Fascinating direction: We have an innovative program at Google called Artists and Machine Intelligence, which brings together fine artists, architects, musicians and engineers to collaborate and push the boundaries of domain experts influencing machine learning. More automated works that relate to this type of collaboration—films such as Oscar Sharp and Ross Goodwin’s sci-fi short “Sunspring” and pop music written by machines, like the song “Daddy’s Car”—represent an interesting experiment in creating culture through the collection of semisubjective data.
Mind-blowing design: I love the smart-fabric design that’s happening. The biometric work being done out of the MIT Media Lab—such as bioLogic, a synthetic skin that reacts to body heat and sweat—is an interesting take on dynamic responses to biometric needs. And the intelligence that is moving into the consumer realm, such as Google’s Project Jacquard, exemplifies how apparel companies will introduce much smarter garments in the near future.