Thoughts and Theory

Introducing a new VAE-based architecture to generate novel musical samples

Deep learning has radically transformed the fields of computer vision and natural language processing, in not just classification but also generative tasks, enabling the creation of unbelievably realistic pictures as well as artificially generated news articles. But what about the field of audio — or more specifically — music? …

[WATCH: Highlights from Qualifying, Max Verstappen’s pole position lap]

Qualifying has confirmed why 2021’s F1 season will be truly exhilarating: a genuine two-horse race at the top, and an unpredictable, close midfield.

Max Verstappen confirmed pre-season speculation of Red Bull’s pace-setting car by clinching pole by a sizeable four tenths…

Coded Bias is a 2020 documentary directed by Shalini Kantayya exploring how the machine learning algorithms of today perpetuate bias and the undesirable consequences that this brings. The film’s thesis is that artificial intelligence fosters an illusion of objectivity in our society. This objectivity is purportedly illusory, because of human-generated…

January is typically a quiet month for pop music with everyone is waiting for the Grammy’s. But this year, even in January, the pop music world already has a strong contender for 2021 Song of the Year. The song in the spotlight is one that is truly unexpected — a…

The Super Bowl is the most watched event on television in America, the hallmark sporting and cultural occasion of the American calendar. This year, Super Bowl LV was played between the Kansas Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021. Why does a 60-minute game between twenty-two helmet-wearing…

“(The kids) are all put into this arena where you’re forced to try to survive on your own. They have to, like, do things in order to get people to like them. The game makers who this arena, just sit and watch them. …

“We had one Oscar, a Fulbright, two AFI Filmmaker Grants, two Emmy’s, and what we figured out we really needed … was a penis.” ~ Lynne Littman, film director

Review of the documentary film This Changes Everything by Tom Donahue, 2018

This Changes Everything is a documentary about the systemic…

Review of the documentary film Woodstock — Three Days that Defined a Generation by Barak Goodman & Jamila Ephron, 2019

Woodstock was a music festival held in August 1969 in Bethel, New York. Billed as ‘An Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music’, the event drew an unprecedented audience…

“It just felt so good to take something that was old, and dusty, and homemade, and crappy-looking, and replace it with Helvetica — like scraping the crud off filthy old things and restoring them to shining beauty” — Michael Bierut, graphic designer

Review of the documentary film Helvetica by Gary…

Up until the last three laps, the British Grand Prix was a mostly soporific affair, definitely the least interesting race of the season thus far. It wasn’t only due to the lack of on-track action, but also any strategic intrigue was neutralized with nearly all the drivers pitting for their…

Isaac Tham

economics enthusiast, data science devotee, f1 fanatic, son of God

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