The Restored “Queens Is The Future” Mural Speaks to the Power of Public Art

After Sony Pictures co-opted a mural in the NYC borough in 2014, the original artists have taken it back

On her way back from a meeting about hosting women in New York City for their second-term abortions, artist and co-founder of the arts organization Wassaic Project, Eve Biddle, had a chance encounter. While on the train, a fellow volunteer asked her, “What are you doing next?” When Biddle replied that she’s an artist and wants to do public art, the woman just so happened …

An AI-Powered Paint Tool Creates Custom Colors Through Vocal Descriptions

Sherwin-Williams recently launched Speaking in Color, a new AI-powered, voice-controlled tool that translates audio descriptions into custom colors. To do so, the paint brand partnered with the Wunderman Thompson agency to create a React Web app that decodes languages and turns it into colors using third-party and proprietary code. Phrases like “make it dimmer,” “make it more retro,” or “add warmth” are translated through the …

AI Invented Paint Colors With Silly Names

From a purplish blue color named “Sane Green” to a “Gray Pubic” sky blue, an artificial intelligence experiment by research scientist Janelle Shane saw a series of colors invented and named by a neural network. Through inputting 7,700 Sherwin-Williams paint colors and their RGB values, Shane trained the system—by way of an algorithm called char-rnn, which predicts the next character in a sequence—to generate new …