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Kristen Olson

LG e-paper - 0 views

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    e-paper released overseas - from the article: "LG's EPD is a 6-inch, 1024×768 e-ink plastic screen. It's 0.7mm thick, it weighs 14g, and LG claims it's resistant to scratches and drops from a 1.5 meter height. Of course, its biggest claim to fame is its flexibility: LG claims the screen allows bending at a range of 40 degrees from its center."
Ruth Cuadra

Purpose Emerging as Important Driver of Engagement. - Thursday, 24th May 2012 at 4Hotel... - 2 views

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    "Purpose" is emerging as a powerful new driver of attraction, retention, and productivity. on average, 57 percent of respondents (64 percent Germany, 58 percent US, 48 percent UK) said they would favor joining an organization that has a clearly defined Purpose. Moreover, an average of 65 percent of respondents claimed that Purpose would motivate them to go the 'extra mile' in their jobs and 64 percent claimed it would engender a greater sense of loyalty towards the organization they work for.
Leslie Matamoros

World Leisure - Disney cans healthy lifestyle exhibit over 'bullying' claims - 0 views

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    World Leisure Orginzation: Marh 2, 2012
Lisa Eriksen

Honda highlights Space Invaders in ad for new City model - mUmBRELLA - 1 views

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    Cute spot on personal space to sell cars - creative director claims "the car is technically our 'third' space." A different definition worth adding to our thoughts?
Ruth Cuadra

Hammer Museum's new pop-up village re-invents Westwood - 0 views

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    The Hammer Museum won a Goldhirsh Foundation LA2050 prize for its ideas about how to redevelop nearby Westwood Village. Their pop-up called Arts ReStore includes 18 different vendors spread out in various temporarily re-claimed storefronts. Rock on, Hammer Museum!
Ruth Cuadra

Facebook is 'dead and buried', replaced by simpler networks, study finds - 1 views

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    A study of how older teenagers use social media has found Facebook is "not just on the slide, it is basically dead and buried" and is being replaced by simpler social networks such as Twitter and Snapchat, an expert has claimed.  
Ruth Cuadra

The complex role of malls: private but sort-of-public spaces - 0 views

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    ...over the last few months, conflicting claims have emerged about how malls fit within Twin Cities society. ("#Itsmymall!" "No, #itsmymall!") The seemingly audacious protest by the #blacklivesmatter movement and subsequent reaction by the Mall of America and the Bloomington prosecutor illuminate the complex relationship that shopping malls have as public and private spaces. Like it or not, they are simultaneously massive private companies and rough, if degraded, facsimiles of Gruen's public sphere.
Elizabeth Merritt

Are we witnessing the dawn of post-theory science? | Artificial intelligence (AI) | The... - 0 views

  • we’ve realised that artificial intelligences (AIs), particularly a form of machine learning called neural networks, which learn from data without having to be fed explicit instructions, are themselves fallible.
  • The second is that humans turn out to be deeply uncomfortable with theory-free science.
  • there may still be plenty of theory of the traditional kind – that is, graspable by humans – that usefully explains much but has yet to be uncovered.
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  • The theories that make sense when you have huge amounts of data look quite different from those that make sense when you have small amounts
  • The bigger the dataset, the more inconsistencies the AI learns. The end result is not a theory in the traditional sense of a precise claim about how people make decisions, but a set of claims that is subject to certain constraints.
  • theory-free predictive engines embodied by Facebook or AlphaFold.
  • “Explainable AI”, which addresses how to bridge the interpretability gap, has become a hot topic. But that gap is only set to widen and we might instead be faced with a trade-off: how much predictability are we willing to give up for interpretability?
Elizabeth Merritt

How Germany Changed Its Mind, and Gave Benin Bronzes Back to Nigeria - The New York Times - 2 views

  • by a changing social consensus about the ethics of holding on to such items, and further strengthened by a backlash against Germany’s flagship cultural project: the Humboldt Forum,
  • Germany’s approach also contrasts with those of the United States and British governments, which have left decisions up to individual institutions
  • some of the most important museums in England cannot return their Benin Bronzes, even if they wanted to, without a change in the law. That includes the British Museum, which owns about 900 of the artifacts, arguably the world’s finest collection.
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  • a key turning point there occurred in 2019, amid growing public pressure.
  • a rising awareness in Germany of its own colonial crimes — including the killing of tens of thousands of Nama and Herero people in what is now Namibia. The atrocity, carried out between 1904 and 1908, is widely seen as the first genocide of the 20th century.
  • Until then, the main vehicle for discussing the return of the Benin Bronzes had been the Benin Dialogue Group, a network founded in 2010 that brought together Nigerian representatives and figures from European museums with bronzes in their collections. The group, however, favored loans over transfers of ownership.
  • The agreement stipulated that all objects that had been obtained “unethically” would be liable for return and directed institutions to facilitate claims by producing publicly available inventories.
  • obstacles remained on the Nigerian side. Although the country had requested the return of the bronzes since the 1970s, there was conflict over who would take ownership of the artifacts. Both the Nigerian government and the oba of Benin, whose family ruled the historical Kingdom of Benin from which they were looted, claimed that they owned the items. Godwin Obaseki, the governor of Edo State, where Benin City is, said he acted as a facilitator to resolve the dispute.
  • Ultimately, he said, the oba’s family, Nigeria’s museum commission and the government of Edo State agreed to join a trust together, with independent directors that oversee the construction and operation of the new museum.
  • the agreement allows for 168 pieces chosen by Nigeria’s museum commission to remain in Germany “so that Benin’s art can be shown to the world.” The approximately 350 other bronzes that were part of the Berlin museum collections will be transported to Nigeria once the pavilion is completed.
  • Edo Museum of West African Art
  • It remains unclear who will pay for the shipment and insurance of the remaining items in Germany, and he noted that the bronzes’ storage and upkeep will come at a considerable cost, including electrical bills for climate control.
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    The foreign minister's trip is the culmination of a yearslong process that upended Germany's approach to handling cultural items unjustly obtained during the colonial period. It is also part of a pioneering model for large-scale restitution, in which ownership is swapped before any artifacts change hands. Crucially, that approach allows for items to be restituted even if the country of origin does not yet have the facilities to store and exhibit them.
Gina Hall

Why It's Time to Eliminate Class Schedules - Education - GOOD - 0 views

  • What if we removed the passive course-to-course drudgery of the school day? What if there was no schedule?
  • What if teachers were seen as mentors for projects designed to help students meet those benchmarks?
  • What if the students initiated these projects and the teachers spent their time recording TED-style talks that would serve as inspiration and help students generate benchmark-related ideas?
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  • If students spent their time producing authentic projects instead of driving toward test scores, it would provide tangible measurement of what they can do, and the tug-of-war over the meaning of grades would end. But as long as we keep the current way classes are scheduled, we will continue claiming that we just don’t have time for learning.
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      I think there is growing support for this type of approach to learning/teaching. For me it is a pleasant vision to move from high stakes testing - to more continual process based learning. I see a big role here for gaming mechanic design principles. Good scan hit..
Megan Conn

Live 20 More Years and You May Never Die, expert claims - 0 views

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    This seems so far fetched... but fascinating.   Would wreak some major havoc on our traditional audience model (kids, teens, adults, seniors). 
Lisa Eriksen

A Relentless Widening of Disparity in Wealth - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • Professor Piketty offers early-20th-century France as an example. “France was a democracy and yet the system did not respond to an incredible concentration of wealth and an incredible level of inequality,” he said. “The elites just refused to see it. They kept claiming that the free market was going to solve everything.”It didn’t.
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    Perhaps we should just focus on high-level, individual donors since they will own most all of the wealth?
Elizabeth Merritt

Who Is Working to End the Threat of AI-Generated Deepfakes - 0 views

  • ata poisoning techniques to essentially disturb pixels within an image to create invisible noise, effectively making AI art generators incapable of generating realistic deepfakes based on the photos they’re fed.
  • Higher resolution images work even better, he said, since they include more pixels that can be minutely disturbed.
  • Google is creating its own AI image generator called Imagen, though few people have been able to put their system through its paces. The company is also working on a generative AI video system.
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  • Salman said he could imagine a future where companies, even the ones who generate the AI models, could certify that uploaded images are immunized against AI models. Of course, that isn’t much good news for the millions of images already uploaded to the open source library like LAION, but it could potentially make a difference for any image uploaded in the future.
  • there are some AI systems that can detect deepfake videos, and there are ways to train people to detect the small inconsistencies that show a video is being faked. The question is: will there come a time when neither human nor machine can discern if a photo or video has been manipulated?
  • Back in September, OpenAI announced users could once again upload human faces to their system, but claimed they had built in ways to stop users from showing faces in violent or sexual contexts. It also asked users not to upload images of people without their consent
  • Noah asked Murati if there was a way to make sure AI programs don’t lead us to a world “where nothing is real, and everything that’s real, isn’t?”
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