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Call: “A Manifesto for Cyborgs” thirty-years on: Gender, Technology and Feminist-Technoscience in the twenty-first century

CALL FOR PAPERS

A Manifesto for Cyborgs thirty-years on: Gender, Technology and Feminist-Technoscience in the twenty-first century

Journal of Media and Communication
An interdisciplinary journal for early career researchers and graduate students

Abstracts due: Friday 27th of February, 2015

Volume Editor: Thao Phan

In her iconic essay A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology and Socialist-Feminism in the 1980s, Donna Haraway introduced the metaphor of the cyborg as an “ironic political myth” to critique the so far troubling narratives of the West. Published in the Socialist Review in 1985, it brings together a broad spectrum of literacies-from socialist-feminism, to cybernetics and biopolitics-to proffer a cutting criticism of Enlightenment humanism, gender essentialism, and military technoscience. Her provocations created a useful framework to destabilise rigid boundaries and make fluid the borderlines between human and animal, organism and machine, natural and artificial, semiotic and material.… read more. “Call: “A Manifesto for Cyborgs” thirty-years on: Gender, Technology and Feminist-Technoscience in the twenty-first century”

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Virtual reality dating lets couples build trust

[A Valentine’s Day post from psfk, where the story includes an additional picture; more information including gifs and a 1:33 minute video is available at the Cyborg Dating website website and a longer video is available on YouTube]

Cyborg Dating in Utrecht

Virtual Reality Dating Lets Couples Build Trust in Time for Valentine’s

Cyborg Dating is an augmented experience that pairs couples in a VR-assisted game of ‘follow the leader’

By Kiran Umapathy on February 9, 2015

New virtual reality experiences are being developed every day. And if you’re looking for an interesting date idea, you may want to check out Cyborg Dating.

Cyborg Dating isn’t actually a date with a cyborg (though it may be difficult to tell the difference these days), but it is a potentially fun and thought-provoking activity. Visitors of Utrecht’s Impakt Festival in the Netherlands recently had the opportunity to test the new technology.… read more. “Virtual reality dating lets couples build trust”

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Call: Immersive Learning Research Network Conference – iLRN 2015

Immersive Learning Research Network Conference
iLRN 2015
July 13 – July 14
Prague, Czech Republic
http://immerisvelrn.org

Full Papers submissions: 1st March 2015
Author Notification: 15th April 2015
Poster submissions: 15th April 2015
Workshops Proposals: 15th April 2015
Workshop/Poster Notification: 30th April 2015
Main Conference and Special Sessions: 13th – 14th July 2015

OVERVIEW

The Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) is happy to announce its first International Conference in Prague on July 13th and 14th, 2015. The international conference will be organised by Graz University of Technology and University of Essex under the umbrella of the Immersive Learning Research Network Conference as a special event of the International Conference on Intelligent Environments

All the information about iLRN Prague 2015 and the paper submission process can be found online at www.immersivelrn.org/ilrn2015prague

THEME

Continuing the previous success in workshops and conferences on immersive environments for learning and training purposes, this international conference series spans the topic range from innovative research, technologies and tools to successful services and products of immersive environments to foster learning, training and other activities in motivational and engaging ways.… read more. “Call: Immersive Learning Research Network Conference – iLRN 2015”

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You can get a realistic cuddly plush clone of your pet

[A technology for evoking telepresence after death (other coverage suggests this is a good alternative to taxidermy) from Oddity Central, where the story includes several more pictures and a 4:31 minute video with customer reactions (starting at about 2:12). For a single set of particularly compelling reactions see YouTube for “My family’s reaction to Cuddle Clines Tobi” (especially starting at about 2:15). The company’s website is down because of traffic volume at this writing, but more information is available here. I’d seriously consider this for my late, much-loved and missed dog Sidra… –Matthew ]

Cuddle Clones

Company Specializes in Creating Cuddly Plush Clones of Your Pets

By Sumitra on February 4th, 2015

Louisville-based online retailer Cuddle Clones Inc. is in the business of creating custom made stuffed replicas of house pets for animal lovers. Their clients are mostly people who are looking for a Cuddle Clone to replace their deceased pets.… read more. “You can get a realistic cuddly plush clone of your pet”

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Call: Emotion and Sentiment in Social and Expressive Media (ESSEM@AAMAS 2015)

CALL FOR PAPERS

ESSEM@AAMAS 2015
2nd International Workshop on
Emotion and Sentiment in Social and Expressive Media:
opportunities and challenges for emotion-aware multiagent systems
Workshop website: http://di.unito.it/essem15

Co-located with AAMAS 2015 (http://www.aamas2015.com)
Workshop date: May 4 or 5, 2015, Istanbul, Turkey

NEWS! Submission DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 20, 2015

Extended versions of the best papers presented at the workshop will
be published in a follow-on Issue of Springer’s Cognitive Computation journal
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RATIONALE

Emotions play a key role in the interactions that occur in a multi-agent system. Relevant perspectives include, on the one hand, research on architectures and cognitive models, which is concerned with the integration of emotional states into agents and the role of emotions in agent communication; on the other hand, research on techniques for sentiment analysis and opinion mining, devoted to automatic processing of affective information conveyed by spontaneous, multi-faceted user responses about shared contents.… read more. “Call: Emotion and Sentiment in Social and Expressive Media (ESSEM@AAMAS 2015)”

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Demand for VR rises as advertisers invest in immersive experiences

[From Advertising Age; my favorite quote (from near the end): “one thing that turns out to be a rule is that you need to nurture a sense of presence.” –Matthew ]

Dos Equis VR advertising experience

[Image: Masquerading with the Most Interesting Man Credit: Dos Equis]

Grab Your Headset: Producers Plunge Into Virtual Reality

Demand for VR Rises as Advertisers Invest in Immersive Experiences

By Ann-Christine Diaz. Published on February 11, 2015.

Before you start dismissing virtual reality as the stuff of gamer nerds, or the next Second Life, think again. In the last month alone, top creators from the entertainment and ad worlds and major tech companies have begun showing their willingness to invest significantly in this new form of storytelling to help ensure the medium will flourish and evolve.

At the Sundance Film Festival, which concluded Feb. 1, director Chris Milk, known for his expertise in working with new technologies, and production vets Patrick Milling Smith and Bryan Carmody, announced the launch of VRSE Works, a production company devoted to experiences in the VR space.… read more. “Demand for VR rises as advertisers invest in immersive experiences”

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Call: ‘Creation of Reality’: Towards an Interdisciplinary and Comprehensive Understanding

Call for Papers:

The Crag International Confluence 2015
‘Creation of Reality’: Towards an Interdisciplinary and Comprehensive Understanding
Thursday 3 December – Saturday 5 December 2015
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, U.K.

http://www.blogs.hss.ed.ac.uk/crag/2015/02/09/crag-international-confluence-2015-call-papers/

Since the second half of the 20th century, ‘creation of reality’ is a compound that has gained exponential momentum in books and other publications (fiction and non-fiction).

The general increase in the human belief that reality is, or can be to differing extents, created by us, is apparent in social processes of empowerment or disempowerment. ‘Creation of reality’ is also a growing scheme within the humanities, in the diverse corrugations of social constructivism. It is also vivid in the science-fictional idea of terraforming or planetary engineering, or in New Age beliefs of supra-agency. Contemporary philosophers of mind touch the ‘creation of reality’ theme through discussions on cognitive enhancement, virtual reality, or contemplative reprogramming, and they explore our cognitive capacities to shape our surroundings beyond our organismic apparatus.… read more. “Call: ‘Creation of Reality’: Towards an Interdisciplinary and Comprehensive Understanding”

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Meet the women who treat their “reborn” dolls like real children

[An unusual story about social presence from Fast Company’s Co.Design, where the article includes a large photo gallery; follow the link at the end for more information and images]

Reborning - hyper-realistic dolls

[Troy, Nine Months of Reborning, from photographer Jamie Diamond’s series “Mother Love”]

Meet The Women Who Treat Their “Reborn” Dolls Like Real Children

A photographer immersed herself in the Reborning movement, in which collectors mother uncannily realistic baby dolls.

Carey Dunne is a Brooklyn-based writer covering art and design.
January 12, 2015

In the Reborning subculture, collectors “adopt” hyper-realistic artificial babies—impeccably crafted from vinyl, glass, doe suede, and up to eighty layers of paint. The “parents” care for their dolls as if they were living infants, building nurseries and throwing birthday parties and baby showers. The dolls are straight out of the uncanny valley, with verisimilitude right down to tiny pink fingernails, fine blue veins, and glistening drool.… read more. “Meet the women who treat their “reborn” dolls like real children”

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Call: Multimodal Grand Challenges Proposals at ICMI 2015

Call for Multimodal Grand Challenges Proposals
at the
ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2015)
Seattle, WA, USA

http://icmi.acm.org/2015/index.php?id=cfc

Proposal submissions due: February 21st, 2015
Notifications: March 1st, 2015
Conference: November 9-13, 2015

The International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) is the premier international forum for multidisciplinary research on multimodal human-human and human-computer interaction, interfaces, and system development. Developing systems that can robustly understand human-human communication or respond to human input requires identifying the best algorithms and their failure modes. In fields such as computer vision, speech recognition, and computational linguistics for example, the availability of datasets and common tasks have led to great progress. We invite the ICMI community to collectively define and tackle the scientific Grand Challenges in our domain for the next 5 years. Multimodal Grand Challenges are driven by ideas that are bold, innovative, and inclusive.… read more. “Call: Multimodal Grand Challenges Proposals at ICMI 2015”

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The dark age of virtual reality-based torture is approaching fast

[From Motherboard]

A torture environment

The Dark Age of Virtual Reality-Based Torture Is Approaching Fast

Written by Doug Bierend
January 31, 2015

​Imagine you’re in a small room. The walls are covered in geometric patterns that literally hurt to look at. In the corner are a polygonal bed and bench canted at angles that make them impossible to sit on. The floor is cluttered with a gridwork of bricks rendering it impossible to walk any direction but forward.

It sounds like a computer model of the exact opposite of Fung Shui, but it’s quite real. Built by anarchists fighting in the Spanish Civil War, the so-called psychotechnic torture cell used turn-of-the-century perceptual concepts in abstract art to maximize sensory disruption, subverting prisoners’ senses to drive them mad.

It’s a bizarre example of the kind of mind-fuckery that’s possible when someone has the means of shaping your reality—something modern technology now allows us to do like never before.… read more. “The dark age of virtual reality-based torture is approaching fast”

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