MED 112018



NTIA Publishes Stakeholder Comments on Consumer Privacy Proposal  [natlawreview]

SpaceX, we have a problem: lift-off is delayed for rocket carrying art.  The anticipated launch date has changed It is now between Thursday, November 22 and Sunday, November 25. The satellite will deploy into orbit roughly an hour and 32 minutes after liftoff.  The launch will be webcast 

Deep learning pioneer Yoshua Bengio is worried about AI’s future ( Q: What do you make of the idea that there’s an AI race between different countries? A: I don’t like it. I don’t think it’s the right way to do it. We could collectively participate in a race, but as a scientist and somebody who wants to think about the common good,…

Life inside MPEG This document tries to make the picture more complete by looking at the current main activities and deliveries in the next few months/years.

Music for the brain ( “The most advanced AI music composer on the planet Invented to have the brain of a neuroscientist and the heart of a musician. Our AI (or extended human intelligence) creates all the music in”

Beyond 800 Words: News Formats for Personalising and Understanding [BBC] A project exploring what online news might look like if it wasn’t a legacy of the 800-word newspaper article. Our small team spent one year brainstorming new journalism formats and testing prototypes with members of the BBC’s least engaged audiences: Generation Z and women between the ages of 28 and 45.


Privacy is Power.


MED 111918



Facial Recognition Tech Aims to Identify Good and Evil [WSJ]

Black Mirror, Light Mirror: Teaching Technology Ethics Through Speculation [Casey Fiesler]

Tackling the Information Crisis: A Policy Framework for Media Systems Resiliance London School of Economics and Political Science  [PDF]

Fei-Fei Li’s Quest To Make Ai Better For Humanity [Wired]

California Statewide Fire Map  [cal-fire] and heavy perspective  [Charlie Loyd]

Targeted Advertising Is Ruining the Internet and Breaking the World

The 1000 ImageNet Categories inside of BigGAN [Mario Klingemann]

Trying to limit the amount of device screen time for your teens? The struggle is real. [AP]


Privacy is Power.


MED 111718




LEARN: The end of the beginning  [Benedict Evans]  Tech is building different kinds of businesses, and so will take different shares of that opportunity, but more importantly change what those industries look like

HEALTH: Alphabet unit halts glucose-detecting contact lens project [verity] put the glucose-sensing lens work on hold, while continuing to focus on the smart accommodating contact lens and smart intraocular lens projects.

HEALTH: Air Quality Index (AQI) Basics  [] This is what an AQI of 422 looks like  The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you.

PRIVACY: Counting instead of tracking [focused at] we can say, that the statistics we collect from the requests and store in our database, deliver enough information to elaborate facts we can reuse for marketing purposes.

PRIVACY: Surveillance Kills Freedom by Killing Experimentation [wired] It’s easy to imagine the more conservative among us getting enough power to make illegal what they would otherwise be forced to witness. In this way, privacy helps protect the rights of the minority from the tyranny of the majority.

AI: Imaginary worlds dreamed by BigGAN [aiweirdness]  Introducing BigGAN, a neural network that generates high-resolution, sometimes photorealistic, imitations of photos it’s seen. None of the images below are real – they’re all generated by BigGAN.

DATA: iTunes and the Basis of Competition in the MP3 Player Market [reactionwheel]  “In 2004, there were more than 50 different models of MP3 players being sold”   Worth the read for the pretty graphics alone

ART:   ‘The Price of Everything”  HBO  Jerry Saltz review    I hate this toxic rot and junkie-like behavior. Yet I love art and the art world. I hate the portrait of that world contained in this movie, but I also recognize in it what I love.

ART: Inside the Spectacular Rise and Fall of an Artist’s Legacy  [Bloomberg]
Nearly 60 years later, Pollock is still a household name. Tobey, who died in 1976, is rarely regarded at all.

ed note:  Happy Birthday to Jeff Buckley – We miss you.

Privacy is Power.


MED 111618



The Facebook bashing + media reaction to the NYT story keeps keeping on. Facebook and the Age of Manipulation  [NewYorker] . “For employees who took pride in joining Facebook, it is an uncomfortable phase.” , “They want to be proud at Thanksgiving.” 

 Its not like they are creepy or anything …. Facebook Filed A Patent To Predict Your Household’s Demographics Based On Family Photos  [Buzzfeed] as part of the their  “Predicting household demographics based on image data,” strategy or  We know where you live and how much money you have photo caption feature.

Singapore to test facial recognition on lampposts, stoking privacy fears (  the country aims to bring all of its 110,000 lampposts into the sensor network.

Artificial Intelligence, Like a Robot, Enhances Museum Experiences  [NYT] Examples in a rapidly moving trend mixing art and technology. Artificial intelligence used by museums employed  to develop everything from robots, chatbots and websites, to tools that help them analyze visitor data and their collections, and determine admission policies and exhibition content.

Night Sight: Seeing in the Dark on Pixel Phones  a post on Google AI Blog that uses machine learning techniques to take  sharp, clean photographs in very low light, even in light so dim you can’t see much with your own eyes.   

Toward a comprehensive strategy to identify, pursue, and punish malicious cyber actors   [thirdway] rarely caught and the effort to do so is uncoordinated, under-resourced, and under-prioritized.  ‘The article was titled ‘To Catch a Hacker.. .’  I omitted the word hacker in posting as its factually not what hackers do.  Not even crackers. ‘malicious cyber actors works fine.  That said it is looking like traitor Jullian Assange facing DOJ charges. (pdf)

Introducing the 2018–19 MIT Media Lab Learning Fellows [MIT]

A millionaire couple is threatening to create a magic mushroom monopoly  [QZ] Using pharma tactics to secure medical magic mushrooms.

NYC Nearly 150 Trees Ripped Down Across NYC, Parks Department Says [NBC] The inner paths of Union Square were closed Thursday evening as a safety measure, and will remain closed Friday morning.   Immigrants Held in Detention for Months Without a Hearing: Lawsuit  (This all happening in the quiet West Village on lower Varick St. Adding #201 to the “Architecture of  Authority” NYC  list -ed)    

Speaking of the 6th Precinct (West Village) This Tweet threatening NYC bikers has backfired.  People in glass houses should not throw stones  “it would have taken me roughly an hour or two to write four times as many blocked bike lane summonses as Sixth Precinct officers have written all year.” (I can confirm first hand The 6 ignores doubled parked cars on their own block 24/7 as if it was a directive. Often blocking Hudson street and impending first responder vehicles – ed)

Finally today its that time of year when those who watch broadcast TV  advertising moves from full-on dystopian (political + pharma ads 24/7) to luxury cars speeding home on snowy roads for holiday dinners, + cars in driveways with red bows on em.  So not to be a total Srooge – this one resonated nicely – well done RCMH


Privacy is Power.


MED 111518



Fully self-directed replication [Complex Projective 4-Space]

The Human Brain Is A Time Traveler.   [NYT]

Night Sight: Seeing in the Dark on Pixel Phones  [Google AI blog]

What’s Up, WhatsApp?  []

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis [NYT] Response from FB (clueless -ed) NYC Comptroller weighs in. 

MasterPrints are real or synthetic fingerprints that can fortuitously match with a large number of fingerprints  []

Real-Time Noise Suppression Using Deep Learning  [devblogs.nvidia]

Suoosh – Make images smaller using best-in-class codecs, right in the browser  []

ParisPhoto [Virtual Tour []

Movie dubbing with cutting edge deep learning technology  [Twitter]

“A Moment of Clarity”: Icy and Sot at MOCO Museum, Amsterdam – in pictures [artradarjournal]


Privacy is Power.


MED 111418


Activate Tech & Media Outlook 2019 [Activate]

Facebook written response to questions from U.S. senators []

Transcripts of 2018 IGF[Internet Governance Forum]

Technology Radar VOL.19 [thoughtworks]

An infinite, procedurally generated city, assembled out of blocks using the Wave Function Collapse algorithm.[]

Who Has the Copyright Over My Cheese? [NYT]

EFF to U.S. Department of Commerce: Protect Consumer Data Privacy  [EFF]

Compelled Decryption and the Privilege Against Self-Incrimination  []

Privacy is Power.

MED 111318


AL Inside the New Industrial Revolution [WSJ]

PRIVACY: Thing You Can Do To Make Your Internet Safer And Faster   [cloudfare]

PRIVACY: Pseudonyms to protect authors of controversial articles [BBC]

PRIVACY: Using Wi-Fi to “see” behind closed doors is easier than anyone thought [technologyreview]

PRIVACY: When Your Car Is Spying on You [wsj] . Driverless vehicles pose a bigger threat to privacy than the NSA ever will.

HACK: Internet Vulnerability Takes Down Google [thousandeyes]

HACK: Google Internet Traffic Is Briefly Misdirected Through Russia, China (

ART: 2018 Power 100 [Art Review]  This year’s most influential people in the contemporary artworld

Privacy is Power.


MED 111218


Magenta Studio: a suite of free music-making tools using our machine learning models! They’re available as an @ableton plugin or as standalone Electron apps.  [magenta/studio ]

Drone Swarms and Digital Shamans: five takeaways from Ars Electronica 2018 []

The Art Institute of Chicago Has Put 50,000 High-Res Images from Their Collection Online  [artic.ed]

You thought fake news was bad? Deep fakes are where truth goes to die [theguardian]

The Weakest Link [Motherboard]

The Potential Unintended Consequences of Article 13  [youtube] op-ed originally appeared in the Financial Times. “If you make a living creating content – you may want to get educated on this and ask questions.” ummmm yep, OR We used your content to build our platform w/o paying you and now you better fight against a rule that would protect your copyrights.

Lost Art: when works disappear into private collections [theartnewspaper]

Steganographically hiding secret messages in fake fingerprints [boingboing]

GroupM Shares Insights on the Future of TV and Digital Video; [groupm]


Privacy is Power.

MED 111118


AI: At Netflix, Who Wins When It’s Hollywood vs. the Algorithm?  [WSJ]

PRIVACY: Super recognisers: the people who never forget a face [Guardian]

PRIVACY:  The Human Rights Act Is A Vital Defence Against Surveillance  []

PRIVACY:  The condition of being anonymous. Lack of outstanding, individual, or unusual features; impersonality. []

HEALTH: The Myths of Microbe-Fighting   [WSJ]  (TL/DR Don’t use Hand dryers!!!)

STORY: Cognitive Science Helps to Unravel the Power of Storytelling [psychcentral]

FLASHBACK: Computer programming as an art  [ACM Turing Award Lecture from 1974]

MUSIC: After over a decade+ has a new website. Cannot imagine a life without The New Afternoon Show [MP3]… I miss the playlists tho.

CRYPTO: Quantification of energy and carbon costs for mining cryptocurrencies  [] “During this period, we estimate mining for all 4 cryptocurrencies was responsible for 3–15 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.”


Privacy is Power.

MED 111018


Judge orders Amazon to hand over Echo recordings in double murder case [ABCNews]

Aaron Swartz Day International Hackathon & Evening Event 2018 [Eventbrite]

Digital Transformation Initiative Professional Services Industry PDF [World Economic Forum]

Paris Court Finds Jeff Koons Guilty Of Copyright Infringement [Artforum] (The fine €135,000 is the carrying cost of one his works)