Here come the machines – AI takes control of fighter jets

Behind last year’s buzz following the release of the text generator GPT-3 , there was another machine learning headline that gave cause for pause: AI controlled fighter jets had defeated a human piloted fighter jet 5-0 in a Darpa simulation. Looks like today’s fighter pilots may be going the way of the shining medieval knight … Read more

The Kissing Project

The kiss is a symbol of love and intimacy. Many artists have produced iconic works about it. From Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece “The Kiss” (1907) to Warhol’s experimental 50 minutes silent film “Kiss” (1963), artists have taken up the gesture of the kiss as subject matter. A black & white photograph taken in the 1950’s by … Read more

Playing with Google: Street View Performance and Installation Artists

In a recent post, I drew a distinction between two groups of artists that use Google Street View as part of their creative work: 1) Scavengers who treat the mapping service as a colossal mechanized digital photographer and 2) Performance and Installation artists who aim to have their work recorded by a passing Street View … Read more

Kaka’ako Murals & Tags

Honolulu’s Kaka’ako neightborhood is known for its colorful murals. To celebrate the start of the new year, I went ‘holoholo’ walkabout through the neighborhood and took a few pictures of my favorites along the way. Back at the house, I took a look at Google’s Street View for a few of the locations I had … Read more

Dancing Robots, a Flash Emulator, and a COVID-19 Flight Path Drawing

A pilot in Germany flew a plane along a carefully planned course that sketched out a giant syringe on the flight recorder, like a hi-tech etch-a-sketch. The image seems fitting to the end of this year, with Covid-19 vaccinations becoming available to more and more people around the globe. The flight took about an hour … Read more

Mele Kalikimaka 2020

It’s been a very difficult year for all of us. Economic hardships and the global Covid-19 epidemic have affected everyone this year. But despite the many difficulties the year has brought, I want to send out a quick message to wish you happy holidays and a good 2021! The collage on top is based on … Read more

Accidental Street Photography: Google Street View Scavengers

The launch of Google Street View services in 2007 was followed almost immediately by the emergence of its very own art genre: Street View Art. In 2011, just a few years after the launch of GSV, Pete Brook of Wired hailed the emergence of the new genre with exuberant excitement, announcing that The Street View … Read more