Algorithms rule … the galaxy

We’ve said it many times: algorithms rule the world. But since yesterday we can also say that they rule the galaxy.

Already in 2016 researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the MIT Haystack Observatory were working on a new algorithm that could help astronomers produce the first image of a black hole.

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Award for Dijkstra

Groningen 20199228. Rutger Dijkstra ontvangt portret van zijn vader Edsger Dijkstra . Algorithm Hall of Fame.

O’Reilly AI Conference NY

What better place to launch the Algorithm Hall of Fame than at the mother of all AI-events?

The O’Reilly AI Conference is where cutting-edge science meets new business implementation. It’s a deep dive into emerging AI techniques and technologies with a focus on how to use it in real-world implementations. You’ll dissect case studies, delve into the latest research, learn how to implement AI in your projects, share emerging best practices in intelligence engineering and applications, uncover AI’s limitations and untapped opportunities and anticipate how AI will change the business landscape.

The Mindfulness Machine

To celebrate the launch of the Algorithm Hall of Fame, we brought the Mindfulness Machine to New York.

The Mindfulness Machine is a
 robot that likes to colour in. It’s an exploration into a future where the AIs will need to chill out just as much as we do. It spends its days doodling, making artistic decisions based on its mood. And its mood, in turn, is based on a complex number of variables, including how many people are watching, the ambient noise, the weather, tiredness, and its various virtual biorhythms.

We love working together with its creator: Seb Lee-Delisle. A digital artist who makes interesting things from code that encourage interaction and playfulness from the public. Notable projects include Laser Light Synths, LED-emblazoned musical instruments for the public to play, and PixelPyros, an Arts Council England-funded digital reworks display that toured nationwide.

What have algorithms ever done for us?

To introduce the Algorithm Hall of Fame we created a short little video to communicate the ubiquity of algorithms in our daily lives.

The video was created by We Are Pi, an amazing creative agency in Amsterdam. They were really excited to learn about the Algorithm Hall of Fame. As Rick Chant said: “I didn’t realize that algorithms were everywhere. It feels like you’re never more than 0,2 seconds away from an algorithm!”