Computers Can Make Art- Even In Their Sleep

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.

TED-Ed: Bringing Hundreds of Classrooms Home

Teachers are an amazing resource to all of us, helping us to understand everything from mathematics to the mysteries of the universe. But while some are lucky enough to have wonderful, educated teachers in their life, the actual reach of those individual teachers is quite small… much of the time only as big as a classroom. How can this small influence be broadened? How can we make these incredible lessons more accessible to all? Enter the newest chapter in the TED saga: TED-Ed.

Open Source: The Global Village Construction Set

People around the world have aspirations to create happily sustainable, affordable communities, but often the lack of construction grade tools and vehicles derail their efforts: enter the Global Village Construction Set. The project was started by Open Source Ecology, a network of farmers, engineers and supporters. Together they are bringing to life a modular, DIY, low-cost, open source, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts. That’s a mouthful, but this big project is making great progress and getting much deserved attention.

Looks Like a Bright Future: Open Source Laser Projection

The fine people over at have generously created a new open-source set of software called OpenLase to control DIY laser projectors in real time… and the results are top-notch.

Using an audio card to control the lasers movement, the applications for this software are almost limitless. Below you will find videos showing experimentation with real time gaming, audio visualization and even an interactive 3D harp that is playable, all displayed by a $270 projector.

As of yet there is no documentation for the software, but should there be enough interest there is the possibility that a manual or at least support will be offered. To find out more about this project or to get your own copy, check out