“Why is it that every time humans develop a really clever computer system in the movies, it seems intent on killing every last one of us at its first opportunity?
In Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL 9000 starts off as an attentive, if somewhat creepy, custodian of the astronauts aboard the USS Discovery One, before famously turning homicidal and trying to kill them all. In The Matrix, humanity’s invention of AI promptly results in human-machine warfare, leading to humans enslaved as a biological source of energy by the machines. In Daniel H. Wilson’s book Robopocalypse, computer scientists finally crack the code on the AI problem, only to have their creation develop a sudden and deep dislike for its creators.”
Read more on the great article from Digital Trends where they look at AI, where we are right now and what’s coming up.
There is some great stuff about Deep learning and AI Art and also an interesting interview with Elon Musk!
University student Matteo Archondis’ work might inspire you to create something even more extraordinary using Google Maps.
If funds are too tight or work is too busy for you to go on that world trip you’ve been promising yourself, then here’s a cheaper, altogether more convenient option.
Most impressive is that the Italian created the two-and-a-half-minute video using only screenshots from Google Maps, Street View, and Earth.
Archondis made the hyperlapse partly to celebrate this week’s 12th anniversary of Maps, and also to “show the potential tools we have to discover the world around us, even if we can’t afford to travel to places far away from home,” he told PetaPixel.
It’s a superb piece of work that takes you smoothly from famous location to famous location, zooming from up high to up close, and circling iconic landmarks. The carefully considered sound effects are a big part of the piece, too, so be sure to follow Archondis’ advice and stick a pair of cans on before you begin your globetrotting session.
To create the video, Archondis spent two days capturing just over 3,300 screenshots. Post-processing took a full week, with the main challenge to effectively blend and stabilize the content to create as smooth a journey as possible for the viewer.
The university student said the project was a good chance to “experiment with Google Maps and the Street View system, for me one of the best inventions to let us discover and see places from our computer without needing to leave home.”
Archondis added that he drew some of his inspiration from the amazing work of hyperlapse artist Rob Whitworth, who travels the world to make jaw-dropping videos of places like Dubai.
As for Archondis’ piece, we’re sure you’ll agree that it’s a stunning bit of work. Check it out in the video above.
Source: Digital trends
Marketing Automation is all about using well trodden techniques to better engage with your audience.
Here are 5 so-called tricks that can really help you:
1. The “Double Wait”
I ‘ve had no end of autoresponders where we’ve set up an automatic response to a form completion and then wanted to add a personal email to the sequence. Well, what happens when someone fills on the form at midnight? The ‘automated’ email then comes out at 3am perhaps.
Who are we trying to fool? 🙂
Then I found out about the Double Wait. We want to wait 3 hours when someone is in normal hours, we then add another wait condition as below to reach the contacts work hours in their timezone. Hey presto!
2. The “Reusable Block”
A great tip that I came across some time ago was to use automations for repeated tasks. Just create and automation that you are going to use regularly and then call that automation from another place, with perhaps the appropriate wait condition.
Then if you need to change the repeated task slightly then it will change it everywhere it is called.
3. The “Flight Controller”
So you’ve got a few automations running. How do you stop someone getting multiple messages on a certain day, at a certain time or even about the same subject.
One simple way is to use “day of week” wait conditions rather than timed conditions such as “3 hours”. That way, certain types of message go out on say Tuesday and others on Fridays.
These are just a few of the automation tricks we have discovered along the way. We would love to hear from you what marketing automation tricks you have collected!?
- Hyperloop Transportation Technologies launched a new deal with Slovakia and the Czech Republic to build a Hyperloop system that will connect Bratislava and Brno.
- Depending on the engineering team, it’s believed that a Hyperloop could go as fast as 1,200km/h (800 mph) either above or below ground.
Read more on Futurism.com