Having more visitors requires additional security and other infrastructural changes, and MOCA said it may take months to execute the transition. … [Read more...] about MOCA receives a $10-million gift to make admission free
One of the earliest and most influential meme culture websites, You’re The Man Now Dog, went dark over the weekend. It’s since returned with a maintenance page, but the near-death experience has been enough to bring visitors into a site-run Discord chat to briefly relive the internet as it was — a wild, overgrown garden of things that were entertaining and horrifying in just about equal measure. The site’s apparent demise was inevitable, even if it’s not quite final. YTMND had been in decline for years, having slowly lost its place in the internet pantheon, just like the rest of its peers from the old internet. Many of them have struggled for years to monetize their large and often quite toxic user bases. The web, too, has changed; creators of internet culture can expect to make some money from their contributions now, and as the internet transitioned between web 1.0 and 2.0, social media centralized society’s experience of what going online was. The … [Read more...] about A beloved relic of early 2000s internet is facing extinction
Significant spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Up until Avengers: Endgame, hero death in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was rarely permanent. Agent Phil Coulson died in The Avengers, and was resurrected for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Bucky Barnes appeared to die in Captain America: The First Avenger, and came back as the antagonist in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Even Loki, a villain turned semi-hero, seemingly died in Thor: The Dark World, came back for Thor: Ragnarok, died again in Avengers: Infinity War, and is back in play due to time-travel shenanigans as of Avengers: Endgame. So it’s natural to ask whether Avengers: Endgame’s big deaths will eventually be undone as well. There’s precedent in the comics for Tony Stark’s resurrection after death, but will Black Widow’s death be permanent? She’s set for her own standalone film soon, though rumor has it that it will be a prequel. But there are plenty more MCU movies … [Read more...] about How the MCU could resurrect Black Widow after Endgame
The question has been asked, “Is data the next front in the Trade Wars? Will our data threaten Global Commerce? What will become of data in this simmering conflict?” These, indeed, are vital questions — for all of us in the world. What are the ramifications of the tit-for-tat tariff strategy? Every week a new headline emerges concerning the state of US-Chinese trade negotiations, reflecting either the optimism or pessimism of a deal being concluded between two of the globe’s largest economies. The ramifications of the tit-for-tat tariffs strategy has been nothing short of disastrous for a range of industries awaiting an expedient resolution from this conflict. From agriculture to industrial equipment and technology, the trade war has taken its toll on bilateral commerce and threatens to capsize the global economy as well. Even though recent progress has satisfied global investors to an extent, the optimism belies the next brewing conflict front. Just … [Read more...] about Is Data the Next Front in the Trade Wars?
Over the past month, an AI called Dadabots has been endlessly generating and streaming death metal on YouTube, as spotted by Motherboard. Made by musical technologists CJ Carr and Zack Zukowski, this algorithm is only one of many death metal algorithms the duo has developed over the years, with each one trained on a single artist’s discography. The training method for Dadabots involves feeding a sample recurrent neural network whole albums from a single artist. The albums are split up into thousands of tiny samples, and then it creates tens of thousands of iterations to develop the AI, which starts out making white noise and ultimately learns to produce more recognizable musical elements. This particular version of Dadabots has been trained on real death metal band Archspire, and Carr and Zukowski have previously trained the neural network on other real bands like Room For A Ghost, Meshuggah, and Krallice. In the past, they’ve released albums made by these algorithms for … [Read more...] about This live stream plays endless death metal produced by an AI