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"Connection with the past": using AI to help find and preserve Europe's historical smells

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Scent-enriched tours will be accessible to visually impaired people in a way entirely visual exhibitions can never be. As the idea of preserving sensory heritage quietly catches on in the cultural and museum fields, an ambitious project aims to investigate how scents defined communities in the past. ODEUROPA is the first pan-European initiative to use artificial intelligence (AI) to create a library of historic smells. The research team plans to bring some of these aromas from the 17th and 18th century back to life and to preserve them, either by finding words that accurately describe them or by using modern scientific processes to recreate these smells in the lab. "One of our aims is to make cultural experiences more tangible," explained Inger Leemans, professor of cultural history and project lead of ODEUROPA at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).


Is Artificial Intelligence Set To Take Over The Art Industry?

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Many people considered it a "formless blur of colors," an image that was abstract but slightly resembling a human face. The image isn't even properly positioned on the canvas, rather it is skewed towards the northwest. In October 2018, this "art piece": Portrait of Edmond de Belamy, an algorithm-generated print, was sold for $432,500, thus beginning the AI-Art goldRush. Humans have always created and enjoyed all forms of art, for viewing purposes, for aesthetic purposes, and even for therapeutic purposes. Since the discoveries of an artistic shell carved by homoerectus, the art business has grown in leaps and bounds and become a highly profitable industry.


Hello World

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Note to readers: Hello world is a program developers run to check if a newly installed programming language is working alright. Startups and tech companies are continuously launching new software to run the real world. This column will attempt to be the "Hello World" for the real world. At the Emami Art gallery, Harshit Agrawal, 29, will exhibit his work titled'EXO-Stential – AI Musings on the Posthuman.' At first look, you'd think the vivid imagery is solely the artist's imagination.


Putting the art in artificial intelligence

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Take for instance, Bengaluru-based artist Raghava K K, who is in the US at the moment, collaborating with painting robots, scientists and technologists to create an artwork, six years in the making. Just this week, Terrain.art unveiled India's first artificial intelligence non-fungible token (NFT) art exhibition'Intertwined Intelligences', which explores the relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) and human creativity. The show, which features international AI artists, is curated by Bengaluru-based Harshit Agrawal who shot to fame with his work'The Anatomy of Dr Algorithm', where he fed images of surgeries into an algorithm and used AI to create Rembrandt-inspired art based on the images of everything from organs to fibroids. What AI does is that it uses algorithms to predict behaviour through patterns. So the more patterns give a machine for a painting, the greater precision with which the requests are processed to get a final outcome.


Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' on display with missing figures restored by AI

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AMSTERDAM, June 23 (Reuters) - For the first time in 300 years, Rembrandt's famed "The Night Watch" is back on display in what researchers say is its original size, with missing parts temporarily restored in an exhibition aided by artificial intelligence. Rembrandt finished the large canvas, which portrays the captain of an Amsterdam city militia ordering his men into action, in 1642. Although it is now considered one of the greatest masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age, strips were cut from all four sides of it during a move in 1715. Though those strips have not been found, another artist of the time had made a copy, and restorers and computer scientists have used that, blended with Rembrandt's style, to recreate the missing parts. "It's never the real thing, but I think it gives you different insight into the composition," Rijksmuseum director Taco Dibbits said.


My Two EdTech Adventures

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I have been thinking a little about the impact of the digital technologies on education, it has been significant and with the advent pandemic ubiquitous. I am interested in NLProc (Natural Language Processing) and have been pondering it's applications in pedagogy and education a little. These brought back some memories of what can loosely be considered my Edtech Adventures. Around 2007, digital lessons, whether power point presentations or the interactive programs that had to be paid for started becoming part of our school's teaching plans. I am not sure if they helped the teachers teach better, nonetheless their presence in the lesson plans increased.


Interweaving Poetic Code Links Textiles with Coding

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While the project centred around an exhibition in Hong Kong at the former cotton spinning mills housing the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT, 30 April–18 July 2021), it kicked off with a Zoom symposium, Poetic Emergences: Organisation through Textile and Code (16–19 April 2021), that foregrounded the work of weavers, programmers, philosophers, and community workers investigating the transformative processes of textile and code. Keynote speaker Alexander R. Galloway, a New York-based media studies professor, discussed the innovations of two female mathematicians at the intersection of weaving and computation: Ada Lovelace (1815–1852), who theorised that Jacquard loom punch cards could store data in an analytical machine (i.e. Moderator Amy K.S. Chan, a Hong Kong-based professor and scholar, introduced Nüshu (literally: 'female script'), a syllabic script that was written and embroidered by women in Imperial China to compose fiction and correspond undetected by male family members. In'Session 2: Metaphors of E-Textiles', scholar Annapurna Mamidipudi discussed the PENELOPE project, which aims to integrate ancient weaving into the realm of digital technology, through the lens of her work with handloom weavers in South India. Mamidipudi riled against the pure academicians who confine the practice of weavers as'some kind of embodied ethno-mathematics that are not universal', and described weaving as a'technical mode of existence' that performs digital intelligence.


Meet Three Leading AI-Based Artists In India

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For the longest time, creativity was believed to be exclusive to the human mind. Artificial intelligence is now redefining'artists.' Applications to develop generative architecture algorithms create exciting work like the Digital Grotesque or AI-generated paintings filled with colours according to one's emotions. These pieces are then sold for record-breaking prices. Additionally, artificial intelligence can produce an artistic impression of photographs using neural style transfer apps like Prisma. Algorithmic art thus can be widely defined as an art generated using a set of instructions, usually using a computer.


Human-like robot creates creepy self-portraits

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The world's first robotic self-portraits, painted by an android called Ai-Da, have been unveiled at a new art exhibit in London, despite the "artist" not having a "self" to portray. The surprisingly accurate images question the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in human society and challenge the idea that art is exclusively a human trait, according to her creators. Ai-Da is a life-size android artist powered by AI -- computer algorithms that mimic the intelligence of humans -- that can paint, sculpt, gesture, blink and talk. Ai-Da is designed to look and act like a human woman with a female voice. Her head and torso looks like a mannequin's and she wears a variety of different dresses and wigs, although a pair of exposed mechanical arms do give her away as robotic.


AI: More than Human

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Or is it shaping us? The fascinating world of artificial intelligence comes to World Museum in a new exhibition bursting with interactivity through immersive artworks and scientific developments, giving visitors a thrilling vision of the future. Explored through prominent and cutting-edge research projects, and special commissions and projects by international artists, 'AI: More than Human' is an unprecedented survey of the relationship between humans and technology. The exhibition tells the rapidly developing story of AI, from its extraordinary ancient roots in Japanese Shintoism, to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage's early experiments in computing, through to the major developmental leaps from the 1940s to the present day. CAFÉ & SHOP: You can also grab a bite to eat and drink at the World Museum café or pick up a souvenir from the shop.