Month: December 2018

The Current Artisan Weekly: 12/16/2018

YouTube Rewind Video Attracts Vehement Criticism Each year, YouTube organizes a collective video effort called YouTube Rewind, in which popular content creators, as well as television and film stars, give a brief and family-friendly recap of major moments on the site over the previous 12 months. The latest Rewind video has received a historic number of “dislikes,” currently at more than 10 million. While these videos are meant to serve as a sort of promotional device for the site to market itself to both content creators and advertisers, the saccharine tone and squeaky-clean mainstream references leave many YouTubers and...

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The Current Artisan Weekly: 12/9/2018

‘Black Panther,’ 10 Months On It’s difficult to believe that this movie was released in 2018. There’s been so much news since February, cinematic and otherwise, that it feels like ‘Black Panther’ is a film from years ago. But of course it isn’t, and of course it stands a good chance of taking home some Oscars in another couple months. So let’s take a moment to look at the movie again and see if it has anything different to say, almost a year after its initial splash. The movie’s visuals hold up, but maybe that goes without saying. The...

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The Current Artisan Weekly: 12/2/2018

AI-Composed ‘Painting’ to Go on Auction A visual work composed by AI (Artificial Intelligence) will soon go on auction through Christie’s, a prestigious auction house originally based in the UK. The piece is titled ‘Edmond de Belamy.’ The specific AI used is the work of a French art collective who call themselves Obvious. It is part of a series of works designed by the collective, as part of an attempt to explore the relationship between AI and what we perceive of as art. It is difficult to gauge the attitudes of the art community in response to these experiments....

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The Best YouTube Cooking Channels

Not all of us have the natural talent to create beautiful meals without recipes or instructions. In fact, just last week I burnt rice, which I hadn’t previously thought was possible. But luckily for me and people like me who need a bit more guidance when it comes to putting together a healthy, delicious dish for myself and friends, the internet offers nearly endless resources for learning more about how to cook well. YouTube, in particular, has a distinct advantage over many of these resources, offering detailed visuals for each step of a given recipe. And as more and...

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Kaushik Macharla on Solving Your Tech Problems with Empathy

UI and UX Expert Kaushik Macharla Gave Us A Rundown of the Do’s and Do Not’s of Tech Design There’s an implicit promise these days that the true purpose of technology is to make our lives better. And that thought has the weight of logic behind it, especially given the extent to which personal and public devices can dictate how any given day plays out, and how convenient or inconvenient it will be to finish everything on our lengthy to-do lists. The difficult part of the equation is for tech companies themselves, and how they’ll be able to accomplish...

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