A Dialog of Thought Leadership

Science’s Next Big Experiment

Science isn’t a club. It’s a cultural activity, and it should be participatory. But if it were a club, these people would have made it a whole lot cooler. “We are the kids who got in trouble in chemistry lab for setting the things on fire that we were not supposed to set on fire.” […]

To Err Is Divine: Deep Learning and the Art of Machine Mistakes

  As we teach AI to visually recognize things it “sees” we get some interesting imagery. In the example below, a neural net exaggerates the variation in each “version” of the picture of reality it renders, creating images that have evolved to become unrecognizable to humans. So minor variations in input appear to lead to […]

Science’s Next Big Experiment

Science isn’t a club. It’s a cultural activity, and it should be participatory. But if it were a club, these people would have made it a whole lot cooler. “We are the kids who got in trouble in chemistry lab for setting the things on fire that we were not supposed to set on fire.” […]

To Err Is Divine: Deep Learning and the Art of Machine Mistakes

  As we teach AI to visually recognize things it “sees” we get some interesting imagery. In the example below, a neural net exaggerates the variation in each “version” of the picture of reality it renders, creating images that have evolved to become unrecognizable to humans. So minor variations in input appear to lead to […]

Inconvergent: The Algorithmic Art of Anders Hoff

Near a window, steam rises in spirals from a cup of tea. A column of sunlight intervenes, producing emergent ribbons of heat and ephemeral color. It’s an ordinary cup of tea, and steam is an ordinary product of nature’s processes. But to say that there is no art in nature is only a question of […]

Hacking Boredom to Design Your Own Disruption: The Network Map of Main Street

The holidays are here so it’s time for us to jump on the bandwagon with a friendly PSA: If you go and buy that giant inflatable snowman to keep up with the Joneses, you’re playing into positive feedback loops, and before you do that you should know that nature abhors stagnation. I don’t mean to […]

Algorithms Need to Learn Boundaries

“Ideally, we want News Feed to show all the posts people want to see in the order they want to read them.” -Facebook What Are Algorithmic Values? From our perspective, the purpose of a recommender algorithm is simply to give us the content or products we really want to see.  There is a problem right […]