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Call: Virtual Futures panel discussion on VR March 21, with free 360 livestream

Call for Participation

Altered Minds | Virtual Futures Salon
Tuesday 21 March 2017 18:30 – 21:00 GMT
The Hospital Club, London (UK)

This event is almost SOLD OUT, but you can join us on YouTube for our livestream in 360 degree video. We will be taking questions from the online audience and would love if you could help us spread the message through Thunderclap.

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Virtual Futures presents a panel discussion on virtual reality with an artist who will live a simulated life in VR for 28 days, an academic who is using gaming to transform how humans experience the world, one of the UK’s leading VR developers, and a researcher who is using virtual reality to combat psychosis.

By becoming increasingly indistinguishable from reality, virtual environments are fast proving to have a transformative effect on the body and the brain.… read more. “Call: Virtual Futures panel discussion on VR March 21, with free 360 livestream”

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Hello, Westworld: Sex doll brothel opens in Barcelona

[There are few applications of presence-evoking technology more interesting and fraught with ethical issues than sexuality. This story is from The Huffington Post, where it includes two videos; more information is available from Forbes. –Matthew]

[Image: “Kati,” the Lumi sex doll now at a Barcelona brothel]

Hello, Westworld: Sex Doll Brothel Opens In Barcelona

Industry edges closer to “realistic, robotic” sex partners.

By Mary Papenfuss
March 2, 2017

In the first known brothel of its kind, a Barcelona establishment is offering erotic sessions with sex dolls only.

Clients of the “agency” will have to pony up $127 an hour for a sex session with one of four big-breasted Lumi Dolls: blond Kati, Asian-featured Lili, dark-skinned Leiza and anime model Aki, who wears her blue hair in ponytails.

Why sex dolls?

For one thing, the silicone dolls are expensive to own — costing at least $5,500 — not to mention embarrassing to have around the house.… read more. “Hello, Westworld: Sex doll brothel opens in Barcelona”

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Call: 3rd International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Machine Vision and Graphics (AIMaViG’17)

CALL FOR PAPERS

3rd International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Machine Vision and Graphics (AIMaViG’17)
Prague, Czech Republic, 3 – 6 September, 2017
www.fedcsis.org
E-mail: aimavig2017@fedcsis.org

Papers due May 10, 2017 (strict deadline)

We would like to cordially invite you to consider contributing a paper to AIMaViG’17 – held as a part of the Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (FedCSIS 2017).

FedCSIS an annual international multi-conference, this year organized jointly by the Polish Information Processing Society (PTI), Poland Section Computer Society Chapter and Czech Technical University in Prague, in technical cooperation with the IEEE Region 8, IEEE Chechoslovakia Section, IEEE Poland Section, IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Intelligent Informatics, IEEE Czechoslovakia Section Computer Society Chapter, Poland Section (Gdansk) Computer Society Chapter, IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Computational Collective Intelligence, Poland Section Computational Intelligence Society Chapter, ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing, Lodz (Poland) ACM Chapter, Committee of Computer Science of Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish Operational and Systems Research Society, Eastern Cluster ICT Poland, Polish Cluster of Research and Development of Internet of Things, Mazovia Cluster ICT.… read more. “Call: 3rd International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Machine Vision and Graphics (AIMaViG’17)”

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New effects tech lets media creators and consumers change experience seamlessly in real-time

[Advances in technology are permitting both producers and consumers to effortlessly and instantly modify mediated experiences, making presence more common and determining what is ‘real’ increasingly difficult. This story is from Fast Company’s Co.Design, where it includes many images; the 1:33 minute The Human Race video (also available on YouTube); and a second, 1:49 minute video about the project. A short behind the scenes video is available on YouTube and Sam Russell, general director of global Chevrolet marketing, talks about the project in another YouTube video. –Matthew]

[Image: Source: Ad Week]

This Crazy New Technology Transforms Movies Into Video Games

New imaging technology from Epic Games can swap different vehicles into a car commercial in real time. What’s next? Everything else.

Mark Wilson
March 1, 2017

If you’ve played a recent Forza or Gran Turismo video game, you already know: These virtual cars are almost indistinguishable from their real life counterparts, with all the curves and light reflections that make them look like they’ve driven straight out of a car commercial and into the game.… read more. “New effects tech lets media creators and consumers change experience seamlessly in real-time”

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Call: Hacking Flavour Perception: Design, Technology & Gastrophysics (1-day Workshop)

Call for Participation

Hacking Flavour Perception: Design, Technology & Gastrophysics
by Charles Spence and Yi-Chuan Chen (AHRC, Rethinking the Senses)
Monday 27th March 2017, 10:00 – 17:00
Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College, Oxford Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HD, UK

Free tickets and more information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hacking-flavour-perception-design-technology-gastrophysics-tickets-32602544087

While enjoying a meal, our brain is continuously combining information about what is detected by the tongue with what we smell, not to mention the expectations set by what we see, hear, and feel. Traditionally, the sensory cues that are combined in the perception of flavour would all have originated from the food and drink itself.

Nowadays, though, chefs, culinary artists, experience designers, and researchers working in technology are increasingly starting to hack our experiences of flavour: Everything from sonically seasoning your food through to augmented and virtual reality dining experiences.

This workshop brings together practitioners and researchers from a number of different fields in order to investigate how our understanding of multisensory flavor perception (of flavour objects) is being challenged and extended.… read more. “Call: Hacking Flavour Perception: Design, Technology & Gastrophysics (1-day Workshop)”

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“I tried virtual reality breast implants”: Plastic surgeons recommending presence

[Here’s another very positive application for presence-evoking technology; the story, which includes extended quotes from our colleague Brenda Wiederhold, is from Tonic, where it includes two additional images. –Matthew]

I Tried Virtual Reality Breast Implants
Plastic surgeons are recommending this pre-op step.

Catherine Chapman
March 13 2017

A plastic surgeon’s office is no place for an anxiety-stricken perfectionist like myself, but there I was about to get a consultation for a breast augmentation.

I have never thought about changing my breast size, or that much about my breasts at all for that matter, but as a 28-year-old woman, my life has held endless periods of just generally wanting to look different. At those times, I might have tried a psychologist before opting for cosmetic surgery. Yet some people feel that surgery affords them the opportunity to look into a mirror afterward and genuinely like what they see.… read more. ““I tried virtual reality breast implants”: Plastic surgeons recommending presence”

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Call: Cognition and Artificial Intelligence for Human-Centred Design – IJCAI 2017 Workshop

Call for Papers

COGNITION AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR HUMAN-CENTRED DESIGN
A Workshop at IJCAI 2017 – 26th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Melbourne, Australia – Aug 19-25 2017

Co-Chairs: Mehul Bhatt \ Antonio Lieto
University of Bremen \ University of Turin, and ICAR-CNR

http://hcc.uni-bremen.de/codesign2017/workshops/melbourne/

Title and abstracts due April 18 onwards

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The workshop on Cognition and Artificial Intelligence for Human-Centred Design will bring together interdisciplinary scientific perspectives on human-centred design particularly focussing on the theme of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Cognitive Systems supported next-generation design technologies. The workshop addresses cognitive technology assisted human-centred design conception, analysis, and synthesis; it approaches the design process, and the use of designed structures and artefacts from a cognitive and computational perspective. A particular focus is on the importance of the embodied visuo-spatial thinking involved in problem-solving for the design of objects, artefacts, and people-experiences.… read more. “Call: Cognition and Artificial Intelligence for Human-Centred Design – IJCAI 2017 Workshop”

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The war on the disturbingly real trolls in virtual reality

[It’s sad that an all-female team had to take the initiative and invent the “personal space bubble” feature discussed in this article from MIT Technology Review; note the explicit references to presence and how it, along with human nature and the anonymity of social VR, makes invasions of personal space more likely. The original story includes a video version of the image below and a 26:04 minute video. –Matthew]

[Image: Illustration by Veronyka Jelinek]

The War on the Disturbingly Real Trolls in Virtual Reality

When you feel like you really are inside a virtual body, protecting your personal space is important.

by Tom Simonite
March 13, 2017

I felt awkward when Katie Kelly, a slim woman in a turquoise sweater, stepped closer. Despite the crackling campfire, this was a professional meeting, and she had intruded on my personal space. “Around here it starts to feel a little bit too uncomfortable,” said Kelly, looking up at the white humanoid robot that was my own body.… read more. “The war on the disturbingly real trolls in virtual reality”

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Call: Future Technologies Conference 2017

FTC 2017 – Future Technologies Conference 2017
29-30 November 2017
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Conference Website: http://saiconference.com/FTC2017

Early Bird Submission (Opportunity to save $100): 15 March 2017
Regular Submission: 15 April 2017

Join us for FTC 2017, the world’s pre-eminent forum for reporting technological breakthroughs in the areas of Computing, Electronics, AI, Robotics, Security & Communications.

The Future Technologies Conference presents the best of current systems research and practice, emphasizing innovation and quantified experience. FTC has emerged as the foremost world-wide gathering of academic researchers, Ph.D. and graduate students, top research think tanks and industry technology developers. Researchers, academics and technologists from leading universities, research firms, government agencies and companies from 50+ countries present the latest research at the forefront of technology and computing.

The 2016 conference in San Francisco successfully brought together technology geniuses in one venue to not only present breakthrough research in future technologies but to also promote practicality and applications and an intra- and inter-field exchange of ideas.… read more. “Call: Future Technologies Conference 2017”

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Senior centers try robotic cats to soothe agitated elders

[Reminiscent of the PARO therapeutic robot, this story from The Philadelphia Inquirer describes the increasing use and positive impacts of medium-as-social-actor presence with residents of senior centers; the original story includes more images and a 0:43 minute video. –Matthew]

[Image: “Pearl”, one of the robot cats used at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life, lays across the lap of Ina Schecter, 91, a resident of the center, waiting to be petted. Credit: Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer]

Senior centers try robotic cats to soothe agitated elders

Updated: March 10, 2017
by Stacey Burling, Staff Writer

Stanley Ellis, who has dementia, was humming genially even before Daphne Da Silva gave him the gray-and-white robotic cat. He was conducting with his right hand, then clapping to the rhythm of a song only he could hear.

“Look who I brought to see you,” Da Silva said.… read more. “Senior centers try robotic cats to soothe agitated elders”

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