Note — Nov 28, 2021

No.198 Asides

Seen in → No.198

  • 🤓 New website, not a new project but great on both counts. Reconstrained Design “is an approach originally developed at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute in Portugal. With a focus on sustainability, the group develops approaches that facilitate the removal of oblique constraints.”
  • 🤖 (Tracking is not endorsing.) Everyday Robots. “Where solving many of life’s smallest problems will also help us address some of the world’s most profound ones. From the personal, like the support we might each need as we grow older, to the global, as an ever-aging population changes the future of work for everyone.”
  • 🤯 😍 🌏 🗺 Eyes on the Earth. “Fly along with NASA’s Earth science missions in real-time, monitor Earth’s vital signs like Carbon Dioxide, Ozone and Sea Level, and see satellite imagery of the latest major weather events, all in an immersive, 3D environment.”
  • 🇯🇵 🎉 🎊 🥳 Hayao Miyazaki Prepares to Cast One Last Spell. “[H]e’s always worked in the trenches, as part of a team of around a hundred employees devoted just to production, including key animators and background, cleanup and in-between artists, whose desks he used to make the rounds of daily for decades. (His own desk is hardly bigger than theirs.) He still draws the majority of the frames in each film, numbering in the tens of thousands, himself. Only occasionally has he resorted to computer-generated imagery, and in some films not at all.”
  • 🌎 💩 🍩 🤬 + 🇨🇷 👍🏼 🇨🇦 💩 No country has met welfare goals in past 30 years ‘without putting planet at risk’. “Looking at a sample of 148 nations, research by the University of Leeds found wealthy countries were putting the future of the planet at risk to make minimal gains in human welfare, while poor countries were living within ecological boundaries but underachieving in areas such as life expectancy and access to energy.”
  • 😍 🏡 Recognition Grows of Modernist Women Designers. “Renaming the Edith Farnsworth House is a high point in the efforts to diversify the sites that we preserve and the stories we tell about them — often by discarding the narrative of the solo male genius.”
  • 🇺🇸 🤩 🏔 🎥 Stunning, Ultra-HD Short Films of National Parks. “Each ultra-HD video is only 3-4 minutes long, extended trailers for the beauty and grandeur of parks like Zion, Grand Teton, and the Badlands and forests like Black Hills, Green Mountains, and Bridger Teton.”
  • 🤔 Why Do We Interface? “In this micro-book I take a historical look at interfaces to build an understanding of how they allow us to utilize information in such powerful ways that they can fundamentally change what it means to be human. ”
  • 🌱 🤔 🤖 AI-controlled vertical farm produces 400 times more food per acre than a flat farm. “The company says their farm produces about 400 times more food per acre than a traditional farm. It uses robots and AI to monitor water consumption, light, and the ambient temperature of the environment where plants grow. Over time, the AI learns how to grow crops faster with better quality.”
  • 🤯 Ziva Dynamics Announces A New ML-Trained Facial Rigging Service. “The Ziva team states they trained the new cloud-based automated facial rigging platform to recreate a range of expressions of human actors using a 15TB library of 4D scan data. The system is said to convert uploaded character head meshes into a “real-time puppet” that can express over 72,000 facial shapes within an hour.”