How Artificial Intelligence is slowly becoming less art-ificial | Amir Baradaran | TEDxBocaRaton

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Imagine a butterfly materializing in the palm of your hand out of thin air. Without truly existing this butterfly has impacted your world- changed your reality. The emerging field of Augmented Reality (AR) intersects art and technology.


Amir is a New York based Iranian-Canadian performance and new media artist. Baradaran’s praxis has inspired academic researchers, art professionals and technology developers alike for its articulation of visual vocabularies that use Augmented Reality (AR) technology around notions of interactivity, data-mining, failed utopias, infiltration and the ephemeral. Baradaran is the recipient of the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality first place prize and UC Berkeley’s Artist Residency (from Center for New Media, Critical Theory & Race and Gender). The New York Observer, ARTNET, National Public Radio, BBC, Forbes, Art21, Euro-News, Dot429 and Miami New Times have reviewed his work. ARTINFO described his public-art installation, Transient (6,300 NYC taxicabs, 1.5M viewers), as “one of the most interesting urban interventions,” and Franchising Mona Lisa.

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David Wilkie says:

Developmental sequence: articulate or communicate, with art or artifice and technique to create technology.

The cave paintings of early societies were situated in positions that made them like the modern wall calendars of art and dates of events. The real significance of those symbols is so central to living that it's hard to "see the woods from the trees" in representational art now, and it's much the same for science and technology. Everyone is already "augmented reality".

Good talk.

OverlayTech says:

Great talk, Amir, I did not really considered how we have yet to really define space in terms of augmented reality. However, I assume sooner or later, we will have to do it because some companies won't stand for it I'm sure.

haywardito says:

This talk is less about artificial intelligence than it's about augmented reality

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