MachineMachine /stream - tagged with computers en-us LifePress <![CDATA[How Silicon Valley has made your computer sexist and racist | The Sunday Times Magazine | The Times & The Sunday Times]]>

For 10 years Josephine was a rarity: a female hotshot in the heart of Silicon Valley. Having made her name, she was in demand and looked forward to climbing the corporate ladder at least as fast as her male co-workers.

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:24:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Will A.I. Harm Us? Better to Ask How We'll Reckon With Our Hybrid Nature - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus]]>

Photo by Ars Electronica / FlickrLittle Lewis, my son, I see some evidence that you have the ability to learn science, number and proportions, and I recognize your special desire to learn about the astrolabe… — Chaucer’s Astrolabe Treatise, 1391.

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 19:09:44 -0700
<![CDATA[An Artist Has Made A Primitive Computer Out Of Earth Crystals, And Little Else | The Creators Project]]>

German artist Ralf Baecker gives technology a life of its own. His new piece Irrational Computing, which debuts International Triennial of New Media Art, use semiconductor crystals (quartz sand) and connects them to interlinked modules to create a primitive macroscopic signal processor.

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:02:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Move over, chatbots: meet the artbots | Technology | The Guardian]]>

At Facebook’s F8 conference in Silicon Valley, David Marcus, the company’s head of messaging, proudly demonstrated its new suite of chatbots. Users can now get in a conversation with the likes of CNN, H&M, and HP, and ask for help shopping, or the latest headlines.

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:02:37 -0700
<![CDATA[The Sadness and Beauty of Watching Google’s AI Play Go | WIRED]]>

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — At first, Fan Hui thought the move was rather odd. But then he saw its beauty. “It’s not a human move. I’ve never seen a human play this move,” he says. “So beautiful.” It’s a word he keeps repeating. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful.

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:09:56 -0800
<![CDATA[Go Grandmaster Says He’s ‘in Shock’ But Can Still Beat Google’s AI | WIRED]]>

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Lee Sedol is rather surprised that Google has fashioned an artificially intelligent system that so skillfully plays the ancient game of Go.

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 03:15:29 -0800
<![CDATA[The feminist groups disrupting bro-tech culture in 2016 | Dazed]]>

Why has the narrative of computer history come to be defined more by images of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg than by the pioneering work of Ada Lovelace, who is often recognized as the world’s first computer programmer? This question and many others are increasingly being asked by women all acr

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 07:20:03 -0800
<![CDATA[The Artist Who Speaks to Computers and Their Humans | Broadly]]>

Like much of her work, Ashley Zelinskie eludes a one-dimensional definition. She is a Star Trek-obsessed nerd who studies electrical engineering, theoretical physics, and space in her spare time.

Sun, 18 Oct 2015 08:10:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Why Human Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence Will Evolve Together, by Stephen Hsu]]>

When it comes to artificial intelligence, we may all be suffering from the fallacy of availability: thinking that creating intelligence is much easier than it is, because we see examples all around us.

Sun, 06 Sep 2015 05:18:37 -0700
<![CDATA[This is how computers see porn | Fusion]]>

A person sees this soon-to-be pornographic gif as an attractive blonde addressing the camera as she’s about to pull a man’s shorts down. A computer sees it as a portrait of a late-20s female inclining her head, sitting indoors in a room with clothing and a painting.

Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:21:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Turing Test success marks milestone in computing history]]>

An historic milestone in artificial intelligence set by Alan Turing - the father of modern computer science - has been achieved at an event organised by the University of Reading.

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:19:44 -0700
<![CDATA[The Philosophical Origins of Digitality]]>

The following is the full transcript of Alexander R. Galloway’s interview for the forthcoming documentary, #artoffline (2015). Directed by Manuel Correa, the film explores contemporary art and its problematic relationship with information technology.

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:27:59 -0800
<![CDATA[transmediale 2014 afterglow keynote -- The Black Stack]]>

Keynote with Ryan Bishop (Winchester School of Art), Benjamin H. Bratton and Metahaven At Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin 31.1.2014

Conference stream An Afterglow of The Mediatic

Planetary computation and its geographies can be modeled as a coherent platform, a vertical software/hardware "stack". In his forthcoming book, "The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty", Benjamin Bratton explores this topography as a geopolitical framework, one defined by accidents and contradictions as much as by inventions and efficiencies. The design group Metahaven's forthcoming publication, "Black Transparency", focuses on the political and aesthetic regimes of contemporary transparency, and their coexistence with networks, institutions, and various (dis)organised groups. The latest in their series of ongoing collaborative discussions, Metahaven and Bratton will take turns using the stack's six layers—Earth, Cloud, City, Address, Interface, and User—offering proposals on the future of each.

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 04:22:56 -0800
<![CDATA[Goodbye, Turing Test; Bring on the Turing Decathlon - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus]]>

How many researchers does it take to change a test of artificial intelligence? Sixty-five years ago, famed mathematician and WWII code-breaker Alan Turing unveiled the “Imitation Game,” a playful scenario designed to test a computer’s ability to disguise itself as a human agent.

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 04:11:56 -0800
<![CDATA[Art and Chance: A list]]>

I want to compile a list of art works that used chance operations and/or randomness in their creation. I am keen to incorporate pre-20th century, non-Western works, and lots of works by female artists, but anything you can think of will be super helpful. Chance operations doesn't necessarily mean random, for instance, some Oulipo stuff fits. Like Georges Perec using the knight's move in chess to structure 'Life a Users Manual'. And chance doesn't have to mean the generation of a pattern or structure, for instance, Yoko Ono's 'Cut Piece' created the opportunity for chance events to take place that were hugely influential on how the work played out.

Works by John Cage, Alison Knowles, Stan Brakhage, Yoko Ono, Robert Filliou, Brian Eno, Burroughs/Gysin, Ewa Partum, Simone Forti, Nam June Paik, Cildo Meireles, Hans Haacke, Francis Alÿs, Jeremy Hutchinson, Daniel Temkin and others come to mind, as well as tonnes of Dada, Fluxus and computer generated work.

As I say, I am keen to move outside well known 'canonical' stuff, but really influential pre-20th century works would be particularly useful to know about. Also, any very early computer stuff. Thanks in advance!

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:45:31 -0800
<![CDATA[It took 2 years to build this functioning word processor in Minecraft]]>

If it exists in the real world, you can be someone has figured out a way to build it in Minecraft. A Minecraft builder has created a word processor, complete with keyboard and monitor, entirely in the game. And it isn't just for show.

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 02:46:05 -0800
<![CDATA[Moxon's Master/Bierce]]>

I got no immediate reply; Moxon was apparently intent upon the coals in the grate, touching them deftly here and there with the fire-poker till they signified a sense of his attention by a brighter glow.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:48:05 -0800
<![CDATA[Turing Machines and (Gothic) Horror]]>

I am interested in any writings connecting (Universal) Turing Machines and horror. The idea of computers being able to imitate the behaviour of anything speaks to me of the monsters and doppelgängers from the Gothic tradition onwards. Know any writings on this? Alan Turing's 'Imitation Game' (not the film) plays a part in my hunch, as does the long discourse around biological processes as being 'machine-like'. Artificial Intelligence might come into this, but I am more interested in mimesis itself, and the fear this strikes in us. A machine able to imitate anything and everything surely echoes fears and nightmares that are labelled 'Gothic'.

Critical writings, fiction, articles and otherwise are very welcome indeed. Thanks.

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 04:44:13 -0800
<![CDATA[The Revolutionary Technique That Quietly Changed Machine Vision Forever | MIT Technology Review]]>

In space exploration, there is the Google Lunar X Prize for placing a rover on the lunar surface. In medicine, there is the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize for developing a Star Trek-like device for diagnosing disease.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:23:35 -0700
<![CDATA['A Perfect and Beautiful Machine': What Darwin's Theory of Evolution Reveals About Artificial Intelligence - Atlantic Mobile]]>

Charles Darwin and Alan Turing, in their different ways, both homed in on the same idea: the existence of competence without comprehension. Francis Crick and James Watson closed their epoch-making paper on the structure of DNA with a single deliciously diffident sentence.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:06:07 -0700