The truth is, AI is as “fully-automated” as the Great and Powerful Oz.
JANUARY 15th – ISSUE #5
NEWS FOR SMART DATA-DRIVEN AUGMENTED CREATIVE PEOPLE
Dear Reader – Welcome to your weekly round-up of news you need to know – for smart, data-driven, augmented, creative people.
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“The purpose of torture is not to gain information, but to spread fear” Eduardo Galeano.
At the www.AIShow.biz event in LA on Thursday, one speaker related how when working with Stephen Hawking on the CD-ROM version of A Short History of Time he asked “So where does Science get its ideas from?”, and without hesitation Hawking answered “Science Fiction”. The people most easily sold on Science Fiction fantasies are of course the Military, which they in turn sell to us. The author, th dear boy, is “interested in the ethical implications of emerging technologies” and believes the future of war technologies, “from AI Robots to VR Torture”, means that the next world war will at least be over quickly.
NY artist Trevor Paglen’s Sight Machine combines a live string quartet performance by Kronos Quartet with AI machine generated images. “In the very near future, I guarantee that the pictures you post on social media will affect your credit rating, health and auto insurance policies, and much more. It will all happen automatically. In a very real way, our rights and freedoms will be modulated by our metadata signatures”.
The hype around AI has become so hyper-absurd that people are doing performance art laughs at major international events – and few can tell the difference between investor prospectus and parody. Can you tell the difference, e.g., “Temporally Recurent Optimal Learning” (TROLL) is it real or a scam?
Article from Mike Hearn comparing the science of Westworld with the real world work in AI being done by Facebook and Google’s Deep Mind.
Government Open Source Models (GOSMs) refer to the idea that government-developed models, whose purpose is to design and evaluate policy, are freely available to everyone to use, distribute, and modify without restrictions. The community could potentially improve the quality, reliability, and accuracy of policy modeling, creating new data-driven apps that benefit the public.
More “blackbox” voodoo garbage from state-sponsored Fake News site, the BBC. This time, “Speech Analysis could land you a promotion“. How about the ways in which an accent, a dialect, a choice of words would automatically disbar you without explanation. These algorithms are built-in prejudices.
The Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong, who died last week at 106, was an incredibly accomplished painter, illustrator, calligrapher and Hollywood studio artist. His work for Disney on Bambi and other great films drew on 1,000 year old Soong Dynasty Chinese art. See his beautiful artwork here (+3.22 Vid). Along the same lines, David Hockney identifies Disney as lifting animals straight from Giotto’s work. Btw, if you haven’t read his A History of Pictures, it’s the art book of the year – by far. It’s like walking around the best virtual art gallery in the world with David Hockney as your tour guide. Pure magic.
If you love great infographics, and want to understand the difference between infographics and data visualization, Taschen has just published a superb National Geograpic Infographics covering the past 100 years of sublimely produced combinations of art and science.
As brothers Juan and Samuel Velasco detail in their new book, Look Inside: Cutaway Illustrations and Visual Storytelling, the first cutaway illustrations are thought to be the 28,000-year-old cave paintings found in a region of Australia called Arnhem Land. The ancient paintings found there are often described as “X-ray” images, for their illustrations of internal anatomy. Cutaways and their combination of extreme detail and often impressive artistry are still a powerful method of visualizing information, according to the Velasco brothers, who together run the information design firm 5W Infographics.
“The want of perspective in children’s drawings is emphatically not perceptible to the children themselves.” Oswald Spengler.
Author, activist, and filmmaker Andre Vtlchek’s examines all Western and Imperial History as ‘Fake News’ – it ain’t pretty …
As the Economist notes, People must also be able to acquire new skills throughout their careers. Unfortunately, the lifelong learning that exists today mainly benefits high achievers—and is therefore more likely to exacerbate inequality than diminish it. If 21st-century economies are not to create a massive underclass, policymakers urgently need to work out how to help all their citizens learn while they earn. So far, their ambition has fallen pitifully short.