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How parenting is programming and other AI observations from artist Ian Cheng

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The latest intersections of design, culture and technology.

Artist Ian Cheng’s Simulations Uncover Humanity In Artificial Intelligence

Currently on view at The Shed, the exhibit explores how AI is inherently human and "parenting is programming"

Astounding and unprecedented, Ian Cheng’s exhibition “Life After BOB,” currently on view at NYC’s The Shed until 19 December, champions art at the intersection of artificial intelligence and cognitive science. In fact, there’s no exhibit quite like this one. On one side of The Shed’s fourth level, a 48-minute narrative animation, titled “Life After BOB: The Chalice Study,” built using the Unity video game engine, ... Read More


Le Golden Scissors

From the celebrated Brooklyn eatery Di An Di, which specializes in contemporary Vietnamese American cuisine, comes a pair of golden scissors. Made from stainless steel and zinc alloy, these clippers feature a dragon relief design along the handle and the restaurant’s logo on the blade. Whether cutting up Vietnamese clam pizza or herbs or getting crafty some other way, Le Golden scissors will come in ... Read More


MUNYA: Tonight, Tonight (Smashing Pumpkins Cover)

Singer-songwriter and producer MUNYA (aka Josie Boivin) has released two lovely tracks from her upcoming debut album, Voyage to Mars, and now the French-Canadian songstress delivers an unexpected but sublime cover of the 1995 Smashing Pumpkins song, “Tonight, Tonight.” The original—with its soaring 30-piece string section—lends itself to MUNYA’s folk-tinged synth-pop, but the two renditions are vastly different. The dreamy element in this cover makes sense, ... Read More


Painter Alexandre Lenoir’s “Trois Rivières” Solo Exhibition at Almine Rech

A color-saturated study of memories, at the acclaimed international gallery's NYC outpost

A study of characters that have been crystallized in moments from someone else’s memories, Alexandre Lenoir‘s Trois Rivières solo exhibition, on now through 23 October at Almine Rech in NYC, finds the almost impressionistic painter transforming old black-and-white and sepia-toned photographs that belong to his grandmother into large-scale acrylic and oil paintings. Lenoir, who graduated from Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 2016, maintains a studio in Paris, ... Read More


Detransition, Baby

A witty, tender look into the inner lives of three women—Reese, trans woman; Katrina, a cis woman; and Ames, who lived as a woman for six years and then detransitioned—Torrey Peters’ debut novel explores deep, sometimes dark, places that few writers dare to venture. Beginning with an unplanned pregnancy, the story of love, self-discovery, loss and pain follows the three characters on a journey that ... Read More

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