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This bottle of Coca-Cola contained 3.5 grams of cocaine.
In 2016 we started an exploration into the future of work. 420+ clients, 4 brands (DAOs) later I'm stoked to formally introduce you to Sanscubicle: Where we are exploring the future of work through a community of Service DAOs. To read our launch notes, click here.
According to fiction writers the AI/Automation take over was supposed to be: Manual tasks > Left brain tasks > Right brain (creative) tasks > 'Skynet' crescendo. Yesterday I had a chance to check out the DALL•E 2 demo by Sam and his team at Open.ai. It's a new AI tool that can create and edit images from natural language instructions. The results are mind-blowing. A few weeks ago we wrote a post on the Future of work and the role of AI. This is a perfect example of how AI will help better augment (in this case) creatives with v0.1 drafts, ideas .. etc. Watch this space, it's about to get super interesting from a tech lens but testy from the ethics / work / employment lens.
If I could represent my Twitter feed over the years as a character, it would probably look like this. I decided to move to a Lists over Follows system this past weekend. A more contextual, in-line viewing experience. Digging the move so far.
$0.99 songs by Apple was the last time I think the music industry saw legit disruption. I think we are on the verge of seeing the next. Streaming today is great for consumers but terrible for the artist. The top 1% of artists receive 90% of all streams and the top 0.8% of these artists earn an average of $50K per year from streaming. Music NFTs are changing the rules of the game, bringing scarcity, total artist control, and a new way for artists to engage their fans through merch or as investors. It's still a very new space, but if you want to take a peek check out Future Tape. They curate the latest web3 music. Think Hypem, but here you can bid to own the song/catalog/etc. The image is of the Beatles at their first gig at the Cavern.....they were paid £5 Pounds.
Love this photo I recently came across of Mohammed Rafi & Muhammad Ali. Taken in 1979. Photographer unf. unknown.
PS: White light is a combination of all colors in the color spectrum.
The trees we have been planting for Litenote are taking waay too long to grow. We've seen super crops, eg here in India we have CR Dhan 315 for Rice and HI 1633 for wheat. So why not genetically modified super trees that grow faster and suck up more C02? Recently came across Living Carbon. They have figured out a way to do exactly that by using a bacterium to insert genes from pumpkin and green algae into poplar trees. These trees not only grow 1.5 times faster but suck up more C02. Is anyone in India playing around in this space?
There is a huge hole in the market for decent non-Caucasian stock photography (eg. Indian). I think in the near future, AI morph technology should be able to fix this by morphing an existing library of photos into multiple races. Wouldn't it be rad to search for a set on say Unsplash and then have a browser plugin that then recognizes the faces and race and morphs them into a race of liking? Has anyone come across any early open projects in this space, would love to dig in.
Update: I came across Generated. They use a GAN (generative adversarial network), StyleGAN, Karras, and Nvidia to build the model. They trained it on studio photos by Icons8. Pretty awesome stuff.
Ever wondered why today it's the 8 hour work day or 5 day work week? For Exploration 1: The Future of work, the team at Khoob decided to dig a bit into the past. How has the history of work in India led us to where we are today? Enjoy the read. Image from the campaign of Social Reformer Robert Owen in 1810.
Moving to New Delhi in 1995 from the US (baseball country), I was fascinated with the additional dimension of bouncing the ball, specifically in spin bowling. I learned the difference between off-spin and leg spin the hard way, I still call off-spin the nut cracker (I'm a right handed batsman). With time I became a fan of the craft and it's craftsmen. Truly devastated with the news. The Flipper was my favourite delivery of his. We lost a true magician. RIP.
One of my favourite pictures of Sinatra. Photographed by Yul Brenner in 1964
Was asked to participate in preventww3.in.ua. This was my submission.
This is Archduke Franz Ferdinand, his assination led to WW1.
Darwin would cross write (vertically and horizontally) to save paper.
Decided to work on a fun 'palidromic' date doodle.
I came across this work earlier today. Orginal artist unf. unknown. Was poignant given the current times.
Who knew El Padrino was a sneaker head?
Was reading up on AR vs. VR. The conclusion as of now ... AR will be geared more towards productivity. VR towards more towards immersive liesure. Think Holo Lens vs. Quest 2. Original artist of image unf. unknown.
I try to keep this feed Disney, but totally lol-ed at this.
Someone needs to turn this into a Twitter thread stat.
In today's world where everyone is a subject matter expert, loved this. via @adsahay
Wave #001, #002, #003 ... #00X. Just keep rollin'. Original photographer unf. unknown.
Love this picture. Photographer unf unknown.
I'm starting to see a huge surge of startups and entreprenuership vibes in India, especially amongst the youngins'. As a person that has been in this game for a while, dealing with failure will be key. I thought I'd share some thoughts.
Fake news is all around. I was recently digging into why it's such a tough problem to solve technologically. A combination of Transformers & NLP, AI, DB ownership / moderation, private / open source. Outside of the Facebooks, Twitters, etc there are some interesting startups and orgs playing around in this space you should check out eg. Logically , Full Fact , Verisci...
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. A quick typo doodle to mark the start of the year.
PS: This is the world's first commercially produced Christmas card, designed by John Callcott Horsley for Henry Cole in 1843.
Finally integrated audio to my feed *yayz. Click below to hear the first ever sound recording. Recorded by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville using the phonautograph on 1860.
Dorky, but funny forward I got from my brother in law today.
It's been two years now .... can't wait for this mess to be over and travel internationally again.
Came across this quote today. Loved it, decided to 'posterize' it.
I love digging into how folks in the past visualised the future.
Signage design for a detterent concept deployed in the Czech Republic.
Dug up a typo doodle I did a while back.
Came across this meme earlier today, fell off my chair. via Berlin Memes
A fun weekend sketch. Pencil, Ink then a final edit on Photoshop
Sooo bad ass. Original photographer unf. unknown.
Pretty sure translations like this of old HIndi shows / movies will be as meme worthy.
Clicked myself holding diyas prior to celebrating Diwali with the fam-jam in Delhi.
Love this picture by Callie Shell shot during Obama's first term.
Circa 1949. Photographer unknown.
"Burn and Learn", is a phrase most entreprenuers can relate to. I came across this visual recently, photographer unf. unknown but it reminded me of this phrase and how the level of 'burn' vs 'learn' progresses in one's entrerprenuerial journey.
Opensea started accepting Matic so decided to mint this piece.
Something weighing you down? It might just be a plastic chair.
The world needs this as their default filter for Instagram.
Been playing around with some basic stop motion animations. Should I NFT it?
Love the show. Decided to design a quick take on how I would visually represent today's "Ad Men"?
In the near future we will discover a parallel universe where the Rock is tiny.
Siick Hitchcock print. Unf. original artist unknown.
Dug up this old shot I took in Shahpur Jat of a Kulfi stand.
Tesla nearly discovered X-Rays due to this photograph. Photographer: Edward Ringwood
Digging this vintage Eno campaign poster.
A frame set I designed recently for the home office.
Me these days trying to decipher DeFis, DAOs, NEFTs and the pace at which web 3.0 is evolving.
Came across this vintage poster of one of India's OG magicians. P.C. Sorkar.
Loved this poster design. Original designer unf. unknown.
Recently came across this great vintage ad for Dettol.
Shot this during a short trip to Rajasthan.
Sometime I miss the old school, sans phone bliss. Love this shot, original photographer unf. unknown.
When nature plays symbolims. Original photographer unf. unknown.
Shot in Morjim, Goa . PS: The burgers are to die for.
A quick wall paper design for my new One Plus
Love the minimal composition in this shot. Photographer unf. unknown.
Catching lightning in a frame is probably as hard as catching it in a bottle.
Loving this composition. Original artist unf. unknown.
Persistance is key. I decided to create this as a reminder for myself. I came, I saw ... I stuck to it.
Actually it wasn't that tiny. Shot this in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Loving this poster design. Original designer unf. unknown.
Came across this gnarly photo today. Original photographer unf. unknown.
Wall grafitti I came across in HKV, Delhi. Dug the lettering of the 'E'.
Lucky framing. Original photographer unf. unknown.
This one has been making the rounds on Twitter.
Long waits, lead to long reflections. Shot in Kolkata Airport.
Nothing like a quick type doodle while it's raining out.
Compiled this for a friend jumping into the world of entreprenuership. Thought I'd share the notes here as well.
Shot at the Suraj Kund fair in New Delhi.
Shot at my parents neighborhood Saraswati Puja in New Delhi.
Locals building boats off the ghaats. Shot in Varanasi.
One of my favourite shots I took recently. A group of local kids playing cricket on a sand dune in Rajasthan.
Decided to jot down a few thoughts on why the INR has been fluctuating recently.
Came across this vintage sketch of Pac Man by the legendary Toru Iwatani.
Bought a pair to get my Aladdin vibes on. Unf. mad uncomfy. Shot in Faridabad.
There is something about the old school Ferris wheels in India. Shot at a small local fair in New Delhi.
Homie was just chillin' and puffin'. Shot in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Incredible composition. Original artist unf. unknown.
Chatbots vs. app debate seems to heating up. Here are my thoughts.