Wednesday, 23 May 2018
quote [ A Silicon Valley pastor has resigned from his church after calling the city of Palo Alto an “elitist shit den of hate” and criticizing the hypocrisy of “social justice” activism in the region.
Gregory Stevens confirmed on Monday that he had stepped down from the First Baptist church of Palo Alto, an LGBT-inclusive congregation, after his personal tweets calling out the contradictions of wealthy liberals in northern California surfaced at a recent council hearing. ]
I think I'm gonna draft him for my Fantasy Leftist League.
'Jesus never charged a leper a co-pay': the rise of the religious left
‘This Is Not of God’: When Anti-Trump Evangelicals Confront Their Brethren
Monday, 14 May 2018
quote [ Guess what? We have virtual reality now.
Various companies have released goggles, motion tracking technology, omni-directional treadmills. ]
I like it, a nice little look at different ways we may see developers use VR to present their stories. Personally, I've been thinking about doing Ride VR and trying to make 360 videos out of it for youtube.
Sunday, 13 May 2018
quote [ After 26 years, Boston Dynamics is finally getting ready to start selling some robots. Founder Marc Raibert says that the company’s dog-like SpotMini robot is in pre-production and preparing for commercial availability in 2019. The announcement came onstage at TechCrunch’s TC Sessions: Robotics event today at UC Berkeley. ]
New Boston Dynamics videos in the extended.
Friday, 11 May 2018
quote [ A long time ago, Earth was destroyed in a global thermonuclear war.
Soon afterwards, a global sickness started to spread through radioactive contaminated air. Fewer and fewer women were born until, humanity was close to extinction. To escape our dying planet, an Ark was built to find a new home for humanity.
We started to develop artificial females to sustain the population on our long journey. Many years have passed since the first working unit was was produced.
Testing this vital technology is your job. Treat the bot with respect, as improper behavior might spell doom for not just you, but all of humanity. Even it's just a machine, it is imperative to earn their trust and admiration
Be gentle, sensitive, and ensure the survival of the human race.
Your Captain, Hazelhoff ]
LOL! Sorry, had to share. :D
Thursday, 10 May 2018
quote [ Lil Miquela may be fascinating in her own right, but the rise of digital humans in social media and elsewhere is just getting started. ]
One of the big concerns I've had regarding VR/AR is that as a "metaverse" fleshes itself out, people will spend enough time in VR/AR that they'll be exposed to numerous bots without realizing it. Each bot interaction will allow for more precise data acquisition of a user's behavior creating the ability for these bot controllers to hone their bot's approach until the perfect customized marketing tool is created for an individual. Ultimately, this would just be a more advanced version of what facebook is doing with all their custom feeds and things, the danger comes from the immersive nature of the tech and the exponentially greater amount of data exposure.
Speaking of... Oculus Research Is Rebranded Facebook Reality Lab
Chet Faliszek, former Valve VR evangelist goes on a twitter rant about facebook's data collection
Monday, 30 April 2018
quote [ Immersive experiences seek to engage the full sensory system in ways that words, pictures, or touch alone cannot. ]
Using pneumatics for haptic feedback similar to the HaptX glove, but again not looking all that portable with a massive compressor on standby. Still cool tho.
Also, It looks like Apple is finally getting in to the VR/AR mix with a wireless 8k headset predicted for 2020
Saturday, 14 April 2018
quote [ Oregon's largest health care providers see both promise and challenges in virtual reality as a non-opioid treatment for pain. ]
Yay! I got my desktop VR working so now I'm all hyped up on imaginary experiences.
Monday, 9 April 2018
quote [ The coming of virtual reality has signaled a great moment in the history of our civilization. We have found in ourselves the ability to break down the very substrate of reality and create ones anew, entirely of our own design and of our own imaginations. ]
Leap Motion Reveals North Star, an Open-source AR Headset Prototype With Impressive Specs - another article with some more info.
This shit looks like something an owl themed superhero/villain would wear. :D
LeapMotion is the real deal though. I've got their earlier hand tracking unit and used it with an HTC vive about a year ago in such a way that it caused me to disassociate from my hands for about 20 minutes after. Pretty sweet.
Sunday, 8 April 2018
quote [ I've been on the internet long enough to know that in the interest of realism at least 30% of these avatars would be furries... and some of them would be in diapers. ]
I haven't seen the movie yet. I'll probably wait till it's streaming. I'm more of a Snowcrash guy.
Friday, 6 April 2018
quote [ Researchers have created a wearable device that can read people’s minds when they use an internal voice, allowing them to control devices and ask queries without speaking.
The device, called AlterEgo, can transcribe words that wearers verbalise internally but do not say out loud, using electrodes attached to the skin. ]
What I'm wondering is does this allow for the hearing of voices that schizophrenics hear?
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