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Monday, 9 October 2017

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

quote [ The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster ]

Basically, the people who aren't sociopaths are realizing they opened Pandora's box and are thinking that maybe giving an obscene amount of control over the population to a handful of people might be a bad idea.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+4 Interesting]
[by steele@3:46pmGMT] [16 comments]

Monday, 25 September 2017

State of SE Address September 2017

quote [ conception said @ 12:55pm on 3rd Aug - reply
Hey Steele,
Had a random thought that I'm not sure what the current status of SE, future plans, how things are going for you with the site and that sort of information. A State of the Union Post or something. Would be interesting/appreciated!

Cheers! ]

Brief rundown of how things are going in the extended.

If you are a subscriber and not seeing collapsible comment threads and mods like +1 Lazor, please let me know. I've just had it brought to my attention that someone had slipped through the cracks and hadn't had their account activated properly for like two years. I'm hoping it was just the one person, but please let me know if you're a subscriber and don't think it's been activated on your account so I can make it right.

[NSFW] [Meta SE] [+10 Informative]
[by steele@6:44pmGMT] [71 comments]

Friday, 15 September 2017

‘Sea Hero Quest’ hides dementia research inside a VR game

quote [ 'Sea Hero Quest VR' is a game that tests your spatial navigation skills, all the while collecting data for dementia research. ]

Anybody that's actually read my rantings on VR (all three of you) knows that one of the reasons I'm so crazy about it, is its potential to unlock some of the mystery around cognition and what's going on behind the scenes of our behavior. The more of ourselves we can put inside the simulation, the more data we can collect about how we work. This is of course a double edge sword, because the more data we can collect for our health and curiosity, the easier we become to not only manipulate in our daily lives, but also to replace in the workplace. Exciting times!

[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+7 Good]
[by steele@1:57pmGMT] [6 comments]

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Adam Savage's Maker Tour: Incite Focus

quote [ In Detroit Adam Savage stops by Incite Focus, a socially focused production and training lab, where he lends a hand building an open-source, net-zero-energy micro-cabin that could revolutionize housing. ]

So there's this maker space up in Detroit that is basically creating an open source framework for fasttracking the design and construction of tiny houses in order to combat homelessness while also helping people escape from the financial shackles of the moneypit that is home ownership. Fascinating stuff. Fuck Chevron. ;)

[SFW] [do it yourSElf] [+5 laz0r]
[by steele@2:32pmGMT] [13 comments]

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

ARCore: Augmented reality at Android scale

quote [ Today, we’re releasing a preview of a new SDK called ARCore. It brings augmented reality capabilities to existing and future Android phones. Developers can start experimenting with it right now. ]

I've got a Galaxy s7. So I can't run this or ARkit. Motherbleeper. Aw well. I'm making progress on my GearVR/NoloVR Tiltbrush clone, at least. Now I can draw with fire. :D
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+2 Interesting]
[by steele@5:27pmGMT] [6 comments]



Monday, 28 August 2017

Adam Savage's Maker Tour: MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms (Part 1)

quote [ So Digikey stocks 500,000 types of resistors, 500,000 types of capacitors, 500,000 types of inductors... Will's assembler can make all of those out of 3 parts. Conducting insulating and resistive. And with about 20 parts we can make the motors and everything else. The assemblers get rid of all of the different machines and supply chains and puts them all into one machine. ]

This was fascinating to see how things are progressing behind the scenes of all the articles I've read on this tech over the years. We could be working towards a post scarcity society before most of us pass from this earth, if you all could just GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!
Parts 2-4 in extended.

[SFW] [science & technology] [+6 Hot Pr0n]
[by steele@3:58pmGMT] [4 comments]

Monday, 21 August 2017

Hands-On with Valve's SteamVR "Knuckles" Controllers!

quote [ For this special episode of Projections, we finally get our hands on Valve's prototype SteamVR "Knuckles" controllers! FOO VR's Will Smith stops by to give us a demo of this experimental interaction model and shows us what he's been working on at FOO and virtual reality TV shows. It's super cool! ]

So the premise is this is to demo the upcoming Valve "Knuckles" controllers devs are currently working with, but the software environment they use is what makes this worth checking out. This is a great demo of the kind of potential VR has to change the entertainment industry by taking things like traditional animators out of the equation at a fraction of the cost of typical motion capture.

Also, the HTC Vive just got a $200 price drop.
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+3]
[by steele@1:20pmGMT] [7 comments]

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Cathleen Morawetz, Mathematician With Real-World Impact, Dies at 94

quote [ Cathleen S. Morawetz, a mathematician whose theorems often found use in solving real-world engineering problems, died on Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 94.

Much of Dr. Morawetz’s research centered on equations that describe the motion of fluids and waves — in water, sound, light and vibrating solids. One of her first notable papers helped explain the flow of air around airplanes flying close to the speed of sound. ]

We lost a mathemetics rockstar.

[SFW] [obituaries] [+7 Informative]
[by steele@10:56pmGMT] [8 comments]

Friday, 11 August 2017

Daydream Labs: Bringing 3D models to life

quote [ During a one-week hackathon, we prototyped ways to make Blocks scenes feel dynamic and alive. Here’s what we came up with! ]

I saved up and bought a NoloVR a couple months ago and I just got it Sunday. Not the easiest thing to get working, but pretty impressive for what it is. Currently working on making a basic Tiltbrush clone in Unity. Last night I got the color picker and line drawing finally working properly. :D
[SFW] [Virtual & Augmented Reality] [+4 Interesting]
[by steele@1:06pmGMT] [4 comments]

Monday, 7 August 2017

A comprehensive guide to the new science of treating lower back pain

quote [ A review of 80-plus studies upends the conventional wisdom. ]

Given that if I'm not sleeping on an air matress, it's on a couch, my heating pad and back exercises are a godsend.
[SFW] [health] [+4]
[by steele@4:33pmGMT] [8 comments]



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