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Stephen Wolfram’s Introduction to WolframAlpha

May 13, 2009

Building the ultimate computational knowledge engine is a highly ambitious and long-term project. The WolframAlpha that you will get to start exploring next week is really just the beginning. Still, there are a lot of ways that you might use WolframAlpha.

In this screencast, Stephen Wolfram gives a quick introduction and demo of today’s WolframAlpha.

A worker at one of AT&T's San Jose offices opened a refrigerator full of rotten, forgotten cow-orker chow and released a gas so noxious that the building had to be evacuated and a hazmat team had to be called in.

Authorities said an enterprising office worker had decided to clean it out, placing the food in a conference room while using two cleaning chemicals to scrub down the mess. The mixture of old lunches and disinfectant caused 28 people to need treatment for vomiting and nausea.

Authorities said the worker who cleaned the fridge didn't need treatment -- she can't smell because of allergies.

Rotten office fridge cleanup sends 7 to hospital

(via /.)






Feedback artists Natalie Jeremijenko, Leah Gauthier, Brooke Singer, and The Lower East Side Ecology Center presenting workshops during the day.

Natalie Jeremijenko will present noPark.

Natalie Jeremijenko will lead a surface-level noPARK action on a plot of pavement in Chelsea (within a short walk of Eyebeam, exact location TBA the day of the event).

noPARK is a public art project to create “no parking zones" of micro engineered green spaces to prevent storm water run off, use foliage to stabilize the soil, and to provide a durable low maintenance surface cover.

In order to help raise funds for the noPARK project, which the artist hopes to implement throughout the city, limited-edition potted plants will be sold as "shares" of the project (complete with certificates) at Eyebeam for $10. Shareholders will be encouraged to take their plants to the site of the April 19 noPARK for the 3-6PM action. (A single noPARK zone is estimated to cost approximately $6000 to implement.)

For images: http://www.environmentalhealthclinic.net/projects/nopark/

Leah Gauthier will lead a Sow-In, during which participants will distribute hundreds of seed pots to community gardeners across New York City for transplant, care, harvest, and seed saving.

The Lower East Side Ecology Center will demonstrate how the public can repurpose and use waste via worm bins.

Brooke Singer ( http://www.superfund365.org) with Michael Heimbinder ( http://www.habitatmap.org ) and Emily Gallagher will conduct a virtual toxic tour followed by a hands-on workshop. The virtual tour will focus on a site in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that is currently undergoing contamination evaluation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health. Together they will explore the region's historic and present day industries, detail the contaminants of concern and discuss potential remedies. This will serve as a case in point for participants to learn more about toxic legacy and the challenges of cleanup in New York City. In the second part of the workshop, they will provide resources for participants to identify toxic exposures in their own neighborhoods. Lastly, the group will brainstorm effective organizing strategies and ways to develop a network of activist peers .

Brooke Singer is a 2007 Artist Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This presentation is co-sponsored by Artists & Audiences Exchange, a NYFA public program.



The Change You Want To See gallery will host a collaborative workshop exploring the mashup and remix of audio-visual, social and architectural elements onsite, with local borough-based teenage participants and Eyebeam's educational partners. Each workshop participant will be invited to bring at least three clips to add to a pool of source material. We will consider site-specific “give and take”, and aim to develop “fair-use” guidelines for fellow participants and laymen.

VJ-ing, event-design and space-modification workshops will mix and remix the resources, talents, perspectives of all present, to create a performative party with live audio-visual manipulation, a juice-bar and dancing. As a public party for the Seeders 'N' Leechers 'R' Us outgoing process, thie evening endeavors to seed the imagination of possible futures.

Co-related workshops by:
Dan Winckler: Live video mixing and production
Not An Alternative: Build your own projection screen out of found materials
Jeff Crouse and David Jimison: Building experience

Coordinated by Liz Slagus, Eyebeam resident Andrew Paterson and Not An Alternative.


During Project Walkway, eight female participants of Girls Eye View Spring 2008 from local high school Bayard Rustin Academy for Art and Music have been learning the fundamentals of electronics and wearable technologies. The program will end with a runway show and book launch of Sabine Seymour's Fashionable Technology: The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science and Technology, on May 22.

Project Walkway, this year's Girls Eye View program, was be taught by former Eyebeam resident Norene Leddy with current R&D OpenLab fellows Ayah Bdeir and Jessica Banks.


Kudu | BiLLLL$ featuring Guillermo E. Brown | The Collection Agency

Plus interactive art by: Addie Wagenknecht | Friedrich Kirschner | David Jimison + Jeff Crouse | Geraldine Juárez

Open bar all night! Sponsored by Dewar's and Newcastle Brown Ale.

MIXER, Eyebeam’s new series dedicated to showcasing leading performing artists in the fields of live video and audio.

In addition to live performance by video artists, musicians, VJs and DJs, each MIXER event will present new interactive work by Eyebeam artists that encourages audience participation and creative play.

Production Lab fellow Addie Wagenknecht’s Fatigue is an interactive installation that uses a computer vision program to capture and replay its audience’s movements. This footage is projected as a continuous loop until a different motion within the camera’s field of vision triggers a new loop. The piece is a narrative on the cyclical patterns we engage in and how often we (never) break them.

Friedrich Kirschner, also a fellow in the Production Lab, will be leading participatory, 3-D “inkscans” using the Inkscanner, which creates a digital scan of your body by slowly submerging it (yes, the whole thing!) in ink-colored water. The Inkscanner is a large-scale, environmentally friendly iteration of the Milkscanner (http://www.instructables.com/id/Milkscanner-V1.0/). To fully enjoy the process of being inkscanned, you’ll need a little bit of time and your bathing suit—we’ll provide the caps and towels.

With the creation of BoozBot, Eyebeam Production Lab fellow David Jimison and senior fellow Jeff Crouse add the "single-liquid-service robot" to the list of creative roles for automatons. Indeed, the birth of BoozBot opens a fresh chapter at the intersection of technology, human interaction, and the science of personality. BoozBot converses with the wit and wisdom of your favorite corner barkeep, pouring drinks, monitoring sobriety, and engaging patrons one-on-one.

Senior fellow Geraldine Juárez will be soliciting for the Tanda Foundation, a social network that connects projects with funding in a web 2.0 format, merging the logic of 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and a free form of economy called "Tanda".

Hybrid in format, and Eyebeam in spirit—collaborative, spontaneous and a little off-the-wall—MIXER will electrify Eyebeam’s Chelsea warehouse for a Saturday night quite unlike any other.


Sponsors: Dewar's, The Onion, Newcastle Brown Ale.


As part of the Tourists and Travelers exhibition and in conjunction with Interactivos?: Better than the real thing, come see how a robotic duck can take better tourist photos than you can. Join the guided tour of tourist sites with the magical image-digesting robotic duck Charlie.

The tour will start at Eyebeam at 2:30PM (participants are encouraged to check out the exhibition before setting off!) when they’ll join the artist and the duck as they walk and take public transportation to Bethesda Terrace, Central Park, where they will then wander around the park with other tourists. The tour will take about 2 hours. Participants may also meet the group at the Bethesda Terrace at around 4PM.


Activists estimate that half the billboards in New York City are illegal. Worth millions in profit, outdoor advertising has become a corporate black market that doesn’t stop short of breaking the law to get your attention.

On July 1, the Anti-Advertising Agency and Rami Tabello of IllegalSigns.ca will lead a free workshop on how to identify illegal advertising and get it taken down. Canadian activist group IllegalSigns.ca is responsible for the removal of more than over 100 illegal billboards in Toronto. Rami Tabello will reveal how the billboard industry gets away with breaking the law and will offer suggestions on what New Yorkers can do to stop it locally.


Steve Lambert and Jeff Crouse will lead a workshop on A Basic Sentence Markup Language (ABSML)—an artist statement generator—and a new email spam-inspired project to Keep an Army Recruiter Busy.