Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

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Someone Has Made 38 Hours of Hip-Hop Playlists That Trace the Evolution of The Music and Culture | NOISEY – this provided enough material to tide me through the week including a lazy bank holiday Monday and is surprised me in its comprehensiveness

Talking of evolving the DJing and production part of hip-hop culture The Avalanches dropped this bomb to signal the launch of their first new album in 15 years. If the Sabres of Paradise had a bit more humour when they were making their Haunted Dancehall album, maybe they’d have produced something like Frank Sinatra by The Avalanches.

Dr Mark Ritson is on form putting some of the marketing fads to the bonfire, it does a great job re-positioning digital in the context of the wider advertising and marketing communications mix. More stuff by Mark Ritson here

There’s a Stuxnet Copycat, and We Have No Idea Where It Came From | Motherboard – this was pretty much inevitable, once people realise what’s possible its easier to replicate it and build up on what’s gone before. This is a classic case of fast follower in terms of technology. The question is it a nation state, a large corporate (or organised crime)? Is it developers who are selling it as packaged software to other interested parties? Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia have been associated with purchasing tools like this. Terrorists would be another option as a likely purchaser.

It’s almost like Blade Runner had been replayed through the mind of an impressionist painter. Its based on work done sampling a small part of the film and feeding it through a neural network. This is what gives it a dream like quality. It wouldn’t be a watchable feature film but it has an artistic effect in its own way.

You can read about the academic research behind this experiment here. More machine learning related topics here.