Google’s Trafalgar Square lion uses AI to generate crowdsourced poem

In London's Trafalgar Square, four lions sit at the base of Nelson's Column. But starting today, there will be a fifth. Google Arts & Culture and designer Es Devlin have created a public sculpture for the London Design Festival. It's a lion that...

These Instant Noodle Warriors Are Anything But Soft and Chewy

Some people really love Japanese instant ramen noodles, but these people have been missing out by just eating them. Did you know that you can sculpt with them? Taishi Arimura does just that, making instant noodle warrior sculptures. Yes, this guy creates humanoid sculptures from the noodles and then outfits each figure with armor made from instant noodle Styrofoam packaging. The finished figures look awesome.

Naturally, these noodle warriors have weapons too, like forks or chopsticks. One even has some kind of egg-based shield. It looks to me like these noodle warriors were tired of the constant threat of being eaten, and now it is time for some payback.

They look pretty badass and tough, although I’m not sure how well they would stand up in battle. Hopefully, they wouldn’t just unravel and fall apart as they charged onto the battlefield. If their enemies are smart, they would just pour hot water on them to make sure that happened. That’s pretty much their kryptonite. Hot water equals death to a noodle man, no matter how cool you look.

They remind me of the Michelin Man, but more fit. I’m not sure if the artist is selling them, but people would buy these for sure if he did. I would definitely display these on my shelf.

[via Mike Shouts]

‘Untrained Eyes’ explores how computers perceive you

If you search for "man" on Google, most of the image results you'll get are of white males looking confidently at the camera. "Woman," meanwhile, brings up pictures of women that appear to have been taken from a male gaze -- and yes, you guessed it,...

Epic Life-size Iron Man Contains a Working PC

I’ve seen some pretty amazing case mods over the years, but this life-size Iron Man PC might just be the most incredible PC build yet. Pro system builder Jengki Wmp of World Media Plus created this life-size sculpture of Iron Man in his Mk. 45 armor, which also happens to double as a high-end gaming PC.

The system houses an MSI X99A Xpower Gaming Titanium motherboard, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card with 8GB, an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU, speedy ZADAK511 Shield 3000MHz DDR4 memory, a 240GB ZADAK511 Shield SSD, and a 600W Thermaltake Toughpower PSU. The whole thing is water-cooled using a Thermaltake system. It makes me wonder if Tony Stark’s Arc Reactor would last longer if it were water-cooled, or if it would just electrocute him.

Of course, what makes this system so awesome isn’t the computer, but the incredible, detailed sculpting, with super-shiny red and gold armor, and a slick light-up interior so you can see all the computer components. The rainbow-illuminated cooling fans in Iron Man’s back are a nice touch too.

Amazing build, Jengki. I can’t imagine how much time and effort it took to create this thing, but you deserve all of the awards they throw your way.

[via Mike Shouts]

A mirror exposes AI’s inherent flaws in ‘Untrained Eyes’

In July 2015, Google's public-relations machine was in full-on crisis mode. Earlier that year, the search giant announced Photos, an AI-driven app that used machine-learning to automatically tag and organize your pictures based on the people, places...

This Scrap Metal Skull Sculpture Is Making Me Nuts

There’s something about skull art that I find really intriguing. Perhaps it’s that skulls are something that all of us have in common, or it’s just that they remind us of our mortality. I’m really digging this skull sculpture, made from recycled bits of metal.

It was made by the guys at Thailand-based Metal Model House, using scrap metal and a whole boatload of nuts welded together to create its main form. I wish the teeth had a bit more detail, but it’s still a pretty awesome sculpture. I like to imagine that they’re metal dentures he had to get after he drank too much Coca-Cola.

You can find this awesome metal skull over at Metal Model House’s Etsy shop for $259(USD), but if that’s too much for your budget, you can find lots of other cool metal sculptures over there, including a sweet set of metal dinosaur skeletons, and a metal Big Daddy from BioShockIf you buy two or more items from them, you can get 15% off your order too!

Building The World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube

When I was a kid, people who could solve a Rubik’s Cube were a rare thing. Nowadays, there are entire leagues dedicated to solving them as quickly as possible, and even guys who can solve them while wakesurfing or juggling. All of those things would be much more difficult when played out on this giant-size Rubik’s Cube.

Woodworker Kyle Toth was recently commissioned to build what appears to be the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube for the Tanz Summer Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. The puzzle measures in a 7 feet-tall, and over 5 feet-wide, and was built from plywood with lazy susan style turntables to make it spin easily.

While each layer of the cube can spin horizontally like the real puzzle, it can’t rotate on the vertical axis. For that, you’ll have to try Tony Fisher’s cube, which is just a hair smaller, but is fully functional.

Building The World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube

When I was a kid, people who could solve a Rubik’s Cube were a rare thing. Nowadays, there are entire leagues dedicated to solving them as quickly as possible, and even guys who can solve them while wakesurfing or juggling. All of those things would be much more difficult when played out on this giant-size Rubik’s Cube.

Woodworker Kyle Toth was recently commissioned to build what appears to be the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube for the Tanz Summer Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. The puzzle measures in a 7 feet-tall, and over 5 feet-wide, and was built from plywood with lazy susan style turntables to make it spin easily.

While each layer of the cube can spin horizontally like the real puzzle, it can’t rotate on the vertical axis. For that, you’ll have to try Tony Fisher’s cube, which is just a hair smaller, but is fully functional.

Building The World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube

When I was a kid, people who could solve a Rubik’s Cube were a rare thing. Nowadays, there are entire leagues dedicated to solving them as quickly as possible, and even guys who can solve them while wakesurfing or juggling. All of those things would be much more difficult when played out on this giant-size Rubik’s Cube.

Woodworker Kyle Toth was recently commissioned to build what appears to be the world’s largest Rubik’s Cube for the Tanz Summer Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. The puzzle measures in a 7 feet-tall, and over 5 feet-wide, and was built from plywood with lazy susan style turntables to make it spin easily.

While each layer of the cube can spin horizontally like the real puzzle, it can’t rotate on the vertical axis. For that, you’ll have to try Tony Fisher’s cube, which is just a hair smaller, but is fully functional.

Where the Wild Things Are Gets the Balloon Animal Treatment

Despite it being a little trippy, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are is still one of my favorite books from my childhood. As our young protagonist Max enters the world of the Wild Things, he encounters a variety of wondrous and scary looking beasts, yet manages to win them over and become their king.

While I don’t recall any of the Wild Things being named in the book, the horned and striped fur-wearing character was called “Carol” in Spike Jonze film adaptation about a decade ago. Now, thanks to the masterful work of Balloon Guy Entertainment, we have an epic balloon animal version of Carol.

They built this incredible inflatable sculpture of the Wild Thing for Utah’s Millard County Fair, and it looks amazing. I just love all of the details – especially the hair made from skinnier, less inflated balloons. It’s really an amazing creation, and brings back all of the feels from the classic childhood story.

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