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Call: Human-Machine Communication at International Communication Association 2020

Call for Papers

Human-Machine Communication Interest Group
International Communication Association
70th annual conference – ICA 2020
Gold Coast, Australia
21-25 May 2020
Conference: https://www.icahdq.org/page/2020CFP
HMC: https://www.icahdq.org/mpage/HMC_CFP

Submission deadline: 1 November 2019 at 16:00 UTC

The Human-Machine Communication (HMC) Interest Group supports and promotes scholarship regarding communication between people and technologies designed to enact the role of communicator. Such technologies include, but are not limited to, artificial intelligence (AI) software and devices, robots, digital and home assistants, automated-writing software, smart toys, and Internet of Things (IOT) devices. HMC research focuses on the meaning-making that unfolds when people engage directly with technology as a communicative subject rather than as an object used to communicate with other people. HMC encompasses the aspects of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Human-Agent Interaction (HAI), and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) pertaining to technologies that function as communicators. It also includes the philosophical and critical examination of these technologies and their integration into daily life.… read more. “Call: Human-Machine Communication at International Communication Association 2020”

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6D.ai tech crowdsources smartphone scanning to produce virtual 3D mirror world

[The short New World Notes blog post below describes a new way to quickly scan the real world with regular smartphones and create a virtual 3D mirror version of it, with important implications for presence experiences in virtual worlds and augmented reality. See the original post for the 0:51 minute video (also available via YouTube). For more information see AR Insider. –Matthew]

Watch: Real World Location Virtually Recreated To Scale In Minutes

Wagner James Au
August 20, 2019

This is a pretty impressive tech demonstration from 6D.AI, a startup that’s creating a 3D mirror world of real life from the input of standard smartphones.

“Building a 3D model of the world means fusing crowdsourced scans into huge models and here’s a demo of that in action,” 6D CEO Matt Miesnieks explains. “The model is a SLAM map, it improves [with] every scan and map coordinates are real world coordinates.” In this particular demo, he goes on, “The ~5000 square foot space took 3 minutes for 4 people to scan….… read more. “6D.ai tech crowdsources smartphone scanning to produce virtual 3D mirror world”

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Call: The 18th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW 2020)

Call for Papers

ECSCW 2020 – The 18th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work
The International Venue on Practice-centred Computing and the Design of Cooperation Technologies
Siegen, Germany
13-17 June 2020
https://ecscw.eusset.eu/2020/

Paper submission deadline: March 15, 2020

ECSCW – European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work is a series of conferences on computer-supported cooperative work located in Europe.

The full paper submission for the ECSCW 2020 Conference is open and ONGOING. This year for the first time, the conference supports a continuous review process which will allow authors a longer time to revise their manuscript and achieve the high standard of the conference. Submitted papers will follow a standard journal review process and accepted submissions will be published in Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): The Journal of Collaborative Computing and Work Practices, the most prestigious Journal of CSCW research. All papers accepted for publication by March 15 2020 will be presented at the conference.… read more. “Call: The 18th European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW 2020)”

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A new Westworld game actually delivers on virtual reality’s promise

[Complimenting the announcement of a fourth Matrix film (see Variety for details), the very positive CNN Business review below of a new VR experience set in the world of HBO’s Westworld series highlights the value of fiction to illustrate and explore presence phenomena. It also touches on the current status and challenges of VR. Follow the link in the second paragraph for more information and a video trailer, and see other positive reviews in The Verge and UploadVR. –Matthew]

A new Westworld game actually delivers on virtual reality’s promise

By Rachel Metz, CNN Business
August 20, 2019

San Francisco (CNN Business) -On a recent weekday, I pulled a virtual-reality headset over my eyes and, in an instant, left behind a bland office and entered a rustic-looking frontier land. The spot in front of me where a table had stood was now a decaying, foreboding home.… read more. “A new Westworld game actually delivers on virtual reality’s promise”

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Call: Yearbook of Moving Image Studies -“Trilogy of Synthetic Realities I: Virtual Images” (2020)

Call for Abstracts/Articles

Yearbook of Moving Image Studies
»Trilogy of Synthetic Realities I: Virtual Images« (2020)
https://www.movingimagescience.com/call-for-papers/

Deadline for Abstracts: November 30, 2019 (Review till January 24, 2020)
Deadline for Articles: May 29, 2020

The double-blind peer-reviewed Yearbook of Moving Image Studies (YoMIS) is now accepting articles from scientists, artists, designers, developers and film makers for the fifth issue, which is the first part of the »Trilogy of Synthetic Realities« concept, entitled »Trilogy of Synthetic Realities I: Virtual Images«. The issue in 2021 will focus on »Augmented Images« and 2022 will address »Mixed Reality Images«. YoMIS will be enriched by disciplines like media theory, film studies and philosophy, art and design, artistic research, image science, semiotics, phenomenology, art history, game studies, visual culture studies, computer graphics and other research areas related to the moving or moved image in general.

Do we live in the age of Baudrillard’s hyper-reality?… read more. “Call: Yearbook of Moving Image Studies -“Trilogy of Synthetic Realities I: Virtual Images” (2020)”

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Should I have let my daughter marry our robot?

[In addition to the wonderful picture below, this opinion piece from Metro UK highlights a variety of intriguing issues and phenomena related to medium-as-social-actor presence. –Matthew]

[Image: Zoltan’s daughter with her robot partner on their ‘wedding’ day. Credit: Zoltan Istvan]

Should I have let my daughter marry our robot?

Zoltan Istvan, Transhumanist, speaker, entrepreneur and author
July 24, 2019

I pride myself on being open-minded. I am a transhumanist, and our culture pushes us to use science and technology to always want to be more than we are.

My friends do everything from injecting themselves with self-created genetic treatments to volunteer for brain implants that will integrate artificial intelligence (AI).

But when my five-year-old daughter asked to marry our four-foot tall robot, even I was a little wary.… read more. “Should I have let my daughter marry our robot?”

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Call: “AI and Law – Ethical, Legal, and Sociopolitical Implications” issue of AI & Society

Call for Papers

AI & Society: Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication
Editor-in-Chief: Karamjit S. Gill (editoraisoc@yahoo.co.uk)

Special issue on: AI and Law – Ethical, Legal, and Sociopolitical Implications

Extended Deadline: December 31, 2019

Contributions are invited for a Special Issue on AI and Law – Ethical, Legal, and Socio-political Implications, to be published by the AI & Society Journal of Culture, Knowledge and Communication (Springer) (http://link.springer.com/journal/146).

This special issue examines the ethical, legal, and socio-political implications of AI and Law. The unprecedented technological advances of the recent decades have had a number of positive effects in almost every area of human life, they have also brought significant concerns in how the rapidly growing development and utilization of smart technologies relates to future law and ethics. This special issue also attempts to initiate a debate of how to regulate the development of smart technologies and robotics to increase the welfare of society without violating its fundamental values.… read more. “Call: “AI and Law – Ethical, Legal, and Sociopolitical Implications” issue of AI & Society”

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AI speakers fill in welfare blind spots of lonely seniors

[In the story below Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports on the use of AI speakers, and the medium-as-social-actor presence they evoke, to relieve the loneliness of seniors; see the original for a second image. Forbes recently reported on a related project in the UK:

“Looking to address the challenges of elderly loneliness, Accenture has developed a solution that uses conversational AI to let people capture memorable stories for future generations while providing companionship. Powered by Google Voice Assistant, Memory Lane initiates conversations by asking someone who is lonely to tell their life story. This is then turned into a physical book and podcast.”

And a column in the Harvard Business Review takes a wider view:

“AI provides us with the opportunity to reimagine not just the user experience, but the value exchange. Through collating an abundance of data sources, AI has the ability to establish a true 360-degree view of the consumer’s everyday life, based on his or her past habits and behaviors, well beyond the traditional data silos.… read more. “AI speakers fill in welfare blind spots of lonely seniors”

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Call: AI Fairness, Trust and Ethics issue of AIS Transactions on HCI

Call for Papers

Association for Information Systems Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (THCI)
Special issue on AI Fairness, Trust and Ethics
https://bit.ly/2JcrDT7

Special issue editors:
Lionel P. Robert Jr., University of Michigan
Gaurav Bansal, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Nigel Melville, University of Michigan
Tom Stafford, Louisiana Tech University

Submission deadline: February 15, 2020

AI is rapidly changing every aspect of our society from how we conduct business, socialize and exercise. AI has amplified our productivity as well as biases. John Giannandrea, who leads AI at Google, recently lamented in the MIT Technology Review that the dangers posed by the ability of AI systems to learn human prejudices were far greater than those posed by killer-robots. This phenomenon is problematic because AI systems are making millions of decisions every minute many of which are invisible to the users and incomprehensible to the designers.… read more. “Call: AI Fairness, Trust and Ethics issue of AIS Transactions on HCI”

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In Nukemap simulation, bombing New York is “terrifyingly easy and disturbingly informative”

[The creators of Nukemap VR “hope to take [the limited] public comprehension [of nuclear weapons] to the next level by enabling people to immerse themselves in a realistic first-person experience].” This well written report on what it’s like to use the simulation and the background of the project is from Business Insider, where it includes 5 more pictures and a 0:42 minute video. –Matthew]

[Image: Nukemap VR simulates a nuclear bomb explosion in New York City to educate people about atomic weapons. Credit: Christopher Manzione; Reinventing Civil Defense/Stevens Institute of Technology]

I just nuked Manhattan in a realistic new VR simulation, and the experience changed how I understand the bomb

Dave Mosher
August 15, 2019

Nuking the city of New York was terrifyingly easy and disturbingly informative.

From the bank of the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey, while gazing out at the Manhattan skyline, I simply moved my hand over a giant red button, and then pushed it in.… read more. “In Nukemap simulation, bombing New York is “terrifyingly easy and disturbingly informative””

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