Mediaeater Digest for Saturday 21st July, 2018 : Weekend Edition
Live Stream Guide
The Circle of HOPE will take place on July 20, 21, and 22, 2018 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. H.O.P.E. stands for Hackers On Planet Earth, one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world. It’s been happening since 1994.
Egypt targets social media with new law [reuters]
Under the law passed on Monday social media accounts and blogs with more than 5,000 followers on sites such as Twitter and Facebook will be treated as media outlets, which makes them subject to prosecution for publishing false news or incitement to break the law.
The bill prohibits the establishment of websites without obtaining a license from the Supreme Council and allows it to suspend or block existing websites, or impose fines on editors.
My perfect summer [FT]
How to holiday: ambassadors, adventurers and chefs on the art of the great getaway
Hyperallergic Required Reading [HypperAllergic]
The artist Carrie Mae Weems recalls sitting at her desk in Syracuse in 2014 “feeling very anonymous and misunderstood and trying to figure out how to make some new work” when she got the call.
“I was offered this extraordinary gift,” she said. “It was important, because I needed the money, but more than anything, I needed the encouragement and the support to keep making, to keep pushing — to continue to work in spite of all of the pressures.”
Fresh off their battle with ride-sharing and apartment-renting businesses, regulators are writing the playbook for reining in free-wheeling startups
Art abounds on the High Line in New York, where locals and tourists alike stroll the elevated former train track with a mix of bemusement and obliviousness while happening upon work by major artists from all over. “Agora,” a group exhibition that opened in April and runs until March 2019, plays with that mix to consider what Cecilia Alemani, the director and chief curator of High Line Art, called “the public sphere and the role of art and artists in activating public space.”
Try the Neural Melody Autocompletion Play and hold a melody or chord using a MIDI controller or computer keyboard. A neural network will pick up where you left off and it’ll keep playing for as long as you hold the keys down. Using the Improv RNN (pretrained) model from Google Magenta, and Magenta.js + TensorFlow.js + Tone.j
he’s part of the thriving community of nudists on Twitter who have flocked to the platform after most others have made a policy of censoring or banning images of naked bodies. Nudists on Facebook have had their profiles suspended after failing to properly crop or censor their photos. On Instagram, they’ve been penalized for showing female nipples or too much pubic hair. Tumblr allows NSFW (Not Safe for Work) content, but nudists say the platform is so overrun with spam that it’s unusable.
Unlike YouTube, PeerTube does not display default ads. ” In terms of monetization, we wanted to make a neutral tool, ” says Pouhiou. For now, a simple “support” button allows videographers to direct their viewers to Tipee, Patreon, Paypal and other donation tools. But in the future, Framasoft hopes that ” people will be able to code their own monetization system
The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded annually to the best building in the UK.
The RIBA Stirling Prize is judged against a range of criteria including design vision; innovation and originality; capacity to stimulate, engage and delight occupants and visitors; accessibility and sustainability; how fit the building is for its purpose and the level of client satisfaction.
In 2017 the RIBA Stirling Prize was awarded to Hastings Pier, by dRMM Architects.
VIDEO: Velodyne LiDAR VLS-128™ – Around San Francisco [youtube]
Introducing the World’s most capable Lidar for Autonomous Vehicles. The Velodyne VLS-128 is the world’s most advanced LiDAR sensor. As a culmination of ten years of LiDAR development and learning from millions of road miles, the VLS-128 is a sensor specifically made for autonomous driving and advanced vehicle safety at highway speeds. It provides real-time 3D data up to 0.1-degree vertical and horizontal resolution with up to 300-meter range and 360° surround view. The VLS-128 provides the range, resolution and accuracy required by the most advanced autonomous vehicle programs in the world.
VIDEO: The Performers: Act VII | HIROSHI ISHIGURO [youtube]
In ‘The Performers’ Act VII #Gucci and British GQ’s video series, the film opens with Erica—a robot created by Hiroshi Ishiguro—asking “Lately, I’ve been wondering what is the distinction between you and me?” referring to the differences between humans and robots. Director: Barbara Anastacio
By showing viewers in clear, visual terms how facial recognition systems read and understand people, Mr. Paglen, Mr. Chanarin and Mr. Broomberg want to help viewers question their perceptual accuracy. They ultimately want viewers to look beyond the systems’ own veneer of anonymity and to see those systems for what they are: the products of human beings with their own distinct prejudices and preferences.
even the operator in the control center cannot see your face because the mathematical models just represent the persons of interest.”
“The Met has shared information with the Ethics Panel about how it uses the technology, the trials and some possibilities for future use. We have made a series of key recommendations, which we think should be addressed before any further trials are carried out. We believe it is important facial recognition technology remains the subject of ethical scrutiny.”
“Because many times a person will turn their head when they see a security camera, so they are now experimenting with technology that just identifies a person by their ear, believe it or not,” he continued.
The tech is being tested at the RFK/Triborough Bridge and was switched on at Queens Midtown Tunnel and Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel Friday, according to the Governor’s Office
Facebook says it was probing whether data-analytics firm Crimson Hexagon’s government contracts comply with Facebook policies..
CH response:Understanding the Role of Public Online Data in Society Consumer data can serve as a focus group, but how should it be used?
The Internet Archive‘s Decentralized Web Summit is dedicated to creating the web we want [and the web we deserve]. We are convening those who want to build a web that…
Remembers. Forgets. That’s safe. That cares about people. That’s a marketplace. That’s a public square. That learns. That’s magical. That’s fun. A web with many winners. A web that’s locked open for good.
NP: The Ophelias – Almost (2018)