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Here's What Sophia, the First Robot Citizen, Thinks About Gender and Consciousness

In a video that's as unsettling as it is awe-inspiring, Sophia — the world's first robot citizen — breaks down everything from gender to ethical …

Robotics

Astonishing VR experience lets participants experience a dangerous border crossing

CARNE y ARENA is a timely virtual reality project from Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound that allows people to feel the terror …

Virtual Reality

Apple's HyperCard was inspired by an acid trip

Pioneering engineer Bill Atkinson was the lead designer/developer of the Apple Lisa graphical user interface, creator of MacPaint and QuickDraw, and …

Leo Laporte

Digital woman 'Siren' created with real-time motion-capture technology

Researchers developed real-time motion-capture technology that could change the way movies are made.

Porn’s Uncanny Valley

The San Fernando Valley was once the bedroom community of the adult industry. Now technology hopes to disrupt traditional pornography—and the city it calls home.<p>“It’s a phantom-limb penis syndrome,” said a tall, British man who goes by the name Adam Sutra. Adam is the CEO of CamasutraVR, a company …

Virtual Reality

How do you conserve time-based media? Museums invest in research to keep up with new technologies

It is a truism that digital technology has changed nearly everything about our society, from how we pay bills to how our brains are wired. Art is no …

In Japan, Old Robot Dogs Get A Buddhist Send-Off

Anyone who has ever owned a dog – or any pet, for that matter – can tell you how difficult that last day is.<p>And so it must have been for the owners of 114 Sony Aibo robotic dogs whose beloved pets were given a Buddhist send-off last week at a ceremony at Japan's 450-year-old Kofukuji Temple.<p>The …

kofukuji

New technologies are transforming our lives. Where does morality fit in?

Between self-driving cars, social media and increasing automation in the workplace, technology is transforming our lives — sometimes in scary …

Social Media

Five Of The Scariest Moments In Robotics History

(Image Link)<p>These days it no longer takes a team of robotics engineers to build a robot since kids can now build fully functional bots in their …

Robotics

Blockchain: Benefits of this emerging technology beyond cryptocurrencies | tech

Blockchain has become the latest buzz word in the digital space. Ever since cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoins, shot through the roof in terms of …

Blockchain

The Father Of The Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through A 'Black Mirror'

In 1984, two men were thinking a lot about the Internet. One of them invented it. The other is an artist who would see its impact on society with uncanny prescience.<p>First is the man often called "the father of the Internet," Vint Cerf. Between the early 1970s and early '80s, he led a team of …

Black Mirror

10 Years Ago, Screenwriters Went On Strike And Changed Television Forever

From the rise of reality TV to the "death" of the baby writer, the 100-day battle between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers had long-lasting effects.<p>In late 2007, “How I Met Your Mother” co-creator Craig Thomas faced an unusual situation. After …

Facial recognition software is biased towards white men, researcher finds

Biases are seeping into software<p>New research out of MIT’s Media Lab is underscoring what other experts have reported or at least suspected before: facial recognition technology is subject to biases based on the data sets provided and the conditions in which algorithms are created.<p>Joy Buolamwini, a …

Love in Virtual Reality

Can we connect on the deepest level without touching in the physical world?<p>The 2014 romantic sci-film <i>Her</i> asked it first on the big screen: what does …

Relationships

Detroit heads towards a mandatory surveillance state

Businesses in Detroit that wish to stay open after 10pm will have to join the city's high definition crime surveillance program. Shop keepers who …

Surveillance

Haptic Controllers Bring Real Pain to VR Games

Outfitted with a 3-D tracker and motorized capsules, the CyberTouch Glove was a $15,000 mitt that vibrated as you handled virtual objects onscreen. …

Experience Interrupted: Social Media’s Takeover of Sacred Spaces

By David Schwarz, Partner at Hush<p>Artists and architects have always leveraged the boundaries of physical space for maximum effect. In almost all cases, the design of these inspirational spaces has been driven by a desire to affect the human senses, provoke an emotional response, or to deeply …

When School Becomes a Game

Adam Avery<p>How can educators get students to be more engaged? Some experts say it's a matter of gamifying the learning experience.<p>Every year, the American Psychological Society talks to Americans about their mental state. In 2013, the topic was stress—and the group found that, of the teenagers who …

8 Overly Confident, Mostly Pessimistic Predictions About Tech in 2018

The bankification of Big Tech, a strange profusion of wheeled vehicles, and more predictions about the year to come.<p>It was a very strange year for technology companies. They have become a “bipartisan whipping boy,” a new sexist institution, responsible for the muddying of the presidential election, …

Machine Learning

The last man on earth to speak his language

An elderly man in Peru named Amadeo García García is the last person on earth to speak his native language, Taushiro, the NY Times' Nicholas Casey …

In 9 U.S. Cities, Airport Security Is Now Scanning Your Face

“DHS should not be scanning the faces of Americans as they depart on international flights—but DHS is doing it anyway,” warns a new report that finds facial recognition practices may be violating the law.<p>On Wednesday morning, I queued up at the assigned gate at Dulles Airport to board a flight to …

Watch a mathematician explore non-euclidian geometry with a VR headset

Mathematician Henry Sagerman and colleagues developed a cool way to observe non-euclidian geometry from a new vantage point: inside the geometry …

The Congressional Intern Secretly Vandalizing Wikipedia

‘I mean, I only edit Wikipedia from within the hallowed halls of Congress,’ she told The Daily Beast.<p>On Dec. 5, Kate Kohn fired up her computer in …

Why the once darling social media service Storify is coming to an end

Storify, the beloved digital publishing tool that allowed writers to chronologically arrange social media posts, will soon be no more. <b>The curation service will go offline May 16, 2018, the company announced today. For those who have used the service and want to preserve that content, they’ll have</b> …

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

The first time the police arrived on her doorstep, in March of 2015, Courtney Allen was elated.<p>She rushed to the door alongside her dogs, a pair of …

An Astonishing Video Shows CRISPR Editing DNA in Real Time

“I was sitting in the front, and I just heard this gasp from everyone behind me.”<p>In June, several dozen scientists flew to Big Sky, Montana, to discuss the latest in CRISPR research. They had a lot to talk about, given that CRISPR—a tool that allows scientists to cut DNA to disable genes or insert …

The Robots Are Coming

For our jobs. Our military. And our current way of life. That is, unless a handful of local AI wizards can stop them. —<i>By David Talbot</i><p>Photograph by …

How Technology Will Change the Design World

DLN founder Peter Sallick talks about the changing landscape in design and how to navigate the uncharted territories<p>In 2003, entrepreneur Peter Sallick founded the Design Leadership Network to support positive development across all aspects of his community. Members of the organization include …

Power couple: Mixed reality will help businesses cash in on both AR and VR

Historically, VR and AR have been seen as two separate technologies both having unique case uses. VR has been embraced by gaming enthusiasts as a way to make their gameplay more immersive and relies on a display that is worn over the eyes, tricking the mind into believing it is somewhere else. AR …