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RESOURCES

The Resources page connects to academic papers, articles and other information that informs the Fourth Portal research and development and is free to access.

9 Jun 2024

Freesound In The Era Of Generative Artificial Intelligence

Freesound Blog

Freesound was started in 2005 in the Music Technology Group of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, and all sorts of bleeps, released under Creative Commons licenses that allow reuse. In an era of AI, what is the future of this important resource.

Freesound In The Era Of Generative Artificial Intelligence

21 Apr 2024

What Is The Fediverse

The Verge

The Fediverse is the buzziest new thing in social networking is a big deal. It’s also very confusing. And it’s not actually new. It’s an interconnected social platform ecosystem based on an open protocol called ActivityPub, which allows sharing of content, data, and follower graph between networks.

What Is The Fediverse

19 Apr 2024

The Cloud Under The Sea

The Verge

The industry responsible for laying the cables for the internet traces its origins back far beyond the internet, past even the telephone, to the early days of telegraphy. It’s invisible, under-appreciated, analog. Few people set out to join the profession, mostly because few people know it exists. 

The Cloud Under The Sea

16 Apr 2024

Rewilding The Internet

NOĒMA

The internet has become an extractive and fragile monoculture. But we can revitalize it using lessons learned by ecologists.

Rewilding The Internet

14 Apr 2024

Tape Nostalgia Meets High-tech

phys.org

Researchers are developing a technique that uses the special synchrotron X-ray light from the Swiss Light Source SLS to non-destructively digitise recordings from historic audio tapes. Audio and video tape decays over time and can no longer be played back.

Tape Nostalgia Meets High-tech

3 Mar 2024

Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies (FAST)

C4DM, Queen Mary, University of London

In 2018, the Fourth Portal curated delivery of the £5m EPSRC FAST programme to the music industry at Abbey Road studios, demonstrating the very latest technologies for end-to-end music production and delivery. The videos that follow provide an overview of the programme and demonstrators developed.

Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies (FAST)

1 Mar 2024

Genie: Generative Interactive Environments

Deep Mind

Genie, a foundation world model trained from Internet videos that can generate an endless variety of playable (action-controllable) worlds from synthetic images, photographs, and even sketches.

Genie: Generative Interactive Environments

24 Jan 2024

Ecoclimates: Climate-Response Modelling of Vegetation

ACM Trans. Graph., Vol. 41, No. 4, Article 155

A simulator producing complex and realistic outdoor landscapes with vegetation growth and weather dynamics. With the ability to simulate more than 500,000 plants with individual geometries, the program can assist in predicting climate-response of vegetation to deforestation and changing weather patterns.

Ecoclimates: Climate-Response Modelling of Vegetation

16 Jan 2024

Link Between Musical Preferences And Inner Moral Compass

Queen Mary, University of London

A study has uncovered a connection between individuals' musical preferences and their moral values, shedding new light on the profound influence that music can have on our moral compass.

Link Between Musical Preferences And Inner Moral Compass

6 Jan 2024

Neural Radiance Field (NeRF)

Tech Target/Wikipedia

Neural radiance fields (NeRFs) are a technique that generates 3D representations of an object or scene from 2D images by using advanced machine learning. NeRFs show incredible promise in representing 3D data more efficiently than other techniques.

Neural Radiance Field (NeRF)

6 Jan 2024

Neural Radiance Fields For Outdoor Scene Relighting

European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) 2022

Photorealistic editing of outdoor scenes from photographs requires a profound understanding of the image formation process and an accurate estimation of the scene geometry, reflectance and illumination. The technique allows simultaneous editing of both scene illumination and camera viewpoint using only a collection of outdoor photos shot in uncontrolled settings.

Neural Radiance Fields For Outdoor Scene Relighting

4 Jan 2024

Victorian Belief That Rail Travel Causes Instant Insanity

Atlas Obscura

“Railway madmen” were thought to be activated by the sounds and motion of train travel. Thoughts of innovation and new technology would drive people completely crazy are not a new phenomenon.

Victorian Belief That Rail Travel Causes Instant Insanity

2 Jan 2024

Challenges of Living with Artificial Intelligence

Living With AI Podcast

This podcast touches on some of the most important ethical and creative challenges that AI poses to music-making and the creative industries more generally. Could a robot improvise in a jazz band? What is the difference between an AI playing a piano and a pianola?

Challenges of Living with Artificial Intelligence

2 Jan 2024

Mickey Mouse Has Entered The Public Domain

Huggingface.co

No sooner has Mickey Mouse come out of copyright than there is a generative AI model that allows anyone to generate images of Mickey.

Mickey Mouse Has Entered The Public Domain

30 Dec 2023

The School for Poetic Computation (SFPC)

The School for Poetic Computation

The School for Poetic Computation is an experimental school in New York City supporting interdisciplinary study in art, code, hardware and critical theory. It's a place for learning and unlearning.

The School for Poetic Computation (SFPC)

30 Dec 2023

The Internet Is About to Get Weird Again

RollingStone

2024 offers many of the promises of an online moment we haven’t seen in a quarter-century.

The Internet Is About to Get Weird Again

29 Dec 2023

Electromagnetic Field Festival

Electromagnetic Field Festival

A camping festival with a power grid and high-speed internet access; a temporary village of geeks, crafters, and technology enthusiasts that's lit up by night, and buzzing with activity during the day. Thousands descend on our friendly open space to learn, share, and talk about what they love.

Electromagnetic Field Festival

27 Dec 2023

A Bold New Plan For Preserving Online Privacy And Security

IEEE Spectrum

Decoupling our identities from our data and actions could safeguard our secrets

A Bold New Plan For Preserving Online Privacy And Security

26 Dec 2023

Music From Mathematics

YouTube

60's Abstract, Electronic, Experimental Music Compilation IBM 7090

Music From Mathematics

22 Dec 2023

Quantum Computing’s Hard, Cold Reality Check

IEEE Spectrum

Hype is everywhere, skeptics say, and practical applications are still far away

Quantum Computing’s Hard, Cold Reality Check
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