AI Artwork

Photo credit: Christies Inc

Christie’s only expected to fetch between $7,000 – $10,000 for its first piece of AI art, titled the “Portrait of Edmond Belamy”, but instead, sold it for $432,500. It was created by art collective Obvious who used the GAN machine learning algorithm to create the portrait. The neural network was trained on a dataset of historical portraits, and then created this work of art. Continue reading for another video and more information.

Porsche Carrera GT Pontiac Replica

Supercar knockoffs are nothing new or special, but this is the first Pontiac Fiero-based Carrera GT replica that we’ve come across, as most are based on the Boxster. This seller from the UK is asking £12,995 ($16,770 USD), and unfortunately, does not sport a V12 engine, despite the badging, nor a 5.7-liter mid-mounted V10 generating 603 HP, like its authentic counterpart. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

NYC Abandoned City Hall Subway Station

City Hall was the original southern terminal station of the first line of the New York City Subway, built by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT), and opened on October 27, 1904. This station is located underneath the public area in front of City Hall and designed to be the showpiece of the new subway. Due to the infrastructural shortfalls, as well as its proximity to the nearby Brooklyn Bridge station, passenger service was discontinued on December 31, 1945. Continue reading for another video and more information.

NTT DoCoMo KY-O1L Thinnest Phone

NTT DoCoMo’s KY-O1L by Kyocera has been named a “card phone,” and rightfully so. This credit card-sized device is touted as the world’s thinnest and lightest cell phone, measuring in at 5.3mm thick, while weighing a mere 47g. It features a 2.8-inch monochrome e-paper screen, LTE connectivity, and a 380mAh battery. Continue reading for three more pictures and additional information.

Brixel Mirror

Design studio BREAKFAST reveals the “Brixel Mirror,” a 19-foot-wide by 6-foot-tall installation made up of 540 Brixels – black on one side and mirrored on the other. Each Brixel is illuminated from the bottom with LEDs, and the mirror can be controlled from a smartphone, enabling users to switch between various content and interactive experiences. “Silhouette” is one that transforms the installation into a mirror that matches your silhouette, giving a one-to-one reflection. Continue reading for a making of video, more pictures and additional information.

Harrison Ford Solo Movie

YouTube user “DerpFakes” gained prominence by using deepfakes, or to be more specific, an artificial intelligence-based human image synthesis technique, to digitally add celebrities to movies that never starred in. In the latest example, Han Solo was inserted into Solo: A Star Wars Story in place of Alden Ehrenreich. Continue reading for another popular example featuring Princess Leia.

HyperSub MSF Sub-Sea Vehicle

Think of the HyperSub MSV, described to be a “multipurpose sub-sea vehicle,” as what happens when a speedboat meets submersible. Developed by HSP Technologies, it can smoothly coast over water, dock like a regular boat, and the capability to submerge itself up to 500-feet underwater. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 is basically an Earth system science research facility located in Oracle, Arizona that serves as a center for research, outreach, teaching, and lifelong learning about the planet, its living systems, and its place in the universe. The 3.14-acre structure remains the largest closed system ever created. Unfortunately, it was only used twice for its original intended purposes as a closed-system experiment: once from 1991 to 1993, and the second time from March to September 1994. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

Sans Forgetica

Developed by researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, Sans Forgetica is designed to help boost your memory, and based on a font called Albion. How does it work? The substantial modifications basically force readers to spend more time reading each word, allowing the brain to engage in deeper cognitive processing. “Sans Forgetica lies at a sweet spot where just enough obstruction has been added to create that memory retention,” said the researchers. Continue reading for a video on the science behind it and more information.

Cooking Antarctica

Photo credit: Bored Panda

Let’s face it, even though Antarctica is a beautiful barren landscape, it can get quite boring there, especially since summer is just around the corner with the sun up nearly 24-hours a day. Astrobiologist Cyprien Verseux decided to have some fun by cooking up a meal and seeing just how quickly it would freeze in the -94°F temperatures, or at least bringing a few cooked items from the base. Continue reading for more pictures and information.