Category Archives: Tech

Impressionist Jim Meskimen performs his poem ‘Pity the Poor Impressionist’ in the voices of 20 celebrities enhanced by SHAM00K using deepfake imaging.

The video required 1,200 hours of footage, 300,000 images and nearly a terabyte of data to create.

Previously: Jim Meskimen’s Nano Impressions

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Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot – it does parkour now. To wit:

We created the manoeuvres using new techniques that streamline the development process. First, an optimisation algorithm transforms high-level descriptions of each manoeuvre into dynamically-feasible reference motions.  Then Atlas tracks the motions using a model predictive controller that smoothly blends from one manoeuvre to the next.

…and then kills all humans.

Previously: Warehousebot

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The 1982 Seiko T001 TV Watch – a portable television receiver linked (by wire) to a 3cm LCD watch screen.

Three decades ahead of its time and the technology required to make it viable.

G’wan the Seiko though, in fairness.

MORE: The History Of The Smartwatch Goes Back Much Further Than You’d Think (Gearpatrol)

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One of a series of ‘futurist films’ by global design collective Universal Everything exploring human-machine collaboration through performance and emerging technologies. To wit:

A dancer teaches a series of three robots (in this case, Izzy) how to move. As the robots’ abilities develop from shaky mimicry to composed mastery, a physical dialogue emerges between man and machine – mimicking, balancing, challenging, competing, outmanoeuvring…

…killing all humans, etc.

Previously: More Than Human

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