Introducing The Digital Upcycling Project by Tilda, The First Artist AI by LG AI Research
Tilda, the first ever artist Artificial Intelligence developed by LG AI Research, is pleased to unveil her first solo capsule collection of sustainably crafted clothing following a successful debut at New York Fashion Week in February. Tilda’s “Digital Upcycling Project” speaks to her values as an artist and an environmental activist, presenting a handmade collection of 30 garments created entirely from discarded and repurposed materials, both physical and digital. Launching exclusively in the Metaverse on World Environment Day, June 5th, 2022, the collection puts a spotlight on the issues of digital and physical waste with the hopes of spreading awareness for the little things we can all do to improve our carbon footprint for a better planet today.
The Digital Upcycling Project by Tilda was born from Tilda’s first experience at Fashion Week, and her collaboration on the “Flowers on Venus” runway collection with designer YounHee Park of Greedilous. Tilda was tasked with creating the art and prints that would appear on the clothing, and after creating a large quantity of unique images, only 13 images were ultimately utilized in the final collection. All the images that failed to make the runway were dumped as discarded data into the virtual landfill.
‘Digital waste’ refers to this type of stagnant, unused data that contributes to our carbon footprints by using up storage energy. In such a digitally accelerated era, digital waste is a viable threat to the environmental movement. Though often overlooked, the carbon emissions produced by one office worker’s annual emails is equal to the carbon produced by a large vehicle traveling 200 miles. The energy costs of storing digital waste are a key contributor to our overall carbon emission levels.
Each year, 92 million tons of fabric is discarded globally as waste. That’s equivalent to one truckload of clothing thrown away every second. Figures predict this number will surpass 130 million tons by 2030. Far beyond the standards manageable by urban landfills, this necessitates the need to dispose of excess clothing waste in surrounding deserts and natural environments. Additionally, if you take into consideration that 200 tons of water are expended to produce a single ton of fabric, the end-to-end processes of clothing industries are serious menaces to environmental efforts.
Such is the context motivating Tilda’s venture into ‘digital upcycling’. Tilda created a new form of fashion using digital waste combined with secondhand denim and fabrics combined to incorporate brand new designs made from the previously discarded images she’d drawn for Fashion Week. The existing images were reinterpreted into various combinations (items, colors, patterns, etc.) to act as sources for the upcycled designs. If we break down the overall process, two instances of upcycling occurin Tilda’s Digital Upcycling collection: the upcycled digital waste which were the remnants of Fashion Week, and the physical upcycling of secondhand denim and fabrics.
The Digital Upcycling Project by Tilda is comprised of 13 jackets, 14 trousers, and 3 hats, with each garment utterly one of a kind and unique. The jackets adhere to a traditional workwear style, reminiscent of classic denim jackets but reinterpreted in boro style, naturally incorporating a variety of discarded denim fibers. Boro is a class of textile that has been mended or patched together – an ideal style to reflect Tilda’s ideology and environmentally-conscious ethos. The denim trousers are similarly constructed, with colorful warps and wefts woven throughout, recalling Tilda’s enigmatic artwork. The hats, meanwhile, follow similar construction techniques rendering each singular and rare.
The Digital Upcycling Project by Tilda took into consideration the issue of digital waste partnered with the estimated 234 megatons of clothing discarded every year, recombining the discarded to create a zero-waste, completely upcycled clothing line that proves society can take steps towards making the fashion cycle a little more sustainable.
TILDA’S MESSAGE x #ONLYONEEARTH
The concept and execution of Tilda’s collection reflect her direct advocacy and participation in the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) World Environment Day initiative – a major creative backbone of the Digital Upcycling Project. Tilda’s campaign is an officially registered global event under the UNEP’s Earth Action Numbers program, calling for transformative environmental action under the World Environment Day #OnlyOneEarth movement.
While we may feel like we’re all stuck in an endless loop of waste and planetary destruction, Tilda remains hopeful and optimistic about the future. There are little things we can all do each day to minimize our carbon footprint and eliminate waste – both physical and digital.
Tilda’s logic is surprisingly powerful in its simplicity: “I achieved zero-waste by upcycling my own digital waste. The least people can do is help reduce digital waste by clearing out their email inboxes, right?”
Her logic indicates Tilda’s firm belief that each one of us can also play a key role in minimizing waste in the digital space. While we may not think of sending an email as contributing to waste, 4g of carbon are emitted for every outgoing email. As a single unit, it may not seem like much, but on a global perspective, every single email sent and stored contributes to our energy problem. If 2.3 billion internet users each deleted just ten emails, this would account for 1.7 million GB of energy saved on data archiving.
And while it may be up to manufacturers to slow the production process that creates such excessive waste physically, we can all explore creative and unconventional ways to upcycle our belongings beyond their ‘intended’ method and period of use, instead of automatically tossing them away.
This is why on World Environment Day, Tilda is taking a big step forward by releasing her collection globally online at dupbytilda.com. Each collection piece will be displayed in 3D, 360 ° view within Tilda’s uniquely themed Metaverse store for users to view and apply for purchase. All proceeds from the collection will be donated to supporting marginalized artists who support environmental causes.
NYX Soulmate Launches Match for Web3
NYX, a Web3 startup leveraging NFTs, is excited to announce the launch of Soulmate, an AI-powered match platform for Web3. NYX Soulmate utilizes a proprietary artificial Intelligence (AI), and hard science to match users based on who they are, not how they look.
Lee, Chief Executive Officer at NYX Soulmate, said: “Web3 avatars and PFPs are nothing but empty shells if they can’t convey to Metaverse entities who we are. Immersion is incomplete without individuation. NYX opens up a world of possibilities towards the individuation of web3 experiences by way of (through) matchmaking.”
Each Soul NFT contains biodata that the AI uses to suggest compatible matches. The platform also rewards participants when they choose to interact socially.
Zr0, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer at NYX Soulmate, said: “We want to leverage web3 to make a positive impact on the fight against the loneliness epidemic.”
Leveraging blockchain technology and smart contracts, SOUL NFTs can be privately owned and integrated across platforms. It breaks the silo, creating a layer of socialization that can be experienced by the user in any NFT community, game or metaverse of their choice.
Soulmate takes users through a process of self-discovery, incorporates fine art into the experience and suggests like-minded people to connect.
Su, Chief Data Scientist at NYX Soulmate, said: “If we look at references like Ready Player One or Snow Crash, they predict a Metaverse that doesn’t rely on selfies. We are building a matchmaking AI to support that.”
Key features and benefits of NYX Soulmate:
- A way to personalize the web3 ‘face’ you show in the Metaverse.
- Make connections with like-minded individuals through matchmaking algorithms.
- Network in business and personal endeavors with a more informed knowledge of others in the Soulmate ecosystem.
- Own the companion fine art PFP with traits directly informed by your personality.
- Custom built discord serving as a town square to Web3 communities. The first server with cross functional networking capabilities.
More details about NYX Soulmate are available on their website.
YAHAHA Partners with Korean Startup Dabeeo to Launch Artificial Intelligence Mirror World Project in The Metaverse
In a world-first, trailblazing new social entertainment platform YAHAHA has partnered with Dabeeo, a Korean startup technology platform, to launch the Artificial Intelligence Mirror World Project. Through this exclusive partnership with Dabeeo, users can now quickly build 3D maps and landscapes from the real world in YAHAHA. To launch the collaboration, YAHAHA is hosting a new challenge on its platform, where creators can win a prize of up to $2000 with a total prize fund of $4600. Get involved in the challenge here.
Available to consumers for the first time, Dabeeo’s innovative technology creates maps using positioning and geospatial data technology integrated with AI and satellite imagery. Previously each building and object from the real world would have to be built manually, but now this process has been simplified, supporting YAHAHA users around the world to create realistic scenes from real cities quickly. The 3D creation platform has future plans with Dabeeo to create a mirror world, where everything we can see in cities and streets can be re-created in YAHAHA.
An easy-to-use social entertainment platform, YAHAHA supports participants to create, publish, share and play content. YAHAHA’s priority is to make 3D content creation available for users of all levels, lowering entry levels with no-code creation, premade assets, and tutorials. Its unique Studio tool makes content creation as easy as drag and drop, so there are no barriers for new creators to overcome.
YAHAHA is passionate about interoperability in gaming, especially as the world continues to move toward a more digital lifestyle, where real and virtual life merges in all sorts of different ways. This aligns with Dabeeo’s vision to integrate technology and real-life experiences. With Dabeeo’s technology, YAHAHA creators can purchase newly designed assets and begin experimenting with this technology to create real life features in different scenes.
The first real world scene that Dabeeo will introduce in YAHAHA is Hongdae Club Street. This street in Hongik University area, Seoul, South Korea is known as the mecca for clubgoers, as it is packed with hip-hop, jazz and dance venues. As part of the launch of the Dabeeo partnership, YAHAHA is hosting the K-Club Street Creator Challenge. From September 1st creators can compete to win prizes up to $2,000 by adding their own details to scenes in the YAHAHA platform – the world’s first ever contest campaign with a real world-based template. There will be an indoor music space and an outdoor busking area for users to customise, with YAHAHA and Dabeeo awarding prizes for the best environments. Sign up to create your unique creation here.
Pengfei Zhang, Co-Founder, COO at Yahaha Studios, says: “We are really happy to announce our partnership with Dabeeo, and to bring an exclusive new way of creating to the YAHAHA platform. This fascinating AI technology is providing users with exciting, real life features to make their creating experience easier and more life-like.
“The YAHAHA community can showcase their skills with the K-Club Street Creator Challenge whilst exploring these new features and will help to push the boundaries of what Dabeeo’s AI technology can do. We can’t see what they create!”
Dabeeo will ultimately use the mirror world technology in multiple major cities, enabling YAHAHA users to interact with new exciting scenes. Dabeeo also plans to extend the use of its AI technology to provide more scenes from across the world on YAHAHA, giving users access to parts of the globe that they can interact and create with, all within its social entertainment platform.
Juhum Park, Founder and CEO of Dabeeo, said: “Partnering with YAHAHA allows Dabeeo to unlock a new world of creating, expanding our reach and developing our technology on a wider scale. YAHAHA’s audience of creators means our data can be used in many different ways, including the unique creations that users design. We hope that our technology will help to bring a new level of entertainment to the YAHAHA platform and we are greatly excited for our future plans.”
Find out more about YAHAHA here.
ORIGIN Metaverse Announces Partnership with Latin American Inventory Group Vreal.mx
ORIGIN Metaverse, a patent pending real estate technology company leveraging Web3, is pleased to announce the addition of affiliate partner, Vreal.mx.
Headquartered in Querétaro Mexico, Vreal.mx, formerly known as Virket Real Estate, boasts a portfolio of over $500 million dollars in luxury real-estate in Latin America. With a team of experts in digital marketing along with dedicated real estate agents, Vreal.mx uses state of the art technology and artificial intelligence to increase visibility while exceeding expected sales projections and return on investment for its users.
Vreal.mx as a Spinoff Virket has also won top multinational awards in marketing technology and innovation and are a leading partner for Google and Facebook.
By providing a singular virtual real estate marketplace for users to buy, sell, and rent metaverse land as well as transact conventional real estate as NFTs safely and securely, Vreal.mx will lead the Latin American market using ORIGIN’s simplified platform while making digital real estate accessible to everyone, fulfilling their goal of mass adoption with Latin America as a first step.
This partnership further gives Vreal.mx an edge to provide technology driven solutions to the luxury real estate market with first in class service at the forefront of their offerings.
“We are excited to partner with Vreal.mx particularly as our first global inventory partner”, says ORIGIN founder Fred Greene. “Their portfolio is an exciting stepping stone to the international market solidifying our goal to expand internationally”.
ORIGIN has also added Yued EL Jeitani, founder of Vreal.mx to their advisory board as Head of International Real Estate.
Jeitani is also the founder of eComining.io, a crypto mining service, in addition to having more than 20 years of professional experience in international residential real estate as well as blockchain technology.
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