Dale MacDonald

2,042 Flips | 17 Magazines | 28 Likes | 13 Following | 59 Followers | @mrdale | Associate Dean of Creative Technologies, School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, The University of Texas at Dallas

We took a tour of the abandoned college campuses of Second Life

Once upon a time, in the year 2007, people were really excited about Second Life.<p>Businessweek ran a cover story with the headline "Virtual World, …

Essays: Data Is a Toxic Asset, So Why Not Throw It Out?

Data Is a Toxic Asset, So Why Not Throw It Out?<p>March 1, 2016<p>Thefts of personal information aren't unusual. Every week, thieves break into networks …

Personal Data

Searching for the Smart City's Democratic Future

T<p>here is a striking blue building on Toronto’s eastern waterfront. Wrapped top to bottom in bright, beautiful artwork by Montreal illustrator Cecile …

Smart Cities

Smart urban solutions for more resilient cities

Europe is one of the most urbanised regions in the world, with 73 % of its population living in cities and towns. With the expected rise in global …

Ecology

Machine learning can tell you which developer wrote what code, with 95% accuracy

New research identifies developers from code samples, and could help settle patent disputes.<p>Machine learning can be used to de-anonymize specific …

Machine Learning

AI-driven animations will make your digital avatars come to life

Even with the assistance of automated animation features in modern game-development engines, bringing on-screen avatars to life can be an arduous and time-consuming task. However, a recent string of advancements in AI could soon help drastically reduce the number of hours needed to create realistic …

Motion Capture

Audiences and VR: Remembering the reason why we tell stories

Insights from introducing VR into African spaces.<p>Last month, we held our first VR showcase in Tanzania.<p>It was an outcome of an application we made to …

Virtual Reality

Our Ethnographic Ear: Using sound as an ethnographic tool and product

Our megalopoli are deafening: who would put up with this hellish din if we didn’t simply expect that with a group comes a racket? Being part of one …

George Washington

Dallas' latest self-exam shows some familiar, troubling weaknesses

More than a decade ago, <i>The Dallas Morning News</i> commissioned consultant Booz Allen Hamilton to measure how effectively Dallas delivered services. The …

Texas

DEF CON 2018: Hacking Medical Protocols to Change Vital Signs

LAS VEGAS – In recent years there has been more attention paid to the security of medical devices; however, there has been little security research …

Information Security

Four ways cities can use augmented reality games like Pokémon GO to bolster civic engagement

In summer 2016, Pokémon GO took the world by storm. Large crowds teemed in public spaces around the globe at all hours. The game, made by the Silicon …

Augmented Reality

The future of food: Scientists have found a fast and cheap way to edit your edibles’ DNA

In a gleaming laboratory hidden from the highway by a Hampton Inn and a Denny’s restaurant, a researcher with the biotech firm Calyxt works the controls of a boxy robot.<p>The robot whirs like an arcade claw machine, dropping blips of DNA into tubes with pipettes. It’s building an enzyme that rewrites …

Genetics

Georgia is paving the way for a high-tech, sustainable highway

If you want to see what the highway of the future might look like, then you only need to drive down to Georgia.<p>On an 18-mile segment of Interstate 85 …

Roads

This box turns almost anything into a 3D interactive hologram

Looking Glass is a 3D holographic display. Users can even interact with it, from tickling their creation to smashing it to pieces.

Holograms

Is CRISPR gene editing doomed, even as gene therapy enters the clinic?

Will this unpredictable harpooning of edited genomes slow the trajectory to the clinic, or at least temper the hype? Viewpoints vary.<p>Steve Gray, a …

Genetics

How Aphex Twin’s “T69 Collapse” video used a neural network for hallucinatory visuals

For the last few years, musician Aphex Twin’s visuals have been created by an equally elusive and hermetic artist–Nicky Smith, aka Weirdcore. Last summer, for instance, Weirdcore created dark yet hilarious visuals for Aphex Twin’s shows at Primavera Sound and Field Day Festival, which looked like …

Machine Learning

Criminals could easily hack sensors in 'smart cities' and launch a deadly attack, warns IBM security expert

Cyber criminals could easily hack European cities in devastating attacks that could 'cause loss of life', an IBM security expert has warned.<p>Daniel Crowley, Research Baron at IBM’s security arm, X-Force Red, discovered 17 different types of vulnerabilities in sensors used in cities across the UK, …

The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker's Dream

At this point, it seems like every so-called consumer smart device—from routers and baby monitors to connected thermostats and garage door …

Smart Cities

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DATA SCIENCE, DATA ANALYTICS AND MACHINE LEARNING

So, it’s 2018 and the word is spread about Data boom. There are Tech Giants like Facebook, Amazon, and Google constantly working in the field of …

Machine Learning

The good, the bad, and the biased: Five ways visualizations can mislead (and how to fix them)

Data visualizations allow people to readily explore and communicate knowledge drawn from data. Visualization methods range from standard scatterplots …

Data Visualization

US scientist who edited human embryos with CRISPR responds to critics - MIT Technology Review

Facing criticism from fellow scientists, the researcher behind the world’s largest effort to edit human embryos with CRISPR is vowing to continue his …

Genetics

The fight against Google’s smart city

<i>Brian Barth is a journalist based in Toronto.</i><p>TORONTO — Behind a cloak of shrubbery in a gritty Toronto neighborhood lies a brick duplex, the home of Bianca Wylie, a 39-year-old mother of two on a mission to upend big tech’s latest pet project: “smart” cities. In a living room office overflowing …

Smart Cities

Anki's Vector robot brings us one step closer to 'Star Wars' Droids

In my many years testing all sorts of gadgets, few things have elicited as much spontaneous joy as Anki's Cozmo, its adorable robot for kids. Mostly, that was because it had a personality. Behind all of the sensors, cameras and other hardware, there was a team of animators breathing life into it. …

Robotics

When Bots Teach Themselves to Cheat

Once upon a time, a bot deep in a game of tic-tac-toe figured out that making improbable moves caused its bot opponent to crash. Smart. Also …

Artificial Intelligence

Magic Leap's $2,295 mixed reality headset is available now

It didn't take long for Magic Leap to confirm the rumors of an imminent launch for its mixed reality headset. The startup has announced that its Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset is available as of today. If you're an American developer (or very, very early adopter), you can shell out $2,295 …

Augmented Reality

Masterkey 4.0 Display And Keyboard Projector

A new portable projector that offers both a display and light projected keyboard has been launched via Kickstarter this week in the form of the …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple files patent for futuristic augmented reality windshield

Historically, Apple has spent much less on R&D efforts than companies like Microsoft and Google. More recently, though, Apple has accelerated its R&D …

Augmented Reality

StreetLight Data’s Mobility Analytics Gains With ‘Smart Cities’ Movement

Osage Partners backs startup’s $10 million round<p>Data-driven analytics are helping to transform cities.<p>StreetLight Data Inc., a data startup used by transportation planners and mobility companies, may be one of the prime players powering the so-called smart cities movement by crunching big data …

Smart Cities

The Genetics (and Ethics) of Making Humans Fit for Mars

In May of 1969, Apollo 10 flew at 25,000 miles per hour. Two months later, the crew of Apollo 11 walked on the moon. Since then, no one has flown so …

Building A Smart City? 10 Big Priorities Government Leaders Should Focus On

The internet of things (IoT) has given rise to the smart home and smart office, with automated, internet-controlled devices like thermostats, security systems and connected home speakers. Now, urban areas around the world are investing in IoT to create smart cities, which are designed to improve …

Smart Cities