Here are a few things I’ve encountered online recently that I’ve enjoyed.
1. 3D Renderings of bicycles based on people’s attempts to draw them from memory. It’s a bit random, but it’s surprisingly delightful.
2. This video made me cry, it is so beautiful. As written on the Adafruit Blog, “This music video for Jane Bordeaux’s ‘Ma’agalim’ beautifully imagines the journey of a wooden doll inside an old penny arcade machine, including some of the mechanisms that make the arcade spin and operate.”
3. Also found on the Adafruit Blog, this Rube-Goldberg machine made of marbles and magnets. It’s mesmerizing.
4. Do you have some random ingredients you want to use up, but don’t know a recipe that incorporates all of them? Never fear, Chef Watson is here! IBM has partnered with Bon Appetite to give us cognitive cooking, and I am pretty much obsessed with it. It’s pretty intuitive, so go and try it out. Today, I made a Freekeh pilaf that was delightful.
5. And finally, MENACE 2, an artificial intelligence machine made of wooden drawers and coloured beads. It took me a while to wrap my mind around how exactly this worked, but it’s extremely cool. Based on the 1961 design by Donald Mitchie, British WWII codebreaker and friend of Alan Turing, this model was recreated just a few years ago by artist Julian Previeux. It’s an extremely cool way to make artificial intelligence more accessible.