MED 7.31.18

Machine Learning: Machine Learning for Drummers

TL;DR: In this post, I build an app that classifies whether an audio sample is a kick drum, snare drum, or other drum sample with 87% accuracy using machine learning (I thought this headline was a new joke added to the legendary alt.humor drummer jokes, its so not -ed)

Crypto: Minimum Viable Economy

Looking at cryptonetworks, the question, then, is: what is Minimum Viable Economy? I think the answer depends a lot on the shape of the network / economy; for example (from harder to easier):

Audit the algorithms that are ruling our lives [FT]

Governments should follow France and move towards algorithmic accountability,  The reasons for this are straightforward. First of all, exposing your algorithms may destroy your competitive advantage. Furthermore, for the people who are tech savvy, publishing the algorithm might allow them to understand the decision-making process in detail, thus allowing them effectively to game the system.

Photo: Max Pinckers Interview: On Speculative Documentary

Max Pinckers is a photographer and academic who has chosen to take the challenge of understanding this shifting terrain head on. His work, both in his personal projects and in his academic research, is an attempt to advance our grasp of the genre and develop a new critical language, visually and through discourse. I am honoured to have had a chance to talk with him about his work and his latest self-published title, Margins of Excess.

Tauba Auerbach: Flow Separation. (Get tickets – free nyc) [Public Art Fund]

Flow Separation is a commission by New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach (b. 1981, San Francisco, California), which transforms the historic Fireboat John J. Harvey into a contemporary “dazzle ship.” Invented by British painter Norman Wilkinson during World War I, the original dazzle patterns were painted onto ships to optically distort their forms, confusing enemy submarines tracking their distance, direction, and speed. With their geometric shapes, the dazzle designs were heavily indebted to both animal camouflage and avant-garde movements like Cubism, Futurism, and Vorticism. Thousands of vessels were dazzled in the U.K. and U.S., including in New York City at the Brooklyn Navy Yards.

Popping Balloons, Paint-Gun Attacks, and Pink Sand: Watermill Center’s ‘Time Bomb’ Party Blows Up [Art News]

(posted for the terms of dinner -ed)

.. he announced the first lot up for sale: a dinner date with Marina Abramović, who stood from her seat and took the stage to go over a few stipulations. The dinner would include “definitely politically-incorrect jokes,” the artist said. And while dining, all the assembled would wear headphones so as to block out surrounding sounds, with time for talking only between courses.  For three days before the meal in question, no one would be allowed to have sex or watch television. And then one rule for the dinner itself: “You can’t talk about Trump.”