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Inside Paleo-Economics and Google’s Deep Dream as Art

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of July 27th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas

Is Google’s Deep Dream Art?: A little while ago, Google set an Artificial Neural Network wild to “dream” on the internet. We asked art critics, artists and artistic technology experts if this was art.

Paleo-Economics Shaped Our Moralities: By ~ 10,000 generations ago, our survival became a team sport. Driving big game toward teammates yielded more meat than solo hunting. But division of labor requires sustainable division of profits. Nowadays, we call that economics.

The Adaptive Functions Of Music Listening:Research has highlighted mood regulation to be the most important function of music listening, but people also listen to music for its cognitive benefits, such as increased focus and attention, the experience of cognitive complexity, to facilitate social interaction and bonding, and reinforce social identity.

Inside The Sony Hack: What Peter Elkind found in his six-month investigation of the cybercrime of the century should terrify corporate America.

Products

REIFY: An app that makes totems encoded with music and visuals that you can play back on your mobile device.

Visor: An app that shows you any location, at any time by crowdsourcing geolocated images

Visionect: The solar-powered signs post different restrictions based on the time of day.

Visuals

Number Blocks: The numbered tower blocks of Singapore, a series by Peter Steinhauer

Visual Design Is Dead. Long Live Visual Design.: What is the role of the visual designer of tomorrow? In a world where screens no larger than a postage stamp live on the wrists of their users, the canvas for visual designers has shrunk to the point where the metaphor of ‘invisible design’ is almost literal.

The Wanderers: Humans will one day advance beyond the Earth, beyond Mars, beyond the solar system – this is a stunning vision of the possibilities of humanity’s expansion into space.


Levi Brooks is the CEO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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