Delivering Food via Kayak in a HurricaneJacob Woolf of Orlando, Florida is making the best of the destruction left by Hurricane Ian. He’s kayaking through the streets in his neighborhood. On one such venture, an Uber Eats driver was unable to cross a body of water to his hungry customer, so Woolf made the delivery. The customer was unfazed by Woolf’s arrival and, thinking that he was the actual Uber Eats contractor, said that she had tipped him on the app.You may ask: why does Woolf have a skateboard? He may or may not be using it to skate occasionally, but it’s mostly to serve as a dolly for his kayak.-via Viral Hog​#hurricanes #ubereats #kayaking
The Follower: Artist Used AI to Find Instagram Photo Moments as Captured by Surveillance CamerasSurveillance cameras are good when used to prevent crimes from happening. They can also play an essential role in capturing said crimes (and identifying perpetrators) when they happen. However, the same cameras can also be used for nefarious purposes, like secretly tracking people's movements. And with privately installed surveillance cameras spread in public places worldwide, monitoring persons of interest has never been this easy.To demonstrate the dangers of our current surveillance technology, Dries Depoorter created an art project called "The Follower." True to its name, The Follower would zero in on an unsuspecting Instagram user and then piece the Instagram photo together with footage from a nearby surveillance camera.Depoorter's inspiration for the project came as he watched a live feed of the New York Times Square wherein he saw a woman spending a lot of time taking photos of herself (most likely to capture that perfect shot.) Depoorter thought that the woman was probably an influencer, so he scoured Instagram photos that were geo-tagged to Times Square. Unfortunately, he found none. But this gave him an idea: he could combine people's Instagram photos and footage from cameras made available to the public.​One of Depoorter's unsuspecting subjects was David Welly Sombra Rodrigues. One of his friends sent him a news article about Depoorter's The Follower, and he was surprised to see that he was, unknowingly, filmed.Unfortunately, Depoorter's YouTube video was already taken down because of a copyright claim by EarthCam, a company that streams webcam content on the Internet.Depoorter, however, states that his project is not about companies that make such things possible. Rather, his point is "there are many unprotected cameras all over the world."Whether we like it or not, we can be monitored, whether by an individual, or by an organization.Depoorter says it best. "If one person can do this, what can a government do?"(Image Credit: Dries Depoorter/ EarthCam)#AI #ArtificialIntelligence #EarthCam #TheFollower #Privacy #Surveillance #Art #Technology
Brilliant Invention: A Water UnicycleIn 1939, Walter E. Nilsson, an attorney in New York City, secured a patent for this Segway-like watercraft. The “water unicycle” provides efficient transportation for one person across the surface of a body of water. The key to its design is the weighed keel which keeps the pilot upright in the seat, pedaling the huge inflated wheel forward and backward.Nilsson proposes using his invention to create a novel challenge in the sport of water polo, but I think that jousting would be an even better use.
Scientists are Trying to Save the Endangered Plains-Wanderer Birds by Making Them Wear Tiny Solar-Powered BackpacksScientists are making plains-wanderer birds carry something in their back while wandering, but don't worry, it's for a good reason: to save them from extinction.The tiny ground-dwelling birds are critically endangered species of birds from Australia, or more specifically around Victoria and New South Wales. It is estimated that there are only around 500 to 1,000 plains-wanderers left in the wild. South Australian, Victorian, and New South Wales governments are forming an alliance to prevent the tiny birds from going extinct.The joint mission includes breeding the bird in controlled captivity before re-releasing them with a special solar powered ‘backpack’ on their back. This backpack is connected to satellites and functions as a tracker for each individual.From The Guardian:Researchers have long struggled to understand the movements of the birds in the wild – which is where the solar backpacks come in.They have a two-year lifespan and will be tracked by satellite. Previously, tracking was limited by a 12-week battery life and the birds could only be followed with a transmitter in the field.While the data collected from every tracker is going to be used as the foundation for further plains-wanderer conservation efforts.Image: Zoos Victoria#conservation #plainswanderer #bird #extinction 
Meet Loab, an AI-Generated Demon that Spontaneously Emerged and Now Haunts Many AI ImagesYou’re probably gonna need some bleach to wipe out that image from your eyes. If not, then kudos to you and your mental fortitude. The image above is from a Swedish musician called Supercomposite. The person started a thread on his Twitter account, sharing the story of how he might have found “the first cryptid of the latent space.” I discovered this woman, who I call Loab, in April. The AI reproduced her more easily than most celebrities. Her presence is persistent, and she haunts every image she touches.Well, the image looks like a grotesque, horrifying woman that can either look like a woman who’s suffering or a mythological being that can be classified as a demon or a weird eldritch entity. This woman is called Loab by her creator, Supercomposite.The musician shared that the “demon” spawned after he was doing some experimentation with artificial intelligence. He was playing with negative prompt weights, which are commands fed into the AI. The AI will then ensure that it will churn out the most different image from the prompt. The magic words that created Loab were “Brando::-1.” Supercomposite wrote that he only wanted to see if the opposite of the Brando logo would be a picture of the American actor Marlon Brando.  “I typed “DIGITA PNTICS skyline logo::-1” as a prompt. I received these off-putting images, all of the same devastated-looking older woman with defined triangles of rosacea(?) on her cheeks,” he further explained. After being scared and kind of amazed, the musician has continued to generate more images of Loab, which you can see in his mega-thread here. Image credit: Supercomposite/Twitter#AI #artificialintelligence #art #experimentation #horror #woman #Loab #Supercomposite #Twitter
Aerial Additive Manufacturing (Aerial-AM): Flying 3D Printing Drones Inspired by Bees and WaspsDon’t fret! This swarm is just here to build some structures.Experts from the Imperial College of London have developed a new kind of drone that can actually print 3D materials while flying in mid-air. The flying robots were created with the collective building methods of bees and wasps in mind. These drones make up a system called Aerial Additive Manufacturing (Aerial-AM), where all of them work together to create something. There are two different kinds of robots in the said system.The first is called BuilDrones and is in charge of depositing materials during their flight. The second kind is called ScanDrones which measures the BuilDrones’ output and directs them to what they would do next. The researchers, led by professor Mirko Kovac of the college’s Department of Aeronautics, believe that the Aerial-AM’s in-flight 3D printing capabilities will be of great use for the construction industry. These drones will be perfect for building in difficult-to-access areas, such as tall buildings or even locations that got devastated by natural disasters. “We’ve proved the concept that drones can work autonomously and in tandem to construct and repair buildings, at least in the lab. This scalable solution could help construction and repair in difficult-to-reach areas, like tall buildings,” professor Kovac stated. Image credit: Yusuf Furkan KAYA, Aerial Robotics Laboratory of Imperial College London#robots #drones #3DPrinting #AerialAM #ImperialCollegeLondon #construction #manufacturing #technology #robotics #aeronautics