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Bamboo Theatre / DnA

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Bamboo is a quickly growing grass that is found in every garden in China and as spare woodland in many …

Architecture

David Attenborough's VR project 'Hold the World' is absolutely astonishing

You don't get many people who've been at the forefront of innovation in media like Sir David Attenborough.<p>Having brought Britain colour television, …

Virtual Reality

Microsoft turns SharePoint into the simplest VR creation tool yet

Microsoft is sticking with its pragmatic approach to VR with SharePoint spaces, a new addition to its collaboration platform that lets you quickly build and view Mixed Reality experiences. It's a lot like how PowerPoint made it easy for anyone to create business presentations. Sharepoint spaces …

Augmented Reality

15 Years Ago, the Military Tried to Record Whole Human Lives. It Ended Badly

Before Facebook, the military tried to make an all knowing 'cyberdiary' called LifeLog.<p>In mid-2003, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched an ambitious program aimed at recording essentially all of a person's movements and conversations and everything they listened to, watched, …

Social Media

Move over Silicon Valley, Japan is still light years ahead

From Japanese-translating smart glasses to synesthetic hairclips, Japanese innovations still put people first<p>Japan was, at one time, seen as the …

Silicon Valley

Has wine gone bad?

‘Natural wine’ advocates say everything about the modern industry is ethically, ecologically and aesthetically wrong – and have triggered the biggest split in the wine world for a generation.<p>By Stephen Buranyi<p>If you were lucky enough to dine at Noma, in Copenhagen, in 2011 – which had just been …

Wine

Holograms Can Now Program Brain Activity—Are Fake Experiences Next?

Optogenetics, neuroscience’s hottest mind-control tool, just got a major update.Projecting 3D-light holograms—yes, holograms!—directly onto a mouse’s …

Neuroscience

Google now says controversial AI voice calling system will identify itself to humans

Google is trying to stay ahead of the ethical and philosophical pitfalls of its new Duplex platform<p>Following widespread outcry over the ethical dilemmas raised by Google’s new Duplex system, which lets artificial intelligence mimic a human voice to make appointments, Google has clarified in a …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists slam Google’s human-like Assistant as ‘horrifying’

People are freaking out after Google demoed the eerily human-like abilities of its new AI voice assistant.<p>Google unveiled the fresh artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Hackers once stole a casino's high-roller database through a thermometer in the lobby fish tank

LONDON — Hackers are increasingly targeting "internet of things" devices to access corporate systems, using things like CCTV cameras or air-conditioning units, according to the CEO of a cybersecurity firm.<p>The internet of things refers to devices hooked up to the internet, and it has expanded to …

Internet of Things

Private space companies no longer have to follow the law

The Space Commerce Free Enterprise Bill says private companies don't have to abide by a foundational half-century-old space treaty.<p>It just got a …

Space Exploration

Maps walking navigation is Google’s most compelling use for AR yet

Google managed to elicit an audible gasp from the crowd at I/O today when it showed off a new augmented feature for Maps. It was a clear standout during a keynote that contained plenty of iterative updates to existing software, and proved a key glimpse into what it will take to move AR from …

Augmented Reality

A Security Robot Found Beaten Up and Covered in BBQ Sauce Had it Coming

Under normal circumstances we would never encourage or endorse slathering someone in BBQ sauce, beating them up, and leaving them lying on the side …

BBQ

Leap Motion AR UI takes us one step closer to Iron Man

It might be low on computer wizardry this time, but those reviewing MCU films in preparation for Avengers: Infinity War may have been reminded of the …

Augmented Reality

The Era of Fake Video Begins

The digital manipulation of video may make the current era of “fake news” seem quaint.<p>In a dank corner of the internet, it is possible to find actresses from <i>Game of Thrones</i> or <i>Harry Potter</i> engaged in all manner of sex acts. Or at least to the world the carnal figures look like those actresses, and …

Virtual Reality

MIT researchers program water droplets to move and merge on command

Screens are all around us and are immensely useful in conveying information – but they can overwhelm us and take up more of our attention than we can afford. That’s why MIT Media Lab researcher Udayan Umapathi began work on a calm interface that had a closer connection to the physical elements …

Nanotech

Researchers digitize writing with cheap, touch-sensitive paper

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a paper that can track touch, which, among other applications, could lead to an inexpensive way to digitize writing. They're presenting their work this week at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.<p>The paper itself is …

Nanotech

Tri-Tessellate / AKDA

<b>Tessellate</b> <i>(verb)</i> “tocover (a plane surface) by repeated use of a single shape, without gaps or overlapping.”<p>The persistence of zoned industrial areas …

SpaceX gets approval to develop its BFR rocket and spaceship at Port of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to approve a permit that allows SpaceX to build and operate a facility at the Port of L.A. to develop its BFR rocket and spaceship system.<p>The formal approval came days after L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that SpaceX would …

Town considers installing cameras to catch doggy-doo offenders

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — A Connecticut town is considering installing cameras at a park to catch dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets relieve …

What Happens When a City Bans Non-Resident Drivers?

Besieged by commuters taking Waze-powered shortcuts, Leonia, New Jersey, closed its side streets to non-residents. Not everyone is happy with the results.<p>LEONIA, NJ—During morning rush hour, one of the first things you’ll notice on the streets of Leonia, New Jersey, are the yellow “resident” tags …

New Jersey

Mud near this small Japanese island could change the global economy

<b>(CNN) —</b> A small island in the Pacific Ocean is the site of a huge discovery that could change Japan's economic future. How huge? One economist called it a "game changer." The researchers who helped find it said it had "tremendous potential."<p>It's mud. A whole bunch of mud -- an estimated 16 million …

Rare Earth

Leap Motion's headset has hand tracking and could be the future of AR

Leap Motion has been working on Project North Star, an open source augmented reality hardware and UX design project centered on interaction. The …

Editorial Design and Illustration for Public-sector Publications

Marçal Prats shared a beautiful post showcasing the editorial design and illustration work done for very important publications. These public-sector …

Fast, efficient optoelectronic chips to hit market next year

MIT spin off company Ayar Labs is combining light and electronics to create faster, more efficient computers. The new optoelectronic chips are …

The First 3D-Printed Steel Bridge Looks Like It Broke Off an Alien Mothership

The plan to 3D-print a bridge in mid-air was always bonkers. How could a technology best known for creating flimsy prototypes and personalized action …

Tobii's EyeCore will make next-gen VR experiences even more immersive

VR and AR may be the next big thing immersive experiences, but so far, their user interfaces have been anything but intuitive. Conventionally, head-mounted displays have operated under the assumption that its users are owls: their eyes are locked in their skulls, facing forward requiring them to …

IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt

If there's one downside to powerful computers, it's that they're too damn big.<p>Luckily, that's about to change. At least, if IBM has anything to say …

Sierra Leone is the first country to run a blockchain-powered election

In what is a first not only for Afrika but the world, the country used a blockchain solution to tally, and provide proof of, the recently held elections in the country. The blockchain solution used was developed by a Switzerland based voting technology company, Agora.<p>During the elections in Sierra …

Jeremy Corbyn wants a National Education Service to train people for jobs amid fears robots will take theirs

A National Education Service is needed to transform the economy so robots do not spark mass unemployment, Jeremy Corbyn warns today.<p>Sounding the …