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Selected news about graphic design, photography, film studies and media & interaction design for CV students at ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland)
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Google is launching a new research project to see if computers can be truly creative

Google is launching a new research project to see if computers can be truly creative | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Google wants to put the art back in artificial intelligence. During the last session at Moogfest, a four-day music and technology festival, in Durham, North Carolina, Douglas Eck, a researcher on Google Brain, the company's artificial-intelligence research project, outlined a new group that's going to focus on figuring out if computers can truly create. The group, called Magenta, will launch more publicly at the start of June, but attendees at Moogfest were given a taste of what it’s going to be working on. Magenta will use TensorFlow, the machine-learning engine that Google built and opened up to the public at the end of 2015, to determine whether AI systems can be trained to create original pieces of music, art, or video.

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EyeWriter

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Members of Free Art and Technology (FAT), OpenFrameworks, the Graffiti Research Lab, and The Ebeling Group communities have teamed-up with a legendary LA graffiti writer, publisher and activist, named Tony Quan, aka TEMPTONE. Tony was diagnosed with ALS in 2003, a disease which has left him almost completely physically paralyzed… except for his eyes. This international team is working together to create a low-cost, open source eye-tracking system that will allow ALS patients to draw using just their eyes. The long-term goal is to create a professional/social network of software developers, hardware hackers, urban projection artists and ALS patients from around the world who are using local materials and open source research to creatively connect and make eye art.

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Should You Learn To Code?

Should You Learn To Code? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

THE RELEASE OF A NEW PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE AT APPLE'S WORLDWIDE DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTED ONE OF THE MOST MARKETABLE SKILLS IN THE DIGITAL WORLD: THE ABILITY TO CODE. HOW NECESSARY IS IT, REALLY? AND IS THAT EVEN THE RIGHT QUESTION?

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the decelerator a slow motion perception helmet by lorenz potthast

the decelerator a slow motion perception helmet by lorenz potthast | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

the design offers the user a perception of the world in slow motion - acting as an experimental approach for dealing with our increasingly fast moving, globalized society

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http://next.liberation.fr/design/2014/02/03/le-casque-qui-ralentit-la-vie_977451

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40 years of icons: the evolution of the modern computer interface

40 years of icons: the evolution of the modern computer interface | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Fifty years ago, the word “computer” had a very different meaning. Prior to World War II, the word referred not to machines, but to people (mostly women in order to save costs) hired as human calculators. During the war, military research spawned mechanical calculators, “computers” such as Colossus and ENIAC; afterward, IBM commercialized equally intimidating, multi-million dollar machines that required their own rooms. They shipped to some of the largest companies in the nation, where they were tended to by specialists. In the popular imagination they were recognized symbols of bureaucracy and dehumanization — the dictatorial Alpha 60 in Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville, for example, and the domineering EPICAC in Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano — and there was no such thing as a “personal computer.”

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Meet Margaret Hamilton, the badass '60s programmer who saved the moon landing

Meet Margaret Hamilton, the badass '60s programmer who saved the moon landing | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The Apollo 11 lunar lander's computer almost faltered — but her great code saved it.

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Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) by John Gerrard

Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) by John Gerrard | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

John Gerrard (b. 1974, Dublin, Ireland) is best known for his commitment to large-scale works that take the form of real-time computer simulations, created in painstaking detail over the course of many months or years. Often exploring geographically isolated locations, as in his work for the 53rd Venice Biennale that featured large-scale projections based on documentation of the agrarian American Great Plains, the works frequently refer to structures of power and networks of energy that have made possible the expansion of human endeavor in the past century.

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Codecademy | Learn to code

Codecademy | Learn to code | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Codecademy est aujourd'hui la principale plateforme web d'apprentissage de tous les langages informatiques. Elle réunit plus de 24 millions d'utilisateurs à travers le monde. Bibliothèques Sans Frontières est fière de rendre disponible cet outil exceptionnel en français.

La maîtrise du code apparaît de plus en plus essentielle pour décrypter la façon dont l'information est aujourd'hui construite, pour faire émerger des générations de citoyens numériques éclairés et inventifs. Parce qu'elle n'exige pas de diplômes ou de prérequis, elle est accessible à tous et apparaît comme un formidable vecteur d'intégration et d'égalité des chances.

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Learn to code interactively, for free. Now in French version!

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Gay Talese’s First Mac: The Godfather of Literary Journalism on His Secret Love of Typography

Gay Talese’s First Mac: The Godfather of Literary Journalism on His Secret Love of Typography | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
The writing craft between an Olivetti typewriter, 512 kB of memory, and a pad of yellow legal paper.
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