Best Tech Stories around the web #211

This week: MIT finds smaller neural networks that are easier to train, ‘Weird Cuts’ is Google’s new AR experiment that lets you cut out pieces of reality to make collages, a Japanese tech company has made an AI capable of generating fake images of fashion models, Ilya Abulkhanov opened Offf Barcelona 2019 with the debut of his sci-fi short film ‘ARXIV’ and for its 15th edition the Mapping Festival, dedicated to audio-visual art and digital culture unfolds from May 23 to 26, 2019 in Geneva.

INNOVATION

MIT finds smaller neural networks that are easier to train by engadget.com

Despite all the advancements in artificial intelligence, most AI-based products still rely on "deep neural networks," which are often extremely large and prohibitively expensive to train. Researchers at MIT are hoping to change that. In a paper presented today, the researchers reveal that neural networks contain "subnetworks" that are up to 10 times smaller and could be cheaper and faster to teach. Read more

DESIGN

‘Weird Cuts’ is Google’s new AR experiment that lets you cut out pieces of reality to make collages by tedcrunch.com

In addition to preserving art and historic landmarks around the world, Google’s Arts & Culture division also likes to collaborate with artists to experiment with integrations between technology and art. The latest of these efforts, a new AR app called “Weird Cuts,” was formally introduced this evening at the Google I/O developer conference. Read more

QUERKY

These fashion models were created using AI, but they look spookily life-like by businessinsider.fr

A Japanese tech company has made an AI capable of generating fake images of fashion models. The technology used to make them is called a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), which pits two algorithms against each other. Read more

CREATIVE CONTENT

Ilya Abulkhanov opened Offf Barcelona 2019 with the debut of his sci-fi short film ‘ARXIV’

Mill+ Director Ilya Abulkhanov opened Offf Barcelona 2019 with the debut of his sci-fi short film ‘ARXIV’. ARXIV (pronounced ‘archive’) is an immersive sci-fi family drama is set in two time frames: the deep future, that is left with no future, and the near future, that will bring about the eventual dystopian collapse of society. 

EVENT

Mapping Festival : From May 23, Geneva

For its 15th edition, the Mapping Festival, dedicated to audio-visual art and digital culture, unfolds from May 23 to 26, 2019 in Geneva. Read more