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The Indestructible Record Company was an American record label that existed between 1907 and 1922. They traded in the earliest commercial medium for recording and reproducing sound, and for a brief moment represented, literally, the cutting technological edge in mass entertainment. Most of their recordings have survived more than a hundred years of change in what it means to produce immersive, compelling, futuristic media.

Sometime around the half of this century, big shot labels with deep pockets let their algorithms loose and went to work on their vast catalogs, hired the best prompt designers and fed their in-house image generators a small infinity of television and film recordings. It took a while, the first products were predictably jittery and free, but clearly irresistible. A few months of social feedback loops, underground meme wars, and the paid subscription packages started hitting the stock market, leveraging all their copyrighted assets and gobbling up the public domain: maybe you spell out the prompt on your way home, inspired by the shape of tonight’s traffic, a colorful rendering of la politique des auteurs in the style of Michael Bay - no subtitles. Maybe you’re altruistic and social-minded, and for a month all you want to watch is your favorite teen sitcom remixed according to some highly specific ethno and demographic casting standard. Of course you can also subscribe to your friends’ and family’s playlists - passively or, for a small premium, able to introduce your own plot lines and cast recombination into their already highly mutated pieces. The Godfather, verbatim, only with De Niro playing Sonny. In part II, add a couple of extra scenes at the end so I can actually see what Brando coming home from the hospital really meant to the family.

After almost three decades of reality-inspired fiction, synthetic media became the dominant and abundant genre in entertainment and advertising. Depending on your connection speed and your chosen subscriptions, your synths became interoperable, customizable between the plausible and the atrocious, surrendering to a moment’s whim the entirety of recorded film history. The notion that actors and musicians and creatives of all sorts had once believed they were anything else than source material to be scanned and ingested by the neural networks now seemed quaint, in the face of the newfound technical might of the corporate studios. Democracy is not of this world, the show business people used to quip. Our generation was never bored again.


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The DALL-Ery GALL-Ery • AI Artworks

on Jul 17, 2022 11:36 am

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The Ultimate guide to DALL·E 2: how to use it & how to get access

Everything you might want to know about Open AI’s DALL•E 2, the revolutionary new AI artwork creation tool.

DALL·E is an AI art web app, designed by Open AI, which uses artificial intelligence to turn sentences (like ‘A grey horse galloping along a beach at sunset’) into images. It can also accept images uploads and modify them.

https://dallery.gallery/



Satoshi Wept: How Crypto Replayed the 2008 Financial Crisis

on Jul 17, 2022 11:36 am

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“Banks must be trusted to hold our money and transfer it electronically, but they lend it out in waves of credit bubbles with barely a fraction in reserve.” – Satoshi Nakamoto, circa 2009

“They mistook leverage for genius.” – Steve Eisman, FrontPoint Partners, circa 2008 (portrayed by Steve Carrell in “The Big Short”)

“We are in the process of communicating with relevant parties and fully committed to working this out.” – Zhu Su, Three Arrows Capital, June 15, 2022

Over the past eight weeks a series of seemingly robust pillars of the cryptocurrency industry have fallen. They knocked each other over like dominoes, and as they hit the ground they shattered. Our pillars, it turns out, were made of glass.

https://www.coindesk.com/layer2/2022/07/12/satoshi-wept-how-crypto-replayed-the-2008-financial-crisis/



DALL-E 2 Unbundling

on Jul 17, 2022 09:36 am

As the DALL-E community grows bigger and a part of our daily lives, multimodal artists and their audiences may seek greater novelty. Gone are the days where you could just share an image “in the style of picasso” and get recognition from others for your DALL-E 2 creation.

https://bakztfuture.substack.com/p/dall-e-2-unbundling



More Artists Are Writing Songs in the Key of AI

on Jul 17, 2022 08:36 am

Music written by teams, David Byrne once wrote, is arguably more accessible than that written by a sole composer. Collaborations, he mused, may result in more “universal” sentiments. But what if your partner isn’t human at all, but ? Now music producers are enlisting AI to crank out hits.

https://www.wired.com/story/music-written-by-artificial-intelligence/



An Interview with Marina Abramović

on Jul 17, 2022 07:36 am

Throughout her career, Marina Abramović has pioneered performance as an art form, putting her body at the center of events in space and time to engage with contemporary artistic, social, and political circumstances.

This month sees the launch of her first NFT project, The Hero 25FPS, a collaboration with CIRCA due to be minted on Tezos on 25 July, 2022.

Described as “a performance hosted on the blockchain,” the work revives the central theme of 2001’s The Hero, to be presented across the CIRCA global network of screens in London, Seoul, Milan, Berlin, Tokyo, Dublin, and New York — appearing every evening at 20:22 for three months. Filmed at 25 frames per second, unreleased material from the original work has now been separated into thousands of unique frames. Audiences will be invited to collect either a single unique frame (JPEG) or multiple unique frames in the form of a GIF. Given the artist’s centrality to the world of contemporary art, her decision to embrace the NFT community has profound implications for the future of the art world.

https://www.rightclicksave.com/article/an-interview-with-marina-abramovic



MBS’s $500 Billion Desert Dream Just Keeps Getting Weirder

on Jul 16, 2022 11:36 pm

Neom, the Saudi crown prince’s urban megaproject, is supposed to have a ski resort, swim lanes for commuters, and “smart” everything. It’s going great—for the consultants.

The chosen site in Saudi Arabia’s far northwest, stretching from the sun-scorched Red Sea coast into craggy mountain badlands, has summer temperatures over 100F and almost no fresh water. Yet, according to MBS and his advisers, it will soon be home to millions of people who’ll live in harmony with the environment, relying on desalination plants and a fully renewable electric grid.

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2022-mbs-neom-saudi-arabia/



Worldview: Reflections on War — The battle for energy resources

on Jul 16, 2022 10:36 am

In this episode of Worldview, Adam Boulton is joined by Professor Helen Thompson, Tim Marshall and Dr Daniel Yergin to discuss the global energy market.

https://engelsbergideas.com/podcasts/worldview-reflections-on-war-the-battle-for-energy-resources/



The US military wants to understand the most important software on Earth

on Jul 16, 2022 09:36 am

It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that the whole world is built on top of the Linux kernel—although most people have never heard of it.

t is one of the very first programs that load when most computers power up. It enables the hardware running the machine to interact with the software, governs its use of resources, and acts as the foundation of the operating system. It is the core building block of nearly all cloud computing, virtually every supercomputer, the entire internet of things, billions of smartphones, and more.

But the kernel is also open source, meaning anyone can write, read, and use its code. And that’s got cybersecurity experts inside the US military seriously worried. Its open-source nature means the Linux kernel—along with a host of other pieces of critical open-source software—is exposed to hostile manipulation in ways that we still barely understand.

“People are realizing now: wait a minute, literally everything we do is underpinned by Linux,”  says Dave Aitel, a cybersecurity researcher and former NSA computer security scientist. “This is a core technology to our society. Not understanding kernel security means we can’t secure critical infrastructure.”

https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/07/14/1055894/us-military-sofware-linux-kernel-open-source/



A Bored Chinese Housewife Spent Years Falsifying Russian History on Wikipedia

on Jul 15, 2022 08:36 am

Posing as a scholar, a Chinese woman spent years writing alternative accounts of medieval Russian history on Chinese Wikipedia, conjuring imaginary states, battles, and aristocrats in one of the largest hoaxes on the open-source platform. “The content she wrote is of high quality and the entries were interconnected, creating a system that can exist on its own,” veteran Chinese Wikipedian John Yip told VICE World News. “Zhemao single-handedly invented a new way to undermine Wikipedia.”

https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkgbwm/chinese-woman-fake-russian-history-wikipedia



Inside Karl Lagerfeld’s French Home Filled With Wonderful Objects | Vogue

on Jul 14, 2022 11:41 am

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In this episode of Objects of Affection, Lady Amanda Harlech takes Vogue on a tour through Karl Lagerfeld’s treasures ahead of a landmark Sotheby’s auction. Watch as Amanda shows everything from Karl’s beautiful royal blue upholstered Bruno Paul couch to his replica Adolph Menzel paintings.

Inside Karl Lagerfeld’s French Home Filled With Wonderful Objects | Vogue



 

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