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Call: “Arts, Aesthetics, and Performance in VR and Telepresence” – Special issue of Presence

Call for Papers

“Arts, Aesthetics, and Performance in VR and Telepresence”
Special Issue of Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments

Guest Editors:
Myounghoon “Philart” Jeon (Michigan Tech)
Paul Fishwick (University of Texas at Dallas)

Submission deadline: November 1, 2016

SCOPE

Art and technology have a similar origin, and until the 17th century were not differentiated from each other (the Latin word “ars” – art – included crafts and sciences). Since then, they have diverged, but with the rapid technological advancement of the current era, art and technology have begun to be reintegrated. Recently, the application of computing to aesthetics (or “art and design”) has proliferated. Thanks to new technologies, we can expand the perceptual experiences of our existing senses and can even create novel perceptual dimensions that have never been imagined – new presence. Conversely, computing and technology can be influenced by arts and aesthetics, in what we call “aesthetic computing”.… read more. “Call: “Arts, Aesthetics, and Performance in VR and Telepresence” – Special issue of Presence”

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Study: Do humans trust robots too much?

[Presence isn’t investigated directly but clearly plays a role in a study by an impressive Harvard senior about how much and why people trust robots; context obviously matters and it’ll be important to investigate how the results change as robots become more commonplace. The story from Harvard University News features more images and a 2:04 minute video. –Matthew]

Serena Booth with cookie delivery robot

[Image: Serena Booth and her robot, Gaia, in its cookie-delivery disguise. (Photo by Adam Zewe/SEAS Communications.)]

In automaton we trust

Student examines the issue of over-trusting robotic systems

By Adam Zewe
May 25, 2016

If Hollywood is to be believed, there are two kinds of robots, the friendly and helpful BB-8s, and the sinister and deadly T-1000s. Few would suggest that “Star Wars: the Force Awakens” or “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” are scientifically accurate, but the two popular films beg the question, “Do humans place too much trust in robots?”

The answer to that question is as complex and multifaceted as robots themselves, according to the work of Harvard senior Serena Booth, a computer science concentrator at the John A.read more. “Study: Do humans trust robots too much?”

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Jobs: Multiple postdoc and funded PhD student positions in VR/AR at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The Emerging Analytics Center (EAC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR)

Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions

The Emerging Analytics Center (EAC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) has two (2) 3-year funded Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in the areas of virtual and augmented reality and interactive technologies.

We are seeking highly creative and motivated individuals that would like to start their research career in VR/AR at the EAC. Candidates need to have a strong background in interactive computer graphics or related fields (Gaming, HCI, virtual reality); good programming skills and experience in C++, Python, OpenGL; and, familiarity with visualization tools and game engines (ranging from tools such as Paraview, VMD, ArcGIS, to Unity and Unreal Engine). Candidates must have a strong level of spoken and written English and must be able to work both independently and in a team in a multidisciplinary environment.… read more. “Jobs: Multiple postdoc and funded PhD student positions in VR/AR at University of Arkansas at Little Rock”

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The future of talking to and with technology

[He doesn’t use the terms social presence, CASA or medium-as-social-actor presence, but this piece from the Shelly Palmer blog includes some interesting insights and questions about them (and some relevant science-fiction references). –Matthew]

Google Home and Amazon Echo

I’ve Talked to the Future and It Talked Back

by Shelly Palmer
May 21, 2016

I love Alexa, the Natural Language Processing (NLP) system in my Amazon Echo. She wakes me up every morning, she knows my schedule, she can control many of my z-wave and Zigbee compatible devices (switches, outlets, etc.), she can tell me the temperature and weather forecast, she can play any piece of music available on Amazon Prime, she can play me an “A” (via a skill called The Pianist), and she’s the perfect oven timer. I love her so much (and, as we shall discuss, “love” is an interesting way to describe our relationship), I was going to order an Echo for every room in my house – until I saw a picture of my new love to be … Google Home.… read more. “The future of talking to and with technology”

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