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Five robots named Paul

A really interesting video, Five Robots Named Paul, by Patrick Tresset, one of the Lumen 2014 prize winners. Five simple robots draw a model: amazing how good their sketches are.

Art that makes itself.

Went to an exhibition and seminar at Watermans. The exhibition was of works by Paul and Daniel Brown, both of whom spoke in the seminar along with Frieder Nake, in each case about ‘generative art’ – art made by algorithms, where the artist writes the algorithm but does not make the art work directly. Some…

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Kew Gardens as Big Data

Yesterday I went to a one day course on botany at Kew Gardens. It seems silly to live so near to a world centre of excellence and not make use of it. Amongst other interesting things, I spent half an hour studying a daisy under a microscope. Daisies are not in fact a single yellow…

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Generative Economics

I went to a meeting at LSE on Monday. For me, the highlight was a talk by Prof Youngjin Yoo on ‘Digital Innovation, Reversed Semiotics and Generative Economics’. (Slides available here.) Prof Yoo argues that: – industrial economics (the last 150 years) involves automation and capital intensive assets and its challenge is to maximise asset…

Object Oriented Business Models

Increasingly, in our consultancy practice, I am seeing business models which remind me of the ‘object oriented’ (OO) style of computer programming. The idea of OO is that each part of the programme is cut up into self-contained ‘black boxes’ or objects, which handle parts of the overall work. Each object has a set of methods…