This week's issue is all about machine learning, or deep learning that lets computers explore real life data and use it to track, create, sort, and filter the world around us with an almost human-like ability. Of course, there are cracks here and there, which can as amusing as it is relieving.
amazing results [karpathy.github.io]
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Recurrent Neural Networks
This one is somewhat math-y but absolutely fascinating. Skim to the examples of what it produces--impressive, realistic Shakespeare, Linux code, Paul Graham essays.
game archeology [newscientist.com]
What digital trash dumped in games tells us about the players
I like this article. I could spend hours upon hours exploring abandoned Minecraft servers, obscure areas of Second Life, the detritus of digital worlds.
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!
- "Antes" by Siete Catorce - Very tribal music with thick electronic sounds, like a more dancy Toro y Moi.
- "Wonk" by Coco Bryce - I don't think it gets more glitch than this (without turning into 8bit.) Staggering but somehow still entrancing. It's like hearing the process of destroying an image to create glitch art.
- "Zerstorung of Destruction" by Jacques Boom - Dance, dance, dance. Rave, rave, rave.
- "The Veiled (Glitch Hop Remix)" by Josh Money - Glitch goes Pop.
- "Glitch Pop" by Barry Cohen - Self explained.
Nico! These tracks are seriously banging! Thank you!
reimagining robots [rhizome.org]
Bon Voyage, Killer Robot
Interesting aesthetic contemplation on different depictions and perceptions of robots in popular culture.