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Previews of the amazing CGI and audio tech coming at SIGGRAPH

You want to see visualizations of the vorticity fields around the flapping wings of hummingbirds, don't you?<p>The SIGGRAPH Technical Papers program is …

The on-demand economy is a bubble—and it’s about to burst

Enjoy on-demand services while you can.<p>Whether it’s getting a lift whenever you want or ordering pad thai from the comfort of your couch, the rise of the on-demand economy has made a lot of people’s lives more convenient. But many of the services we know and love might not be around in a few years. …

Ridesharing

Meet the Artist Using Ritual Magic to Trap Self-Driving Cars

Well, it's actually science, but for James Bridle science and magic aren't that distinct.<p><b>This article originally appeared on Creators.</b><p>Is it a silly prank, a Pagan ritual, or a genius discovery about the next era of mass transit? In a picture posted to Flickr by artist James Bridle—known for coining …

Autonomous Cars

An Artificial Intelligence Kanye West Now Exists

Courtesy of a self-taught teenage programmer.<p>As Quartz reports, a West Virginia teenager has created an artificial intelligence emcee whose style is based entirely on Kanye West‘s body of work. Seventeen-year-old high school student Robbie Barrat produced his own virtual Yeezus following a …

#3799: "House Music": Music From Household Items

Hear “House” music for this show – in that all of the music is made with things one might find around the house. Listen to "Ultimate Care II," the model of washing machine used by the Baltimore-based duo Matmos – and the title of their 2015 album-length soundscape. With that machine’s various …

Russell Louder is the Performance Artist Putting Eastern Canada's Electronic Scene on the Map

Listen to the intimate "Never Lost" from the Prince Edward Island musician's upcoming EP, 'Think of Light.'<p>What gives a song its "feel"? How can you detach from someone in a way that isn't hurtful? How can you incorporate your audience into a performance without forcing them? These are the kinds of …

IDEO is Changing the Way Managers Think About Thinking

IDEO’s human-centered design thinking is a systematic methodology used to help create new products and services. The best part: The company is open …

Design

Extraordinary Photographies of Dancers by Shinichi Maruyama

Born in 1968 in Nagano, Japan, the artist Shinichi Maruyama set out to settle on the other side of the Pacific Ocean in 2003. He has just reinvented …

This Font Changes As You Type & Is Dangerously Mesmerizing

Your inner graphic-design nerd is going to <i>love</i> this.<p>Futuracha Pro, created by graphic designer Odysseas Galinos Paparounis of Greek branding agency …

How to Build a 'Franken-Startup' Entirely Out of Software Services

As an entrepreneur, you can stretch your labor farther by making machines do most of it.<p>There are two pieces of advice every founder has heard: Keep your startup as lean as possible, and only do things that are high-leverage uses of your time. There's an obvious tension here: How are you supposed …

Small Business

An AI Hedge Fund Created a New Currency to Make Wall Street Work Like Open Source

Wall Street is a competition, a Darwinian battle for the almighty dollar. Gordon Gekko said that greed is good, that it captures "the essence of the …

Being Your True Self in a Relationship Matters Less Than Being Your Best Self

There’s a lot to be said for having a partner that “gets” you: Research has shown that feeling understood in a relationship makes for a happier …

Mixes Of The Week: 6/3/17

<i>This week's top mixes include DJ Deep live at Brilliant Corners, Apeiron Crew's Truancy volume, Bruce's Techno Oddities and Luke Vibert's</i> …

The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Health 2017

The health care industry is transforming rapidly, in large part due to an influx of new technologies and innovative business models. These 10 companies are creating solutions to some of the sector’s most pressing problems—and they have the outcomes data to show for it.<p>Click on a company to learn …

Digital Health

Adidas Concept Store 'DAS 107 by kasina' / URBANTAINER

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Located in Hongdae, DAS107 is an iconic store that—in collaboration with street culture specialist …

Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic: ‘Objects reveal a lot about the way we live, who we are, what we value’

In the six weeks since it reopened in a new home, London’s Design Museum has welcomed more visitors than it used to get in a whole year. Its director, Deyan Sudjic, explains why he thinks they come<p>Related: Design Museum review – temple to design gets the space it deserves at last<p>In a conventional, …

England

Matthew Herbert's "Megaphone" is Dungeon Dwelling Tracky Techno of the Highest Order

Stream the brainbox's latest 12" exclusively here on THUMP.<p>Matthew Herbert—the boffin of the booth, the brainbox of Berghain—is a (presumably) very busy bloke. When he's not turning aubergines into vinyl, recording the life cycle of a pig, or remixing Mahler, he's running a few record labels, …

Meet the Canadian Artist Making Self-Loathing Great Again

Illustrator Jaik “Puppyteeth” Olson on the fine art of throwing shade.<p>Three years ago, Jaik Olson had dropped out of art school, had no phone, and had quite a hefty drug addiction. This image of a twitchy, coke-addled aspiring artist is a far cry from the Olson we’re familiar with today. Making art …

A Look Inside a Surrealist Sculptor’s Rural Quebec Retreat

You know how a lot of great chefs, after spending long days in the kitchen creating rich, complex, exquisite cuisine, like to eat very simply when …

Avant-garde

Pencil and Crayon Illustrations Celebrate the Small Joys of Everyday Life

A Korean artist illustrates from the heart in her visual diary of daily life.<p>With a penchant for graceful illustration and distorted proportions, a series of illustrations portraying snapshots of average life tell a story of humanity with the help of colored pencils and a greeting-card layout. …

The Met has released more than 375,000 images that you can use for free

The initiative will also bring a Wikimedian-in-Residence to the museum<p>The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made its entire collection of art in the public domain — more than 375,000 images — available to the public under Creative Commons Zero. The designation means that the general public can use the …

22 Short Novels You Can Finish on Your Next Flight

You can read some of our favorite fiction from the past 50 years in less time than it takes to fly from one coast to the other.<p>Yes, <i>Gatsby</i>. Yes, <i>The Old Man and the Sea</i>. Yes, <i>The Stranger</i> and <i>Ethan Frome</i>. But (theoretically) you already read those classic shorties in high school, right? And while we …

Indian firm makes carbon capture breakthrough

A breakthrough in the race to make useful products out of planet-heating CO2 emissions has been made in southern India.<p>A plant at the industrial port of Tuticorin is capturing CO2 from its own coal-powered boiler and using it to make baking soda.<p>Crucially, the technology is running without subsidy, …

America's 25 worst charities, how to find the good ones & where Trump's charity stands

United States

Colorful and Realistic Illustrations of Hands and Faces

The sketches created by the Denver-based artist Lui Ferreyra detail with a surgical precision the different contact zones of our hands and of our …

20 Best Avant Albums of 2016

20<p>Bethan Kellough, ‘Aven’<p>Los Angeles–based artist Bethan Kellough accompanies some fairly gorgeous field recordings of Earth – geothermal activity in …

clashing

How Adobe Flash, once the face of the web, fell to the brink of obscurity—and why it’s worth saving

Adobe Flash was the future, until it wasn’t. It emerged in the late 1990s, at a time when the internet was at its ugliest, when the most exciting thing one might find on a webpage was a low-resolution GIF, or blinking text. Flash brought web-based video, animation, and interactivity into ubiquity; …

Software

How the Commodore Amiga Turned Andy Warhol into a Computer Artist

Commodore tried to upstage Apple by bringing out Andy Warhol and Deborah Harry for its Amiga launch event. It didn’t work, but Warhol showed genuine excitement for the platform.<p><b>Commodore tried to upstage Apple by bringing out Andy Warhol and Deborah Harry for its Amiga launch event. It didn't work,</b> …

25 Animations of Great Literary Works: From Plato, Dostoevsky & Dickinson, to Kafka, Hemingway & Bradbury

Over the years, we've featured a large number of literary works that have been wonderfully re-imagined by animators. Rather than leaving these works …