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 …

Artist R Luke DuBois’ Eye-Opening Data Portraits

At this year’s TED conference, artist R Luke DuBois shared with the audience a few of his latest works. While he doesn’t paint, draw or take photos, DuBois can weave together incredibly complex portraits of his subjects through unconventional applications of programming and code. In one project, he downloads millions of dating profiles to map out the way people speak about themselves across the country. …

AI Lands a Historic Victory Over the Human Mind

The field of artificial intelligence landed a significant victory over the human mind today, as Google’s AlphaGo program was able to defeat legendary player Lee Se-dol at the game of Go. AI has previously been unable to master the ancient Chinese board game like it has with chess or checkers, as Go requires much more intuition and evaluation. AlphaGo’s creators developed the program using a …