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Taryn Southern  artist | filmmaker | technophile | cat lady | AI album is out now, link in the bio ⤵️

The spike of a single neuron is now permanently etched into my neck. We have approximately 100 billion neurons inside the human brain; more than the number of stars in the galaxy. These neurons are not static - like stars, they transmit electrochemical signals before they die. It’s these billions of tiny electrical pulses that shape everything about you - your movement, your thoughts, your emotions. Everything. All the poetry of who we are - past, present, and future - represented in this single pulse of energy.
In 2016, I wrote a treatment for a documentary on the future of the brain, and with my partner @bryanjohnson_ , set out to make a film to make neuroscience the new rocket science — with the brain front and center as the most beautiful, consequential, uncharted mystery of the universe. We assembled an all-star team to produce and direct the project, and then one year into production….the universe decided she had other plans.

Within a matter of 24 hours, we were thrown a life-altering “spike” that left the project in a free-fall. But just like a neuron, we bounced back, and what began as a crisis turned into one the most significant transitions in my life. A few months later, my fellow producer @elenagaby_ and I made the call to direct the film to the finish line, together. This is what I’ve been pouring my heart into this past year.

It was a bold (and terrifying) move. We are not scientists. We are not Academy Award nominees. She’s a sassy Brazilian who loves the World Cup and pupusas; I’m that girl from the internet who loves AI and dirty comedy. But we are united in our passion for making the story of transformative technology accessible and exciting to everyone.

This film was our masterclass. We’re not done yet - but just like the end of that single spike of a neuron, we’re inching closer to the final arc on our journey.

I can’t wait for you to see the movie. I can’t wait for you to experience the beauty of your 100 billion neurons. I can’t wait for you to feel the gravity of the great beyond that lies inside.
#iamhuman #brain #nueron #neurons #neurontattoo #tattoo #tattoos #documentary

These wild feminists are paying you a visit this Halloween 👻 Be afraid. Very afraid. Bwa ha ha ha!
#happyhalloween #feminists #unicornonesie

Not-so-mellow….⤵️
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Work-wise, the last few months have been incredibly intense so I figured I’d spend my little bits of free time transforming my hair into various shades of neon. (It’s tough to take yourself seriously when you’re walking around with a Starburst atop your head.)
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Now back in LA after an 8 month tango with Brooklyn, I’ll be emerging from my work cave in a few months and ready to share more about what’s been consuming my time 24-7. Hoping to keep up the neon as well…but we’ll see 🤷🏼‍♀️
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On the topic of hair exploration, send some love to @angelatrimbur, who has been inspiring an entire city of fearless hair explorers...and cancer survivors. Before beginning chemo last week, Angela has chronicled her sometimes terrifying, oft heart-warming, all-the-feels adventures with her hair on her instagram. Angela, sending you so much love & gratitude for sharing your journey with everyone. <3
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#neonyellow #yellowhair #neonyellowhair #neonhair

Feeling stressed? Overworked? Delirious? YEAH ME TOO! I highly recommend an AI Dance Break. Also, I highly recommend working on a film and album at the same time if you want peak cognitive experiences 🤯🤓😂😝😴
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~ AI DANCE BREAK DAY 3 ~
Song: Life Support
AI: @ampermusic
📱📹 by @elenahingaby .
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JOIN THE DANCE BREAK. Stream the song: bit.ly/iamAI
See the whole mess on my instastory.
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#iamAI #AImusic #Amper #alive #dancebreak #officebreak #filmmakers #ArtificialIntelligence #dance #iamhuman #AIdancebreak

I swear my film team loves this shit. 😂🎶 🤯🎶🤓🎶
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~ AI DANCE BREAK DAY 2 ~
Song: Genesis (with @djbeepbode)
AI: @ibm_watson_2020
Dance team: @elenahingaby @codyrogo @wyattbraunlin @laddin_ 📱📹 @hashtagashbash
JOIN IN & Stream the song: bit.ly/iamAI
See the whole mess on my instastory.
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#iamAI #AImusic #Amper #alive #dancebreak #officebreak #filmmakers #ArtificialIntelligence #dance #iamhuman

TURN UP THAT SOUND!
AI Music Dance Break: Day #1
Song: Alive
Composed with AI by: @ampermusic
Current Mood: 🤯😝😴
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DANCE WITH ME!! Stream the song here: bit.ly/tarynsouthern
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Dance team: @elenagaby_ @wyattbraunlin .
#iamAI #AImusic #Amper #alive #dancebreak #officebreak #filmmakers #ArtificialIntelligence #dance #iamhuman

When I was full-time on YouTube, I felt owned by algorithms. Now, I direct them.
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It was never easy to make consistent content like music videos and sketches, but a few years ago, the YouTube algorithm started leaning heavily toward high volume frequency. It’s no wonder so many creators burn out. Overnight, people went from making 1 video each week to 5; vlogging became the new normal, and you were only as good as your last video’s view count. Without the infrastructure to keep up with the demands, I was exhausted and no longer making content that I wanted to make. So I took a big leap and started exploring other avenues of interest like VR/AR, and YouTube generously gave me a grant to make a few experimental VR pieces. That launched my curiosity around using AI for musical composition…and the rest is history.
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Today I released I AM AI, an album composed with AI that I’ve been working on for the past year on nights and weekends. I incorporated a variety of AI softwares, vocalizers, and VR tech and one song was distributed amongst 299 individuals using Ethereum smart contracts. I was pleasantly surprised with the incredible new tools artists now have at their disposal. This is just the beginning.
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If you have time today on your lunch break or drive home or whenever, check out the songs and let me know what you think. What was your favorite song? Your least favorite song? I’d love to hear all your feedback. And of course, if you happen to be inspired by any of it, any shares, tweets, likes and support is incredibly appreciated. It feels good to be back in the saddle.
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#AI #artificialintelligence #music #AImusic #IBMwatson #amper #musician #AIart #AIartist #iamAI #NewWorld #blockchain #crypto #tarynsouthern #experimentalart #experimentalmusic #AIalbum #GoogleMagenta #AIVA 🙏📷 by @destroyinstagram

It’s been a year since I embarked on my musical experiment with AI, and it seems like almost everything in my life has changed. I became engaged to my favorite human, temporarily moved to NY to direct a film with another favorite human, and finished making my AI album with my favorite non-humans.
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I’ve been too busy to regularly check social media (*great for productivity*), too busy to sleep (*not so great for productivity*) … but being able to put all my creative energy into big longer timeline projects has been so fulfilling. The icing on the cake is being able to share them when they’re ready.
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Next week, 9.27.18, I’m finally releasing the AI album, I AM AI. 8 tracks, all composed with AI. I would have loved to have more time to do certain things with it, but like all creative projects, sometimes you just have to set a deadline and stick with it. .
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I know most people don’t buy music anymore (I totally get it) so I left a link to pre-save the album on spotify in my bio. If you click that link, the album will automatically save to your spotify playlists so you can be the first to hear it. .
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I hope you enjoy it, and appreciate any support. .
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xx into the future we go…..xx
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#AI #AImusic #AIVA #Amper #GoogleMagenta #IBMWatson #filmmaker #musician #album #iamAI #futureisfemale @ampermusic @aiva @googlemagenta @ibmwatson

This is me ...in another dimension.
I love @jill.greenberg’s work and recently commented on her beautiful “ionograph” portrait series (it’s a new secret technique she developed!) I told her the portraits reminded me a little bit of AI art. Jill, of course, is 100% human genius 🤓
Anyway, she invited me by her studio last night ...and while I attempted to pose, she made this magic! I didn’t even have to brush my hair or put on makeup!!

Dear Taryn 7 days ago, do not trust L’Oreal’s motto. Just “because you’re worth it,” doesn’t mean temp blue box color is. Resist the temptation. Your hair will soon be green and crusty and uncombable, and no one can trust a girl with poorly situated green highlights. My dear @paris_volsch forgive me, you know you’ll be fixing this mess when I’m back in LA.
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In unrelated news, less than 4 weeks until the album drops! (Do people actually say “drops” anymore? I dunno.) If you’d like to hear some AI magic, pre-save #iamAI on Spotify...link in my bio.
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#bluehair #greenhair #AI #rainbowhair #loreal #lorealwillneversponsormenow

How I feel about my robot friends 🤖
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AI album coming soon
hear it first on spotify (Link in bio)
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#iamAI #artificialintelligence #music #robots #tech #codegirl #robots #AI

Been giving this naughty little sprout lots of hugs and kisses to make up for all the time I’ve spent in NY this year! 😼 It’s been so nice being back in LA for a quick beat - we wrapped the last shoot of my documentary here last week and I’m now finished with my album. Only 5 weeks until it’s out! Really though, I can’t wait to get back to washing my hair like a normal human person. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 5 weeks. #iamAI

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