Computers Watching Movies
Art project by Benjamin Grosser utilizes computer vision and tracking to visualize points of interest, demonstrated with six popular films. The gifs above are sped-up versions of The Matrix (top) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (bottom):
Computers Watching Movies shows what a computational system sees when it watches the same films that we do. The work illustrates this vision as a series of temporal sketches, where the sketching process is presented in synchronized time with the audio from the original clip. Viewers are provoked to ask how computer vision differs from their own human vision, and what that difference reveals about our culturally-developed ways of looking. Why do we watch what we watch when we watch it? Will a system without our sense of narrative or historical patterns of vision watch the same things?
Computers Watching Movies was computationally produced using software written by the artist. This software uses computer vision algorithms and artificial intelligence routines to give the system some degree of agency, allowing it to decide what it watches and what it does not. Six well-known clips from popular films are used in the work, enabling many viewers to draw upon their own visual memory of a scene when they watch it. The scenes are from the following movies: 2001: A Space Odyssey, American Beauty, Inception, Taxi Driver, The Matrix, and Annie Hall.
Below is an embedded video of the exhibition cut - you can see seperate parts at Benjamin’s website:
More information and videos can be found at Benjamin’s project page here
"Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth."
Organizational management is an ontological practice. To spread a mindset is to construct a new reality. IBM’s Watson Jr. did it by having all the employees loosen their ties, a way of constructing a new org man and thus a new company, distinct from the one his father built. We see this unfold anew in companies like Buffer, which embraces millenial culture with calls for ultimate transparency. Would be great to examine the nuances in what has changed since.
Leaders who are successful at scaling excellence in their companies think of it as spreading a mindset, not a footprint. In their new book “Scaling Up Excellence,” Professors Robert Sutton and Hayagreeva Rao explore how the best teams develop and instill the right growth mindset in their organizations. Read more: http://stnfd.biz/soKex and watch the video interview: http://stnfd.biz/soKgZ #scalingup
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The Late Age of Print, Ted Striphas (2009)
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