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“ Ido plan to bring back my father,” Ray Kurzweil says. He is standing in the anemic light of a storage unit, his frame dwarfed by towers of cardboard boxes and oblong plastic bins. He wears tinted eyeglasses.
April 25 2017, 8:01am | Comments
Film, television, and literature all tell them better. So why are games still obsessed with narrative? A longstanding dream: Video games will evolve into interactive stories, like the ones that play out fictionally on the Star Trek Holodeck.
The technology isn’t the moral game-changer that some make it out to be. There is considerable enthusiasm for technologies that allow people to simulate an engagement with a physical world.
February 10 2017, 5:01am | Comments
Monkeys have been shown to mourn a robot baby they accepted as one of their own. In a new BBC show, Spy In The Wild, the monkeys gather around the artificial creature and appear to go into a…
January 13 2017, 5:50am | Comments
In 1984, the philosopher Aaron Sloman invited scholars to describe ‘the space of possible minds’. Sloman’s phrase alludes to the fact that human minds, in all their variety, are not the only sorts of minds.
October 20 2016, 3:05am | Comments
When Michael Haas, a former senior airman with the US air force, looks back on the missions he flew over Afghanistan and other conflict zones in a six-year career operating military drones, one of the things he remembers…
November 21 2015, 6:16am | Comments
Anne crawled out of bed in her North Las Vegas house around 10 p.m. and started to get ready for her shift. She pulled her chestnut hair into a bun and slipped on her olive green flight suit.
October 19 2015, 9:04am | Comments
Bee brain simulation used to pilot a drone Apr 14, Technology/Hi Tech & Innovation Full size image Credit: Green Brain Project The team of researchers working on the The Green Brain Project has advanced to the point of…
April 23 2015, 12:26am | Comments
Photojournalism can be like “trying to play Rachmaninoff while wearing boxing gloves,” as former photojournalist Simon Norfolk put it.
February 2 2015, 11:13am | Comments
If it exists in the real world, you can be someone has figured out a way to build it in Minecraft. A Minecraft builder has created a word processor, complete with keyboard and monitor, entirely in the game. And it isn't…
January 9 2015, 2:46am | Comments
Second Life has always been one of the strangest virtual spaces. It's an odd mixture of totally earnest role players, professional sellers and weird-as-hell trolls. And buying or selling something in it looks like it can turn into…
November 22 2014, 5:23am | Comments
The promise of virtual reality has always been enormous. Put on these goggles, go nowhere, and be transported anywhere. It’s the same escapism peddled by drugs, alcohol, sex, and art — throw off the shackles of the mundane…
August 30 2014, 6:04am | Comments
This essay was commissioned by Anne Hilde Neset for Only Connect Festival Of Sound 2014: J.G. Ballard. It was published in the Only Connect catalogue, May 2014. Thank you to NyMusikk and Only Connect for permission to republish…
June 23 2014, 4:53am | Comments
May 21 2014, 1:29pm | Comments
There's totally a chance that Birdly, a device which simulates flying like a bird, could be an amazing experience. But that doesn't make this elaborate set-up, which includes a fan, a scent machine, and the Oculus Rift, any…
May 14 2014, 3:20pm | Comments
I hate being in the ocean. Shallow beaches, I can handle, but the deep sea terrifies me more than spiders, snakes and birds who can talk put together. So a game where you do nothing but drown in…
May 1 2014, 1:40pm | Comments
Deborah Gordon spent the morning of August 27 watching a group of harvester ants foraging for seeds outside the dusty town of Rodeo, N.M. Long before the first rays of sun hit the desert floor, a group of…
April 28 2014, 5:28am | Comments
From the darkness of a box in the Nevada desert, he watched as three men trudged down a dirt road in Afghanistan. The box was kept cold—precisely sixty-eight degrees—and the only light inside came from the glow of…
February 5 2014, 6:24am | Comments
Polish company Better Reality, who do effects work for advertisers and Hollywood, have developed a piece of technology called Thorskan. It's designed to scan real environments then recreate them in 3D. And the effects are impressive.
January 6 2014, 4:54am | Comments
In the late 1700s, machinists started making music boxes: intricate little mechanisms that could play harmonies and melodies by themselves. Some incorporated bells, drums, organs, even violins, all coordinated by a rotating cylinder.
December 22 2013, 2:48am | Comments
In “Prometheus as Performer: Toward a Posthumanist Culture?” Ihab Hassan uses the metaphor of the mythological Prometheus to frame his discussion on posthumanism and positions him as a trickster with a double nature that he wishes to reconcile.…
December 11 2013, 3:42pm | Comments
Here’s how Hollywood works today: Somebody writes a script. And especially if it’s an animated feature--a piece that will take hundreds of Pixar artists years to produce--there’s almost no chance it will be made.
November 25 2013, 2:12am | Comments
Virtual Reality (VR), especially in a technologically focused discourse, is defined by a class of hardware and software, among them head-mounted displays (HMDs), navigation and pointing devices; and stereoscopic imaging. This presentation examines the experiential aspect of VR.
November 20 2013, 5:13am | Comments
To understand why it's worth building an almost 200-year-old mechanical computer, it's necessary to first understand what a computer is. Although Babbage's analytical engine is entirely mechanical, it has the same essence as a modern computer. That computer…
October 24 2012, 3:35am | Comments
Synthetic Biology: Designing a “Metaphysical” Chicken
September 5 2012, 1:20am | Comments
The ultimate design material is one that understands what it is to become. By way of an example, I’d like to think about how we might design a chicken. Think of the creativity of Nature – which, in…
For medical researchers and biochemists, simulation software will vastly speed the early stages of screening for new compounds. And for molecular biologists, models that are of sufficient accuracy will yield new understanding of basic cellular principles.
July 23 2012, 8:29am | Comments
The History of Art is filled with forgeries, but are there fakes in digital art fields made from creative cut-and-pastes, collaborative works and infinite works? We approached four people who, pondering the notion of fake, point to characteristics…
May 23 2012, 9:37am | Comments
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Officially, the Swiss Academy of Sciences meeting in Bern on 20 January was an overview of large-scale computer modelling in neuroscience. Unofficially, it was neuroscientists' first real chance to get answers about Markram's controversial proposal for the Human…
February 24 2012, 3:33pm | Comments
Emulators for playing older games are immensely popular online, with regular arguments breaking out over which emulator is best for which game. Today we present another point of view from a gentleman who has created the Super Nintendo…
August 11 2011, 4:25am | Comments
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