MachineMachine /stream - tagged with simulation en-us LifePress <![CDATA[The Racist Legacy of Computer-Generated Humans - Scientific American]]>

Computer-generated imagery is supposed to be one of the success stories of computer science. Starting in the 1970s, the algorithms for realistically depicting digital worlds were developed in a monumental joint effort between academic, commercial and federal research labs.

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 01:19:41 -0800
<![CDATA[Too Human — Real Life]]>

As I was being wheeled out of the post-anesthesia care unit at Mount Sinai, three incisions across my abdomen freshly glued shut and fentanyl warm in my veins, a nurse bustled over. “Your pictures, dear,” she said, tucking a colorful strip of photos into my sweatshirt like a garnish.

Mon, 27 May 2019 17:28:03 -0700
<![CDATA[The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality]]>

I wonder if the reason we keep on cycling back to hope about cool things like VR is that for all the tech news and our fetishizing about our touch devices, we’re still a little disappointed in the menu of tech items that we have at this late date.

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 05:33:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Exploring The Digital Ruins Of 'Second Life' - Digg]]>

I logged into "Second Life" in the year 2018 A.D. It still exists, sort of. Residents and businesses began fleeing for more popular social networks long ago. Vast acres of land are abandoned or sparsely populated by the few remaining diehard users.

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:29 -0700
<![CDATA[The Men Who Are Convinced We’re All Living in a Simulation]]>

Dale Baker was introduced to simulation theory five years ago as an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Iowa. The idea that our reality may be nothing more than a computer-generated simulation was first presented to him in his Religion vs. Science class.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:43:29 -0800
<![CDATA[We Are Truly Fucked: Everyone Is Making AI-Generated Fake Porn Now - Motherboard]]>

In December, Motherboard discovered a redditor named 'deepfakes' quietly enjoying his hobby: Face-swapping celebrity faces onto porn performers’ bodies.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:43:24 -0800
<![CDATA[Bitcoin mania is hurting PC gamers by pushing up GPU prices - The Verge]]>

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin have soared in value over the past year, thanks to continued interest from a range of investors.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:43:20 -0800
<![CDATA[AI in storytelling: Machines as cocreators | McKinsey & Company]]>

Computers don’t cry during sad stories, but they can tell when we will. Sunspring debuted at the SCI-FI LONDON film festival in 2016.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:26:23 -0800
<![CDATA[Second Life Still Has 600,000 Regular Users - The Atlantic]]>

Second Life was supposed to be the future of the internet, but then Facebook came along. Yet many people still spend hours each day inhabiting this virtual realm. Their stories—and the world they’ve built—illuminate the promise and limitations of online life.

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:30:33 -0800
<![CDATA['Blade Runner 2049': Digital Sean Young Is Latest in Hollywood’s Digital Human Evolution | Hollywood Reporter]]>

Sean Young’s replicant Rachael is iconic to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner — which made it all the more challenging when director Denis Villeneuve tasked veteran VFX supervisor John Nelson to bring the character back with the exact early look in a scene in Blade Runner 2049.

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:50:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Ghost in the Cloud | Issue 28 | n+1]]>

“ 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.

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:01:30 -0700
<![CDATA[Video Games Are Better Without Stories - The Atlantic]]>

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.

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:01:28 -0700
<![CDATA[It’s Ridiculous to Use Virtual Reality to Empathize With Refugees - The Atlantic]]>

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.

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:01:50 -0800
<![CDATA[Monkeys mourn robot baby in groundbreaking new BBC show ]]>

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 state of grief.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:50:49 -0800
<![CDATA[Beyond humans, what other kinds of minds might be out there? | Aeon Essays]]>

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.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:05:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Life as a drone operator: 'Ever step on ants and never give it another thought?' | World news | The Guardian]]>

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 most vividly is the colorful language airmen would use to describe their targe

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 06:16:47 -0800
<![CDATA[She Kills People From 7,850 Miles Away - The Daily Beast]]>

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.

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:04:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Phys.Org Mobile: Bee brain simulation used to pilot a drone]]>

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 being able to use what they've created in mimicking a honeybee brain, to actua

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:26:46 -0700
<![CDATA[How Photography's 'Decisive Moment' Often Depicts an Incomplete View of Reality | January 2015 | Hillman Photography Initiative]]>

Photojournalism can be like “trying to play Rachmaninoff while wearing boxing gloves,” as former photojournalist Simon Norfolk put it.

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:13:51 -0800
<![CDATA[It took 2 years to build this functioning word processor in Minecraft]]>

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 just for show.

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 02:46:05 -0800