By: Rachel Kaufman, TechNewsDaily Contributor Published: 02/12/2013 09:13 AM EST on TechNewsDaily A computer algorithm works almost as well as a trained linguist in reconstructing how dead "protolanguages" would have sounded, says a new study.
If a tree falls down in the forest, but nobody hears - does it matter?
Artists have been asking themselves this very question in one way or another for ages. Does it matter to you as a creator what the audience to your creation thinks or does? Whether they notice or care at all? Are you bothered that their understanding of your work is nowhere near your original intent? Can you cope with ignorance masquerading as a deep insight into your inner world? Can you stand the know-it-all pompous experts having a claim on your creative process? The critics telling you what is wrong with your art and how to improve it? Or the industry pundits deciding on a whim whether you have the right to exist or not? Or the collectors who believe that if they bought your piece they actually somehow own a part of you as well?
TED Talks Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying “Hi,” and what not to say on an American airplane.
"In line with my analysis of cave paintings in terms of the practical function of learning how to spot predators and prey, mobile art seems to have a similar function. Survival in these harsh environments surely too precedence over art in a world full of beasts that you had to kill or would kill you. This, so called art, has a far more practical and prosaic function in this context. Appealing to our 21st century gallery-gawping habits dilutes and diminishes the wonder of these objects."
"It’s about growing up in the near future where things have kept going on the way they’ve been going, and it’s about hacking as a habit of mind, but mostly it’s about growing up and changing and looking at the world and asking what you can do about that. The teenage voice is pitch-perfect."
TED Talks A founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, standup comic Maz Jobrani riffs on the challenges and conflicts of being Iranian-American -- "like, part of me thinks I should have a nuclear program; the other part thinks I can't be trusted...
TED Talks Explorer Ben Saunders wants you to go outside! Not because it’s always pleasant and happy, but because that’s where the meat of life is, “the juice that we can suck out of our hours and days.” Saunders’ next outdoor excursion?
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