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Algorithm: Help Launch a New “Hacker Film” About Fighting Government Monitoring

Thursday 08.01.2013 , Posted by

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What if there was no such thing as privacy in the world. What if there was a group of people who had access to all your information. What might that group possibly do and how would the people react? This futuristic (and quite possibly realistic) situation is the heart of a new technological thriller yet to be filmed titled “Algorithm.” Developed by writer and filmmaker Jonathan Schiefer, the film revolves around a hacker-for-hire who discovers that the government is monitoring everything people are doing. He and his friends decide to fight back in full force. Does this story sound somewhat familiar? Edward Snowden has done something similar by becoming a whistle blower on the NSA, yet this story was written before the Snowden episode. Currently Schiefer and crew are looking for support in all ways, hoping to make their dream a reality and begin filming in San Francisco. [Read more…]

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Computers Can Make Art- Even In Their Sleep

Wednesday 10.03.2012 , Posted by

Do androids dream of electric sheep? With Electric Sheep, Scott Draves, a Google engineer, made an attempt to reproduce the essence of life in digital form. He created an open-source visual arts program with a genetic language that evolves. When the Electric Sheep program is installed, the images appear when the computer is in sleep mode, thus representing that computer’s dreams. Users are invited to open up the genetic code of each morphing abstract animation known as a “sheep”, alter it, and re-enter it into the gene pool by posting it back to the server. Then those new creations can “mate” with others making an all new “sheep”, so humans and computers are working together to create something greater than either one. [Read more…]

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How to make cameras auto-focus like eyes

Tuesday 10.04.2011 , Posted by

A new algorithm suggests there is information lurking in images that cameras have yet to tap. Like a camera, the human eye has an auto-focusing system, but human auto-focusing rarely makes mistakes. And unlike a camera, humans do not require trial and error to focus an object. [Read more…]

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A Flexible Identity for MIT Media Labs

Thursday 03.31.2011 , Posted by

The MIT Media Lab has recently created a new and novel identity unlike any we’ve seen before. Intended to embody a “spirit of transparency, mutual inspiration and collaboration,” it features a logo made of three mobile black squares with colorful extrusions. Based upon a computer algorithm, the logo modifies itself to create a unique representation chosen by each team member. Thus each person can claim and own an individual shape that can be used on their business card or personal website, while program wide the design will be a fixture on all collateral, business cards, letterheads, websites, animations and signage. It’s darn clever stuff.

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