The Last Pictures

This project was inspired by an image that came from my work tracking secret satellites. Over the course of my work on satellites, I realized that certain kinds of satellites – those in geosynchronous orbits – experience virtually no drag from the atmosphere below and consequently stay in orbit for extremely long amounts of timeContinue reading “The Last Pictures”

Trinity Cube

Irradiated broken glass collected from inside the Fukushima Exclusion Zone forms the outer layer of this sculpture. The work’s inner core is made out of Trinitite, the mineral created on July 16, 1945 when the United States exploded the world’s first atomic bomb near Alamogordo, New Mexico, heating the desert’s surface to the point whereContinue reading “Trinity Cube”

Excavating AI

This is an article that I co-authored with my friend and collaborator Kate Crawford, who directs the AI Now Institute at NYU. In the article we take a look at some of the bad assumptions and bad politics built into the architecture of the training data used in AI systems.

The X-37B

The American Air Force’s secretive X-37B space-plane-drone is back after it’s fifth mission in orbit. There’s some controversy about whether it deployed an array of small secret satellites in violation of the United Nations’ Registration Convention, which says that all countries have to report on the satellites they put into orbit.  I photographed the X-37BContinue reading “The X-37B”

Sight Machine

Sight Machine is a collaboration with San Francisco’s legendary Kronos Quartet. While the Kronos Quartet perform works by Terry Riley, Laurie Anderson, Steve Reich, Islam Chipsy and others, the musicians are monitored by cameras feeding into a suite of Artificial Intelligence algorithms. Images of what the machines “see” while looking at the performers are projectedContinue reading “Sight Machine”

Dive Expedition to Look at Undersea Cables

In 2015, I took a group of people on a scuba diving trip off the coast of Miami.  Our goal: to see the internet in the form of the transoceanic communications cables that connect the continents together. Brian Boucher from Artnet News has a great report here. And the Creator’s Project made a video documentingContinue reading “Dive Expedition to Look at Undersea Cables”