Category Archives: Tech

In case you missed it: excerpts from the live stream of a recent SPFL Championship match (in an empty stadium on account of lockdown) between Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ayr United.

Caledonian stadium has no camera operator, relying instead on an AI controlled tracking camera programmed to follow the ball.

Except it’s not following the ball is it?

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Stunning ultra slow motion (3,200 fps) footage of unusual insects taking flight recorded and narrated by Professor Adrian Smith of NC State University who used a blacklight to attract exotic species like the plume moth, eastern firefly and the rosy maple moth, which he describes as a ‘flying Muppet’.

Unkind.

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An extraordinary persistence of vision installation by Russian art collective TUNDRA which sez of it:

Row is a modular and scalable array of screens that can form lines of various length of any desired shape. Translating raw visuals driven by generative sound, the content itself is being echoed with a slight delay which creates various moving patterns that highlight and reflect the spatial characteristics of where it is installed.

Fair enough.

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Digital animations interpreting the trills, squads and coos of birds recorded during a visit to the Amazonian jungle by Austalian artist Andy Thomas, who tells Colossal:

I am fascinated with the idea of generating digital art that references the beauty and complexity of nature. I hope this piece will encourage people to research the many amazing varieties of birds that call the Amazon home, and remind us of how fragile and important this place is to us all.

Previously by Andy Thomas: Eye Candy: Synthetic Nature

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Experiments in digital extrapolation by photographer Bas Uterwijk (albeit subjective in the fine detail and employing a degree of artistic interpretation)  – using Artbreeder AI software to extract real world features from painted depictions, portraits and sculptures.

Above: Elizabeth the First, Michelangelo’s ‘David’, Napoleon Bonaparte, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Jesus Christ, George Washington and Vincent Van Gogh

Tenuously related: The Descendants

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Based on a premise by science fiction author René Barjavel and directed by J.K. Raymond-Millet, this eerily prescient French film from 1947 entitled ‘La télévision, œil de demain’ pretty much nails a vision of smartphones (and the risks of walking and driving while engrossed in them) while describing the evolution of TV into pocket sized devices.

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