Find of the Day: 18 July 2016

We think of art as the most human of endeavors, but in recent years we’ve learned that machines can understand creativity too. There are algorithms that evaluate music and movies for record companies and movie studios. One music professor even wrote a program that composed music which drew critical acclaim.

Paradoxically, developing machines that can create artistic works pushes the bounds of human capability. Unlike machines that, say, dig holes or build cars, algorithms that produce creative work need to understand things that even humans find difficult to articulate. That’s the idea behind Google’s Magenta project, which is developing machine learning tools for art and music

Magenta is built on top of TensorFlow, the library of machine learning tools, which the company recently released as an open source technology, allowing anyone who wants to download the source code.

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Cities are complex organisms shaped by myriad forces, but their organization bears the fingerprints of planners and policy makers who have shaped them for decades. At the root of many of these practices is racism, and modern cities bear the legacy of that discrimination.

In an era of social protest, when movements like Black Lives Matter are bringing inequality back into the national conversation, it’s time to reassess the practices that have perpetuated these problems—and how we fix them.


A bath, floor-to-ceiling storage and space for exercise are included in the compact flat, located in Taipei City, where property prices are driving young buyers into smaller homes.


Czech artist Veronika Richterová creates new life from repurposed plastic PET bottles. For the final decade the artist has used numerous strategies of slicing, heating, and assemblage to construct colorfully translucent types of the whole lot from crocodiles to chandelier lighting fixtures to crops. Her obsession with plastic bottles doesn’t cease with creating art work, Richterová has additionally collected over 3,000 PET plastic objects from seventy six countriesand writes extensively concerning the historical past and utilization of plastic in her article A Tribute to PET Bottles.



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