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Job: Postdoc in XR in Pediatrics (XRPeds) Lab at Yale – Substance use prevention in adolescents

Call for Applications

Postdoctoral Associate – XR in Pediatrics (XRPeds) for substance use prevention in adolescents
(XRPeds) Lab, Department of Pediatrics
Yale University
https://postdocs.yale.edu/postdoctoral-associate-xr-pediatrics-yale-xrpeds-substance-use-prevention-adolescents

Applications due by November 30, 2022; start date: January 1, 2023

The XR in Pediatrics (XRPeds) Lab in the Department of Pediatrics at Yale focuses on the use of extended reality (virtual, augmented, and mixed reality) in research, clinical practice, and health education with the goal of improving lives and reducing health disparities among youth, young adults, and their families. We are seeking a Postdoctoral Associate with an interest in substance use prevention in adolescents, technology-based interventions (including virtual reality-based interventions), serious games, health behavior or public health, school-based research, and appropriate experience to join our multidisciplinary team of researchers, pediatricians, and educators.

The Postdoctoral Associate will work primarily with Drs. Hieftje and Camenga on the development, evaluation, and implementation of a virtual reality-based videogame intervention for adolescents focused on nicotine and marijuana use prevention in three CT schools.… read more. “Job: Postdoc in XR in Pediatrics (XRPeds) Lab at Yale – Substance use prevention in adolescents”

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Morehouse College class will teach Black history in the metaverse

[This NBC News story describes how and why Morehouse College Professor Ovell Hamilton has created a unique course on Black history that will be taught next spring entirely via virtual reality, taking students to key places and events using 3D simulations and avatars designed to evoke spatial and social presence and enhance learning. See the original version of the story for five more images and a short video.  –Matthew]

[Image: Students at Morehouse College are able to experience a virtual slave ship through virtual reality technology. Credit: Morehouse College]

Morehouse College class will teach Black history in the metaverse

Students have toured the Underground Railroad, a slave ship and other artifacts using virtual reality technology.

By Claretta Bellamy
November 28, 2022

This spring, Ovell Hamilton, a professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, will guide students through a first-of-its-kind course in which Black history is taught entirely through the metaverse, a virtual 3D space where people can interact with one another using avatars.… read more. “Morehouse College class will teach Black history in the metaverse”

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Call: Workshop on Language-Based AI Agent Interaction with Children at IWSDS 2023

Call for Papers

Workshop on Language-Based AI Agent Interaction with Children
At IWSDS 2023, the 13th International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems Technology
In Los Angeles, USA & Virtual (Hybrid Format)
February 21, 2023
Workshop: https://aichildinteraction.github.io/
IWSDS 2023: https://sites.google.com/view/iwsds2023/home

Paper Submission Deadline: December 21st, 2022

In this workshop, we aim to bring together researchers looking into multimodal interactions between children and artificial agents to discuss research problems that center around interactivity and go beyond just processing child speech. We are interested in discussing approaches to collecting and annotating datasets involving child speech, intent classification in child speech, designing dialogue flow with artificial agents that primarily interact with children, as well as repair strategies, active listening behavior, and other aspects of dialogue modeling. Moreover, multiparty conversations involving several children, children, and their adult caregivers or several artificial agents are of particular interest to this workshop.… read more. “Call: Workshop on Language-Based AI Agent Interaction with Children at IWSDS 2023”

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AI being used to create realistic portraits of celebrities from past and into future

[The brief story below from My Modern Net describes a project by Istanbul lawyer and photographer Alper Yesiltas in which he uses AI and other software to create realistic images of what celebrities who died years ago would look like today, “brought back to life as if nothing happened.” See the original story for the ten images. His most recent project, which Yesiltas presents in a Bored Panda post, is called “Thisness” (“[t]he quality in a thing of being here and now or such as it is”) and features 17 images that address the question “What would some iconic people look like if they lived in our time instead of living in theirs?” See also Tommy Player’s “Time Travel To The Future (2027): Photoshopped Actors” in another Bored Panda post. Moving from images to sounds, coverage of Yesiltas’ work in Consequence adds this:

“This isn’t the first time AI has been used in relation to [Curt] Cobain and [Jimi] Hendrix.… read more. “AI being used to create realistic portraits of celebrities from past and into future”

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Call: Free online: An Exploration of Quantum Art with Generated Techniques, “PlotChains” and the Future of Storytelling (LA SIGGRAPH)

Call for Participation

An Exploration of Quantum Art with Generated Techniques, “PlotChains” and the Future of Storytelling
An event from LA ACM SIGGRAPH (A Professional Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group in Computer Graphics)
In-Person presentation and Holiday Social in L.A. for MEMBERS ONLY,
Hybrid Event with Zoom Streamed presentation — Free FOR ALL
December 13, 2022
http://la.siggraph.org/event/exploration-quantum-art-generated-techniques-plotchains-and-future-storytelling

The In-Person presentation and Holiday Social is for MEMBERS ONLY. You need to already be on our members list. The in-person event is catered. The venue is the VIRTULARIUM Studio (El Segundo, South of LAX). The in-person is nearly sold out.
OR, watch the Hybrid Event on Live Zoom Stream. All are encouraged to REGISTER for free for the Zoom Stream. Registration is now open.

You must register with ZOOM REGISTRATION to attend this event.

PRESENTERS:

Jon 9
Creative Technologist
VIRTULARIUM Studio Holonyne Corporation

Ina Conradi
Artist – New Media
Media Art Nexus (MAN) at Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Mark Chavez
Artist – New Media
Media Art Nexus (MAN) at Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Victoria Vesna
Artist and Professor
UCLA Department of Design Media Arts
Director of the Art Sci center at the School of the Arts & Architecture, California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)

DESCRIPTION:

Enjoy A.I.… read more. “Call: Free online: An Exploration of Quantum Art with Generated Techniques, “PlotChains” and the Future of Storytelling (LA SIGGRAPH)”

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Ultimate presence: How to test if we’re living in a computer simulation

[In this story from The Conversation a physicist explains some of the current arguments and evidence for the idea that all of our experience is the result of the ultimate form of presence – that the universe itself “is a computer simulation, with someone (perhaps an advanced alien species) fine-tuning the conditions.” The author argues that we should take the possibility seriously and describes new efforts to prove or disprove it; whether that happens or not, our collective fascination with the idea is entirely consistent with the fact that we live in an era when our technologies increasingly provide convincing illusions. –Matthew]

How to test if we’re living in a computer simulation

By Melvin M. Vopson, Senior Lecturer in Physics, University of Portsmouth
November 21, 2022

Physicists have long struggled to explain why the universe started out with conditions suitable for life to evolve.… read more. “Ultimate presence: How to test if we’re living in a computer simulation”

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Call: “Visual War Journalism in a Digital Age” special issue of Digital Journalism

Call for Papers

“Visual War Journalism in a Digital Age”
Special issue of Digital Journalism
Special issue Editor: Stuart Allan, Cardiff University, UK
https://think.taylorandfrancis.com/special_issues/digital-journalism-visual-war/

Abstract deadline: December 1, 2022
Manuscript deadline: April 17, 2023

The ongoing crisis engendered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has recast anew longstanding concerns about the relative strengths and limitations of war and conflict reporting. Journalists are risking their lives to bear witness in often harrowing circumstances – some finding themselves deliberately targeted by the Russian military – on behalf of their distant readers, listeners or viewers. Intent on crafting compelling narratives, many are actively refashioning conventional approaches to digital reportage in order to better engage and focus public attention on the plight of those whose lives are caught-up in this catastrophe.

Just as familiar conceptions of visual journalism are undergoing reappraisal, more traditional understandings of war correspondence appear increasingly open to experimentation and innovation, particularly across social media sites and apps.… read more. “Call: “Visual War Journalism in a Digital Age” special issue of Digital Journalism”

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Cornell students visit virtual world to learn protein research technique

[This story about another beneficial application of presence experiences comes from the Cornell Chronicle; note the involvement of our colleague Andrea Stevenson Won. See the original version for a second image. –Matthew]

[Image: Kim Benowski, left, a staff member from Cornell’s Center for Teaching Innovation, helps a student use a VR headset as she learns a complicated microscope technique in a molecular biology and genetics class. Credit: Sreang Hok/Cornell University]

Students visit virtual world to learn research technique

By Kathy Hovis, a writer for the College of Arts and Sciences
November 22, 2022

Safely and effectively preparing a sample for cryo-electron microscopy involves a series of precise steps, resulting in specimens frozen at around minus 180 degrees Celsius. If done out of order or imprecisely, the scientist can obtain inaccurate results, ruin expensive equipment or even get hurt.

The technique isn’t often available to young researchers, but students in the Protein Structure and Function class recently had the chance to experience the process using virtual reality (VR) headsets, as part of a collaboration with Cornell’s Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI).… read more. “Cornell students visit virtual world to learn protein research technique”

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Call: Inaugural Conference of the Technology Ethics eXchange of the NorthEast (teXne)

Call for Papers

Inaugural Conference of the Technology Ethics eXchange of the NorthEast (teXnē)
May 18-19, 2023
Online and in-person at the Department of Philosophy, Harvard University
https://philevents.org/event/show/105273

Submission deadline: February 3, 2023

The Technology Ethics eXchange of the NorthEast (teχnē) invites submissions of extended abstracts for an interdisciplinary conference on research and teaching on the ethics of technology, to be hosted at Harvard on May 18-19, 2023.

Potential topics for submissions include but are not limited to:

  • Philosophical research on AI ethics, the ethics of computing, or the ethics of technology generally
  • Social research on the impacts of technologies
  • Interdisciplinary research in responsible computing and responsible technology development
  • Scholarship on educational initiatives in responsible computing and STEM ethics, such as courses, modules, workshops, or masterclasses
  • Pedagogical reports of success stories, challenges, and strategies for teaching ethics to students in technology-focused concentrations

There will be three keynote speakers, to be announced shortly.… read more. “Call: Inaugural Conference of the Technology Ethics eXchange of the NorthEast (teXne)”

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Emotional attachment to robots: Why does it happen, and does it matter?

[Without using the term, this story from Unite.ai examines (and provides links to other stories about) a range of potential causes and potential effects of our medium-as-social-actor presence responses to different types of robots. –Matthew]

Emotional Attachment to Robots: Why Does It Happen, and Does It Matter?

By Zac Amos
November 17, 2022

Humans have been designing robots for a long time, and with advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), they will eventually exceed expectations with their abilities. Though humans desire them for their practical uses, such as deliveries or industry, experiments prove people get attached much like they would a family pet.

How could people get emotionally attached to metal, and is it part of human nature? The insight from these queries will reveal a great deal about how individuals will interact with robots as they become more knowledgeable and capable of complex tasks and thoughts.… read more. “Emotional attachment to robots: Why does it happen, and does it matter?”

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