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Month: October 2014

HYPEBEAST Road Trips Amsterdam: More Than Just Haze and Canals

Highlighting creativity and design on all mediums and genres are what HYPEBEAST has strived to do for its readers. Discovering innovative new ideas and pinpointing epicenters of activity is how we keep track at which the world around us is evolving. And as we continue to explore various outposts that excel in those fields, we turn our attention to Amsterdam as the next destination of our HYPEBEAST Road Trips as the ideal locale that encompasses a history rich with originality when it comes to modernization. Dutch architecture, design, and innovation are often analyzed and utilized, but rarely given the credit it deserves amongst wider circles. To most, the Dutch are known for their almost contradictory approach to living: relaxed yet rigid, which makes them an intriguing culture to explore and understand. However, they’re more than just Red Light Districts and coffee shops, they’re the flag bearers in inventiveness and productivity. Phillips, New Alphabet, Shell, Unilever, WeTransfer – this is just a short list of things that the Dutch contribute to our everyday lives. Although they are raised with the mantra, “Being normal is weird enough,” the Dutch have proven themselves as a benchmark for what people want. With their open and more than honest approach to their likes and dislikes, Amsterdam is the testing ground for global corporations to see what will work and what won’t. It’s safe to...

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Hiroshi Fujiwara Previews His Upcoming Collaborations with Nike & Jordan Brand

When streetwear guru Hiroshi Fujiwara and Nike team up, we know that we’re in for something truly special. Today we have a preview of the three latest fragment design x Nike creations including the Air Jordan 1, Nike Sock Dart and Nike LD-1000 silhouettes. The Air Jordan 1′s are likely to cause the most stir, with the combination of royal blue and black evoking memories of the classic “Royals.” Although there is no concrete release date for this pair nor the fragment design x Nike Sock Dart, the fragment design x Nike LD-1000 will be available starting November 6. Check out the pics of the collaborative effort above and stay tuned for more details. Article source:...

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Ex Nihilo Paris & Peugeot Design Create Signature Scents for New Concept Cars

Ex Nihilo Paris and Peugeot Design have teamed up to deliver two new signature scents in celebration of the recent reveal of the concept cars EXALT and QUARTZ at Mondial de l’automobile 2014. Each fragrance was created as a representative of one of the aforementioned automobiles. For the EXALT, the French companies came up with the “Santal Sacré”, the Cardamom-spiced scent with hints of Rose. For the QUARTZ, the brands offer “French Vetiver,” which has been boldly described as the “bad little brother” playing with the contradiction of a “masculine and purebred juice” while also being “feminine and creamy.” Only 20 box sets are available worldwide, none of which are sold to public. After taking a closer look with the above, head here to peep the exciting QUARTZ and EXALT concepts from Peugeot. Article source:...

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PhotoSpotLand Wants To Help You Take Better Photos

Our smartphones now allow us to take more photos than ever before, but even as those cameras get better, they still don’t allow you to take DSLR-quality images. For that, you still need big sensors and the right kind of lens for the right kind of situation. PhotoSpotLand is a new service for those of us who still like to travel with “real” cameras in order to take images that a smartphone just can’t handle. It’s a mix between a travel site and photographer community, with a strong focus on helping you become a better photographer. Instead of being about sharing photos, PhotoSpotLand founder and CEO Mario Bucolo told me at Disrupt Europe in London last week that it’s about “offering you the best shared experience in travel photography.” 3-where 4-spot-page-map 5-profile-page At its most basic, you can use the service to find great spots to take images. For that, you can either use the website or the company’s recently updated mobile app. What’s different about PhotoSpotLand compared to a photo-sharing service is that it show you everything about the kind of equipment others used in this spot to take a certain photo, and other photographers can share tips about the location, too (best time to take an image, whether you’ll need a tripod, etc.). The other aspect is that PhotoSpotLand also tries to help you meet up with other photographers...

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Elon Musk Compares Building Artificial Intelligence To “Summoning The Demon”

This past week, Tesla CEO/Living, Breathing Tony Stark/Space X Founder Elon Musk was interviewed at the MIT AeroAstro Centennial Symposium. While the whole interview is worth watching (and is embedded above), one answer to a question from the audience takes a particularly intense turn. Asked about his thoughts on AI, Musk starts by noting that we ought to take care in closely regulating AI development, calling AI our “biggest existential threat.” But wait, there’s more! And by more, I mean demons and holy water. Musk’s full answer is transcribed below (if you want to watch it for yourself in the video up top, it starts at 1 hour, 7 minutes, and 20 seconds in.) Musk: I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with artificial intelligence. I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon. You know those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram, and the holy water, and he’s like — Yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out. [audience laughs] Q: So I’ll take it there’ll be no HAL9000 going...

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