1. Extracts of Local Distance

    Really interesting mix of computational photography and visualising masses of photos. Would love to try this with other collections of images.

    "Countless fragments of existing architectural photography are merged into multilayered shapes. The resulting collages introduce a third abstract point of view next to the original ones of architect and photographer. Digital scans of analogue architectural photography form tiny pieces of a large resulting puzzle. The original pictures are being analysed and categorised according to their vanishing-points and shapes. Based on this analysis, slices are being extracted from the source image. These slices retain the information of their position corresponding to their original vanishing-point and thus form a large pool of pieces, ready to be applied to new perspectives and shapes."

     



  2. I was in the room for these conversations. Highly recommended. Best of Future Everything, probably.

     


  3. Ethical Autonomous Vehicles : matthieu cherubini

    Love this to pieces.

    "Many car manufacturers are projecting that by 2025 most cars on the market will operate on driverless systems . While it is valid to think that our roads will be safer as autonomous vehicles replace traditional cars, the unpredictability of real-life situations that involve the complexities of moral and ethical reasoning complicate this assumption, for example in the event of a crash. How can such systems be designed to accommodate the complicatedness of moral and ethical thought processes, especially when human lives are involved? Just like choosing the color of a car, ethics can become a commodified feature in autonomous vehicles that one can buy, change, and repurchase, depending on personal taste."

     


  4. Well-formed data » Selfiecity

    Really nice, and critical, overview of the Selfiecity project from one of the people involved. Nice to see because it seemed a bit bobbins at first.

    "From a data visualization point of view, our biggest challenge was to find forms of summarization that show the high level patterns in the data — the big picture — but still respect the individuals, and don’t strip away all the interesting details.

    […]

    "In a way, an our dataset is fractal: The closer you look at a single selfie, the more details you can discover, discuss and analyse. Which also means, we did not really visualize 3’200 “data points” (whatever that means, anyways, …). We actually tried to make 3’200 little worlds explorable."

     


  5. new-aesthetic:

    Cargo scanning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Gamma-ray radiography systems capable of scanning trucks usually use cobalt-60 or caesium-137 as a radioactive source and a vertical tower of gamma detectors. This gamma camera is able to produce one column of an image. The horizontal dimension of the image is produced by moving either the truck or the scanning hardware. The cobalt-60 units use gamma photons with a mean energy 1.25 MeV, which can penetrate up to 15–18 cm of steel. The systems provide good quality images which can be used for identifying cargo and comparing it with the manifest, in an attempt to detect anomalies. It can also identify high-density regions too thick to penetrate, which would be the most likely to hide nuclear threats.

    slit-scan photography on a massive scale.

     


  6. stml:

    Tar series. From top:

    • John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, USA
    • London Heathrow Airport, London, UK
    • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Amsterdam, NL
    • Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong, HK
     


  7. prostheticknowledge:

    Eternal Portraits

    Art project by Brian House and Jason Rabie are framed pieces of Facebook Facial Recognition data of users (thus, a portrait of users characteristics):

    Facebook uses face recognition software to identify its users in photos. This works via a ‘template’ of your facial features that is created from your profile images. These features — the distance between your eyes, the symmetry of your mouth — generally do not change over time. Unlike a photograph, which captures some ephemeral expression of who you are at a particular moment, a face recognition template forever remains your portrait. It is all possible photos, taken and untaken, by which you, or someone else, might document your life.

    These templates are Facebook’s proprietary data. For a brief period in 2013, users could access their template using the “Download a copy of your Facebook data” option in the settings (it is no longer included in the download). The information is unusable in its raw form without knowing the specifics of Facebook’s algorithm. But as an irrevocable corporate byproduct, the future implications of such data remain unclear.

    Eternal Portraits is a series of printed and framed face recognition template data from our friends and ourselves.

    More at Brian’s website here

     


  8. prostheticknowledge:

    Flow Cam

    Browser-based webcam toy by artist Andrew Benson is a WebGL realtime visual distorter with a smooth yet digital grainy effect - the GIFs above do not do it justice.

    Try it out for yourself here

     


  9. new-aesthetic:

    Technology - FreeD Technology

    Up until now, video, broadcasting, and film has consisted of cameras capturing two-dimensional image data, which is essentially a sequence of changing flat “pixels” that represent reality. These images are then processed by either post-production facilities, or by ever-growing consumer applications, and end up transmitted and shared digitally. Our technology works by capturing reality not as just a two-dimensional representation, but as a true three-dimensional scene, comprised of three-dimensional “pixels” that faithfully represent the fine details of the scene. This information is stored as a freeD™ database, which can then be tapped to produce (render) any desired viewing angle from the detailed information. This enables a far superior way of capturing reality, which allows breaking free from the constraints of where a physical camera with a particular lens had been placed, allowing a freedom of viewing which has endless possibilities.
     
     


  10. prostheticknowledge:

    "rate" - super high frequency lighting

    Latest project from Daito Manabe and Motoi Ishibashi are lamps which normally give off white light, yet when recorded with a digital camera are shown to emit animated coloured patterns - video embedded below:

    It looks just white with human eyes because it is changing it’s color in super fast speed (about 1000hz ~ 1000000hz ).But if you shoot it with a digital video camera you can see the patterns in the image.

    [Link]

     


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  12. Extracts of local distance

    Countless fragments of existing architectural photography are merged into multilayered shapes. The resulting collages introduce a third abstract point of view next to the original ones of architect and photographer.

    Digital scans of analogue architectural photography form tiny pieces of a large resulting puzzle. The original pictures are being analysed and categorised according to their vanishing-points and shapes. Based on this analysis, slices are being extracted from the source image. These slices retain the information of their position corresponding to their original vanishing-point and thus form a large pool of pieces, ready to be applied to new perspectives and shapes.

    Using the extracted image segments, it is now possible to form collages of originally different pictures with a new common perspective. In order to compose a collage, a perspective-grid is defined and a lining of matching image segments is being applied. The segments are not altered to match the frame but fitting ones are chosen from the sheer mass of possible pieces. By defining additional keywords which describe the content of the original photographs, the selection of segments used for the final composition can be influenced. Thus a contextual layer is added through the semantic linking with the source material.

    The recompositions mix and match the views and perspectives of both the architect and the photographer with a third, newly chosen frame. The resulting fine-art prints are entirely unique each time.

     



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  15. brucesterling:

    *My kind of cinema