped with security systems and automation, it seems thinking machines could put the human race in danger.

In the latest trend of Hollywood’s fascination with artificial intelligence, three new movies pose the conundrum of what happens when we make machines as smart as ourselves, and then try to interact with them. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, a league of superheroes have to put down a robot menace, in Ex Machina a software engineer must be our first contact with a female A.I., and in Chappie a robot cop wakes up to sentience.  How realistic these fears are?

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Manufactured Animals

A Swarm of Micro Drones

Researchers at GRASP Laboratory have developed agile micro drones able to act like a swarm. The drones are capable of complex motion behavior, either as individual units or as a group. Each unit contains several sensors, allowing the micro drone to stabilize itself in mid-air and recover from unexpected errors.

While the drones still require external localization, the results represent the first steps towards the development of advanced swarm behavior within drones. This could have a major impact on the future of automated unmanned aerial vehicles, commercial airlines or even flying cars.

David Cope and his software Emily
Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence Able to Create Music

Emily Howell is an interactive interface that allows both musical and language communication, exploring how a software can be an artist, a musician in particular. A domain previously reserved to humans, is now slowly entered by computers and lines of code.

Programmed by David Cope, professor of music at UCSC, Emily Howell has released two albums. She composes and performs her own pieces of music and can adapt itself to the preferences of the listener.

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Wild Systems

Gameplay of the Crowds

Over a year ago an anonymous Australian programmer started a social experiment called “Twitch Plays Pokémon”. The experiment consisted of a video stream on Twitch of the video game Pokémon Red. Viewers could interact with the video game by sending commands through the chat room of the stream which controlled the avatar of the game in real time. After more than 16 days of continuous playing, the game was completed.

When the experiment started, a few hundred people were watching. However, soon enough the internet caught on and the stream became unexpectedly popular. Instead of a few hundred, tens of thousands of people were watching.
During the remainder of the experiment, an average of 80,000 concurrent viewers was achieved, with a peak of 121,000 simultaneous viewers.
Within days, the experiment spawned many in-jokes, memes and even its own mythology around a specific item that was obtained during the play through. It became a culture of its own.

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