MUTEK Montréal 2019: Old and New

Three standouts from an event that melds tech, music and visual art

Flying just under the major festival radar, Montreal’s MUTEK boasts a weeklong schedule of avant-garde programming at the intersection of technology, music and audiovisual art. It’s an event that defies the summer festival standard. To celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, MUTEK delivered an appropriately extraordinary line-up of both world-renowned and emerging artists. This is MUTEK’s strength: mixing the established with the vanguard and transforming …

Sister City’s AI-Generated Lobby Score

Recorded by Julianna Barwick, an ambient wave of music is determined by the mood of the city

Sister City, a new outpost from the people behind the Ace Hotel properties, feels like a secret, futuristic escape. Guests check themselves in at kiosks just inside the lobby doors, which exist beyond a stone patio and a doorman-equipped gate (with an even more private back entrance on Freeman Alley). If visitors wished to duck away from the chaos of the city for a minute, …

Smart Trash Can Works to End Food Waste

Developers at Winnow Vision may have figured out a preventive solution for food waste. The second generation of their smart trash can, currently operating in all of IKEA’s UK and Ireland locations, uses AI to photograph, identify and assign a cost to the food that’s tossed. Annual food waste costs about $1.2 trillion, but if the trash can is able to identify trends in consumption …