How three French students used borrowed code to put the first AI portrait in Christie’s - The Verge
Given this, it might seem unusual that the Belamy portrait was chosen by Christie’s at all. But part of the reason for the Obvious’ prominence has been their willingness to embrace a particular narrative about AI art, one in which they credit the algorithm for creating their work.

In press materials that the trio sent out at the beginning of the year, they led with this message: their motto has been “creativity isn’t only for humans.” A press release from January told reporters, “An artificial intelligence managed to create art.” Soon after this, they sold their first portrait to a French collector, and articles covering the news repeated the claim that the print was “created by artificial intelligence.”
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Fabula and syuzhet - Wikipedia
Fabula (Russian: фабула, IPA: [ˈfabʊlə]) and syuzhet[1] (Russian: сюжет, IPA: [sʲʊˈʐɛt] (About this soundlisten)) are terms originating in Russian formalism and employed in narratology that describe narrative construction. Syuzhet is an employment of narrative and fabula is the chronological order of the events contained in the story.
story  words 
15 hours ago
Alfred Twu - twitter
Density of new housing in the US is similar to China. While the 30-story towers look impressive, the 6-story buildings popping up throughout American cities are more efficient. Both have around 150 homes per acre. Thread 1/
Oregon lawmakers seek to lower voting age in state to 16, so teens can ‘protect their future’ - oregonlive.com
Pressing issues affecting young people have brought the voting age down before. It used to be 21 before the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1971, lowered it to 18. The amendment was fueled in part by teenagers facing the draft for the Vietnam War, which had become increasingly unpopular.

Congress had lowered the voting age in 1970 for state and federal offices, but Oregon objected to a lower minimum age being foisted on its state elections. It insisted the law was unconstitutional and won in the U.S. Supreme Court. This led to the successful push for the 26th amendment.
oregon  voting 
What Is the Zone of Proximal Development?
There are a few essential factors that are critical to the success of this learning process:

The presence of someone with the knowledge and skills to guide the learner
Social interactions that allow the learner to observe and practice their skills
Scaffolding, or supportive activities provided by the mentor or teacher that help guide the learner through the ZPD
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Scaffolding Definition - The Glossary of Education Reform
When teachers scaffold instruction, they typically break up a learning experience, concept, or skill into discrete parts, and then give students the assistance they need to learn each part. For example, teachers may give students an excerpt of a longer text to read, engage them in a discussion of the excerpt to improve their understanding of its purpose, and teach them the vocabulary they need to comprehend the text before assigning them the full reading.
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Struggling to Keep Learners Engaged? Get Back to Basics
In this post we’ll explore a tried and tested technique for learner engagement: The Tell-Show-Do- Apply model
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General Education Research Group
The General Evolution Research Group (GERG) began with a secret meeting in Budapest in 1984 of scientists from both sides of the Iron Curtain during a critical juncture in the Cold War.

We serve very loosely as the research arm to The Club of Budapest, a prestigious group for advancing humanity also founded by Ervin Laszlo.
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Four Sentences: What the Legal System Has Said about the Suspect Loyalty of Trump's Aides | emptywheel
Four different sentencing processes have sided with those questioning the loyalty of Trump and those close to him.
3 days ago
Twilight Struggle - Wikipedia
Twilight Struggle: The Cold War, 1945–1989 is a card-driven strategy game for two players, with its theme taken from the Cold War.
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Catan - Wikipedia
The Settlers of Catan, sometimes shortened to Catan or to Settlers, is a multiplayer board game designed by Klaus Teuber and first published in 1995 in Germany by Franckh-Kosmos Verlag (Kosmos) as Die Siedler von Catan. Players assume the roles of settlers, each attempting to build and develop holdings while trading and acquiring resources.
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Pareidolia - Wikipedia
Pareidolia (/pærɪˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is the tendency to interpret a vague stimulus as something known to the observer, such as interpreting marks on Mars as canals, seeing shapes in clouds, or hearing hidden messages in music.
patterns  words 
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Apophenia - Wikipedia
Apophenia (/æpoʊˈfiːniə/) is the tendency to mistakenly perceive connections and meaning between unrelated things.[1]
patterns  words 
3 days ago
Seaweed could make cows burp less methane and cut their carbon hoofprint - MIT Technology Review
A diet supplemented with red algae could lessen the huge amounts of greenhouse gases emitted by cows and sheep, if we can just figure out how to grow enough.

by James Temple November 23, 2018
meat  GHGs 
3 days ago
Beyond Bitcoin and Ethereum — a fairer and more just post-monetary sociopolitical economy | P2P Foundation
However, I would suggest that solidarity and sovereignty are two sides of the same coin – they mutually and dynamically ‘co-form’ and ‘in-form’ each other, and so co-evolve symbiotically.
holochain  paradox 
3 days ago
The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes | WIRED
In the past, it often made sense to believe something until it was debunked; in the future, for certain information or claims, it will start making sense to assume they are fake. Unless they are verified.

If this sounds like a suspicious and bureaucratic world—far from John Perry Barlow’s famous vision of a digital world in which ideas could travel without “privilege or prejudice”—it’s important to remember the alternative: a societal fracturing into a million epistemic communities, all at war with one another over the nature of truth.
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Julia Christiansen Hoffman - Wikipedia
Julia Christiansen Hoffman (1856–1934) was an artist and arts patron who fostered the Portland Arts and Crafts movement in the U.S. state of Oregon, through exhibitions and art classes. In 1907 she led the establishment of the Arts and Crafts Society of Portland, a forerunner of the Oregon College of Art and Craft.
portland  people 
5 days ago
Commentary: Democracy and the Arts | Oregon ArtsWatch
Closing OCAC buries a history that goes back to 1907, when Julia Hoffman helped start it and soon became the face of the school—and the Arts and Crafts movement in Portland. Walk through any of Portland’s inner eastside neighborhoods: Those bungalows, cottages, Queen Annes and four-squares prized so highly now came out of that movement, inspired by Hoffman. The number of artists who taught or learned their craft at what became OCAC is enormous.
portland  pnca 
5 days ago
Richard Herskowitz | cinema studies
Richard Herskowitz
Curator of Media Arts
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
film  people 
8 days ago
International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts
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Bio (Catherine Etmanski) | Royal Roads University | Victoria, BC
Director of the School of Leadership Studies in 2017.
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Notion – The all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.
Write, plan, collaborate, and get organized. Notion is all you need — in one tool.
9 days ago
Do Animals Have Feelings? - The Atlantic
Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition

What science can tell us about how other creatures experience the world
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find DOIs - Crossref
find DOIs -->> search metadata tab by title, etc.
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Ramez Naam - twitter
Hey, it's Friday night. How about a twitter thread of unpopular opinions about climate policy generally, and the #GreenNewDeal specifically. Ready?
10 days ago
Festival of Change
The Beechworth Festival of Change will focus on two key ingredients for change making: building practical change-making skills and building networks of change makers. You will leave the Festival inspired, skilled and connected ready to make the change you want to see in your world.
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Climate change policies that work: a simple guide - Vox
A new book from veteran energy analyst Hal Harvey simplifies decarbonization.
By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com
13 days ago
As art schools show signs of stress, what can liberal arts colleges learn?
The smallest art colleges are struggling in a fiercely competitive market. Why are they showing such signs of stress? And can larger liberal arts colleges learn from their successes and missteps?
14 days ago
Aaron Director - Wikipedia
Aaron Director (/dɪˈrɛktər/; September 21, 1901 – September 11, 2004), a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, played a central role in the development of the Chicago school of economics. Together with his brother-in-law, Nobel laureate Milton Friedman, Director influenced some of the next generation of jurists, including Robert Bork, Richard Posner, Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
history  people  economics 
14 days ago
1 The Genesis and Growth of Cybernetics : Between an Animal and a Machine
Between an Animal and a Machine
Stanisław Lem’s Technological Utopia
Series: Modernity in Question
Pawel Majewski
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Case-based reasoning - Wikipedia
Case-based reasoning (CBR), broadly construed, is the process of solving new problems based on the solutions of similar past problems. An auto mechanic who fixes an engine by recalling another car that exhibited similar symptoms is using case-based reasoning. A lawyer who advocates a particular outcome in a trial based on legal precedents or a judge who creates case law is using case-based reasoning. So, too, an engineer copying working elements of nature (practicing biomimicry), is treating nature as a database of solutions to problems. Case-based reasoning is a prominent type of analogy solution making.
14 days ago
System Operator Tutorial - 1) 9-Windows On The WorldThe Triz Journal
This article forms the first of a series providing novel perspectives on the interpretation and application of the TRIZ ‘system operator’ or ‘9-windows’ tool.
14 days ago
GAN Lab: Play with Generative Adversarial Networks in Your Browser!
The big insights that defines a GAN is to set up this modeling problem as a kind of contest. This is where the "adversarial" part of the name comes from. The key idea is to build not one, but two competing networks: a generator and a discriminator. The generator tries to create random synthetic outputs (for instance, images of faces), while the discriminator tries to tell these apart from real outputs (say, a database of celebrities). The hope is that as the two networks face off, they'll both get better and better—with the end result being a generator network that produces realistic outputs.

To sum up: Generative adversarial networks are neural networks that learn to choose samples from a special distribution (the "generative" part of the name), and they do this by setting up a competition (hence "adversarial").
14 days ago
PNCA: Sticking to the path | Oregon ArtsWatch
That future is extremely important to Portland’s creative economy, which is itself increasingly crucial to the economic health of the city. I’m persuaded after talking with Tuski, that, while the general direction of PNCA’s path isn’t new, its dedication to staying on that path is. And that path does not include a detour through the difficult process of merging with OCAC.
14 days ago
Playing a game of GANstruction
So what is a GAN and what makes it so attractive for an artist?

We can imagine the process of art-making as a kind of game. This game's action takes place in an art studio, and there are two players: a Critic and an Apprentice Artist. The goal of the Apprentice Artist is to generate pictures in the style of her master without copying the master’s originals. The goal of the Critic is to decide whether the art he sees is by the apprentice or the master. Round after round, the apprentice and the critic compete with each other. As the apprentice becomes more skilled at imitating the style of her master, the critic is forced to become better at distinguishing the master’s work from the apprentice’s, and as the critic becomes better at this, so too must the apprentice become even better at imitating the style of her master.
14 days ago
DeepDream - Wikipedia
DeepDream is a computer vision program created by Google engineer Alexander Mordvintsev which uses a convolutional neural network to find and enhance patterns in images via algorithmic pareidolia, thus creating a dream-like hallucinogenic appearance in the deliberately over-processed images.[1][2][3]
14 days ago
Lumen Prize • The Award for Art and Technology
The Lumen Prize celebrates the very best art created with technology
art  ml4a 
14 days ago
Obvious Art - AI & Art
“Computers are useless. They can only give answers.” Well Picasso (1881 - 1973), it’s a disagreement
art  ml4a 
14 days ago
Come Drink Beer Here - Adbusters
We are walking through a market in Qingdao, China, when an English voice calls out,
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UNDP Accelerator Labs
We’re building the world’s largest and fastest learning network around development challenges.
We’re hiring people who are curious, persistent, and deeply committed to social change.
15 days ago
Cooperation Jackson
Cooperation Jackson is the realization of a vision decades in the making. Our roots lay deep within the struggle for democratic rights, economic justice, and self-determination, particularly for Afrikan people in the Deep South, and for dignity and equality for all workers.
coop  nonprofit 
15 days ago
A New Collective Mind for a New World | HuffPost Life
Rumi writes:

New organs of perception come into being as a result of necessity.
Therefore, O man, increase your necessity, so that you may
Increase your perception.
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