Elements of AI

Our goal is to demystify AI

The Elements of AI is a series of free online courses created by Reaktor and the University of Helsinki. We want to encourage as broad a group of people as possible to learn what AI is, what can (and can’t) be done with AI, and how to start creating AI methods. The courses combine theory with practical exercises and can be completed at your own pace.

Nikon School Online

Nikon’s mission has always been to empower creators. In these uncertain times, we can do that by helping creators stay inspired, engaged and growing. That’s why we’re providing all of our courses free for the entire month of April. Let’s come out of this even better.

Idle Hands: Broadcast Audio Podcast

In this ten part series, veteran broadcast audio mixer or A1, Andrew Stoakley talks with eleven A1’s about what got them interested in the craft and why we love what it is we do. This series is not about the nuts and bolts about the job, it was intended to be a conversation between two or three people who love what they do and why they do it. “This concept was something I had been thinking about doing for a long time. My first love has always been radio and in part of my professional life, I help other people build their own podcast studios. When the COVID-19 pandemic sadly occurred, it allowed me to work on this pet project” says Stoakley. “The title comes from my own issues with idle hands – I hate it! I hope you find the conversations as interesting as I did to record them and I think it really shines a little light into the world of television audio.”

Montreal’s Museum of Fine Art – Art Therapy Fridays

To help Montrealers through these dark times, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is offering online art therapy lessons through its Facebook page.The activities will go up every Friday.

The MMFA is doing its best to keep us occupied during this surreal moment in history. It’s just one of a few institutions in the city that has moved its activities online so that residents can enjoy them from the comfort and safety of their own homes. In addition to free virtual tours, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is now offering at-home art therapy.

Each therapy activity is designed by MMFA Art Therapist Stephen Legari.

“The key is to focus on the pleasure of creating. Try not to judge or analyze what you’re doing — it’s about enjoying the process,” he explains.

“So, turn off the news, take some time for yourself, and relax.”

The first art therapy activity, posted to the museum Facebook page, asks participants to “think of someone you’d like to send some encouraging words to” and create a postcard using “inspiring materials as basic as a piece of paper and pencil.”

At-home artists are then instructed to “take a photo of the card with your phone and send it to the person virtually.”

Participants can share pictures of their work on social media with the hashtag #SpreadArtNotVirus.

Social DisDance

social disDANCE is a live-streamed invitation to dance together, apart, in line with “Flatten the Curve” directives. In a spirit of solidarity, wellbeing, and uplifting play, we invite you to a new kind of dance party…

Quarantine Chat

Talk on the phone with someone else stuck at home.

Once you sign up and choose your language preferences, you’ll be subscribed to periodic calls. Your caller ID will always say “QuarantineChat” when your phone rings.

After a brief moment on hold, you’ll match with another random person. You don’t have to pick up if you’re busy—your partner will be automatically matched with someone else. And you can join and leave the line whenever you’d like.

It’s private. You use your phone number to sign up for Dialup, but your matches will only ever see your username.

All calls are end-to-end encrypted.