David Schonauer

State of the Art: Generative AI Is 'Just a Phase,' Says Cofounder of Google DeepMind

MIT Technology Review   Friday September 29, 2023

Worried about generative AI? Consider what will come next. Mustafa Suleyman, a cofounder of Google DeepMind, an AI research lab, tells the MIT Technology Review that generative AI “is just a phase.” What next, he says, is interactive AI: “bots that can carry out tasks you set for them by calling on other software and other people to get stuff done.” Suleyman, who is currently a cofounder and CEO of AI startup Inflection AI. says interactive AI could be more dynamic and take actions on its own if given permission — in contrast to what he described as the "static" technology of today.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: The Untold Story of Toes and Fingers in Portraiture

photofocus   Friday September 29, 2023

Portrait photography goes beyond just capturing faces: The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but fingers and toes play an equally vital role in telling a story through a portrait, notes Photofocus, which delved into the subject in a recent post. “The presence of fingers and toes in portrait photography offers a relatable and personal touch. We all have them, and seeing them in a photograph humanizes the subject,” notes writer and photographer Julie Powell. Fingers and toes are also extensions of our emotions and personality.   Read the full Story >>

Social News: Virginia, Other US States Back Montana in TikTok-Ban Court Filing

Reuters   Friday September 29, 2023

A group of 18 state attorneys general have backed Montana's effort to ban TikTok, reports Reuters. The state attorneys general led by Virginia and including Georgia, Alaska, Utah, Indiana, Nebraska, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and South Dakota said legal challenges from TikTok and users should be rejected "because TikTok intentionally engages in deceptive business practices which induce individuals to share sensitive personal information that can be easily accessed by the Chinese Communist Party and because TikTok’s platform harms children in Montana.”   Read the full Story >>

Exhibitions: Marlene Dietrich at ICP

International Center of Photography   Friday September 29, 2023

Perhaps no Hollywood icon took as much care over how she was captured in photographs than Marlene Dietrich. She collaborated repeatedly noted Hollywood photographers George Hurrell, Eugene Robert Richee, and William Walling Jr. and others, from Cecil Beaton and Irving Penn to Edward Steichen. An exhibition at the International Center of Photography, “Play the Part: Marlene Dietrich” (opening today and running to Jan 8, 2024), drawn from the noted collection of Pierre Passebon, examines the multifaceted evolution of Dietrich’s public persona.   Read the full Story >>

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