Author: Erica Tuttle

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 Current Artisan Weekly: 11/25/2018

Apple Fending Off Antitrust Claims in Supreme Court The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case Apple v. Pepper, an antitrust suit placed against the company by a small group of individuals described only as iPhone owners. The lawsuit claims that Apple has created a virtual monopoly around the selling of apps, since they are the largest distributor of apps and take a 30% cut of app sales. Apple’s opponents argue that this eliminates or greatly diminished the possibility for competition and deprives developers of profits they rightfully deserve. Apple argues that their platform offers the largest...

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