Can you hear it? That’s the ticking of a clock, counting down not to a rogue AI doomsday, but the end of our March exercise. The site is open all weekend, but Monday morning, we’ll turn off the lights and start compiling the data. You’ll still be able to browse, but submissions will be closed. Will your Spark be the one that makes someone jump from their seat and run to their superiors? Or will it be your insightful comment that lets the wind out of the sails (or rotors) of a novel use for drone swarms? Either way, we don’t want to miss it so get those final thoughts in. Regardless, we’d like to thank everyone who played these past two weeks as we try out the more focused format. Did anyone find AI and robotics limiting? Let us know on Twitter, @scitechfutures. On to the wrap up!
The Imaginarium is closing out week two with 104 Sparks and 632 reactions, the most popular of which is the optimistic, “Potential Opportunity.” That’s encouraging, but not as encouraging as 128 Ideas in the Marketplace out of 144 submitted to the Workshop, most of which started as Sparks, including many of the most successful. That flow from Spark to Idea to success in the Marketplace is what we like to see, as it means people are improving, commenting, and responding to other user’s ideas.
Over on the Leaderboard, Adaptive won the day, but redcell254 hangs on to their lead into the final weekend. We’ll see what happens Monday. Remember, we’ll be sending out small thank yous to the top scorers (and resending some rewards from the previous exercise, somebody’s got very, very lost in the mail.)
Below is a few more concept images from the artists. We’d like to thank the entire art team for their help this exercise. We’ve only been sharing a handful of images, but across the board they’ve been knocking it out of the park.