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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Call: Space and Place – 7th Global Meeting

Call for Presentations

Space and Place
7th Global Meeting
Institution: Inter-Disciplinary.Net – Mansfield College, University of Oxford
Location: Oxford (United Kingdom)
Date: September 1-3, 2016
Deadline: April 1,.2016

http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/space-and-place/call-for-papers/

Now in its seventh year, Space and Place: Exploring Critical Issues is an established annual interdisciplinary conference project that encourages critical and collegial dialogue. Recognising that different disciplines and practices express themselves through different modes, media and formats we strongly encourage the submission of proposals from creative practitioners – artists, architects, writers, photographers, painters, film-makers, performers, urban planners – as well as people from related professions, industries and activities and alternative forms of performance. Critical accounts and descriptions of problem-solving activities from ongoing projects that function to alter the nature space and place as well as from projects that are in development are also most welcome. We also strongly encourage traditional papers, panels and workshop proposals.… read more. “Call: Space and Place – 7th Global Meeting”

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Even virtual assistants are sexually harassed

[Aside from demonstrating how users of virtual assistants experience (social) presence, this piece from CNN Money illustrates some of the ethical issues creators of presence-evoking technology must face. –Matthew]

Robot slaps harasser (graphic)

Even virtual assistants are sexually harassed

by Heather Kelly
February 5, 2016

All virtual assistants have to deal with inappropriate comments and questions. From seasoned vets like Siri and Google Now, to the rash of new specialists with names like Amy, Molly, Mia and Robin.

When Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) launched Cortana in 2014, a good chunk of early queries were about her sex life, according to Microsoft’s Deborah Harrison.

It turns out people feel very comfortable talking freely with text and voice assistants. Humanizing the bots with names, faked emotions, personalities and genders (mostly female) helps build trust with users.

A side effect of creating friendly female personalities is that people also want to talk dirty, confess their love, role play or bombard them with insults.… read more. “Even virtual assistants are sexually harassed”

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Call: Emotions, fiction, and virtual worlds – International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS 2016)

Dear colleague,

We are pleased to announce the seventh edition of our International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS 2016), which will take place this year from July 7 to 15 at the Château de Bossey, an 18th-century manor house located in an outstanding natural environment overlooking Lake Geneva and the French Alps.

This year the central topic of the summer school organized by the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (SCAS) is “Emotion, fiction, and virtual worlds”.

A growing body of research is highlighting the potential power of new technologies such as virtual reality, robotics, videogames or human-computer interaction for health and learning purposes. Much of the current research, however, fails to bridge the gap between technology, virtual worlds and fundamental theoretical or empirical constructs such as emotions, immersion and reality, user engagement and related motivational aspects, as well as social interactions.… read more. “Call: Emotions, fiction, and virtual worlds – International Summer School in Affective Sciences (ISSAS 2016)”

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Hyperrealistic sculptures that evokes intense and thought-provoking presence

[Hyperrealistic art can evoke intense and thought-provoking presence responses. This story from The Creators Project makes clear that some of the works can be quite unsettling (the original includes 16 images, I’ve purposely included only a mild example here). For more on this theme see the links at the end of this story and another recent piece in The Creators Project about the hyperrealistic paintings of Matt Story (“Unbelievable Realist Paintings of Women Underwater Look Like Photo”). –Matthew]

Cornered. By Marc Sijan

[Image: Cornered. By Marc Sijan]

Hyperrealistic Sculptures Blur the Line Between Clay and Flesh

By Anna Marks — Feb 4 2016

Victor Hugo once proclaimed, “Dear God! How beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble; in a statue the marble must be like flesh.” He might as well have been talking about hyperrealistic sculpture.… read more. “Hyperrealistic sculptures that evokes intense and thought-provoking presence”

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Oculus wants to help VR avatars look normal when they talk

[This hasn’t gotten a lot of press coverage, but could be an important step toward more effective presence illusions. The story is from Engadget, which features a 0:13 minute demo video using the avatar pictured below; a second video using an animated robot is available on YouTube. More details from Oculus via Geeky Gadgets are included below. –Matthew]

OVRLipSync Oculus Unity plugin (avatar)

[Image: From Geeky Gadgets]

Oculus wants to help VR avatars look normal when they talk

It’s all thanks to a clever Unity plugin

Chris Velazco
02.14.16

Remember all those Hong Kong kung-fu movies with really poor dubbing so the actors’ mouths would keep flapping after the words had stopped? That was charming. What’s less charming is the possibility of stone-faced avatars poorly mouthing dialogue, detracting ever so slightly from the immersive power of virtual reality worlds. That’s why we’re all slightly excited that Oculus released a beta Unity plugin called OVRLipSync.… read more. “Oculus wants to help VR avatars look normal when they talk”

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Call / ISPR News: Deadline for ISPR 2016 Presence conference event is today (Feb 18)

[A final reminder that today, Thursday February 18, is the deadline for submitting abstracts (or full papers) for ISPR’s 2016 conference event in Kyoto, Japan this June – details below. If you’re just seeing this and need a few more days, please contact us directly before the end of the day. We’re planning both an exciting program of presentations and discussions, and a very cool pre-event presence-related group sight-seeing trip in Kyoto! We hope you can join us! -Matthew]

ISPR 2016 graphic

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND PARTICIPATION

The Power of Presence: Using Telepresence Theory, Research and Applications to Enhance Mediated Communication Experiences in the 21st Century

A preconference of the 2016 conference of the International Communication Association (ICA)
Co-sponsored by the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR)

June 8, 2016 (with optional demonstrations and guided sightseeing events June 7)

Abstract submission deadline (extended): February 18, 2016

OVERVIEW

Join us at Kyoto Research Park in Kyoto, Japan for an enlightening and enjoyable conference event two days before the 66th annual conference of the International Communication Association in Fukuoka, 9-13 June.… read more. “Call / ISPR News: Deadline for ISPR 2016 Presence conference event is today (Feb 18)”

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Call: State of the art on AI applied to Ambient Intelligence (book chapters)

Call for book chapters

State of the art on AI applied to Ambient Intelligence

“Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications”
IOS Press Book Series
http://ebooks.iospress.nl/bookseries/frontiers-in-artificial-intelligence-and-applications

Editors:
Juan Carlos Augusto — Middlesex University, United Kingdom
Asier Aztiria Goenaga — Mondragon Unibertsitatea, Spain
Andrea Orlandini — National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ISTC), Italy

MOTIVATIONS

During the last decade, questions were raised on how intelligent were the so called “smart systems” and the stereotype smart system was somehow identified in the smart homes. Nowadays, the word smart has become a sort of wild card to be attached to any new product introduced to the market. The area related to Smart Homes has blended with other areas in Computer Science and expanded in several directions. Popularity has grown exponentially and several areas of applications are now less science fiction and more of a reality. There are Smart Cars, Smart Classrooms, Smart Farming and many other environments where technology is changing the way people relates to them.… read more. “Call: State of the art on AI applied to Ambient Intelligence (book chapters)”

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit VR couldn’t be more “intimate”

[Here’s another sign that VR, because of its ability to evoke presence, is heading for the mainstream; this story is from Fast Company, where it features more images and two videos. –Matthew]

Sports Illustrated swimsuit VR

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit VR Couldn’t Be More “Intimate”

You can strap on a headset for the articles

Daniel Terdiman
February 15, 2016

Supermodel Hannah Davis is used to doing photo shoots with tons of people around, surrounded by crew members fixing her makeup, hair, and eyelashes and giving her all manner of direction about what to do while the camera clicks.

But when the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue cover model was on a beach in the Dominican Republic not too long ago, there was no one else to be seen. It was just her, the sand, and the waves. And an odd jumble of GoPros mounted on a pole.… read more. “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit VR couldn’t be more “intimate””

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Call: AIC 2016 – 4th Edition of the International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognition

CALL FOR PAPERS

AIC 2016
4th Edition of the International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognition
New York, USA, July 17th-18th 2016

Workshop website: http://di.unito.it/AIC2016/
Co-located with IJCAI 2016: http://ijcai-16.org/

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AIC_Workshop
hashtag: #aic2016ws

AIC 2016 will be an official workshop of the BICA 2016, 7th Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures and will be one of the international events that will take place in July in New York under the HLAI framework, a joint effort between the major Artificial Intelligence conferences and academic events explicitly targeting different approaches and works towards the achievement of human-level intelligence in AI systems.

MOTIVATION

The research in Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been based, from an historical standpoint, on a strong collaboration with Cognitive Science. This collaboration, has produced – along the years – mutual benefits. In AI this partnership has driven to the realization of intelligent systems based on plausible models of human cognition.… read more. “Call: AIC 2016 – 4th Edition of the International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognition”

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Meet Xiaoice. She’s empathic, caring, and always available – just not human

[Chatbots are increasingly capable of passing the Turing Test, with users not able to distinguish them from humans, but I find it particularly interesting that even when users are aware that they’re conversing with an AI they don’t care and still treat it as they would a human. This story is from Nautilus, where it includes other images. According to The Daily Dot, “There’s no English counterpart for Xiaoice yet, but if you speak Mandarin, you can test her out on this website.” –Matthew]

Xiaoice interface

Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot

Meet Xiaoice. She’s empathic, caring, and always available—just not human.

By Yongdong Wang, managing director of Applications & Services Group East Asia, Microsoft
February 4, 2016

One night in late July 2014, a journalist from the Chinese newspaper Southern Weekly interviewed a 17-year-old Chinese girl named Xiaoice (pronounced Shao-ice).… read more. “Meet Xiaoice. She’s empathic, caring, and always available – just not human”

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