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How much time would you spend in a ‘perfect’ virtual world?

[From The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET)]

Life in a Virtual World

Mike Treder
Ethical Technology
Posted: Jul 24, 2010

If you could live in a world that was just the way you wanted it to be, with specifications you’d chosen, customized and personalized to meet your every need and fulfill your fondest desires, would you spend all your time there? Or would you prefer to stay here, in the real world?

As computers continue to gain speed and power at the rate of … read more. “How much time would you spend in a ‘perfect’ virtual world?”

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Call: ECSCW 2011 – The Twelfth European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work

The website of European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work can be found at http://www.ecscw2011.org/

ECSCW 2011 – The Twelfth European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work

ECSCW 2011 calls for submissions reporting on investigations into cooperation in real world settings, designs of innovative technologies to support collaboration, and studies dealing with the appropriation of these technologies. Conceptual work related to theory building is encouraged, as well.

ECSCW is interested in cooperative settings in the workplace, in everyday life, and the civic society, and across boundaries between these spheres of life. Submissions should address the unfolding practices of everyday work and life, and the application of computing technologies in these practices. Papers may also focus on design of such technologies or on historical accounts of use. With design is meant processes, methods, and outcoming artefacts. ECSCW solicits reports reflecting a rich variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods, including field studies and participatory approaches.… read more. “Call: ECSCW 2011 – The Twelfth European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work”

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iPhone apps like AR Drone adding data to cellphone images are taking flight

[From The Wall Street Journal; more information about the AR Drones, including videos, is available here]

[Image: Electronics-show attendees watched a demonstration of Parrot’s helicopter in January.]

JULY 13, 2010

Reality Gets a Makeover

With Jumps in Processing Power, Apps Adding Data to Cellphone Images are Taking Flight

By KIMBERLY PETERSON

PARIS—French electronics company Parrot SA plans next month to release a toy helicopter with a twist.

The AR Drone has a pair of cameras to relay video to iPhones or iPads, which function as the remote control. The device also recognizes certain objects, such as other AR Drones, and can add graphics to the video feed, creating a videogame played out in the real world.

The $299 toy is the latest example of an effort to commercialize augmented reality, a technique in which extra information or graphics are added to ordinary surroundings.… read more. “iPhone apps like AR Drone adding data to cellphone images are taking flight”

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Call: INPUT_OUTPUT: Adaptive Materials and Mediated Environments symposium/exhibition

INPUT_OUTPUT
Adaptive Materials and Mediated Environments

SPONSORED BY
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY | TYLER SCHOOL OF ART | ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT

The symposium and exhibition are part of the annual Design Philadelphia Festival.

Symposium: Oct. 8
Exhibition: Oct. 6-19

Tyler School of Art, Main Campus

“INPUT_OUTPUT: Adaptive Materials and Mediated Environments” will address the convergence of several significant and fundamental advancements in the ways that materials and environments are designed, evaluated, and experienced within architecture and related disciplines. The emergence of new and ultra-performing materials, parametric design and modeling tools, integrated design technologies, and developing digital fabrication and prototyping techniques establish an interconnected network of technological inputs that has stimulated the development of materials, assemblies, and systems with adaptive environmental behaviors. This symposium will interrogate the relationships that exist between each of four discrete, yet interrelated technologies of adaptive materials: Material Compositions, Material Fabrications, Material Behaviors, and Material Computations.… read more. “Call: INPUT_OUTPUT: Adaptive Materials and Mediated Environments symposium/exhibition”

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How robots are evolving to teach and learn from children

[From The New York Times, where the story includes a 3:23 minute video and other multimedia supplements]

[Image: Andrea Thomaz, right, and Nick DePalma in 2009 with Simon, a robot being developed at Georgia Tech. Above left, Simon evaluating objects.]

Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot

By BENEDICT CAREY and JOHN MARKOFF

LOS ANGELES — The boy, a dark-haired 6-year-old, is playing with a new companion.

The two hit it off quickly — unusual for the 6-year-old, who has autism — and the boy is imitating his playmate’s every move, now nodding his head, now raising his arms.

“Like Simon Says,” says the autistic boy’s mother, seated next to him on the floor.

Yet soon he begins to withdraw; in a video of the session, he covers his ears and slumps against the wall.

But the companion, a three-foot-tall robot being tested at the University of Southern California, maintains eye contact and performs another move, raising one arm up high.… read more. “How robots are evolving to teach and learn from children”

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Call: 3rd International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

Registration opens for ICIDS 2010

Early registration deadline Sept 7th

3rd International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

01-03 November 2010, Edinburgh, UK

http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/icids2010

ICIDS is the premier international event on Interactive Digital Storytelling (IDS), showcasing work that seeks to redefine the experience of narrative through interactive simulations of computer-generated story worlds in interactive entertainment, computer games, education, therapy and other interactive digital applications.… read more. “Call: 3rd International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling”

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What does your avatar say about you?

[From Discovery News]

What Does Your Avatar Say About You? 

Analysis by David Teeghman
Thu Jul 29, 2010

The website Second Life lets users create a completely new identity in virtual reality. Tall people can become short and animals can pretend to be humans, because on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.

But even with the range of possibilities to completely change your online personality and become all you ever dreamed of, you won’t. Researchers at Concordia University in Canada report in the journal Psychology and Marketing that online avatars usually reflect the personality of their creators. What’s more, people react to each other online the same way they do out in the real world. … read more. “What does your avatar say about you?”

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Job: PhD position in Absorption in Film Viewing project at Amsterdam School for Communications Research

The Amsterdam School for Communications Research
PhD Position Opening: Absorption in Film Viewing

The Amsterdam School for Communications Research currently has a four year PhD vacancy. We are looking for a researcher who has knowledge of (cognitive) theories of narrative and film and wants to study experiential states in film viewers. Experience in psychological experimentation is also absolutely necessary. Interest in manufacturing film materials for the experiments is a recommendation.

A scholarship sufficient for costs of living and tuition is related to the position.

Deadline for applications is Sept. 12 2010. For details, applications and all correspondence see:

http://www.ascor.uva.nl/vac4.htmlread more. “Job: PhD position in Absorption in Film Viewing project at Amsterdam School for Communications Research”

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Meeting virtual older self helps people save for future

[From The Montreal Gazette]

Age now, save more for later

By DOROTHY LIPOVENKO, Freelance

Shortly before the Great Bull Market of the 1990s topped out, advance warning came of a most unusual birthday gift. A television makeup artist with a deft hand for special effects agreed to sit me in her chair, dip into her pots of magic, and “age” me.

Turns out a sneak preview of version 70.0 is more prescient than anyone could have imagined.

New research suggests that showing someone how they’ll look when they’re old (through digital tinkering of the face) can add up to extra money in the bank for retirement.

Hal Ersner-Hershfield, 31, a post-doctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, has found a behavioural link between facial time travel and saving.… read more. “Meeting virtual older self helps people save for future”

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Call: Liverpool Biennial 2010: Touched Conference

Liverpool Biennial 2010: Touched Conference

Saturday 18 September 2010 from 11.00 – 17.00 at LJMU Art & Design Academy, Liverpool

The conference is part of Touched, the International exhibition for Liverpool Biennial 2010, which opens on 18 September and runs until 28 November.

Speakers include: Tehching Hsieh, artist; Alfonso Lingis, philosopher and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus of Penn State University; Coco Fusco, artist, writer and Chair of the Fine Art Department at Parsons/The New School for Design.; Tania Bruguera, artist; Mark Waugh, Director of Afoundation and Co-director of the International Curators Forum (ICF); Prof. Steven Connor, writer, critic, broadcaster and Professor of Modern Literature and Theory, Birkbeck College, London; Tony Chakar, artist, architect and writer; Jamie Isenstein, artist; Danica Dakic, artist; Peter Gorschlueter, former Head of Exhibitions and Displays Tate Liverpool, now Deputy Director of the Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt; Julieta Aranda, artist; Minerva Cuevas, artist; Alfredo Jaar, artist; Will Kwan, artist Anton Vidokle, artist; Lorenzo Fusi, Curator Liverpool Biennial.… read more. “Call: Liverpool Biennial 2010: Touched Conference”

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