Days in a Day

July 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Internet, Social, Urbanism | No Comments »

| DAYS IN A DAY | by Une Heure Cinq constructs a story through snippets in Flash. Brown, a primate with an existential crisis, wanders through a city or “monkeys in an anthill”.”When I was young I would have never imagined to belong to an insects society, I wanted to be a mountains gorilla.”

Watson : Computer, don't just sit there. Search.

July 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Internet, Mapping, Programming | 3 Comments »

Intellext‘s Watson runs silently runs and retrieves searches based on an analysis of what your doing at the time. Imagine typing a paper and having your research assistant constantly looking over your shoulder to go find more information on whatever topics come across in your discourse. That’s Watson. [download Watson 2.0 beta]

via The Boston Globe

Places & Spaces

July 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Internet, Mapping | 2 Comments »

Search engines are like poking sticks used to blindly probing a vast sea of information. A map might help. Much of information visualization stems on its capacity to convey large amounts of information through our relatively low bandwidth eye-mind coordination. The Places & Spaces exhibition displays a variety of new and old info vis designs and methods that attempt to visualize and manage floods of physical and abstract data.

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Playing Poker Against AI

July 25th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Future, Internet, Programming | 3 Comments »

How could playing poker online ever become fair? The enforcement of no-teams and no-bots are hard to regulate. As AI becomes more sophisticated, we may eventually face the killer bot, capable of defeating champion poker players. Online poker sites have two choices: fight the bots or embrace them. And why wouldn’t they embrace them? Poker bots still pay the rake for each pot, so the online casino continue to flourish. Who knows? Online poker may turn into a virtual battlefield for AI.


Sonic Wire Sculptor

July 20th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Internet, Mapping, Programming | No Comments »

Amit Pitaru‘s impressive Sonic Wire Sculptor takes advantage of JSyn (Java software synth) to create a turntable that reads 3-dimensional wire compositions drawn in space.

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Interview With The Search Engine

July 20th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Humor, Internet, Programming | 1 Comment »

SatireWire interviews Jeeves from So not AI.

NEW-TIES : Counter Strike + The Ultimate Question of Life

July 18th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Internet, Programming, Social, Virtual Reality | No Comments »

The NEW TIES project, an acronym for New and Emergent World models Through Individual, Evolutionary and Social Learning, is a virtual society (graphics base on Counter Strike’s source engine) of about 1000 agents with complex behavioural programs that may, but probably won’t answer the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. The programming interface is planned to be available to the public, allowing reasearchers to conduct their own experiments on a virtual society. The project’s goal is to evolve an artificial society capable of exploring and understanding its environment through cooperation and interaction. The agents are sufficiently complex and their environment demanding, which enables them to develop a communication system to learn how to cooperate and to adapt.

via NS

iSee : Getting Away with Murder

July 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Social, Urbanism | 2 Comments »

Surveillance in public urban environments are unregulated and continue to proliferate as security concerns remain a priority. A small price to pay for more security? Keep in mind that video footage of your deathly embarrassing moment in public may be distributed freely without any disclosure. Now, finding the path of least surveillance is a click away with iSee, a website by the Institute for Applied Autonomy, which plots your path through Manhattan around areas that have the least amount of CCTV surveillance.

via Pruned


July 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Future, Internet, Programming, Technology | No Comments »

Datatiles , by Jun Rekimoto at Sony CSL, merges dynamic graphical information with digitally tagged physical tiles. The highly developed prototype looks promising.[video]

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Zoological Museum Amsterdam

July 13th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Internet, Photography, Science | No Comments »

Zoological Museum Amsterdam curates more than 13 million animal specimens, some of which can be viewed online. There’s a section with 3D images of 151 bird specimens and a great introduction to the phylum porifera (sponges).