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Who Owns Your Face? Welcome to a New World of Hacking Headaches

[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

The question of who owns your face sounds absurd on the surface – of course you own it, it’s attached to your body after all. But in an era of facial recognition technology, in which your face can be scanned and added to databases without your knowledge or consent, the answer to that question gets a lot more complicated. Your unique composition of features might already be included in a collection used by data brokers, the government, police and advertising and tech companies to tag you in photos, match you to alleged criminal activity, sell information about you or teach neural networks how to refine facial recognition technology itself.

In fact, we have the internet and its databank of faces to thank for reaching this point. Millions upon millions of faces are now available for the scraping, which would have been difficult or impossible to achieve any other way. Computer scientists feed these images to artificial intelligence to “train” them how to recognize faces, and advances in graphics processing allow the machines to sort through them at a whiplash pace. Very little human input is needed as the neural networks use their own algorithms to decide which similarities and differences between the faces are significant, making the whole thing a bit of a mystery.

The ArchDaily 2018 Gift Guide

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The holiday season may be one of joy, but there's always a little panic involved as well. You want to treat your loved ones to a gift they'll treasure and appreciate, but where to start?

Readers, ArchDaily has you covered. This year we've separated our choices in sections to help you find that perfect gift for the picky (budding) architect in your life. Our choices - and links to where you can find them - after the break: 

For the Traveler: 

City Guides / CITIx60

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Viction:ary
Price: $11.95

These fantastic city guides are as beautiful as they are informative. Perfect for the traveling architect, the small books uncover the best cultural and architectural spots in a city. With an expanded list of cities and new places to discover, this is an ideal gift for the designer on the move.

3D Architecture Models

6 Best Places to Find the Best Discounts on Luxury Watches

Buying a watch that could cost you as much as a car or a house requires careful calculations. It is a wild world out there and the watch market isn’t an exception.

The good news is that there are still places you can buy a watch without breaking the bank. As with any purchase, if you’re considering dropping your money on a luxury watch, you’d likely consider comparing prices across different platforms. Make sure to search for promotional codes of your favorite shops to save some money on your purchase.

But where will you find luxury watches at discounted prices?  Well, here 7 places you can try out:

  1. Fyvor

Fyvor is an epical place to shop online. You’ll find most of the world’s top brand luxury watches here. However, you won’t pay as you would in a high-end store.  They’ve got a constant update of offers, which ensures that you enjoy full-scale online deals. You can also apply for promo codes or get special offers. Even more, if you follow their promotion codes, you can save up to $11550 when buying luxury watches.

The Concept App, a Free Structural Engineering Tool, is Now Available on iPhone and Desktop

via Fast + Epp via Fast + Epp

Vancouver-based engineering firm Fast + Epp has created a free tool, called Concept, for architects and designers to explore a variety of building materials. The interface allows the designer to explore the aesthetics of wood, concrete, and steel while also providing additional information about the composition and feasibility of these materials.

via Fast + Epp via Fast + Epp

The application was initially created to provide an interface to browse inspirational photos and calculate material feasibility at your fingertips. Since the release of the iPhone app, Concept has been expanded to be compatible on desktops as well. This new feature allows Concept to provide information to architects in the office, on a construction site, and in client meetings.

Intelligent Interiors: Robotic Furniture Retracts to Ceiling When Not in Use

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Furniture & Decor. ]

Driven by an artificially intelligent butler, this smart furniture system promises to free up valuable floor space by lifting and lowering modular interior design elements as needed, putting them into play or pulling them up to the ceiling on demand.

Bumblee Spaces has designed their bot to learn and adapt, anticipating needs in addition to responding to specific requests — it even scans items in storage then tracks their location for retrieval, helping you find stuff like lost keys faster. And if it’s raining, the roombot can also call down your umbrella in case you forget.

Words on the Street: Art, Architecture, and the Public Protest

Barricades in the streets of Bordeaux during the May 1968 protests in France. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia Barricades in the streets of Bordeaux during the May 1968 protests in France. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia

This article was originally published as "What Marchers Today Can Learn from the May 1968 Protests in Paris" on CommonEdge in May 2018. In the 50 years since the historic and worldwide protests of 1968, much has changed. But today's political climate seems equally volatile, with seismic changes threatening social and political establishments across the globe. Lessons from the past are, to borrow the phrase of the moment, more relevant than ever.

American friends recently sent an email: “What’s going on with the French political system? Why all the strikes? What about the endless protest marches? We’d like to visit you in Paris, but we’re a little wary.”

Apple debuts iPhone Xs and two more smartphone models

Apple iPhone Xs and Xs Max

Apple's trio of latest smartphones are all updates of its iPhone X, including a version with an even larger screen, and a cheaper model with several colour options. Read more

What Are the Best Lenses for Architectural Photography? (Including Mobile)

© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photographic_lenses_front_view.jpg'>Flickr user Bill Ebbesen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/'>CC BY 3.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photographic_lenses_front_view.jpg'>Flickr user Bill Ebbesen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/'>CC BY 3.0</a>

In a world rapidly transitioning toward primarily digital content creation, more and more people are beginning to experiment with various digital media. There is undoubtedly an intimate relationship between architecture and photography, and many architects enjoy experimenting with taking pictures, both of their own work and of their surrounding environment. But how do you know if you have the right gear needed to start off on the right foot? And more importantly, how can you get the most out of your equipment?

Drawing Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Apple Pencil

Courtesy of Morpholio Trace Courtesy of Morpholio Trace

Want to get the most of your Apple Pencil in Trace? Today, Rome Prize winner Javier Galindo, is going to show you a few features that will make your Trace drawings sing.

“Forget anything you thought you knew about previous styluses. Draw with the Apple Pencil as you would with any pencil and the rest will come naturally.” -Javier Galindo

1. Pressure

Want a line to be bolder or darker? Simply press down and watch the lightness of the line change. Make your line look heavy or faint. Perfect for expressing depth in your drawing.