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Zack Rosebrugh

Good afternoon.

SCOTUS update

Trump and the courts

Metals.com scam

Amazon attrition

At the movies

Fashion forward

Reshaping society

Electric cars make their mark

2019 was the year electric vehicles grew up. From budget Kias to fleets of e-trucks, this was the biggest year for vehicular electrification yet—but several blockbuster launches belie a hard road ahead as automakers are forced to reinvent themselves.

2019 was the year electric cars grew up

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious for EVs.Tesla has done the yeoman's work of proving you can sell a million or so electric cars to the masses. Its Model 3 accounted for 1 out of every 6 EVs sold worldwide. Now VW, GM, Ford, and others have painted a giant target on Tesla's back. Let the race begin.

Canopy branches out

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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Christie’s will auction AI-generated art for the first time

Christie’s will auction AI-generated art for the first time

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  • To examine this, we must set boundaries between what is art and what is entertainment. My favorite defining line is that art requires the audience to understand the creator, while entertainment requires the creator to understand the audience.

    Considering the above, there are two scenarios where AI

    To examine this, we must set boundaries between what is art and what is entertainment. My favorite defining line is that art requires the audience to understand the creator, while entertainment requires the creator to understand the audience.

    Considering the above, there are two scenarios where AI generated works could be of value:

    1) Art: The audience is trying to understand how/why the AI created the work of art and therefore values the work.

    2) Entertainment: The audience values the work for its content, because that content was algorithmically created for audience enjoyment.

    For a good test of this, check out the album "Genesis" by Aiva. It was composed by AI.

    As you are listening, first determine if you enjoy it. If so, ask yourself if you enjoy it because you are deeply curious how AI created these works, or because the music itself is enjoyable to you.

  • Isn’t the part of the value of art the human connection or story behind the art. Especially the time and commitment an artist spent painting the Sistine Chapel or some other marvel that took such an effort of someones’s life....

  • We had a story earlier this week/late last week about a Mona Lisa being created by bacteria. Now we have algorithmic art. No sector is safe from disruptive automation!

  • Raises an interesting question: What is more valuable, the art or the algorithm that generated it? With most digital art, you acquire a copy of the software. It seems that, in this case, the buyer just gets the painted canvas. Pretty old-fashioned for otherwise extremely modern art.

  • There’s a great video from New York Magazine’s art critic - the Pulitzer Prize winning Jerry Saltz where he critiques a bunch of AI art. He hates all of it.

    I guess I’m fundamentally opposed to the concept but that’s old fashioned of me. Still, if art is supposed to represent some honesty or truth

    There’s a great video from New York Magazine’s art critic - the Pulitzer Prize winning Jerry Saltz where he critiques a bunch of AI art. He hates all of it.

    I guess I’m fundamentally opposed to the concept but that’s old fashioned of me. Still, if art is supposed to represent some honesty or truth - what’s the point of this? Seems like a gimmick and empty aesthetics.

  • As I tell my kids whenever we accidentally find ourselves in the modern art section of a museum... never underestimate what gullible people will call art if someone convincingly says that it is art.

  • What’s the difference between this and 3d printing? Are we going to call a 3d printer an architect?

  • I can’t see how it’s not art. But, I think for the sake of the auction, it really doesn’t matter. Wealthy AI enthusiasts will cough up the dough. Even a creative thinking, very long term, family investor would be making a smart purchase. Imagine what the piece will be worth in a hundred years, when AI

    I can’t see how it’s not art. But, I think for the sake of the auction, it really doesn’t matter. Wealthy AI enthusiasts will cough up the dough. Even a creative thinking, very long term, family investor would be making a smart purchase. Imagine what the piece will be worth in a hundred years, when AI is a very antiquated science, yet we are arguing about whether art created by your android family member is art.

  • Sure, we should appreciate technology-based or technology-enabled creations, but there should be a clear distinction between that and hand-made works of art. Hand-made human-made creations involve a different skill set and talents that are unique and original and reflect our humanity. Technology and

    Sure, we should appreciate technology-based or technology-enabled creations, but there should be a clear distinction between that and hand-made works of art. Hand-made human-made creations involve a different skill set and talents that are unique and original and reflect our humanity. Technology and technical talent isn't equally available to everyone and isn't nature based.

  • You’re so right, Dante 👍

  • Aaa