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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)

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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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Call: Empowering Learners for the Age of AI conference – Theory, models, and impact (free, online)

Call for Participation:

Third Empowering Learners for the Age of AI conference:
Foundations of AI to empower learners: Theory, models, and impact
Free and fully online
USA: December 5, 6, 7
EU: December 5, 6, 7
Australia: December 6, 7, 8
https://empoweringlearners.ai

The past year has resulted in incredible breakthroughs in AI technology. How these advancements impact learning and education is an area of important consideration. For example, one area that has received extensive media coverage of Generative AI and its capability to create images and videos from short text inputs. Similarly, AI now exists that can produce papers that challenge existing plagiarism detection software. For educators, advancements in creativity raise consequential questions about how education, teaching, and learning are impacted.

The Empowering Learners for the Age of AI conference is now in its third year. This year, over 130 speakers and six keynotes from around the world will explore learning, teaching, AI, creation, and innovation in the education sector.… read more. “Call: Empowering Learners for the Age of AI conference – Theory, models, and impact (free, online)”

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Paper peepshows: How people experienced “virtual reality” in the 19th century

[Here’s a bit of interesting presence history from My Modern Met; see the original story for three videos and three more images, and follow the many links for more information and examples. –Matthew]

[Image: Circa 1830 French Peepshow Toy of the Tuileries via Etsy; see these and more views at TypePunchMatrix]

Paper Peepshows: How People Experienced “Virtual Reality” in the 19th Century

By Madyson DeJausserand
November 10, 2022

Today, virtual reality technology involves putting on some sort of headset that can transform the world around you, from creating an immersive experience out of the Mona Lisa to seeing wilderness from the perspective of wildlife animals. But did you know there were similar experiences in the 19th century that could transport you across the world? A popular Reddit post has recently introduced many to the inventive art form that kept audiences entertained for centuries, known as paper peepshows.read more. “Paper peepshows: How people experienced “virtual reality” in the 19th century”

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Call: “Smart Learning Ecosystems: Toward the polyphonic construction of a new normality” for IxD&A Journal

Call for Papers

Special Issue on
Smart Learning Ecosystems: Toward the polyphonic construction of a new normality
to be published at the
Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A)
(ISSN 1826-9745, eISSN 2283-2998)

IxD&A implements the Gold Open Access (OA) road to its contents  with no charge to the authors (submission & paper processing)  Help us in improving the quality of the editorial process and of the journal, please donate:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=5EUX7CQ3GKSSG

CFP: http://ixdea.uniroma2.it/inevent/events/idea2010/index.php?s=102&link=call55

Guest Editors:

  • Mihai Dascalu, University Politehnica of Bucharest
  • Patrizia Marti, University of Siena, Italy
  • Francesca Pozzi, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy

Important dates:

  • Deadline: December 15, 2022
  • Notification to the authors: January 31, 2023
  • Camera ready paper: February 20, 2023
  • Publication of the special issue: first half March 2023

OVERVIEW

The guest editors are proud to invite and welcome contributions from researchers and practitioners from all over the world involved in the development of Smart Learning Ecosystems and Smart Education, as engines of social innovation and territorial development.… read more. “Call: “Smart Learning Ecosystems: Toward the polyphonic construction of a new normality” for IxD&A Journal”

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Man-sized teddy bear is the hunky companion that lets you cuddle all day long

[This short DesignTAXI story describes a new human-sized stuffed Teddy Bear created and marketed to evoke medium-as-social-actor presence. See the Loving Bear Puffy website for more information, many pictures, and testimonials including this one: “The first few days I felt a bit strange until I got used to his presence because he seems like a real person, but now I can’t imagine walking in and him not being home.” –Matthew]

[Image: Source: Loving Bear Puffy website]

Man-Sized Teddy Bear Is The Hunky Companion That Lets You Cuddle All Day Long

By Mikelle Leow
November 14, 2022

How often do you seek emotional support and a listening ear, without having your other half “fix” your problems for you? Well, forget the apps, because the companion for you might be here.

Loving Bear Puffy is like that dream partner who’s warm, supportive, snuggly, offers a sense of security, and is, erm, completely bearable.… read more. “Man-sized teddy bear is the hunky companion that lets you cuddle all day long”

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