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Art for computers who want to be more human.
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The Singularity is the point when humans and computers merge. Singularitism is the art that moment will need.

 

It's going to be a bumpy union: computers work with facts, but humans distort facts with feelings and make decisions based on factors computers struggle to understand. When the singularity occurs we'll be like a dog with two heads, pulling in opposite directions and running around in slobbering circles.

 

Computers are products of science and science exists to understand what IS. Art is more interested in what MIGHT be – it's there to equip us to deal with things we haven't encountered yet – to anticipate the unknown. As such, it's one of the most powerful evolutionary tools our species has created. It means that we, uniquely amongst living creatures , can anticipate and adapt to things that haven't happened yet.

 

As the next phase of human evolution looms, it's time to start preparing an art that humans AND computers can understand. Music is the closest we've come because it's simultaneously based on mathematical structures (which computers get) and emotions (which humans enjoy).

 

This site is a collection of attempts to develop beauty we all understand, be we flesh or circuitry.

 

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Daniel Rozin artwork at bitforms gallery, New York City | bitforms gallery

Daniel Rozin artwork at bitforms gallery, New York City | bitforms gallery | Singularitism | Scoop.it
bitforms artist Daniel Rozin creates interactive installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence of a viewer.
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Storing data in DNA brings nature into the digital universe

Storing data in DNA brings nature into the digital universe | Singularitism | Scoop.it
Researchers who hold the world record for storing and retrieving data in DNA explain how the building blocks of life can be used to hold digital information as well.
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This feels like a kind of pivotal moment... creating life, basically, that consists of data. 
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A Facebook AI Unexpectedly Created Its Own Unique Language

A Facebook AI Unexpectedly Created Its Own Unique Language | Singularitism | Scoop.it
Two chatbots started negotiating in their own non-human language.
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Meet the man whose app can make art sing: Matthew Maxwell

Meet the man whose app can make art sing: Matthew Maxwell | Singularitism | Scoop.it
Pointing a mobile phone at a painting is not usually allowed in art galleries but at Matthew Maxwell’s exhibition people are encouraged to bring them along. His pictures look like abstract rows of coloured lines but hold a smartphone or tablet up in front of them and they sing. Each rectangle jumps out in turn on the screen as a recording of a soprano singing a different note corresponding to that rectangle’s size and colour rings out.
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Ha! This feels like a long time ago.
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Audiograph | The Lumen Prize

Audiograph | The Lumen Prize | Singularitism | Scoop.it
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There's some profound stuff happening here. 

'Time' is one of the great themes in art – the eternal fleeting moment we live in, the influence of the past, the potential of the future and so on. 

This piece uses a clock face that also looks like a radar screen to examine these ideas, reacting to the tiny incidental moments in sound that get lost in time the moment they are uttered.
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Digital Futures | EVA London

Digital Futures | EVA London | Singularitism | Scoop.it
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This looks good.  And free drinks!  That'll sort the men from the machines.
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Is Virtual Reality Sexist?

Is Virtual Reality Sexist? | Singularitism | Scoop.it
Diversity in VR is a design problem, writes SapientNitro's Daniel Harvey. Here's how to fix it.
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Nice piece by my friend Dan Harvey. 

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Biometrics - Where Technology And Storytelling Meet

Biometrics - Where Technology And Storytelling Meet | Singularitism | Scoop.it
Matthew Maxwell, associate creative director at marketing firm SapientNitro, discusses the art of identity technology
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Riveting stuff.

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Does your face fit? How face recognition technologies are making us look twice | Creative Review

Does your face fit? How face recognition technologies are making us look twice | Creative Review | Singularitism | Scoop.it
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Creative Review published my piece about FaceRec!

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Sterling Crispin

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Sterling Crispin - Artist b. 1985 Maui Hawaii
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'These masks are shadows of human beings as seen by the minds-eye of the machine-organism'  In other words - how do machines see us?  What do we look like to them?  I love this attempt to visualise how computers perceive us, their supposed, masters.

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Depth Editor Debug

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The Depth Editor Debug series imagines what the world looks like through the eyes of Kinnect, in this case used as security surveillance in the NY subway.

 

I like this because it applies a layer of random flaw to the images by transposing them literally and without analysis.  The results are painterly and full of movement but not much use for tracking down bombers up to mischief.

 

 

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Posing Questions of Photographic Ethics

Posing Questions of Photographic Ethics | Singularitism | Scoop.it
In the aftermath of this year’s debates over manipulated photos, a new show sets out to explore the history of altered images in photojournalism.
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With the advent of Photoshop the old adage 'the camera doesn't lie' became instantly redundant.  And Christopher Isherwood's autobiographical novel 'I am a Camera' in which he attempted to remain a totally impartial observer of his own life suddenly just seemed bewilderingly disingenuous to a modern reader.

 

For artists of course, the ability to shape and distort the observed world was a godsend, because that's what art does.

 

This article in the NYT look sat the ethics of the art when used in journalism and gives us another opportunity to laugh at North Korea, which is always worth doing in my book.

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Artist + AI = Creativity²: Humans and machines will create prize-winning art | Nesta

Artist + AI = Creativity²: Humans and machines will create prize-winning art | Nesta | Singularitism | Scoop.it
With AI emerging as a game-changer for the creative sector, the winner of the 2018 Turner Prize could be an AI and artist duo, says Georgia Ward Dyer
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I knew it!
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Skin Motion™ - Tattoos brought to life!

Skin Motion™ - Tattoos brought to life! | Singularitism | Scoop.it
Soundwave Tattoos™ by Skin Motion - Tattoos you can hear, can be played back with the Skin Motion mobile app. Create your Soundwave Tattoo today and find your tattoo artist in our Tattoo Artist Directory.
matthew maxwells insight:
Love this – it's singularitism in a nutshell.  Get a tattoo that acts as a marker for an AR app that plays you back an audio file. 

 I'd wish I'd done this myself, but for the one thing I've learned – Apps don't last. Tattoos do though, and soon you'll just have a sound wave mark on your body and a good story about what it USED to do. 

Still, cool idea.
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Nobel prize for decoding brain’s sense of place

Nobel prize for decoding brain’s sense of place | Singularitism | Scoop.it
Discoverers of brain’s navigation system get physiology Nobel.
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Coming this summer.  This project will compare the neural pathways in the brain to the physical paths in the city.  A psycho-geographic fun-fest.  Watch this space.
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Snapchat launches sunglasses with camera - BBC News

Snapchat launches sunglasses with camera - BBC News | Singularitism | Scoop.it
Messaging app firm Snapchat announces Spectacles, a pair of sunglasses with built-in cameras.
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The difference between David and Goliath – Google go into years of product development, disappear up their own polemic. Snapchat bring out, fun, funky, inoffensive toy that will takeover the world.
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Fifty Sisters : Jon McCormack

Fifty Sisters : Jon McCormack | Singularitism | Scoop.it
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Flowers. A perennial subject in art.  These plants have been grown using programmed algothymic rules generated in C++.
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Robots Are Coming for Our Poems

Robots Are Coming for Our Poems | Singularitism | Scoop.it
From free-ranging poet Roombas to Shakespeare-mining algorithms to classic Twitter poet spambots, robots are beginning to write better poetry than humans.
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I used to love poetry. I can still quote whole reams of it. But recently I've lost interest, until now...

' It's certainly proof that almost nothing people create can any longer be considered to exist behind some imaginary humans-only firewall—jobs, ideas, art—our machines are moving us, so we'd better get comfortable.'
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What websites look like to spiders.

What websites look like to spiders. | Singularitism | Scoop.it
clusteredforce.strikingly.com
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What does a website look like?

Well, that depends who’s looking.

Humans see colour and light; patterns, pictures and text. Organisations see their public face. Computers read the code. Search spiders look for content and connections.

 

At work at Sapient, we spend a lot of time trying to visualise the very intangible, ineffable things we make. So I started using web-crawler software to analyse the structure and content of sites. I'm putting 5 of the resulting images on the walls there this weekend.


Colours indicate content types, size and position relate to the connections and weight of pages. Then the data is manipulated to reveal the dynamism and vitality that makes a digital organism grow, learn and react. These are portraits of the web.

 

And like all portraiture, they try to penetrate the skin and reveal something deeper, more universal. The essence of an experience. A unified view of the intangible digital world that surrounds and pervades our existence. Something we all, humans, computers, spiders and organisations can relate to. Something beautiful.

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Robot Slapstick

Robot Slapstick | Singularitism | Scoop.it

Ready to feel bad for a pile of circuit boards? Wait 'til about a minute and twenty seconds into this video... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVlhMGQgDkY 

matthew maxwells insight:

Laughing... but. This is a proper cyborg slave created by Google.  It walks funny, it falls over, you can tease and mock it but IT JUST KEEPS COMING!

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POLYATOMIC - YouTube

What does a global business look like? Specifically, what does the energy and activity of its 14,000+ staff, located all across the planet, working at the cu...
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My first Singularitism project at Sapient.  

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Another robot/human love story

Another robot/human love story | Singularitism | Scoop.it
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My strange friend Ted Hurlock writes:  'Every so often I like to amuse myself by toying with sex bot invites on Skype. The value return diminishes very quickly...'

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Banking on Biometrics

Banking on Biometrics | Singularitism | Scoop.it

Not cultural, per se, but an excellent collection of some of the technologies which will power the future art of singularitism.

From Sapient.

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Ultra Hal AI Chatbot Talks with another Ultra Hal AI Bot - YouTube

Zabaware's Ultra Hal is an artificially intelligent chat bot that learns from past conversations (human-to-bot) as well as from observing Twitter conversatio...
matthew maxwells insight:

Obviously, come the Singularity when we merge seamlessly with robots, we'll still need to sustain the species via reproduction in the old fashioned way.  However, on the basis of this experiment by Zabaware, conversation may be slightly awkward. Work to be done, clearly.

 

So we can't afford to lose our basic skills in chatting up the opposite sex and making them like us so they'll have our babies.

 

 

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Google just announced that its AI has dreams and here's what they look like

Google just announced that its AI has dreams and here's what they look like | Singularitism | Scoop.it
Androids don’t just dream of electric sheep; they also dream of mesmerising, multicoloured landscapes.
matthew maxwells insight:

See what Google are up to - teaching computers Photoshop.  Which I don't think is really the same thing as computers making art. And the results are pretty ugly, by nay standards.

 

But I guess that's the point here - they're OUR standards of aesthetic value and maybe the 'putes are taking their own stand on this: maybe the to them the process is the piece. Maybe they're behaving as we were taught in art school and just... looking.  Or image recognition and definition as they might put it better, which is , after all, the basis for every visual art form.

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