Consumers Spent Big This Holiday Season - What and How Did They Buy, and What May Capture Their Attention Next?

There are a lot of options for how people may choose to allocate their time, attention, and financial resources. To an extent there is competition in the cultural sector between museums, theaters, and other similar organizations, but external options, such as other forms of entertainment or educational technology, present a plethora of choices for the consumer. With that in mind, as we start the year let’s take a brief scan of what was hot in the tech world through the 2018 holiday season, and what appears to be on the horizon.

The Evolving Fusion of AR, Public Art, and Virtual Public Space

Public art in commercial and recreational structures is a means to bring communities together and directly connect people with the physical space around them. Typically, public art is presented in the form of murals, sculptures, architecture, and environmental art. In addition to social bridging, public artworks can serve as identity-markers for particular locations, mediums to express distinct points of view, and vehicles to inspire personal and social change.

Research Update: Artworks Powered by Artificial Intelligence in the Marketplace

There is a significant distinction to be made between the traditional model of AI-generation - where an algorithm simply produces a piece of art - and a more interactive form of generation, where the algorithm is actually part of the art. The question then becomes, how can artwork that requires ongoing AI generation and adaptation can be integrated into the traditional marketplace?

Image source: Philip Beesley Architect Inc.

How to Prepare Your Nonprofit’s Data for Geographic Analysis

AMT Lab contributors have explored how geographic analysis can help increase programmatic effectiveness, but there are many ways nonprofits may leverage their data with geographic analysis. As with any data-based project, 90% of the work happens before it’s time to analyze. There are important intermediate steps a nonprofit administrator must take in order to leverage the full possibility of their address level data. Outlined below are 5 steps an administrator should take before delving into geographic analysis headfirst.