This art project, which will ‘vanish’ at the end of October 2014, was created using eco-friendly materials and GPS technology in a fascinating way. The National Mall in Washington, DC is the site of the commissioned artwork, created by artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. The giant portrait is visible from the ground, from atop the Washington Monument, and from outer space!
A little explanation by the artist… “I use vector files, which are images based on points that have algorithms to keep the curves in position. Then we use high-accuracy GPS technology to place stakes in the ground, and string to delineate the curves. The etching design also makes it work — the farther away you are, the more it comes together as shadowing. So when we get the final images from the satellite from space, it will actually look photographic.“
Read more about his vision & the work itself in these two articles:
University of Missouri, US – 2 projects:
“RaW”, led by Chao Fang, finding protein substructures to enhance knowledge of protein function using analytics!
“DORK”, led by Xinjian Yao, using analytics to understand Medicare data to further understand what happens in the system.
University Putra Malaysia: Embedded Systems for Public Water Management, led by BALAMI Emmanuel Luke, toword making water supplies more sustainable.
Lumbini Engineering College, Nepal – event held September 28 to inform students about Smarter Planet, Bluemix, Watson, IBM and Students for a Smarter Planet opportunities. Led by Basant Pandey.
Cognitive Computing is one of the major buzz-phrases in technology today. The IBM Watson Jeopardy!™ Challenge pitted the “brain” of a computer against the minds of humans in a fascinating display of man vs. machine. Cognition takes many forms, and researchers in the U.K. are striving to learn more about the human brain’s functionality by exploring lucid dreams.
Charles Osgood of CBS News Radio in the U.S. had this to report: “The scientists say the lucid dreamers used their extra level of insight to “think in a different way” – perhaps get a little creative with their minds to solve more of the problems.”
Here’s a posting from the University of Lincoln that gives some background on their studies
Perhaps what is learned from studying the lucid dreamers’ heightened ability to problem solve will be applied to the next level of work in cognitive computing? Maybe it’s something you want to be involved with? For now…