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By Jesse Allison | Experimental Music | Cultural Computing production and curiosities

The best sounding cars turn internal combustion into music

When looking at cars, objective elements like horsepower, fuel economy, and the number of USB ports are important. But what separates cars from other …

Trucks

Giant robot fighting is finally here as America and Japan do battle

The US and Japan will square-off in robot combat this Tuesday in a battle to determine who builds a better battle bot. The event will be streamed live on Twitch and will feature two giant robots clashing head-to-head in melee combat.<p>The American team created a 15 foot tall behemoth of steel and …

Robots

EE’s Helikite balloon delivered 4G data to a rural sporting event

All of the 4G<p>The world’s first commercial Helikite “air mast” took flight over the weekend, providing 4G coverage for hundreds of users in rural Wales. EE’s Helikite air mast is designed to provide temporary data coverage for remote but densely populated events like music festivals, and for …

UK National Parks

WaveNet launches in the Google Assistant

Google Assistant

US reveals details of recent 'sonic attack' on Cuba diplomats

<b>A suspected acoustic attack on US embassy staff in Cuba was reported as recently as last month, US officials have revealed.</b><p>It was originally thought that the incidents had ended several months ago.<p>The US State Department also said the number of staff who have reported health problems had increased …

Cuba

This edible sensor could help keep food fresh

Making sure fresh food is kept at the right temperature during transit is a harder problem than one might think — but the Swiss are on the job. Not only did they create robo-fruit to mix in with the real ones, but another research team has created a biodegradable temperature sensor that sticks to …

Robotics

This 3D audio soundbar promises to beat your home theater setup

Surround sound is an exercise in compromise. Surround speakers are cumbersome and expensive to set up. They require you sit in a ‘sweet spot’ to achieve a decent sense of positioning, and can’t really replicate the sensation of sound getting close to your head. Headphones can position sound more …

Audiophile

An Historic Cape Town Grain Silo Converted into 80 Cylindrical Art Galleries | Colossal

<p>Housed in what was once Cape Town’s tallest building is the newly unveiled Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), created by …

South Africa

Navy plans to use Xbox controllers for new periscope systems

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy plans to use Xbox 360 controllers to operate periscopes aboard its newer submarines.<p>The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, reported Saturday that the Navy's Virginia-class subs don't have a traditional rotating periscope. They're being replaced by …

The Companies That Will Track Any Phone on the Planet

Tracking or tapping phones across the planet used to be a niche capability. Now, a myriad of for-profit spy companies sell border-crossing …

Surveillance

Massive robot dance sets a Guinness world record

Watch as 1,069 robots dance simultaneously in China to break the record.<p>Cowboys, disco divas and "Thriller" zombies aren't the only ones who can line dance in unison. Earlier this month, robots showed off their dance skills, which may have included twerking, and broke a Guinness World Record at the …

Robots

Over 50,000 digitized pieces of vinyl can now be listened to on Internet Archive

Get familiar with the Great 78 Project<p>New York’s ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) has been preserving audiovisual materials since 1985, and a little over a year ago, it partnered with the Internet Archive to bring its Great 78 Project to the public. Along with audiovisual digitization vendor …

Vinyl Records

No Place Like Home, GPS shoes

<b>Date:</b> 2012 <b><br>Materials:</b> Leather, Micro-processor, GPS, LEDs<p>Dominic Wilcox has created the world’s first fully functional pair of GPS shoes that will …

Shoes

Robots at Work and Play

Advancements in robotics are continually taking place in the fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more. These machines—some fully autonomous, some requiring human input—extend our grasp, enhance our capabilities, and travel as our surrogates to places …

Robots

Logitech's latest MX mice are ready for your multi-PC setup

Most mice are designed with the assumption that you'll pair them with one PC at a time. But that's just not realistic these days -- there's a good chance you have multiple systems. And Logitech thinks it can do something about this with its latest flagship mice. It's introducing the MX Master 2S …

Logitech

Music for 18 Musicians - Steve Reich ; Video clip made with Machine Learning.

Machine Learning

NASA Has Recorded The First Sounds of The Eerie Void Inside Saturn's Rings

Hold me.<p>If you happen to have an irrational fear of one day getting sucked out into space to die a lonely, silent death in the sad, black void of the …

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”<p>You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything else—a collection slated to …

Publishing

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Rights & Freedoms

The death of interactive infographics?

<i>(This is a write-up of the talk I gave at</i> <i>INCH Munich</i> <i>on March 11 )</i><p><i>(edit:</i> <i>Gregor released a new blog post</i><i>, clarifying some of the aspects and made some</i> …

Data Visualization

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Las Vegas bets big on new esports arena attracting millennials

Set to open Friday, a new esports arena could hold the cards for the future of Las Vegas. Or, so it hopes.<p>The 15,000 square foot venue features all the glitz and glamor of a professional arena: lights, large screens for spectators, even a tunnel for athletes — and I use the term loosely — to walk …

Las Vegas

Valve promises more realistic audio for VR

Most of the effort in improving virtual reality focuses on the visuals. But what about audio -- isn't it jarring to hear sound that clearly doesn't mirror the world you're in? Valve thinks it can fix that. It just released a Steam Audio kit that lets developers provide more immersive sound in games …

Virtual Reality

How small are we in the scale of the universe?

6 areas of AI and machine learning to watch closely

For more AI news and analysis, sign up to my newsletter here.<p>Distilling a generally-accepted definition of what qualifies as artificial intelligence …

Machine Learning

The End Of User-Friendly Design

As emotive, verbal AI colonizes our world, “user-friendly” doesn’t mean what it once did.<p>There’s a new sub-genre of ghost stories out there today–one where the antagonist isn’t quite human. You can find these tales on user forums for many voice assistants: One user reports he and his wife heard …

Move over science, humanities’ tech-savvy research is making waves

From digital archives to 3D modelling, humanities research has undergone a technological revolution<p>When you think of research on the cutting edge of technological change or bringing in investment from business you are more likely to think of engineering than history.<p>But while research in arts and …

Humanities

The 10 Best Data Visualization Articles of 2016 (and Why They Were Awesome)

2016 was an astounding year for insightful, informative data visualization articles — here were the top 10 I saw all year (in no particular order), …

Infographics