Updates

  • 27.04.2021 Kyle McDonald has been doing more research on “Per-Transaction footprint responsibility models. The model that I use is what he calls “model_gas”. In his analysis he looks at eight different models, which range from 1/2 of what I calculate in this article, up to 4x to 8x higher. His report is worth a read for those wanting to get into more detail.

Part 0 (26th Feb): A short summary of the main article has been published in the online publication Flash Art under the title “Toward a…


In under half a year, one artist’s multi-edition NFTs have a footprint of 260 MWh, 160 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Updates

  • 22.01.2021 More accurate (based on Gas) figures for NiftyGateway
  • 23.01.2021 Anonymized all data. For verification purposes only, details available upon request
  • 10.02.2021 Moved some footnotes (e.g. ETH2) to main body
  • 26.02.2021 A much shorter summary of this article has been published in the online publication Flash Art under the title “Toward a New Ecology of Crypto Art: A Hybrid Manifesto
  • 01.03.2021 Added new section to end: Additional Notes
  • 27.04.2021 Kyle McDonald has been doing more research on “Per-Transaction footprint responsibility models. The model that I use is what he calls “model_gas”. In his analysis he looks at eight different models…


Trigger Warning: This post mentions #FlatEarth #YoungEarth #Creationism and similar ‘theories’.

“Reducible Complexity”, 2013. https://www.memo.tv/portfolio/reducible-complexity/

I’d like to share just one of the many reasons why I’m obsessed with religions. I’m sure in the future I’ll write about some of the others.

“Simple Harmonic Motion #5R”, 2019 http://www.memo.tv/portfolio/simple-harmonic-motion/


You haven’t built / you’re not collaborating with “An Artificial Intelligence”.

http://www.memo.tv/portfolio/meet-your-creator/

Just one of the many reasons I’m not fond of the term Artificial Intelligence, is because it’s worded in such a way that it creates confusion between the research field, and a characteristic of being.

I’ll try to use Biology as an analogue. While this is not a one-to-one correspondence, I hope it will be useful.

Life (noun) / alive (adj.) — like intelligence (noun) / intelligent (adj.) — is a category invented by humans. Unlike intelligence, we have managed to formulate slightly more…


Part of a series of articles I’ll be posting over the next few days & weeks regarding thoughts from the past few years I’m only just getting round to writing about.

I believe many of the situations we face are generally of vastly complex nature and high dimensions, such that it is impossible for us to be able to see any situation in its entirety. All that we are able to perceive at any given time, is perhaps a tiny slice from a very specific perspective. And the best we can hope for, is to attempt to widen that slice…


Part of a series of articles I’ll be posting over the next few days & weeks regarding thoughts from the past few years I’m only just getting round to writing about.

I believe many of the situations we face are generally of vastly complex nature and high dimensions, such that it is impossible for us to be able to see any situation in its entirety. All that we are able to perceive at any given time, is perhaps a tiny slice from a very specific perspective. And the best we can hope for, is to attempt to widen that slice…


Part of a series of articles I’ll be posting over the next few days & weeks regarding thoughts from the past few years I’m only just getting round to writing about.

I believe many of the situations we face are generally of vastly complex nature and high dimensions, such that it is impossible for us to be able to see any situation in its entirety. All that we are able to perceive at any given time, is perhaps a tiny slice from a very specific perspective. And the best we can hope for, is to attempt to widen that slice…


(Ok, there’s no sex. That was clickbait).

“The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

Ash: “That Frank is such an awful person…”

Bobby: “Yea totally. I heard he had X killed to eliminate competition!”.

Ash: “Oh wow, I’m not sure about that. I mean, he’s an awful guy but I don’t think he’s actually murdered anyone.”

Bobby: “Oh you like Frank do you!?”

Ash: “No! I hate him, I just don’t think he’s murdered anyone.”

Bobby: “Oh I see, you’re a Frank-apologist, you disgust me, get out of…


I’m presenting a new Virtual Reality work commissioned by STRP, called FIGHT. This is the transcript of my talk discussing the work and motivations behind it.

(re reading time, subtract 5 mins for references)

FIGHT! at Ars Electronica 2017

“Fight is a seminal piece, … one of the most compelling (and mind bending) pieces I’ve seen in VR. ”
— Robin McNicholas. Cofounder, Marshmallow Laser Feast

“oh dude... that’s fucked… ugh… AAAAAH… MOTHER FUCKER… oh shit… (the music is beautiful)”
— Golan Levin, Professor of Electronic Art.
Director, Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Carnegie Mellon University

Introduction

Memo Akten

computational ar̹͒ti͙̕s̼͒t engineer curious philomath; nature ∩ science ∩ tech ∩ ritual; spirituality ∩ arithmetic; PhD AI×expressive human-machine interaction;

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