Open Culture
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All that happened and more within the service’s virtual reality during its pilot run from 1986 to 1988. The features both cautiously and recklessly implemented by Habitat ‘s developers, and the feedback they received from its users, laid down the template for all the more advanced graphical online worlds to come. At the top of the post, you can watch Lucasfilm’s original Habitat promotional video promise a “strange new world where names can change as quickly as events, surprises lurk at every turn, and the keynotes of existence are fantasy and fun,” one where “thousands of avatars, each controlled by a different human, can converge to shape an imaginary society.” (All performed, the narrator notes, “with the cooperation of a huge mainframe computer in Virginia.”) The form this society eventually took impressed Habitat ‘s creators as much as anyone, as Farmer writes in his “ Habitat Anecdotes” from 1988, an examination of the most memorable happenings and phenomena among its users.
Futurism
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Closest to home, it is being used as facial recognition software on Facebook and as a digital assistant in the form of Siri and Cortana. It also has the potential to revolutionize other sectors. Harpreet Buttar, analyst at Frost & Sullivan, said in a company press release that , “By 2025, AI systems could be involved in everything from population health management, to digital avatars capable of answering specific patient queries.” In addition, AI is being used to improve automobile transport. Recently, the University of Illinois has shown it has the potential to prevent traffic jams from forming — soon, it could make car crashes a thing of the past . AI, like any technology, is not morally good or bad in itself — it all depends on how it is used. While the technology community is split on the direction we should take with AI, what ultimately matters is that these conversations are occurring.
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AVATARD Cameron’s films generally seemed to be fitted with the latest that DARPA has to offer (or so we’re told ) in terms of cinematography technology, but it goes beyond that. Cameron’s films often portray military technology, weaponry and gadgetry far ahead of its time. Think, for example, of how audiences were wowed by the seminal goo in The Abyss (think also of the esoteric connotations of the Abyss mentioned in my Alien analysis ), as well as the many examples of 3D imaging, holography and supposed brain-computer interfaces in Avatar – something DARPA is actually involved in. In fact, Avatars (or Fern Gulley with giant Smurfs in SpaceAva tard ) are pre-planned all the way to part 5 into 2025! Dont worry, Wounded Warrior Project Jake Scully will still be dazzling audiences with his CGI DARPA-enhanced wheelchair tricks. PICs AUDIENCES WEREWOWEDANDBEDAZZLEDBY WORTHINGTON’S CGI WHEELINWIZARDRY! With all that in mind, we can look back on Aliens with new eyes.
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Pedestrian flows and vehicle traffic can be shown by avatars, making VarCity compatible with data privacy. Cameras work together to track a single person Using machine learning algorithms, the model can differentiate between buildings, streets, vegetation, and bodies of water. (Credit: ETH Zurich) Lots and lots of data The researchers developed the computer algorithms for the model over the past five years as part of a European Research Council (ERC) project. To showcase their work, they have created a 3D model of the city of Zurich, which they are now presenting in a video as they wrap up the project. The VarCity technology is based on the evaluation of huge volumes of data. The more images and videos the platform can evaluate, the more precise the model becomes, says Kenneth Vanhoey, a postdoc researcher. The aim of our project was to develop the algorithms for such 3D city models, assuming that the volume of available images and videos will also increase dramatically in the years ahead.
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Your pulse quickens, your palms sweat, and the enemies that normally wouldnt phase you become monstrously disquieting. It made me feel very bad for all the avatars I routinely send to their dooms in non-VR titles. On a technical level, beyond its high quality visual fidelity, Farpoint works marvellously well too. Im not sure how it gets away with it, but its able to use techniques that have made other virtual reality titles a nauseating mess and get away with it unscathed. It made me feel very bad for all the avatars I routinely send to their dooms in non-VR titles. Primarily, its the way you control movement in the game that left me pleasantly surprised as well as triggers and buttons that correspond with the DualShock pads buttons, the PS VR Aim controller includes two thumbsticks, one which controls locomotion, with the direction of travel controlled by where you point your head.
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Ars Technica
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Nevertheless, the experience of actually seeing another person immersed in VR within the same space as you is hard to put into words. Having already experienced something similar in Hello VR’s Metaworld , Farpoint ’s use of full-body avatars, along with PlayStation VR’s built-in microphone, suddenly makes the virtual simulation you’re experiencing feel far more real than it should. Sony’s PlayStation VR Aim Controller also helps heighten the immersion. Built from the same sturdy plastic of the PlayStation VR, with the same high-quality feel as the PS4 DualShock 4 pads, this rhomboid two-handed controller feels perfect in-hand. While it’s bigger than you may expect it to be – it’s designed to mimic the size of your average rifle – it’s light and feels wonderfully precise thanks to the glowing PlayStation Move orb at its muzzle. It’s no surprise that Farpoint works so well with the Aim Controller, seeing as Farpoint developer Impulse Gear also helped Sony develop the new peripheral.
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On Tuesday, Facebook doubled down on its commitment to pushing social media into virtual reality ("doubling down" is literally the language they used). Stalking the stage at F8, Mark Zuckerberg, and later the company's head of social VR , Rachel Franklin, laid out the next phase of Facebook's vision for getting you to take your Likes, emoji reactions, and personal connections into VR using tools like the Oculus Rift. SEE ALSO: I spent 2 weeks socializing in VR, and I saw the future That enhanced commitment took the form of Facebook Spaces , an app the company demonstrated on stage and released to Oculus Rift users right after the event ended. To introduce us to the app, a video shows people interacting from their home Rift set-ups to communicate via Facebook Spaces avatars in VR. Read more... More about F8 , Mark Zuckerberg , Oculus , Oculus Rift , and Facebook Space
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Many need them to communicate, be entertained, figure out where they are, purchase products, or even socially interact with others or the avatars of others. To many teenagers across the world and Generation Y Millennials, the smartphone has always been there. It can be argued that society as a whole is becoming dependent and addicted to smartphones and other smart devices. In fact, with over 2.5 billion smartphone subscriptions world wide in 2016, corporations and marketers are counting on it. Seeing a person interacting with any number of touch-screen devices does not garner much of a second look. Oftentimes, the person without the smart phone is the person who stands out in a crowd, as they are sometimes seen reading one of those archaic things we call a book. It is now commonplace that people can interact with thousands of different applications on countless versions of technological devices.
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But before you can start virtual reality video conferencing, youre going to need a digital version of you, or as Facebook keeps referring to them as, an avatar. Here's a video that should help you visualize how it works: To create an avatar, Facebook pulls a picture of you from your profile and does its best to map the 2D image to a cartoonish 3D figure. From there, you can change your eye color, hairstyle, facial features and more to help people recognize you and hopefully make VR feel more like hanging out in person. Avatars can not only converse with each other, but avatars can also video chat with friends and family members who may not have an Oculus Rift via Facebook Messenger. Call a friend who isnt in VR, and they can answer on their phone to instantly open a window into your virtual world. While the latter scenario is probably the more practical one given the Oculus Rifts relatively slow adoption rate, interacting in virtual reality will allow for more interesting interactions.
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As Zbigniew Brzezinski once said, “Shortly, the public will be unable to reason or think for themselves. They’ll only be able to parrot the information they’ve been given on the previous night’s news.” That information is provided to them by the worker bees of an elite oligarchy who are intent on controlling the opinions, thoughts, and direction of the American people, a goal they have very nearly reached, if they havent already, partly due to the fact that the CIA has access to the massive amounts of digital data willingly given to corporations and funneled to the NSA for the purposes of surveillance, profiling, and manipulation. This data alone has allowed the Department of Defense to create individual Avatars that can predict the behavior of every man, woman, and child in the country. The information contained in this article is only the tip of the iceberg regarding one aspect of Anglo-American establishment’s technique of perception management.
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As Zbigniew Brzezinski once said, “Shortly, the public will be unable to reason or think for themselves. They’ll only be able to parrot the information they’ve been given on the previous night’s news.” That information is provided to them by the worker bees of an elite oligarchy who are intent on controlling the opinions, thoughts, and direction of the American people, a goal they have very nearly reached, if they havent already, partly due to the fact that the CIA has access to the massive amounts of digital data willingly given to corporations and funneled to the NSA for the purposes of surveillance, profiling, and manipulation. This data alone has allowed the Department of Defense to create individual Avatars that can predict the behavior of every man, woman, and child in the country. The information contained in this article is only the tip of the iceberg regarding one aspect of Anglo-American establishment’s technique of perception management.
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When it comes to fielding customer service questions on Twitter, most companies are content to respond with a simple at-reply. But Apple is thinking different. SEE ALSO: Dancer busts gravity-defying moves in Apple's first AirPods ad The Cupertino tech giant just released a series of iPad Pro commercials, each of which address an individual customer's social media concern. The ads each feature an actor holding a giant print-out of a tweet, while chatting with a helpful narrator. The tweets and usernames are real, but the avatars have been changed to match their presenters. The idea is to demonstrate how the iPad might help with some of the real frustrations people have with their laptops. Read more... More about Ipad Pro , Apple , Business , and Advertising
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Every month, the team adds to these technologies and the choices Microsoft is making seem deliberate. In the time since last year, the Xbox has gained a Friends section on the home screen, DLNA support, as well as improved Snap functionality. Achievements are now easier to access and we've seen the return of our digital avatars from the Xbox 360. Recently, Microsoft has made the push to connect Windows 10 PCs and Xbox Ones by giving the former the ability to stream games over a home network and has finally released the screenshot feature PS4 has had since launch. There have been some downturns in that time, too, but by and large Microsoft's media dream machine is making a comeback one first-party exclusive at a time. What's in the box? The biggest change from last year is that today Xbox One comes in two flavors, with Kinect or without. Either package will come with a power cable and adapter (aka the power brick), a headset adapter, a throw-away headset (seriously, buy a replacement from Turtle Beach ASAP), an HDMI cable and controller with batteries, but you won't get a Kinect unless you pony up an extra $100.
The Guardian - Science
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Hip-swings, leg moves, arm waggles and staying on the beat are the best moves for women who want to be admired on the dance floor, say psychologists Disco divas looking to tear up the dance floor should ditch the soft sway and plump for the hip-swing, leg moves and an arm waggle or two – according to psychologists. The researchers used motion-capture technology to record the moves of women dancing to a drum beat, before turning them into featureless avatars and showing them to both men and women to rate. Continue reading...
Digital Trends
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3D scans of your own face to try on makeup or create custom avatars could be easier to find this year if this new startup is successful. Bellus3D has the hardware to take scans from your smartphone -- now they just need software developers. The post Time to up your selfie game: Bellus3D attachment takes a 3D scan of your face appeared first on Digital Trends .
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One of the most fun parts of using the Oculus Rift is almost hidden in plain sight, and it's called Oculus Avatars. The company rolled out fully customizable Avatars last week, but amid all the excitement around the Touch controllers and apps like Medium and Quill , some may have missed this other amazing new feature. SEE ALSO: 2016 was supposed to be the year of VR. Instead, augmented reality ruled Avatars is easily accessible through your Oculus Home menu and once you decide to edit your avatar you're transported to a dressing room in an apartment that has a stunning view of a futuristic city (one of my favorite parts of Oculus are the amazingly designed menu rooms). Read more... More about Oculus Avatars , Virtual Reality , Vr , Oculus Rift , and Oculus