Christie’s auctions 1st piece of art created by artificial intelligence

first_imgTimothy A. Clary/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It took 15,000 paintings and more than eight centuries to produce the Portrait of Edmond Belamy, but the artist’s signature is the big reveal: a mathematical algorithm.Conceived by the Paris-based Obvious Collective, the resulting image — a blurry face of a European man that evokes centuries past — is the first piece of art generated by artificial intelligence sold by a major auction house.Christie’s New York is conducting the auction for the computer-printed portrait on Tuesday. The piece may fetch as much as $10,000, the company said in a statement. Edmond is a member of the 11-person Belamy family of AI-generated portraits.The portraits are the brainchild of Obvious, a trio of lifelong friends who live and work together in an apartment near Gare du Nord. One of the three, Hugo Caselles-Dupré, discovered the Generative Adversarial Network class of algorithms while working on his Ph.D. in machine learning.“The images they were creating were really amazing,” his fellow collective member Pierre Fautrel told ABC News. “We are really fascinated by the power of algorithms. We begin to discuss, if you create art like this, is this art?”The conversation, which originated with 25-year-olds lounging in their apartment on sofas, manifested in the Belamys.“Can an algorithm be creative? We decided to make a discussion about this through our art and have an open discussion because we don’t have the answers,” Fautrel said. “A lot of people everywhere in the world could have this interesting conversation.”They ran 15,000 portraits scanning the 14th to the 20th centuries through the algorithms. They focused on portraits, Fautrel said, because they wanted a form of art that “my mother and my little brother could understand.”The fictional Belamy family is a winking homage to the creator of the Generative Adversarial Network, Ian Goodfellow. In French, a rough translation of his last name is “Bel ami” or “Belamy.”The result, printed on canvas and hung in a gilt frame, could pass for a work by the Old Masters from a distance. Up close, the lack of texture and paint is obvious, and the image seems vaguely flat.In February, a French collector, Nicolas Laugero-Lasserre, bought the portrait of the Belamy family patriarch, Le Comte de Belamy, aka The Count of Belamy, for €10,000 ($11,430), hence the guidance for this auction, which ends on Thursday.Obvious caught the eye of Christie’s Richard Lloyd, the international head of the Prints and Multiples Department, who then reached out to the collective, he said.“I have always been interested in AI art and have been following the space for quite some time,” Lloyd wrote in an email. “After speaking with them, we decided to include a piece from their La Famille de Belamy series [in this sale].”Technology-enabled art is not unprecedented. Painter David Hockney embraced iPads and styluses for an extensive series of digital art.As for whether AI is threatening to replace human artists, at least one, English painter Jonathan Huxley, is unconcerned.“The threat of digital art has been around for 15 to 20 years. Real art is like prostitution: It’s one of the oldest businesses in the world,” Huxley said. “As people get saturated with the digital world, they’ll want the blood, sweat, and tears in their living room. It’s rarer and rarer so it will be worth more.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Rogue agent starts seven-year prison sentence after ‘sophisticated fraud’

first_imgHome » News » Rogue agent starts seven-year prison sentence after ‘sophisticated fraud’ previous nextRegulation & LawRogue agent starts seven-year prison sentence after ‘sophisticated fraud’Employer, Martin & Co. dismisses property manager, compensates clients and says it is reassured internal system picked up the fraud.Sheila Manchester4th November 201905,124 Views A rogue agent who inflated invoices to scam customers whilst working at a Truro estate agent has had 10 months added to an already lengthy sentence.Gareth Griffith, 39, was jailed for seven years at Blackfriars Crown Court for his part in a sophisticated investment fraud in which 1,200 people across the world have been defrauded of up to £4 million.In addition to this, Griffith also defrauded customers during his time at Martin & Co Letting and Estate Agents in New Bridge Street, Truro, between February and June 2017.Website Cornwall Live reported that Griffith was due to appear at Truro Crown Court to be sentenced for three counts of fraud but because he failed to board the prison bus, the case proceeded in his absence.The frauds relate to Griffith inflating invoices and pocketing the extra money whilst employed as a property manager at Martin & Co.Sentencing the rogue agent (left), Judge Robert Linford said, “You pleaded guilty to three offences of fraud, offences committed whilst on bail for other offences.“You were, whilst employed at Martin & Co. inflating invoices that were sent to customers and effectively creaming off the money additional to what the company was entitled to for your own personal gain.”Judge Linford explained how Griffith gained nearly £10,000 from two of the other frauds, and had one foiled with a potential gain of a further £7,000.He added, “I’ve read a large number of character references speaking highly of you and a letter from your fiancé explaining how hard it is without you around but it is so often the case that the relatives suffer more than the offender themselves.”For the Truro crimes Judge Linford added a further 10 months to Griffith’s existing seven year sentence.A Martin & Co. statement released following the sentencing, says: “We are pleased that our company procedures and due diligence in uncovering his actions so quickly and subsequent immediate dismissal led to this conviction and sentencing.“We wish to state that all of our affected clients have received full compensation though our client money protection scheme, which is a requirement for all regulated agents.”Read more about Truro rogue agents. Gareth Griffith Truro Martin & Co November 4, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Sheriff’s Office Announces Passing of K-9 Hunter

first_imgPictured : Deputy Mike Bishop and K-9 Hunter FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of K-9 Hunter. Hunter (a Yellow Labrador) was placed in service in 2004 and was retired in 2014.Hunter and his handler Deputy Mike Bishop were responsible for over 1000 pounds of seized marijuana, as well as the seizure of multiple pounds of methampetmaine and cocaine. Hunter enjoyed bringing joy to thousands of kids by performing demonstrations at schools, churches and community events. He was known for his ability to jump relentlessly like a “tigger”.Sheriff Dave Wedding stated, “Hunter was a real handful, but Deputy Mike Bishop’s ability to effectively channel that dog’s energy resulted in a career of impressive narcotics seizures. I thank Hunter for his decade of service to the Sheriff’s Office and to the citizens of Vanderburgh County.”last_img read more

Secaucus Home News closes down

first_imgSECAUCUS – The Secaucus Home News, a weekly newspaper that launched in 1910, published its final issue this week, a former reporter has confirmed.“It is done,” said Louise Rittberg, who reported for the paper from 1980 to 2001. “One hundred and seven years.”The news comes as newsrooms across the country are shutting down. The publication was owned by longtime Secaucus resident Gretchen Henckel. Her family was one of the town’s founding members.“Unreal, but true,” said Mayor Michael Gonnelli, of the unexpected closure. ×last_img read more

Ocean City Police Department Press Release Regarding Scam

first_imgThe Ocean City Police Department has received multiple complaints over the last week from citizens and local businesses pertaining to a phone scam. This scam was previously attempted over this last winter and affected multiple Ocean City residence.The scam works like this:Caller identifies themselves as a representative of Atlantic City ElectricCaller tells the victim that they are behind on their bill and payment is needed within 24 hours or their power will be shut  off The victim is instructed to go to Rite Aid or CVS and purchase a “Money Pak” and is provided a return number to call back. Once the Money Pak is purchased, the victim is asked to call back and read the number off the Money Pak and the scam is completed.  If you have been a victim of this type of scam or have information about the incident please contact the Ocean City Police Department at (609)399-9111.It is very important to know that on some of these calls the in-coming number on the caller ID is showing up as Atlantic City Electric. The Electric Company does not request payment in this way.  The perpetrators are praying on the victim’s fear that their utility service will be shut off. Before you send any money over the phone, you should always call the appropriate number listed for your utility company or contact the police to report the suspicious incident.If you have been a victim of this type of scam or have information about the incident please contact the Ocean City Police Department at (609)399-9111.OFFICER PREPARING PRESS RELEASE:   Detective Sergeant Steven Sullivan, Public Information Officer Ocean City Public Safety Buildinglast_img read more

Tameside student triumphs with scholarship

first_imgTameside College bakery student Cameron Potts has been selected for the Hovis Scholarship Award, which enables students to obtain first-hand bakery experience through working with industry professionals.The Scholarship, created by Rank Hovis, will offer Potts an all expenses-paid learning experience, with the aim of improving his knowledge and providing expertise in a number of disciplines.He will have the chance to travel around the UK, visiting various bakery institutions including flour mills, testing centres and local independent bakeries, as well as larger chain bakeries.“Cameron is the second student from the college to win the scholarship award and the entire bakery department are very proud,” commented bakery tutor Lorna Jones.“We strive to produce quality students, who are confident and skilful, and the fact that external companies are recognising this is a testimony to the standards we continue to achieve.”>>Tameside student wins Hovis scholarship>>Bakery scholarship launchedlast_img read more

Tell us about the stars of your Christmas range

first_imgWe want to hear about the shining stars of your Christmas product range.British Baker is delighted to launch the 2018 Christmas Stars competition – giving businesses the opportunity to show off their festive creations.Any professional baker or bakery retailer has until Monday 10 September 2018 to enter their products in one of seven different categories, and have the chance to use a Winner or Highly Recommended logo on all marketing material and on packs.Whether you have one shop or hundreds, if you supply the multiple retailers or operate your own independent shop, winning a Christmas Star award will be a seal of approval for you and your business.A panel of industry experts judge and score the products on key criteria, including appearance, taste, aroma and value. Products are judged ‘blind’, with judges unaware of the identity of the manufacturer/retailer at the tasting stage.The seven Christmas Star categories are:Christmas Cakes, Pastries & TartsChristmas Cake – must be no larger than 12 inches in diameter. It must contain a mix of dried fruit and almonds and can be decorated in any way.Cake Bar – Can be a bar that is sold individually or in a multi-pack. Can include any ingredient, but must have a festive feel or packaging. Can be a tray bake.Festive Cake or Pudding – (but not a traditional Christmas Pudding) of any size and featuring any ingredients or baking technique. However, the product must only be available for sale over the festive period.StollenThis yeasted cake must contain almonds and a mix of dried fruit. It can be of any size or shape.Christmas PuddingsTraditional Christmas Pudding – must be no larger than 7 inches in diameter. It must contain a mix of dried fruit and some kind of alcoholic beverage and can be decorated in any way.Festive Biscuits (Sweet & Savoury) including GingerbreadChristmas Biscuit Selection – Must include at least 12 biscuits and have a combination of chocolate and plain. It must be sold as a selection especially for Christmas.Savoury Biscuit – can include biscuits all of the same type or a varied selection.Christmas Gingerbread – Can be an individual gingerbread or a pack of no more than 12. Gingerbread can be decorated in any way.Festive Bread including PanettoneFestive Bread – Can be any type of bread (white, brown, wholemeal, sourdough, rye, etc) but must only be available for sale over the Christmas period. Up to 800g in weight.Panettone – This sweet Italian bread must include vanilla, citrus and candied fruit. It can be of any size or shape.Free-from Christmas BakeryThis can be any festive-themed product that fits into one of the above categories, but must be free from at least one major allergen, in compliance with food labelling regulations. Follow the above criteria depending on the product you are entering (e.g. – an entry of free-from mince pies must consist of six pies).Mince Pies (sponsored by Flemings Zeelandia)Entries must consist of six mince pies that contain mincemeat. Entrants can use any kind of pastry and the pies can be of any shape or size.The British Baker Christmas Stars winners will be announced in a web broadcast in October – in time for you to ramp up your Christmas marketing activity.Entry fees are £99 per product for small/medium bakery businesses; and £299 per product for large bakery businesses (75-plus employees).How to enterOur online process makes entering the British Baker Christmas Stars quick and easy. The deadline for entries is 10 September 2018 – enter now at read more

Five Former Members of the Allman Brothers Announce More Fall Dates As ‘Les Brers’

first_imgLes Brers snuck into 2016 like it was no body’s business. But after a couple of mind-blowing sets at Wanee Music Festival and The Peach Music Festival, the secret is fully out. Led by original drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, along with former members Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quiñones, and Jack Pearson, the supergroup also includes Lamar Williams Jr., Pat Bergeson, and Bruce Katz.This all-star lineup recently announced a handful of September dates, and have since added five more shows to the middle of October. From the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC, to New Jersey’s Wellmont Theatre, Philadelphia’s The Fillmore, Lancaster’s Chameleon Club, and Wesbury’s NYCB Theatre, those fellow fans looking for a way to cherish the Allman Brothers Band on the East Coast are certainly lined up for a surprise visit. For ticketing links and more information, visit the band’s website.Les Brers Fall Tour:07 SEP THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE RIDGEFIELD, CT08 SEP CASINO BALLROOM HAMPTON BEACH, NH09 SEP HOUSE OF BLUES, BOSTON, MA10 SEP PARAMOUNT THEATRE, RUTLAND, VT12 OCT BROOKLYN BOWL, BROOKLYN, NY13 OCT WELLMONT THEATRE, MONTCLAIR, NJ14 OCT FILLMORE PHILADELPHIA15 OCT CHAMELEON CLUB, LANCASTER, PA16 OCT NYCB THEATRE AT WESTBURY, WESTBURY, NYlast_img read more

The power of Three: Dell and Intel technology leadership for SAP HANA in-memory analytics

first_imgLearn more about / Future Ready / Dell Innovations for SAP. Get in contact with the Global SAP Center of Excellence – Dell’s Think Tank for SAP. While every SAP customer is considering a move to SAP HANA in the next few years – given the maintenance strategy of SAP for non-SAP HANA platforms on the one hand, and on the other hand the rising need of enterprises to gain real-time insights to drive smarter and faster decisions – a comprehensive view and evaluation of the required components to run a SAP HANA in-memory solution is key to success of the business adoption.SAP HANA stand alone as in-memory software platform for real-time and predictive analytics won’t deliver the great promises and benefits. This is only possible in conjunction with powerful infrastructure technologies that can process data-intensive workloads such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) especially S/4 HANA, supply-chain management (SCM), online transaction processing (OLTP), online analytical processing (OLAP), and data warehousing in-memory for rapid analysis. For this purpose Dell, Intel, and SAP have teamed to provide enterprises with a data-center solution that is highly agile and high-performing, and that supports the growth of companies.As a result enterprises can benefit from Dell PowerEdge R930 servers with the latest Intel Xeon E7-8890 V4 processors that recently set two new Dell SAP HANA world-record benchmarks* with a performance improvement of nearly a quarter compared to the previous R930 servers with Intel E7v3 processors (press release):The Dell-Intel SAP HANA performance leadership helps enterprises to accelerate performance across the data center, to deliver real insights with real value in real time for the largest workloads running on fast, high-performing infrastructure combined with faster transaction speeds and accelerated operationsRead the latest solution brief from Dell, Intel and SAP to learn more about real-time responsiveness, quick results, and increased productivity making smarter data center with leading technology to run SAP HANA in-memory analytics at its best.But what is Dell’s SAP HANA story beyond the PowerEdge Server? There is quite a lot more you can do – think about:Even more flexibility and scalability with Cloud Reference Architecture for SAP HANA Smart Connected Business for SAP using SAP HANA and Internet of Things technologiesOr special use cases in health leveraging the Dell Reference Architecture for SAP Connected Health powered by SAP HANA and how this solution can help creating opportunities for faster diagnosis and treatment, such as fighting against cancer. Video SAP TV: The Pulse – Precision Medicine. * Claim based on best-published four-socket SAP BW-AML* @ 2 billion initial records result submitted to/published at as of 5 June 2016. New configuration: 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® processors E7-8890 v4 (96 cores/192 threads) on Dell PowerEdge* R930 with 1536 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server* 11 SP4 for SAP Applications using SAP HANA* 1.0, SAP NetWeaver* 7.50. Benchmark: SAP HANA* (BW-AML) @ 2 billion initial records, Score: 29,560 advanced query navigation steps. Source: SAP Certificate #2016025, based on best-published four-socket SAP BW-AML* @ 4 Billion initial records result submitted to/published at as of 5 June 2016. 1-Node, 4 x Intel® Xeon® processors E7-8890 v4 (96 cores/192 threads) on Dell PowerEdge* R930 with 1536 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server* 11 SP4 for SAP Applications using SAP HANA* 1.0, SAP NetWeaver* 7.50. Benchmark: SAP HANA* (BW-AML) @ 4 Billion initial records, Score: 18,440 advanced query navigation steps. Source: SAP Certificate #2016026, read more

Should You Buy a Name-Brand or a Commodity Server? Research Reveals the Answer

first_imgName brand buyers don’t want to have to reboot their servers, but when they do have to reboot, they want it to happen quickly (52%). Commodity buyers care less about this (39%).[1] If you prize key business objectives, you will most likely gravitate toward the high performance and high functionality of a global name brand. And there are even differences among global brands. Dell EMC outranked commodity brands on almost all criteria. How did we measure this? On the Frost & Sullivan survey, survey participants were asked to indicate their preferred brand and rank how it stacked up to the competition. Categories ranged from reliable availability to information security assurance to scalable designs.Global name-brand players are where it’s at when it comes to crucial features like security. Dell EMC servers offer protection from threats ranging from malware injections to data breaches. Commodity brands simply don’t.Just as you might look for cutting-edge features when buying a new car, you might be looking for cutting-edge features in a server. Those features probably don’t exist in a commodity server. And if they do, they probably haven’t been tested.Read the complete Frost & Sullivan report here.To learn more about Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, visit, or join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers.[1] Frost and Sullivan, Hardware Does Matter: Global Server Brands Are Perceived as Superior for Driving Digital Business Do you think a server is a commodity? Frost & Sullivan found that most savvy businesses don’t think a server is a commodity. In fact, organizations with strategic business objectives place greater value on server characteristics that directly impact these outcomes. Buying a server is not like buying corn.Commodity brands are characterized by high-volume, low-price strategies. Name brands are characterized by a broad portfolio of products and services, and offer products vetted with testing and validation. Buyers of name-brand servers tend to be laser focused on business-related outcomes. They place a greater priority on factors like security and reliable availability. Buyers of commodity-brand servers are less concerned with strategic business benefits and more focused on purely with maximizing how far their dollars go. For example:Buyers of name brand servers value protection against hardware and firmware compromise more than twice as much as those who purchase commodity brands.last_img read more