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Call: Shanghai conference on Somaesthetics in Fashion, Craft, and the New Media

Call for Papers

Conference on Somaesthetics in Fashion, Craft, and the New Media
May 8-9, 2019
Shangai, China

Submission deadline: January 15, 2019

The Somaesthetics Center of East China Normal University (Shanghai) and the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture of Florida Atlantic University invite paper proposals for a conference on “Somaesthetics in Fashion, Craft, and the New Media” that will be held at ECNU’s Shanghai Campus on May 8-9, 2020.

Somaesthetics was introduced as a new name to revive and productively integrate some valuable old ways of thinking. This conference highlights both the traditional and the new in its central topics. Fashion is a key feature of somatic style, and although typically focused on novel trendiness, it constantly references and even reverts to retro styles for inspiration. Craft, even in our age of advanced industrial technology, maintains a cherished relationship of intimacy with the body and enduring aesthetic traditions through the essential work of the human touch.… read more. “Call: Shanghai conference on Somaesthetics in Fashion, Craft, and the New Media”

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These human-like ‘Synths’ will make you do a double take

[The interview with Suzanne Gildert below from PC Magazine is about human-like robots and medium-as-social-actor presence responses to them, embodiment, AI and machine learning, teleoperation and its after-effects, human-robot and robot-human cyborgs, the power of (science) fiction portrayals, and more. See the original version for 4 more pictures, and for more information, images and videos see Dr. Gildert’s website and her Singularity University faculty page. –Matthew]

[Image: Dr. Gildert and Nadine play Connect Four. Source/credit: Daniel Marquardt and Sanctuary AI 2019)]

These Human-Like ‘Synths’ Will Make You Do a Double Take

Dr. Suzanne Gildert, Founder and CEO of Vancouver-based Sanctuary, wants her robots, known as synths, to be as life-like as possible. We talked to her about building cognitive machines and why she created a synth that looks just her.

By S.C. Stuart
July 22, 2019

There are now many types of robots and just as many theories on how to build them, but Dr.… read more. “These human-like ‘Synths’ will make you do a double take”

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Call: Academic Mindtrek 2020

Call for Papers, Posters, Demonstrations and Workshops

Academic Mindtrek 2020
29th to 30th January, 2020
Tampere, Finland
https://www.mindtrek.org/2020/academic/

Submissions deadline: October 31, 2019

In cooperation with ACM, ACM SIGMM, and ACM SIGCHI. Contributions will be published in the ACM digital library.

We are pleased to invite you to the 23rd International Academic Mindtrek conference, 29th to 30th January 2020. Academic Mindtrek is a meeting place where researchers, experts, students, and thinkers present results from their latest work regarding the development of novel technology, media, and digital culture for the society of tomorrow.

Academic Mindtrek is part of the renowned Mindtrek business conference. Mindtrek brings together people not only from various fields and domains but also from different sectors: from companies, startups, academia and various governmental institutions. This makes Mindtrek the perfect opportunity for advancing research results towards practical utilization by the industry, as well as getting out-of-the-box research ideas based on the interaction with practitioners.… read more. “Call: Academic Mindtrek 2020”

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Immersive art installation helps visitors experience and empathize with LGBTQ journeys

[This story from The Salt Lake Tribune illustrates one of the most important applications of presence, helping people who need to be understood and those who need to understand others. See also a (very positive) review in The Utah Review and for more on “Hi, my name is Savannah” see coverage in Medium. –Matthew]

[Image: Savannah, a 15-year-old LGBTQ activist, delivers the coming-out testimony she wasn’t allowed to give at her church meeting in Eagle Mountain in 2017, in the VR short film “Savannah,” which is being shown at the Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival in Salt Lake City, July 12-14, 2019. Credit: Carol Dalrymple]

Savannah couldn’t finish telling her Latter-day Saint ward she is a lesbian. Now you can see her full testimony in virtual reality.

By Julie Hirschi
Published: July 12; updated: July 14, 2019

The girl steps up to the lectern and begins, simply, “Hi, my name is Savannah.”

In reality, Savannah, then 12, wasn’t allowed to finish her testimony, which she tried to deliver in May 2017 to her Eagle Mountain congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — to declare that she is a lesbian.… read more. “Immersive art installation helps visitors experience and empathize with LGBTQ journeys”

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Job: Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethics of AI at University of Toronto

Job Posting – Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
Centre for Ethics
University of Toronto

Application deadline: August 1, 2019

The interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto (C4E) invites applications for its inaugural postdoctoral fellowship in ethics of artificial intelligence during the 2019-20 academic year.

AREA OF RESEARCH: We welcome applications by candidates from diverse disciplinary backgrounds-including philosophy, law, political science, and other social sciences and humanities, as well as computer science, engineering, statistics, and technology studies-to join C4E’s interdisciplinary intellectual community to conduct research related to the ethics of artificial intelligence, in the context of C4E’s mission as an interdisciplinary centre aimed at advancing research and teaching in the field of ethics, broadly defined, by bringing together the theoretical and practical knowledge of diverse scholars, students, public servants and social leaders in order to increase understanding of the ethical dimensions of individual, social, and political life.… read more. “Job: Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethics of AI at University of Toronto”

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Smart planter has a screen that displays your plant’s ‘feelings’

[Here’s a clever way to evoke social presence with a houseplant; the short story is from Curbed, where it includes three different images. The Mu Design press kit notes that “Lua also includes a motion sensor that allows its eyes to follow the movements in front of them: it’s like Lua’s looking at you! Give a spark of life to your plants and evolve them into full-fledged pets with Lua!” See the Indiegogo page for more information including pictures and a 1:00 minute video (also available via Vimeo). See the Mu-Design website for information on the company’s first product: “Ulo is a cute surveillance camera, a pet owl interacting with you through eye expressions.” And for more coverage of anthropomorphism see a 2017 story in Quartz. –Matthew]

Smart planter has a screen that displays your plant’s ‘feelings’

Who knew plants could feel so much?read more. “Smart planter has a screen that displays your plant’s ‘feelings’”

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Call: HRI 2020 – 15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

Call for Papers

15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2020)
March 23-26, 2020
Cambridge, UK
http://humanrobotinteraction.org/2020/

Full Paper Submission Deadline: October 1, 2019

The ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction is a premier, highly-selective venue presenting the latest advances in Human-Robot Interaction. The 15th Annual HRI conference theme is “Real World Human-Robot Interaction”. The conference seeks contributions from a broad set of perspectives, including technical, design, behavioural, theoretical, methodological, and metrological, that advance fundamental and applied knowledge and methods in human-robot interaction. Full papers will be archived in the ACM Digital Library and IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Full papers are up to eight camera-ready pages, including figures, but excluding references. Submissions longer than eight pages of content excluding references will be desk rejected and not reviewed. Accepted full papers will be published in the conference proceedings and presented in an oral session.… read more. “Call: HRI 2020 – 15th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction”

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This new virtual reality glove lets you grab digital objects

[Discover reports on a new advance in haptic VR gloves that should enhance presence; coverage in Science includes an 8 second video and follow the link to the paper in Scientific Reports for much more information. For coverage of a related project, see an October 2018 post in ISPR Presence News. –Matthew]

This New Virtual Reality Glove Lets You Grab Digital Objects

By Bill Andrews
July 18, 2019

Our squishy human brains are notoriously easy to fool. Whether it’s optical illusions or more advanced trickery, it doesn’t take much to exploit our mind’s weaknesses. But, that’s also what enables virtual reality (VR) systems, where technology can effectively transport us to a digital world. And thanks to a newly developed VR glove, the effect might soon be better than ever.

A team of engineers in Korea has designed the new device, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a lightweight and flexible glove that can effectively mimic the sensations of manipulating digital objects.… read more. “This new virtual reality glove lets you grab digital objects”

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Call: “Toys and the TV: Serious Play” CHI Play 2019 Workshop

Call for Papers

‘Toys and the TV: Serious Play’ Workshop
October 22, 2019
Barcelona, Spain
http://toys-n-tv.org/

At CHI PLAY 2019
6th ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
Barcelona, Spain
October 22-25, 2019
https://chiplay.acm.org/2019/

Submission deadline: 5th of August, 2019

BBC R&D, Children’s BBC, IRT and ZDF are hosting a collaborative workshop titled ‘Toys and the TV: Serious Play’ that aims to bring together researchers and designers to tackle interaction design and interfaces with respect to the use of the TV by children. With the advent of connected TVs and connected toys, there is an opportunity to develop exciting novel interaction paradigms and innovative forms of user experiences around how children might view and interact with TV programmes.

We have a comprehensive website (with contact information): http://toys-n-tv.org/

This year, CHI Play workshops are being held on the 22nd of October in Barcelona, Spain: https://chiplay.acm.org/2019/

We would like to invite practitioners, designers and researchers to submit a 2-4 page position paper (in the SIGCHI Extended Abstracts format) with a short bio by email to toys.n.tv@gmail.com.… read more. “Call: “Toys and the TV: Serious Play” CHI Play 2019 Workshop”

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New (free) report: “Building a Responsible Future for Immersive Technologies”

[From privacy to mental health, a new (free) report examines the dangers of “extended reality” technologies. There’s a link at the end of this story from Forbes to a summary of the report and the full downloadable pdf version. The original story includes a 5:48 minute video, and the report summary includes several graphics, a different video and a 13-slide presentation. –Matthew]

[Image: Credit: Adobe Stock]

The Important Risks And Dangers Of Virtual And Augmented Reality

July 17, 2019
Bernard Marr, Contributor

A recent report by Accenture highlighted the growing number of companies taking advantage of “extended reality” (XR) technology, which includes virtual and augmented reality (VR/ AR).

Titled ‘Waking Up to a New Reality: Building a Responsible Future for Immersive Technologies,’ the report highlights the need to consider not just the opportunities but also the dangers they could pose.… read more. “New (free) report: “Building a Responsible Future for Immersive Technologies””

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