ThoughtWorks Arts

Rashin Fahandej Awarded Volumetric Filmmaking Residency

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Tuesday, 14 May 2019

ThoughtWorks Arts Residency, in conjunction with Scatter, is pleased to announce that Rashin Fahandej as been awarded our Volumetric Filmmaking Residency to expand her project A Father’s Lullaby.

Rashin Fahandej standing in front of A Father’s Lullaby
Rashin Fahandej standing in front of A Father’s Lullaby

A Father’s Lullaby is a multi-platform, community engaged interactive work that highlights the role of men in raising children and their absence due to the racial disparities in the criminal justice system with its direct impact on children, women and lower income communities.

Why We Are Investigating the Democratization of AI via Blockchain

Andrew McWilliams Ellen Pearlman
ThoughtWorks Arts Directors
Monday, 29 April 2019

ThoughtWorks Arts has published an open call for artists to investigate the monopolization and centralization of artificial intelligence by a small number of corporate giants and state actors.

Image by Radek Bet
Image by Radek Bet

A key theme in the open call is for an artist to explore how this control of AI could impact society, and the potential impacts of alternative and open approaches.

PBS Features ThoughtWorks Arts Resident & Interaction Technology

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Monday, 17 December 2018

Over the summer ThoughtWorks Arts collaborated with dancer and roboticist Catie Cuan, exploring new modes of human-robot interaction.

PBS NewsHour feature of Catie Cuan and CONCAT

ThoughtWorks developers created a 3D visualization toolkit, enabling Catie to rehearse her own bodily movements alongside those of industrial-scale robots.

EmoPy: A Machine Learning Toolkit For Emotional Expression

Angelica Perez
Posted by Angelica Perez
Thursday, 6 September 2018

I recently led a project team at ThoughtWorks to create and open source a new Facial Expression Recognition (FER) toolkit named EmoPy. The system produces accuracy rates comparable to the highest rates achievable in FER, and is now available for anyone to use for free.

Working with Sofia Tania (left) and Karen Palmer (right) to create EmoPy
Working with Sofia Tania (left) and Karen Palmer (right) to create EmoPy

This article explains how the EmoPy system is designed and how it can be used. It will examine the architectures and datasets selected, and illustrate why those choices were made.

Industrial Robotics and Human Movement: New Experiments

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Interactions between humans and robots are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Questions naturally emerge about the how human-robot communications can be understood, now and in the future.

A preview of Catie Cuan’s new piece ‘OUTPUT’

Where does communication flow, and where are there ‘gaps’? Further, what is not said in human-robot interactions? Movement and gesture are vital aspects of HRI, often making up shades of unspoken meaning.

Recognizing Human Facial Expressions With Machine Learning

Angelica Perez
Posted by Angelica Perez
Thursday, 23 August 2018

Machine learning systems can be trained to recognize emotional expressions from images of human faces, with a high degree of accuracy in many cases.

Image by Tsukiko Kiyomidzu
Image by Tsukiko Kiyomidzu

However, implementation can be a complex and difficult task. The technology is at a relatively early stage. High quality datasets can be hard to find. And there are various pitfalls to avoid when designing new systems.

How Art Programs Drive Innovation at ThoughtWorks

Andrew McWilliams
Posted by Andrew McWilliams
Thursday, 28 June 2018

Artists working with emerging technologies frequently generate new insights on the future of culture, industry and society.

Cyborg artists Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas during their residency at ThoughtWorks
Cyborg artists Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas during their residency at ThoughtWorks

At ThoughtWorks we regularly engage with artists, collaborating on cutting edge technology projects, and enriching the perspectives we bring to our clients. Our recent explorations have taken us on journeys into cyborgism and transhumanism, bias in machine intelligence, movement in robotics, and more.