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Scorpion Art Car built for Burning Man can be yours

Scorpion Art Car built for Burning Man can be yours

If you have ever seen stories or video shot on Burning Man held out in the desert each year, you may know that odd goes hand in hand with that event. An art car called Scorpion has been at the Burning Man even each year since 2011. It started life as a 1991 28-foot International boom truck before being turned into an art car by its builders.

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Google Magenta research project will create an AI artist

Google Magenta research project will create an AI artist

Google DeepDream didn’t just create a bunch of trippy, fascinating, slightly schizophrenic images — it also inspired an entirely new research project within Google, and it’s called Google Magenta. Starting the first of June, a small team of Google researchers will use the company’s TensorFlow AI platform to develop an AI artist capable of creating its own visual art. The resulting artwork could eventually be made public through an app where anyone can browse creations as imagined by machines.

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Blizzard sets up giant Overwatch action figures across the globe

Blizzard sets up giant Overwatch action figures across the globe

Blizzard has come up with a classy, and creative, way to celebrate the upcoming release of Overwatch on May 24th: a series of huge sculptures installed in several locations around the world, depicting some of the game's characters as boxed-up action figures. And when I say huge, I mean they weigh over 3 tons, and required a crane and several forklifts to put in place, according to one witness. The boxes tower over a 6-foot tall man!

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Google’s robotic Art Camera takes gigapixel photos of classic art

Google’s robotic Art Camera takes gigapixel photos of classic art

The world is full of beautiful paintings, but, unfortunately, the average person will never get to see most of it in person. Photographs of well-known artwork are easy to come by, of course, but they don’t offer the same level of detail as an in-person visit. Google changed that with its ultra-high-resolution images of paintings, making the photos available on the Google Cultural Institute website. The photography process for this project was going too slowly, though, so Google created its own robotic camera to speed things up.

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Limited edition Jeff Koons live cases bring art to the Nexus

Limited edition Jeff Koons live cases bring art to the Nexus

Smartphones are no longer the utilitarian pieces of electronics that they were nearly a decade ago. For some, they have become a lifestyle choice and even a fashion statement. Despite that, smartphones are still usually designed with somber and subdued colors, sharp edges, and serious looks that remind people of their less than personal function. This is the reason why Google has offered its Live Case selection to give its Nexus devices a more personal touch and this new limited edition Jeff Koons takes personalization to a new, more artistic level.

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MOON globe maps our lunar sister in 3D

MOON globe maps our lunar sister in 3D

Ever wonder why your grade school classroom had a globe that accurately mapped our Earth, but never more than a flat sphere for our moon? Oscar Lhermitte and Kudu are aiming to change that sort of situation with a project they call "MOON - the most accurate lunar globe." They've put the project through its Kickstarter paces and have come away with several times their initial goal with half a month left to go - this is not just something a few people want, it's something LOTS of people want.

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Prince dies, the world mourns a genius

Prince dies, the world mourns a genius

Musical legend Prince Rogers Nelson has passed from this world. A timeless artist and entertainer, Prince was known by many names. The Kid. The Purple One. Jamie Starr, Alexander Nevermind, and the notorious Artist Formerly Known As Prince. He was also known by his Love Symbol - a name without a name. His death occurred approximately 57 years after his birth, both having occurred in his home state of Minnesota. Until his dying day he played music, and his epic archives will continue to satisfy the masses for all time.

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Computer paints a new Rembrandt after analyzing artist’s works

Computer paints a new Rembrandt after analyzing artist’s works

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have been getting a lot of media attention lately, from Google's AlphaGo to Microsoft and Facebook's photo recognition for the blind. But being able to analyze and learn from cold hard facts is one thing. Being able to derive something creative out of it is a whole different ballpark. But that's exactly what Microsoft and some partners accomplished when they let a computer "paint" an entirely new original piece of art just after analyzing Rembrandt's existing corpus.

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Google’s Tilt Brush turns HTC Vive into a psychedelic art machine

Google’s Tilt Brush turns HTC Vive into a psychedelic art machine

Just like the very first smartphones and tablets, today's virtual reality devices are pretty much intended primarily for content consumption. To actually create most content for it, you'd have to take of the goggles and sit down in front of a computer. There are, of course, a few exceptions, like Tilt Brush from Google. As the name might subtly imply, the virtual reality app turns the HTC Vive's controllers into paint brushes, allowing you to not only create masterpieces in full 3D but use any type of material digitally possible. Like stars.

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Animation software used by Studio Ghibli goes open source

Animation software used by Studio Ghibli goes open source

A prominent piece of software used by Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is about to go open source for independent animators. Known as Toonz, the software has played an important part in the development of several Studio Ghibli films over the years, as well as being used in popular animated TV series like Futurama. As part of an acquisition deal, Toonz's creators are releasing the previously enterprise-only software as open source on March 26th.

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AxiDraw personal writing and drawing machine writes for you

AxiDraw personal writing and drawing machine writes for you

I can remember back when graduating high school my mom insisted that I handwrite and sign thank you notes to everyone who sent gifts. I can understand now why she did that, but at the time I thought it was some sort of punishment. I'm not a big fan of writing out anything and most folks likely use digital means to type out all their notes and messages these days.

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Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Japanese car makers have been on a roll lately with concepts or art projects that combine their vehicles with unusual materials — Lexus made a car entirely out of cardboard, then another had wheels made of ice, while Nissan went with a life-size origami model. Now it's Toyota's turn, and they're not coming up short. They've just announced their Setsuna concept, a car made from wood, which will be revealed at Milan Design Week in April.

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