22.01.16 by Staff

Machines Are Going to Take Over the World, Countdown To Singularity Tells Us How They Do It


The Singularity refers to the moment Artificial Intelligence will exceed that of Human Intelligence and our capacity to control it. Scientists believe this event will take place around the year 2045. Lucky for us, the artists behind Countdown To Singularity are taking this existential threat seriously. Bas van de Poel, the project’s founder and curator, asked contributors to explore the different ways AI could bring us down. The result is a series of scenarios ranging from the development of amoral mechanized weapons systems to the slightly more mundane idea that we could all eventually be turned into paperclips.

Click below for a selection of the submissions. You can also visit the project website or click here to join the likes of Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Steve Wozniak in signing the Future of Life Institute’s open letter calling for AI safety research.


Autonomous Killing Machines by Marti Romances

Autonomous weapons select and engage targets without human intervention. The lack of morality and mortality could force situations to escalate with potentially terrifying consequences for civilians.



Gray Goo by Julien Simshäuser

Gray Goo is a hypothetical end-of-the-world scenario involving out-of-control self-replicating nanobots consuming all matter on Earth while keep duplicating indefinitely.



Machines Will Steal Your Job by Timo Lenzen

There’s a 50-50 chance that a machine will replace you. Already today, machines now threaten one out of three jobs thus far held by humans. This will lead to an even wider gap between the rich and poor, political strife and civil war.



Paperclip Maximizer by Justin Blyth

Paperclip Maximizer is a thought experiment that shows how an apparently innocuous AI, which only job is to make paperclips, could ultimately destroy humankind.



Roko’s Basilisk by Golgotha

Internet born thought experiment about an all-powerful AI from the future that will retroactively torture those who did not actively help bring about its existence.



Take-Over By Transcending Upload by Michael Willis

Superhuman intelligence could be reached by successfully uploading an individual’s consciousness to a computer. Additional computational resources would give it enormous intellectual superiority.  The post-human world could then be a mere reflection a single person’s ego and desires.


Countdown To Singularity’s Website

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21.07.17 by Jeff

The Booooooom Creative Job Board

Booooooom art design jobs

If you’re a creative looking for work, or a company looking to hire, we are excited to announce our very own creative job board: Booooooom Jobs. Graphic design jobs, curatorial positions in galleries, freelance animation gigs, a wide variety of opportunities to work in a creative field!

A couple of examples: Our friends at Society6 are looking for a Creative Director, and Skillshare have posted openings for both a Content Producer and Senior Product Designer.

To start, we’re focusing on three cities (New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver) and will also be posting remote jobs (for those of you who prefer to work from home). All job postings are free for the rest of the month if you use the PROMO CODE: ‘friends’.

Check it out: jobs.booooooom.com

20.07.17 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Till Rabus

A selection of recent work by artist Till Rabus from Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Click here for previous posts. See more images below.

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20.07.17 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Esther Sarto

A selection of paintings from “Sleepless” by artist Esther Sarto, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her show opens on Saturday at Talon Gallery (Portland). More images below.

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20.07.17 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Samuel Rodriguez

Recent work by artist Sam Rodriguez from San José, California (previously featured here). More images below!

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19.07.17 by Jeff

Photographer Spotlight: Angeles Peña

“Aguas de Montaña” is a journey into The Andean Patagonia, a desolate territory where photographer Angeles Peña lived all of her childhood.

She says, “In a world that spins faster and faster I feel an enormous necessity to focus on the details and the beauty of what still remains. I find myself with a nature that sustains itself but can fall at any moment. It is something that surpasses me and I cannot stop observing.”

See the rest of the series below.
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