There's an old Jewish joke in which a man asks a rabbi, ""Why do Jews always answer a question with a question?" The rabbi answers: "Do we?" Following that thread, new media artist/UC Berkeley professor Ken Goldberg and designer Gil Gershoni created a new online and physical installation for San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum titled "Are We There Yet? 5000 Years of Answering Questions with Questions." The installation combines computer vision, machine learning, and a high-end surround sound system to provoke visitors with questions drawing from historical Jewish texts, literature, pop culture, and online submissions from the Are We There Yet? site. From the project description:
As they enter, visitors encounter a voice asking a question such as:
"Can we talk?" After a pause, other questions emerge: "Do you love
me?" or "Is that all there is?" As visitors move farther into the
space, the questions become increasingly contemplative. "How big is
the step between believing and knowing?" or "If not now, when?" The
questions begin to take on new contexts and meanings. Visitors realize
that they create their own experiences as they move through space.
The ability of the installation to generate a unique auditory
experience for each visitor is an exciting first, using new robotic
algorithms and software that allow cameras to instantly adapt and
spatialize audio to the movements of each visitor. Goldberg and
Gershoni are working with a high-tech team that includes Perrin Meyer
of Meyer Sound, the renowned Emeryville-based company that designed
the sound for the Beijing Olympics and Cirque du Soleil...
Each visit is a unique mix of playfulness, poetry, and spiritual journey.
Menage Life’s world’s biggest orgy on June 2 will move from an Embassy Suites hotel in Las Vegas to the Erotic Heritage Museum. Menage Life said the change is due to “increased interest in the event.” Embassy Suites management told the Las Vegas Weekly that “while Sin City 8 room guests are welcome to stay […]
Riunite. On ice. Who were they trying to sell this wine? These ads had me cracking up as a child. Were yodelers, robots, and folks with made-up but pretty racist accents really lacking the right choice in pink wine? Wine on ice is a thing I rarely see, but when I do the people drinking […]
Last year, the team behind B5 Books put together a The Babylon 5 Encyclopedia a thoroughly researched, lovingly crafted set of volumes on the universe of the 90’s Sci-Fi series Babylon 5. I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this edition when it came out, and have referred to it repeatedly when […]
Businesses big and small use Microsoft Excel for everything from data visualization to bookkeeping, and chances are you’ve already had some exposure to this ubiquitous tool. Whether you’re looking to improve your hiring potential or boost your Excel efficiency, the Ultimate All-Level Excel Bootcamp can get you Excel-savvy with nearly 70 hours of training, and it’s […]
The workday is long, and inevitably, you’re going to find yourself needing to take a break from the daily grind. With Mini Materials Miniature Cinder Blocks, you can take some time for yourself and decompress by turning your desk into a miniature construction site. They’re available today in the Boing Boing Store for $22.49. Handmade […]
Handheld radios might seem a bit archaic, but in an emergency situation, few things will keep you as reliably connected to the outside world. This Emergency Multi-Function Radio & Flashlight takes the utility of the tried-and-true radio and combines it with a powerful flashlight and self-sufficient energy system. It’s available in the Boing Boing Store for […]