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Home Entertainment System illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Three Ways To Amp up Your Home Entertainment

Your home should be the place you are most comfortable. On top of that, if you’re the kind of person who loves to entertain guests, you want your home to be a place where others can not only be comfortable but have a memorable experience. Here are three things you can do to create a home where you can maximize entertaining others or simply allow yourself to really unwind. 

1. Audio Is Everything 

When you think of an entertaining event, is it possible to think of one that’s totally silent? One reason people love seeing movies in theaters is because the surround-sound audio seems larger than life. When you attend concerts, nothing gets your blood pumping quite like feel the bass resonating in your chest cavity. Whether you aim to entertain with a great home theater or with quality parties, your home audio Nashville must be top-notch. Watching movies is one thing; experiencing them is another. 

2. Drinks Must Be on-Hand

Any good event has interesting drinks available. That doesn’t even mean they have to be alcoholic — having a unique craft soda available can add a unique element to a get-together. Make sure the space you’re hosting parties in has drinks nearby. You might want to have a mini-fridge stocked in the basement, or you could even use an everyday cooler. However it’s done, the point is to make sure nobody has to ask for a drink or question where they might be. 

3. Lighting Is the Cherry on Top 

Going to a friend’s house for some drinks is a party, and parties are great. However, the difference between a party and an event is the ambiance. Imagine going to the exact same event, but their living room has been rearranged and they’ve hung up some interesting lights to create a completely different atmosphere. You are bound to remember that event more than the other everyday parties you’ve attended recently. 

You can accomplish unique lighting in many different ways, and most of them are very simple. The easiest is to buy some string lights that simply plug into your outlets. They can easily be hung temporarily and stored for later use — it shouldn’t take any longer than 10 minutes to set them up every time. You can even experiment with using various colored bulbs in your existing fixtures. You don’t have to go crazy, but just doing something a little different will make a big difference. 

It doesn’t take much to make a party stand out. If you have a quality sound system, you’ll already be leaps and bounds above the average event that has TV speakers or a run-of-the-mill stereo. Just like going out to eat, your friends will be happy if they never have to ask for a refill on their beverage, and you can really make the event memorable by changing the atmosphere. Don’t think you have to do all of this for other people, though — doing all of these same things for yourself will make for an incredibly relaxing night in. 

Art by Heather Skovlund for use by 360 Magazine

Microsoft Partners with UHHM

MICROSOFT EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSAL HIP HOP MUSEUM THROUGH A $5 MILLION GIFT AS PART OF ITS AI FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM

MICROSOFT WILL CELEBRATE THE PARTNERSHIP AT THE OFFICIAL GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR THE UHHM ON MAY 20th

Today, the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) is excited to announce their expanded partnership with Microsoft, as the leading global technology company gifts the museum $5,000,000 on behalf of their AI for Cultural Heritage program. Microsoft’s AI for Cultural Heritage program leverages the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to empower people and organizations dedicated to the preservation and enrichment of cultural heritage. Through this partnership, Microsoft will become the Official Technology Partner of the UHHM to help empower the museum’s mission of celebrating and preserving the history of local and global Hip Hop music and culture to inspire, empower, and promote understanding.

“Preserving the history of Hip Hop, celebrating the cultural contributions of the pioneers who paved the way for today’s Hip Hop generation to thrive and flourish, and promoting the positive economic and social aspects of Hip Hop have been the sole focus of the UHHM for the past decade,” said Universal Hip Hop Museum Executive Director, Rocky Bucano.

With the use of advanced technology, such as AI, Microsoft will work together with the UHHM to ensure the museum has the resources and platforms it needs to become the state-of-the-art institution they have envisioned. This partnership will allow the UHHM to design immersive experiences which will engage global audiences both today and well into the future.

“Since its birth in the Bronx almost fifty years ago, innovators have harnessed creativity and technology to evolve and grow Hip Hop into one of today’s most celebrated musical, artistic, and cultural influences,” said Brad Smith, President of Microsoft. “As a proud supporter and official technology partner of the Universal Hip Hop Museum, we’re incredibly excited about the role that Microsoft technology will play to help document, preserve, and tell this uniquely American story to the world.” 

This donation builds on a long-standing relationship between Microsoft and the UHHM who initially partnered together in 2016 to co-host envisioning sessions that helped shape the museum’s future vision. In 2019, Microsoft and the UHHM collaborated with MIT Professor Dr. Fox Harrell, to bring to life “Breakbeat Narratives” – an experience using artificial intelligence to explore the rich history of Hip Hop music – which is currently on display at the [R]Evolution of Hip Hop, an exhibition designed to give Hip Hop lovers a sneak peek of the Universal Hip Hop Museum. 

The Microsoft partnership will be celebrated on Thursday, May 20, 2021, during the official groundbreaking ceremony at Bronx Point, the future home of the Universal Hip Hop Museum. 

About the Universal Hip Hop Museum

Anchored in the birthplace of Hip Hop culture, the Universal Hip Hop Museum will break ground in the Bronx in 2021. Built as a space for audiences, artists, and technology to converge and create unparalleled educational and entertainment experiences, the museum is slated to open in Bronx Point in 2024. The UHHM will celebrate and preserve the history of local and global Hip Hop music and culture past, present, and future. 

About Microsoft AI Cultural Heritage

Microsoft’s AI for Cultural Heritage program leverages the power of AI to empower people and organizations dedicated to the preservation and enrichment of cultural heritage. Microsoft has committed $10 million over five years to expand access to Microsoft Azure and AI resources, focused on celebrating the people who have made a significant impact throughout history, using digital tools to preserve important monuments and sites for future generations to explore, engaging with communities around the world for language preservation, and creating ways for collections and archives to be more easily accessed and enjoyed. By harnessing the latest tools in ways that support an environment rich in diversity, perspectives, and learnings from the past, and sharing that knowledge and experience to be shared with the rest of the world, every society benefits.

M F Husain illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Conversation with M F Husain

India’s Newest Museum Allows Conversation With A Dead Artist Via AI

The Museum of Art and Photography and Accenture Labs have collaborated to create India’s first conversational digital persona of the celebrated artist, M F Husain. This unique digital experience was created during Covid 19 lockdowns as a way to feel engaged while experiencing art. 

Husain’s persona gives a glimpse into the life and work of one of India’s most compelling artists. Viewers can simply ask Husain’s digital twin a question regarding his early life, family or career to receive a simulated response from him. While Husain’s voice has been digitally created using speech synthesis software, the questions and answers have been prepared through extensive research on the artist. 

The experience will also be available on web and mobile platforms and as a 3D hologram at the Museum’s physical space which is set to open in December 2021.

To speak with M.F. Husain’s AI counterpart, click here.

For more information, click here.

More about The Museum of Art and Photography:

MAP connects India’s past, present, and future by showcasing historical artifacts alongside modern and contemporary works, folk art, textiles, painting, sculpture and photography. The MAP collection currently has more than 18,000 works ranging from the 12th Century to the present day.

Miami Florida illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine

Clean Cities Clean Future campaign

Investing in Digital Twins can prevent US cities from under-reporting their carbon emissions.

Cities across the United States are underreporting their carbon emissions by an average of 18.3% according to Nature Communications, the journal for research across the natural sciences.

It has reported huge discrepancies in measurement, with some cities under-reporting emissions by as much as 145.5%, and the total amount of potentially unreported carbon equating to 129 million metric tons. But, a Clean Cities – Clean Future campaign launched by leading Digital Twin provider Cityzenith has offered to help them address this.

Kevin Gurney of Northern Arizona University said the cities’ problem is not so much that they are deliberately under-reporting carbon emissions, but the fact that they simply do not have the technology to measure them.

Gurney and his team have developed ‘Vulcan’, an automated measurement system that can estimate fossil-fuel emissions at specific geographic points and across large areas.

The team compared Vulcan’s estimates of greenhouse gas emissions between 2010 and 2015 with those reported in 48 city inventories, which discovered that many US cities were not measuring their emissions accurately.

Gurney used measuring heating emissions as an example: “Heating oil statistics are difficult to get. Cities will often just not include the heating oil in their total building estimates.”

He added that cities are also using different methods to measure emissions from various sources, such as airborne, on-road, and marine:

“The analysis highlights the need for a systematic, consistent approach to accounting for carbon emissions across the US, because inaccurate estimates make it difficult to assess how effective emissions reduction efforts are.”

The World Economic Forum says cities are crucial for the journey to net-zero emissions. Despite only covering 3% of the Earth’s land surface, urban areas are responsible for more than 70% of global carbon emissions.

Emily Tan, City Solutions General Manager at Shell Renewable and Climate Solutions also called for a consistent approach to the problem: “Integrated solutions need to be innovated and delivered. This will require unprecedented collaboration between the government, industry, and society.

“But the urgency has never been greater. After all, making cities sustainable places to live and work for future generations will be imperative if the world is to meet the broader goals of the Paris Agreement and move closer to a net-zero emissions world.”

Cityzenith CEO Michael Jansen is adamant that the solution to effective measurement and management of carbon emissions within urban areas is Digital Twin technology:

“This report should be a real eye-opener to everyone working to address the 2016 Paris Agreement and push back against Climate Change.

“We already knew that urban emissions were by far the biggest contributor to the greenhouse gases, causing our world to heat up and threaten human life and prosperity, but it now seems that some of the parameters must change through this inadvertent under-reporting.

“Fortunately, Digital Twin 3D modelling through a powerful platform like our SmartWorldOS software can aggregate all new data, and then use AI to develop lasting solutions to the problems highlighted by Nature Communications and the Vulcan team.

“We are raising $15 million through Regulation A+ crowdfunding and as part of our Clean Cities – Clean Future’ campaign, we are donating our SmartWorldOS technology platform to one city at a time for every $1m raised to help create carbon neutral cities.

“And the great news is we have already raised more than $2 million from more than 1,000 new shareholders since launching our investment platform on our website at the end of last year, which will allow the first cities to benefit to be announced in the second quarter of 2021.”

Photo video shoot story illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 MAGAZINE

DAYLIGHT STUDIO

Daylight Studio stands out as the future of fashion. Daylight is a fully equipped 13,000 square foot rental studio located in the vibrant Hudson Yards district. For twenty years it has been hosting photo and video shoots, seminars, castings, workshops, fashion shows, green screen rentals and virtual events.

Over the past year, Daylight has been working to bring you the future of fashion: virtual fashion show. Thanks to advanced technologies such as CGI, AI and Unreal Engine, the virtual fashion show halves your production time and inspires innovation beyond the catwalk.

Daylight’s Virtual Fashion Show package includes venue, runway, models, hair and make-up, photo shoot, video shoot, social media announcement, and buyer’s list.

Cityscape by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

U.S. Smart City Initiatives

U.S. Smart City Initiatives Are Falling Short; New Report Calls for More Federal R&D and Coordination to Demonstrate and Deploy Artificial Intelligence Tools.

The next wave of connected and intelligent technologies—sensors, 5G, and artificial intelligence (AI)—promises to improve the energy efficiency of urban systems. AI, in particular, can help cities save money, address infrastructure needs, and reduce emissions. Yet, cities face significant challenges in researching, developing, demonstrating, and deploying AI and other smart technologies. A new report released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy, shows that without greater federal involvement in R&D and better national coordination of demonstration and deployment activities, cities will fail to maximize the benefits AI offers.

“City governments ultimately must take the lead in deploying AI smart city applications, but there is an important role for the federal government in funding R&D and coordinating activities,” says Colin Cunliff, a senior policy analyst at ITIF and co-author of the report. “Some federal programs invest in AI or smart cities, but there are significant funding gaps in demonstration and deployment, and that’s because there is no cross-cutting vision or strategy. Increasing federal R&D funding and providing better coordination can drive adoption of AI technologies on a larger scale than cities can achieve working independently.”

The report details many potential applications of AI for smart cities in transportation, the electrical grid, buildings, and city operations that can ultimately make cities more efficient and help them reduce their environmental footprint. To overcome the obstacles of adopting AI, the report shows how United States can draw lessons from how other countries have tackled these challenges. For instance, Singapore has developed a “digital twin” of the island that the government, businesses, and researchers can use as a test bed to run simulations.

While the federal government has undertaken an array of activities to support the development of smart cities, the report notes that these efforts have mostly been uncoordinated, and the government has had no strategic vision for AI R&D, demonstration, and deployment of smart city technologies. Some federal government programs are investing in AI or smart cities, but significant funding gaps remain. There are also no cross-cutting AI and smart city initiatives.

“Smart city investment has been compromised during the COVID-19 pandemic because of revenue shortfalls. Even the most capable cities are struggling to overcome some of the obstacles they face in smart city development,” says Ashley Johnson, a policy analyst at ITIF and co-author of the report. “Increasing federal investment and coordination to jumpstart smart cities would address several challenges at once. Smart cities offer an important opportunity to address infrastructure needs, reduce emissions, and save money to ease strained state and local budgets.”

To view more of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation’s findings, read their report.

About ITIF

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute focusing on the intersection of technological innovation and public policy. Recognized by its peers in the think tank community as the global center of excellence for science and technology policy, ITIF’s mission is to formulate and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity, and progress. Learn more on their website.

Bird Brain (Photo courtesy of Laurent Velazquez for AREA15) for 360 Magazine

AREA 15’s February Features

This month, AREA15, the immersive art and entertainment district located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, invites guests to enjoy an array of brand-new events, promotions and experiences.

EVENTS:
Fridays in February – “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Viewing Party Hosted by Elliott with 2 T’s:
Every Friday evening, AREA15 invites guests to “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Viewing Party hosted by Season 13 contestant Elliott with 2 T’s. Visitors can expect to view “Drag Race” like never before inside The Portal, AREA15’s 360-degree, projection-mapped room. VIP tables are available to reserve ahead of time, and require a $300 food and beverage minimum. Other tables are first come, first serve, and require a two drink purchase minimum per person. Guests must be 21 years or older to enter. Reservations can be made here.

Daily in February and March – ElectroRoll and ElectroRoll Disco:
AREA15’s “ElectroRoll” features a pop-up, retro, glow-in-the dark roller skating rink located outside in AREA15’s open-air A-Lot. Suitable for all ages, guests can dip, spin and skate to the music, purchase specialty cocktails or enjoy food served rink-side from The Beast by Todd English. Each ticket includes entry to AREA15 and skate rentals in sizes for all ages. Monday through Friday, for every adult ticket purchased, one child, 12 and under, skates free. Featured themed nights such as Sunday Onesie skate parties and Throwback Thursdays highlight a variety of musical genres and will be held each week.

“ElectroRoll” is open now through March 28.  Hours are Sundays from noon to 8 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 8:30 p.m. Tickets for each 30-minute session are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 12 and under and $13 for seniors ages 65 years and older. Purchase tickets here.

On Friday and Saturday nights now through March 28, guests can skate to 1970s and ‘80s disco-inspired hits with “ElectroRoll-Disco” available for ages 21 years and older. “ElectroRoll-Disco” tickets will include one free drink ticket, a sanitized silent disco headset and an extended skate session of 90 minutes. Entertainment by skate tricksters will also enliven the party. “ElectroRoll-Disco” takes place in two sessions on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tickets for each 90-minute “ElectroRoll-Disco” experience are $30 per person. Purchase tickets here.

PROMOTIONS:
Brainfreeze: Guests who spend $10 or more at Emack & Bolios will receive one complimentary session at Brainstorm.

BirdBrain: For the price of a single ticket, guests receive unlimited experiences at three distinctive VR attractions: Birdly, Brainstorm and Oz Ride. The BirdBrain special is available Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $24 for children ages 12 and under.

Act’v Love: On Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb.12 – 14, couples are invited to experience an action-packed activation bundle for two. To purchase Act’v Love packages, click here.

  • Act’v Love “Package #1” is available for $80 per couple ($20 savings) and includes two tickets to Haley’s Comet as well as the VR attractions: Birdly, Brainstorm and Oz Experience.
  • Act’v Love “Package #2” is available for $140 per couple ($36 savings) and includes two tickets to Haley’s Comet, “Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite” and Oz Experience as well as unlimited access to Birdly and Brainstorm.

ElectroRoll + Gallerie 360 Bundle: Guests are invited to skate, rock and immerse themselves in an audio and visual experience featuring world-renowned digital artists inside The Portal, AREA15’s 360-degree, 3D projection mapped room. Tickets for the ElectroRoll + Gallerie 360 bundle are $30 per adult and $15 for children 12 and under.

NEW IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES OPENING IN FEBRUARY:
Gallerie 360: “Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun” – A new 360-degree immersive audio and visual experience inside AREA15’s Portal, is a mesmerizing first-person journey of being on the deck of a spaceship and traveling to the center of the sun. Set to a soundtrack inspired by one of the most influential psych-rock bands in history, the program is narrated by Alan Watts, the acclaimed British “entertainment philosopher,” and fueled by a dynamic electronica-driven soundtrack. Tickets to the 25-minute show can be purchased here and include one complimentary cocktail.

The Beast by Todd English: The Beast by Todd English is now open. Even the pickiest eater will find something mouthwatering within the fiery walls of The Beast. Renowned chef, restaurateur and four-time James Beard Award winner, Todd English presents this curated map of flavors to guests inside the world of AREA15. The Beast’s menu is available for delivery to other AREA15 experiences, including Emporium Arcade Bar, Five Iron Golf and Dueling Axes.

Emporium Arcade BarSpanning two floors and 10,000 square feet inside AREA15, the new immersive Emporium Arcade Bar + event venue features all types of games, including Killer Queen, pool tables, Skee-Ball, foosball, basketball and dozens of classic arcade games, as well as a curated craft beer and cocktail bar, amazing murals covering every surface created by 11 local artists, live shows and more. Las Vegas is its sixth location, joining its venues in Chicago, San Francisco and Oakland, California.

Five Iron GolfAlso, now open is Five Iron Golf, an urban indoor golf experience blending golf and entertainment with a community-focused mission to make the game for everyone. Featuring industry-leading golf technology and equipment, teaching professionals, a full bar and event space, guests can reserve a simulator by the half hour, compete in tournaments and leagues, host events and book private or group golf lessons.

Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart: The Santa Fe-based arts and entertainment company Meow Wolf will unlock the doors to Omega Mart on Thursday, Feb. 18. The one-of-a-kind supermarket store experience and portal to the otherworldly will anchor AREA15. With elevated narrative and tech elements, Omega Mart is the work of hundreds of creatives on staff and more than 50 collaborating visual and musical artists from all over the world. For more information and tickets, visit their website.

ABOUT AREA15
AREA15, located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, is the world’s first purpose-built experiential entertainment district offering live events, immersive activations, monumental art installations, extraordinary design elements, unique retail, ground-breaking technology, bars and eateries and much more. With a growing collection of dynamic destinations including Dueling AxesEmporium Arcade BarLost Spirits DistilleryOddwood Bar, “Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite,” Museum FiascoRocket FizzFive Iron GolfThe Beast by Todd EnglishOZ Experience and anchor experience, Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, AREA15 offers ever-changing art, retail and entertainment, attracting locals and tourists of all ages.

AREA15 represents a collaborative venture between real estate development firm Fisher Brothers and creative agency Beneville Studios, both of New York.

PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE
AREA15 and all its experiences follow the latest recommendations of leading health experts and government authorities, including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And true to the insatiable hunger for all things inventive and groundbreaking, AREA15 uses cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology to help implement these recommendations, including an AI-driven thermal scanning platform that screens temperature accurately and non-invasively, detects the absence of a mask, and alerts staff when social distancing thresholds are not being met.

CES 2021: The Latest in Innovation

CES, the Consumer Electrionics Show, convened digitally this year. This is the first time that CES has ever been conducted fully virtually due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The event produced and owned by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) featured technology related to Digital Health, Smart Cities, Immersive Entertainment, Lifestyle, 5G and Internet of Things (IOT), Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Startups, Tech Enabling the New Normal, and more. Some notable brands who participated in the conference portion of the event include Sony, GM, Intel, Audi, Panasonic, Samsung, and Mercedes-Benz. Despite the virtual interface, the overall reception of this year’s event was positive.

More than 500 companies participated in the exhibition event, though some garnered more social media buzz than others. According to analytics from Talkwalker, a social listening and analytics company, Samsung had 11 thousand social media mentions related to the event. This was aided by the ever present social media monster that is the BTS army who blew up this tweet before the event had even started. Some other products that generated a lot of buzz are Razer’s N95 facemask with gaming lighting and over this Keurig-but-it’s-ice-cream contraption.

The next CES show will be January 5-8, 2022.

Gabrielle Illustrates a Rolls-Royce Article for 360 MAGAZINE

Rolls-Royce Art Programme

Rolls-Royce announced the shortlist of artists for its inaugural moving-image Dream Commission.

Sondra Perry, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Martine Syms and Zhou Tao all made the shortlist for Muse, Rolls-Royce’s Art Programme.

The Dream Commission finds mid-career artists to be best representative and the best creators of moving-image concept artwork, and these artists were all tasked with creating art depicting dreams. The winner will be declared in 2021.

Torsten MüllerÖtvös, chief executive for Rolls-Royce said he looks for artists who share Rolls-Royce’s passion for pushing technical and conceptual boundaries.

“We are delighted to announce four shortlisted moving-image artists for the inaugural Dream Commission, each of whom have outstanding reputations,” MüllerÖtvös said. “The art of moving-image is a creative and avant-garde genre and we are pleased to be supporting this medium at this critical time for the industry. To commission artists during a pandemic is an act of determination and faith in the power of culture to inform and transform our lives; a quality at Rolls-Royce that we fully endorse.”

All finalists were selected by an international jury, and each created a work of short-form moving-image art to explore the notion of “Dreams.”

Sondra Perry has a wide range of tools, including AI, animation, performance and video. She uses them to explore race, identity and technology. Her piece, titled “Lineage for a Phantom Zone,” looks at lineage, longing and memory through her own archived footage.

“The piece begins with me playing a theremin, using the touchless liminal instrument to conjure a dream space with multi-dimensional sound,” she said. “Growing up, my grandmother had a picture of herself on the land she was raised on in North Carolina on her dresser. I think about that picture often and I wanted to reflect on her history, that land, and my experience of it through images. I collapse time, space, and two generations of family to visualize a life dream that was mutated through imagination, images, and video and passed down through my DNA.”

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is based in Puerto Rico and is an artist and filmmaker. She makes films after lengthy research, observation and documentation, and her piece, titled “The Source,” uses photos of people, places and experiences to strike the viewer.

She uses Puerto Rico to elicit the emotions and ideas of the piece, and it comes with a strong sense of history and culture. She said her vision for “The Source” begins with an experience.

“My son is standing at the source of the Río Caguitas. Something seems to stop. Is it the ancient rock, the loud cold water pushing, the slowness above us, the smell? An interval,” she said. “Reading his translation of Proust to Haitian Kreyòl, a project undertaken for its own sake and without readers in mind, my colleague writer and translator Guy Regis Junior had said the task had been both full of pleasure and sacrificial. From there, there is an opening- up in the interval, in that time/space between one language, history and sensorial world, and another”

Martine Syms is based in Los Angeles and combines grit, humor and social commentary in her art. Her entry, titled “Kita’s World,” dives into Syms as a person biologically, psychologically and sociologically.

She said her world is a combination of “core material, broken samples, seductive loops and heavy theory.”

“Symptomatic of the contemporary condition, I was inspired by an anecdote by a prominent theorist in which intimate technology appears to read our minds,” she said.  “Everything has a subtext, ulterior motives—but tech flattens everything out. It can speak our unconscious; we unravel equally in realms both real and digital. There is a dissolution of difference but no real plurality. I’m using Kita, an homage to an avatar from my childhood, to think through this tension.”

Zhou Tao of Guangzhou uses video, drawing and photography together. His submission, titled “Three Hundred Miles Southwest,” makes populated areas seem mythological.

“Three hundred miles from the dangerous peak to the southeast, those forgotten areas not covered by the high-speed network are at the end of the geography,” he said. “Between a wolf seeker with mountains as a companion and the 37th ‘remote style’ ecological model; between the giant reliefs in the narrow valley and the legendary gate into the four-dimensional; the engineering bases connected from one terminal to another scattered among the mountains, presenting a future fable that has long passed away of this mythological place.”

Following the nominations of 23 artists, these four were chosen unanimously by the jury, and the statement from that jury reads as follows:

“The Dream Commission offers an opportunity for artists to have a space to develop their aesthetics and to be able to delve deeply into an area where they can have an autonomy to make a work which can resonate. The quality of the long list that was presented to us made this an incredibly engaging, but also difficult selection process. The breadth of practice that was selected for us to consider was extraordinary – the sophistication of ideas and expression across this media was so inspiring. We have succeeded in selecting a variety of artists from different countries, cultures and different kinds of artistic thinking.”

The Dream Commission accepts entries from any medium used to create moving-image art, like experimental film, video, animation, immersive and participatory installations and content presented in non-screen formats.

Once this cycle concludes after two years, another cycle will begin to welcome in a brand new set of landmark artists and creators.

To stay up to date with Muse and the Dream Commission, you can follow them on Instagram.

You can also click right here to learn more.

Global AI Spending to surge by 120% and hit $110bn by 2024

By Jastra Kranjec

Recent years have witnessed a swell in the adoption of artificial intelligence solutions, revolutionizing industries, and helping businesses boost growth. The rising volume and complexity of business data are set to continue driving AI adoption in the following years, causing a surge in global AI spending.

According to data presented by BuyShares.co.nz, global artificial intelligence spending is expected to surge by 120% and hit $110bn by 2024.

Global AI Spending Jumped 33% YoY, Despite COVID-19 Crisis

Businesses across the world use AI technology to be innovative and scalable. Using automation, deep learning, and natural language processing can improve their decision-making, efficiency, speed, and help predict trends.

In 2015, companies and organizations worldwide spent $5bn on implementing AI systems in their business, revealed the IDC 2020 Worldwide Artificial Intelligence Systems Spending Guide. In the next three years, this figure jumped five times to $25bn. Statistics show that 2019 witnessed a $37.5bn worth of investments into AI business solutions, a 650% jump in four years.

Increased investments in AI technology continued in 2020, with organizations expected to invest $50.1bn in AI systems, despite the COVID-19 crisis. The following years are set to witness remarkable growth in global AI spending, with the figure surging by almost 120% to $110bn by 2023. 

Automated customer service, sales process automation, automated threat intelligence and prevention, and IT automation were the leading use cases for AI in 2020, accounting for nearly a third of total AI spending this year. However, the IDC data show that automated human resources, IT automation and pharmaceutical research and discovery are the fastest-growing use cases.

Life Sciences and Retail Lead in Adoption of AI

The IDC data indicate the retail industry and the banking sector are expected to spend the most on AI solutions in 2020. The retail companies primarily focused their AI investments on improving customer experience via chatbots and recommendation engines. Banks are expected to keep investing in AI-driven fraud prevention and program advisors. Discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and healthcare round out the top five industries for AI spending this year.

The life sciences sector, including biotech, pharma and biomedical companies, has the most significant share of organizations that have adopted AI, revealed the Capgemini`s AI-Powered Enterprise survey.

Statistics show that 67% of organizations operating in this market adopted AI at scale, while another 33% launched AI pilots that are still undeployed in production. The retail industry ranked second, with 51% of companies utilizing artificial intelligence technology. The consumer products sector follows with a 44% share.

The Capgemini data show the automotive industry represents the fourth-leading sector, with 17% of companies successfully using AI in production. Another 49% of automotive companies have deployed a few use cases in production on a limited scale. The telecom industry follows, with a 14% and 57% share, respectively.

The full story can be read here: https://buyshares.co.nz/2020/10/20/global-artificial-intelligence-spending-to-surge-by-120-and-hit-110bn-by-2024/