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The dying art of courtroom illustration

Illustrator Jane Rosenberg is a self-proclaimed “dinosaur,” one of the last courtroom artists working today. Over nearly 40 years, Rosenberg has sketched a veritable who’s-who of celebrity courtroom drama: Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Martha Stewart, Tom Brady.

Courtroom art has been a feature of the American media landscape since just after the high-profile Charles Lindbergh case in 1935. The famous aviator’s infant son was kidnapped and murdered, and news audiences were insatiable in their demand for more coverage. Newsreels of courtroom action, filmed from secret cameras in the New Jersey courtroom, were sent to movie theaters across the country. And so, when the trial was over, the American Bar Association banned cameras from courtrooms altogether.

Photographs might seem a better method for capturing an accurate likeness, but courtroom sketches provide something extra, something about the emotional resonance of what happened, Rosenberg says. “It can provide more of an essence.”

Increasingly, the few remaining court artists are expected to do this thoroughly analog job in a digital world, where technology affects everything—from the challenges of creating these images to their public reception.

In March of this year, senators Amy Klobuchar and Chuck Grassley introduced bipartisan legislation that would finally allow cameras back in federal courtrooms. If it passes, this could be the final nail in a coffin that’s already almost sealed.

“They’ve had cameras for years, but a lot of the judges—the TV stations petition the court to allow a camera in, and they deny them that right. So that’s where we come in. We’re a necessary evil,” Bill Robles says. “When there’s no cameras permitted, we’re king.”


Five Mind bending experiments that show where creativity is headed next

Deep learning isn’t just being used to generate lots of creepy, computer-made faces–it’s also generating creepy 3D models of faces. Researchers from the University of Hong Kong created a program called DeepSketch2Face that converts any line drawing of a face into a 3D model of it. It looks like it could be an animator’s dream, enabling near-effortless creation of models, but right now the researchers have positioned it more for amateurs to use in the creation of cartoons, social media avatars, and caricatures.

Some of the advances presented at Siggraph could be coming to a cell phone near you. Researchers from Google and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory created a machine learning-powered image editing program that works so quickly and efficiently that it can give your photos a professional edit before you’ve even taken them. According to MIT News, the tool can show you what the edited version of your photo would look like while you’re still deciding how to frame the shot.

With advances in machine learning also comes the ability to fabricate video and audio in an incredibly lifelike way, as several projects at Siggraph illustrated. Take “Synthesizing Obama,” in which researchers from the University of Washington were able to train a neural network to generate footage of Obama that looks startlingly real. Using video of Obama’s public addresses, which amounts to 17 hours of video and two million frames, they were able to generate new Obamas that could mime the former president’s words with different facial expressions and backgrounds. In another project presented at the conference called VoCo, Princeton researchers demonstrated how to edit an audio file by inserting words that weren’t actually spoken. The future of fake news just got a little closer.


Steve Jobs systematically cultivated his creativity. You can too.

Pursuing diverse interests: Jobs said, “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.”

Research backs up what Jobs intuitively understood. Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman says that openness to new experience is the strongest personality trait for predicting creative achievement. “Thinking outside the box” may more accurately be understood as “Drawing from different boxes.”

Walking: In the book Becoming Steve Jobs, Brent Schlender notes that Jobs often took brainstorming walks with others. Research now confirms that Jobs’ walks can help unlock creative insights.

In Neurowisdom, neuroscience researchers Mark Waldman and Chris Manning show the difference in brain activity between the “decision making mind” and the “creative mind.” When one is focused on a task and working on completing a goal, he or she is using the decision making mind. “Aha moments” often come when one takes a break from a task and engages the creative mind by allowing for mind-wandering activities like daydreaming. According to Stanford research, walking can boost creative output by 60 percent.

Meditation: Jobs’ meditation practice helped him develop creativity. Meditative practices, such as “open-monitoring training,” encourage divergent thinking, a process of allowing the generation of many new ideas, which is a key part of creative innovation.


Augmented reality graffiti will lead to advertising ambush wars

Imagine looking up at the sky and seeing every cloud crammed full of adverts.

This future is nearer than you might think: last month saw the launch of the first augmented reality app that lets anyone write on the sky. And, according to a report released this week by a global law firm, advertisers are worried.

Right now, the only companies using the app to advertise to customers are small businesses in Orlando, Florida, says Skrite co-founder Arshia Siddique. But she’s hoping to entice big brands. Augmented reality, she says, is a “third space” – after the physical world and the internet – just waiting to be “filled with content”.

Skrite’s “skywriting” is only the latest AR app getting ready to capitalise on these coming changes. “We’re there already,” says Danny Lopez at the London-based augmented reality company Blippar, which lets users see reviews and recommendations overlaid onto shops and landmarks.

Brands are beginning to prepare themselves for this new reality, says Gregor Pryor at Reed Smith, a global legal firm. But not quite in the way you might think. They are thinking about ways to defend against the changes.
While it may seem early days to start worrying, that’s only because the technology has not moved from smartphones to wearable devices, says Pryor. But we’re getting there.


The meaning of ‘creativity’ is lost in corporate culture

There are plenty of out-there ideas when it comes to encouraging next-level thinking, but we need to be mindful not to unnecessarily stretch resources and budgets in pursuit of whacky ideas, which might confuse employees even further. Here are some tips.

Redefine “Creativity”: Like any skill that you are trying to cultivate, creative thinking requires intentional focused effort. You have to carve out time to think and practice. For it to be successful in the workplace, your company has to also be supportive of the concept.

Get on board with AI: Businesses should be looking at ways to use AI to take over menial, data-heavy workplace chores. This will free-up employees’ emergent individual qualities, which push us to access the more complex parts of our brains.

Get rid of confusing job titles: Businesses are increasingly giving creativity a seat at the top table, but how effective is having a ‘Chief Innovation Officer’ in promoting an inspired working environment? A CIO should be the shining light of creativity within a business, but that doesn’t mean they switch off everyone else’s light bulbs. If not handled correctly, putting one person in charge of this can give the impression that nobody else needs to be.

Banish the failure complex: We need to create a more open and less judgemental environment for idea-sharing. There isn’t a magic solution to this — some employees may prefer anonymous submission boxes or the more extrovert may enjoy brainstorming.


A flood of (bad) advertising is coming for your Snapchat—and that might be ok

Now, the floodgates are opening. It’s a blessing for advertisers, but it could be a curse for users—and Snapchat.

Cue a flood of ads that maybe don’t look that impressive, a may not even have been designed for Snap.
But Snap’s move was inevitable. We’ve seen it before on all the older online platforms: Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Instagram opened up its floodgates in August 2015, and yeah, not every Instagram ad is great.

"There will always be good eggs and bad, but hopefully Snap really leans into user feedback to keep the creative threshold high," said Mike Metzler, creative strategist at Delmondo, a creative studio and technology company that provides Snapchat analytics.

Snap is still keeping some control of the process. No ad goes live without Snapchat’s review (for now), but advertisers now have much more freedom to get weird.
"Advertisers want to be able to test before making big commitments on spend. So I think this will bring in a lot of new advertisers," Metzler continued.

Those new advertisers will be crucial to Snap’s future.
Unlike Instagram and other social apps, there’s a strange thing about Snapchat: low-quality ads may work in its favor. Laughable content may be exactly what makes a good ad because Snapchat itself is a platform for sharing fun and authentic photos and videos.


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