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Subject: [Hangout - NYLXS] The Inevitable Connection Between Artificial
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Yet an example of where people you disagree with can enrich your
understanding..by seeing the world differently than you do..
1. Surveillance by artificial intelligence... how else did we think law
enforcement would process all that video footage?
"Artificial intelligence is already in use across surveillance networks
around the world. At high security sites like prisons, nuclear
facilities or government agencies, it's commonplace for security systems
to set up a number of rules-based alerts for their video analytics. So
if an object on the screen (a person, or a car, for instance) crosses a
designated part of the scene, an alert is passed on to the human
operator. The operator surveys the footage, and works out if further
action needs to be taken... BRS Labs' AISight is different because it
doesn't rely on a human programmer to tell it what behaviour is
suspicious. It learns that all by itself."
2. Lytro light-field photography is finally going professional with the
"A few tweaks here and there and this black brick will be Lytro=E2=80=99s I=
a brand-new $1,599 camera designed to show professional photographers,
and the world, the power of light-field photography. It=E2=80=99s the compa=
second camera, the follow-up to its eponymous point-and-shoot that could
refocus a photo after it was shot. The Illum does that better, and takes
much better and more versatile pictures in general. But for Lytro, the
real plan is only beginning to unfold. The company=E2=80=99s job, its missi=
is to fundamentally change the way we think about images. To not just
provide better, faster cameras that take beautiful pictures, but to
reimagine what a picture is in the first place. That part hasn=E2=80=99t ch=
since the dawn of photography nearly two centuries ago, and Lytro
believes it holds the keys to the next phase."
3. The greatest college course: MYO guitar.
"'The Electric Guitar in American Culture.' It doesn=E2=80=99t sounds like =
typical history course and for 23 students taking it this semester, it=E2=
been more than a run of the mill history lesson on the iconic
instrument. Not only are they learning about the history of the guitar,
they are each learning to build one. Taught by Professor Todd Gernes,
the class explores the electric guitar as an instrument, symbol and
artifact of modern culture. The American Studies course uses an
interdisciplinary approach as students study the impact of the electric
guitar on music, from blues to heavy metal, and they dig into the lives
of the musicians and manufacturers who gave the electric guitar its
+ Dave Chappelle explains the electric guitar in American culture.
4. Even if you've seen the project before, Rachel Sussman's work
documenting the oldest living things in the world remains awesome.
"I approach my subjects as individuals of whom I=E2=80=99m making portraits=
order to facilitate an anthropomorphic connection to a deep timescale
otherwise too physiologically challenging for our brain to internalize.
It=E2=80=99s difficult to stay in Deep Time =E2=80=93 we are constantly dra=
wn back to
the surface. This vast timescale is held in tension with the shallow
time inherent to photography. What does it mean to capture a
multi-millennial lifespan in 1/60th of a second? Or for that matter, to
be an organism in my 30s bearing witness to organisms that precede human
history and will hopefully survive us well into future generations? "
+ And she has a new book out.
5. The rise and fall of "dadventures," a beloved 1990s genre.
"The trend is more obvious in Hollywood, where the dadventure=E2=80=94don=
for that term elsewhere; I=E2=80=99m making it up right here=E2=80=94found =
traction than ever in the nineties. You=E2=80=99ll recognize the dadventure=
you give it some thought; it=E2=80=99s a subgenre in which the protagonist =
capital-F Father, one whose fatherhood defines both his relationship to
the film=E2=80=99s other characters and supplies the film=E2=80=99s central=
drama. In a
dadventure, the stability of the family is threatened=E2=80=94whether by
violence or drama, it=E2=80=99s almost always because of some negligence ar=
the dadly duties=E2=80=94and only dad can save the family by coming face to=
with his fatherly responsibilities. In the end, he learns just how much
fun being a dad can be."
Today's 1957 American English Usage Tip
beat. The old p.p. beat, still the only form in dead beat, lingers
colloquially also in the sense worsted, baffled (I won't be beat; has
never been beat), but now suggests ignorance rather than archaism. To
beat about (US around) the bush, i.e. approach a subject in a roundabout
manner, is not modern slang, but has a history back to the 16th c.
So many immigrant groups have swept through our town
that Brooklyn, like Atlantis, reaches mythological
proportions in the mind of the world - RI Safir 1998
DRM is THEFT - We are the STAKEHOLDERS - RI Safir 2002
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