Note — Sep 05, 2021

No.186 Asides

Seen in → No.186

  • 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼 🤩 🌳 Virtually everyone in that lineup has appeared in the newsletter at some point, so …I’ve already pre-endorsed this? Branch Magazine Symposium – A New Digital Deal. “This year’s theme conference explores how the internet should serve our collective liberation and ecological sustainability. Branch Magazine, the recipients of the first-ever Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity, offers four panels unpacking climate justice, solarpunk, sustainable digitalization, solidarity and care as well as low-carbon design and education. Chaired by Michelle Thorne, Chris Adams, Christine Lariviere, Andres Colmenares and Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino.”
  • 🇮🇹 🤔 🏗 Non-Extractive Architecture. “Non-Extractive Architecture will transform Palazzo delle Zattere into a live research platform focused on rethinking the balance between the built and natural environments, the role of technology and politics in future material economies, and the responsibility of the architect as an agent of transformation.”
  • 🇬🇦 🇳🇴 👏 🌳 Gabon becomes first African country to get paid for protecting its forests. “Gabon recently received the first $17 million of a pledged $150 million from Norway for results-based emission reduction payments as part of the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI). Gabon has 88% forest cover and has limited annual deforestation to less than 0.1% over the last 30 years, in large part possible due to oil revenues supporting the economy.”
  • 🇦🇫 🇺🇸 🪖 🤦🏼‍♂️ This is the real story of the Afghan biometric databases abandoned to the Taliban. “By capturing 40 pieces of data per person—from iris scans and family links to their favorite fruit—a system meant to cut fraud in the Afghan security forces may actually aid the Taliban.”
  • 🤖 Computer-Generated New Yorker Cartoons Are Delightfully Weird. “The project consists of image-and-caption combinations produced by a generative adversarial network (GAN), a deep-learning-based model. The network is trained using a database of punchlines and images of cartoons found online and then ‘learns’ to create new gags in the New Yorker‘s iconic style, with hilarious (and sometimes unsettling) results.”
  • 🗺 🔭 Your moment of 🤯 this week, as you click through from theory to theory and try to understand. Theories of Everything, Mapped. “Explore the deepest mysteries at the frontier of fundamental physics, and the most promising ideas put forth to solve them.”
  • 🤖 🐧 🌊 Robo-penguin: how artificial birds are relaying the secrets of ocean currents. “The Quadroin is an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV): a 3D-printed self-propelled machine designed to mimic a penguin in order to measure the properties of oceanic eddies.”
  • 🇮🇩 🇵🇬 🇦🇺 💀 First ancient human DNA found from key Asian migration route. “The 7,000-year-old skeleton of a teenage hunter-gatherer from Sulawesi in Indonesia could be the first remains found from a mysterious, ancient culture known as the Toaleans, researchers report this week in Nature1.”
  • 🤣 🎥 🎶 📺 Hilarious and quite a bit of work. The Seinfeld Theme Mixed With A Hit Song From Every Year Seinfeld Was On TV.