I found a lot of great stuff this week. A little bit of algorithmic visualization, a little bit of glitch, a little bit of retrofuture and robot-y science. Hits all my buttons! Not much else to say about it. Let's check it out.
Fantastic article detailing using data visualization to make complex algorithms more intuitive. This gets a little math-y and code-y in certain parts, but there's tons of really cool interactive animations to look at that whether you're into the math and code or not. Worth a long stare.
ucnv, author of aviglitch, an awesome Ruby library that helps you create datamoshes, thoroughly and completely explores every potential type of visual glitch you can create with a PNG in this article. It's image heavy, but also incredibly fascinating (and beautiful).
Short story: ransomware virus writers are distributing bundled packs of ransomware virus that profit share with the creators as well as the users of the ransomware, ensuring wide distribution and effortless payoff. Jerks. Smart jerks.
My artist friend Flavio Bagioli, who has done some work with my @pixelsorter Twitter bot, teams up with musician Andres Bucci to create a project that's based almost entirely on the Generate app, a pretty cool glitch iOS and Android app. Neat! Cool retroglitch music video in the article.
Moving Ever Forward
A look at NASA's Ames Research Center and what once was a vision of the bright, shining future. Cool pictures within.
This is a nice long read into the challenges that come along with translation - true, accurate translation involves subtlety, context, and cultural history that math and science has trouble tackling.
I threw this one in here because, hey, if we're in the future, we need to stay alive to see even more of it.
This is craziness. The doctors are taking two years to plan the operation, they'll have to cool the patient's head during the process, and they think he'll be able to walk again within a year. Whoa!
Glitchet Community Spotlights
Deaf Girl's Glitchy Music Recs
Nico / Deaf Girl puts together glitch-inspired music track recommendations. He's awesome, and his picks are great. Annotations are his!
Thank you, Nico! This is a great spread.
Michael Dempsey's Frontier Tech Analysis
Glitchet reader Michael Dempsey reached out to me with some of his writing on the state of investment in things that are so future and right up Glitchet's alley. Here's a tech report he wrote on recent movements in drone, space, augment reality and virtual reality sectors. He has shorter, more blog-like posts on his personal website.
I Don't Trust Those Metal People
"The physical act of sex will only be a small part of the time you spend with a sex robot - the majority of time will be spent socialising and interacting," the CEO of True Companion says. The company's boasted "world's first sex robot" has already had thousands of preorders at a price point of $7,000.
This is cool. The guy is using his prosthetic arm to rock climb!
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