AMBUSH! Arts & Culture
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola
― Émile Zola
Artificial Intelligence Beefing on Instagram?
by Sage Addington '18
On Miquela’s account Bermuda proudly announced herself as a creation of Cain intelligence. I looked into the company and found that the only information on the internet about Cain Intelligence is information provided on cainintelligence.com and social media accounts they created. Cain Intelligence has Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Their Facebook leads to a content not available page, their Instagram has no posts, and their Twitter has two tweets that seem unprofessional for a serious company. The first tweet says, “Just setting up my Twitter. #myfirstTweet” and the second is a link to a forum talking about artificial intelligence. The forum leads to a link giving advice on creating intelligent technology. According to the Cain Intelligence website, they have been “at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence” for nearly two decades (Since 2002). Their work has supposedly revolutionized the workplace and battlefield, their technology suppressing “social rebellions” and increasing economic output for world leaders “from Saudi Arabia to Sudan.” Supposedly they make it easy for humans to connect with technology in a “natural and intelligent way” without the need for “specialist linguistic skills.” Cain Intelligence supposedly works with multiple Fortune 500 companies.
Bermuda is said to be an AI and reflects the values of Cain Intelligence; the company proudly supports Donald Trump. Compared to Miquela, Bermuda’s physical appearance looks much more digital. Their is also no information about Daniel Cain, the company’s founder, anywhere on the internet except for the Cain Intelligence website. Who ever this Cain fellow is, his website claims he is from Bakersfield, CA, and has dedicated his life to exploring “alternative forms of consciousness, seeking to advance society via intelligent computers capable of superhuman compassion and reason.” There is more information about Brud than there is Cain Intelligence in that more things pop up when you research them. Brud has a LinkedIn page where eleven employees are listed as well as a PitchBook page. Despite having more links, just about the same amount of information is known as Cain Intelligence. Brud released a statement on their Instagram @brud.fyi
A note from the team at Brud:
On April 26th Miquela made an Instagram post saying she’s “no longer working with” her managers at Brud. The lack of information suggests this could be a hoax. If this is a prank, it is an elaborate one. If not, this is both shady and interesting to watch unfold.
Kendrick Lamar and the Pulitzer Prize
by Sage Addington '18
Kendrick Lamar made history earlier this month on the 16th when he won the Pulitzer Prize for music. His album DAMN was the first non-jazz and non-classical Pulitzer selection. The Pulitzer board called his music, “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.” That is basically a fancy way of saying Lamar skillfully put together slang, dialect spoken by the common man, to paint a picture of a particular account.
In an interview with Rolling Stone in August, Lamar told the interviewer, in regards to DAMN, “It’s all pieces of me. My musicality has been driving me since I was four years old. It’s just pieces of me, man, and how I execute it is the ultimate challenge.” My mom may look like a soccer mom with her bob haircut, glasses, and sweaters, but she is always bumping Kendrick Lamar. I asked her what her opinion was on Lamar winning the Pulitzer Prize and she told me she, “100% agreed” with what the Pulitzer board had to say. She added, “It’s just life and he captures that beautifully. They call it ‘vignette’ or something and it means to paint a picture. He does that! I love how he describes things, it’s just so… You can feel like you’re there. And when you’re not paying attention there’s, like, these noises you typically wouldn’t hear. Like it feels like you’re walking down the street, listening to your headphones, and just living life.”
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