Could be nothing, could be something, but in the last month, according to Grid Survey, Second Life has gained about 50 private sims: This is after many years of steady private sim loss, which has been the most worrying thing, ...
As technology speeds forward, humans are beginning to imagine the day when robots will fill the roles promised to us in science fiction. But what should we be thinking about today, as robots like military and delivery drones become a real part of our society? How should robots be programmed to interact with us? How should we treat robots? And who is responsible for a robot's actions? As we look at the unexpected impact of new technologies, we are obligated as a society to consider the moral and ethical implications of robotics.
Second Life Founder Pursues Second Chance InformationWeek Second Life founder Philip Rosedale says he knows why the virtual world failed to achieve mainstream acceptance. He's got a plan to do it again, and do it right this time.
Maine's a beaut. Ain't no doubt about it. She's smart, too, and has quite the personality, but we can't help stopping to stare at her rocky coast, cascading falls, and miles of mountaintops. No matter where you go in this state, there's something unique to gawk at, but we've culled together a list of some of the finest spots to get an eyefull of Maine.
Researchers from King's College London, working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have produced a skinsuit which, if worn by astronauts in outer space, could counteract the degradation of bone and muscle mass during long term exposure to microgravity.
The gravity loading countermeasure skinsuit is a collaborative project with researchers from King's College London (KCL), working on a design provided by MIT with help from the European Space Agency (ESA). The goal of the project is to provide a more efficient method of maintaining bone and muscle mass during long term missions in space, aboard for example the International Space Station (ISS).
Having evolved under the pressure of Earth's gravity, human beings are not naturally suited to life in space, therefore upon reaching the ISS an astronaut's body attempts to adapt to the weightlessness of its new environment. There is no longer any need for the added strength required to move about on the Earth's surface and so the muscle and bone in the body begin to degrade due to atrophy, with the average astronaut losing roughly one to two per cent of bone mass per month in orbit.
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Google Glass, the futuristic marvel developed by Google X released in February last year is apparently suited to the need of specialized users such as surgeons. Two physicians at Indiana University Health
Methodist Hospital Dr. Szotek and Dr. Jeff Browne have become the first to use Google’s wearable technology during their four-hour abdominal surgery procedure. Both the doctors used this miniature head-mounted computer to access the patient’s medical records and more as they removed out a tumor. Glass is controlled over voice activated menus and neither had to worry about any chances of infection
Overall Second Life is widely viewed as having lost momentum since its early days. An article in The Atlantic magazine late last year said references to the virtual world on TV programmes and even the occasional Disney show “make the site seem like a refuge for creepers and only the dweebiest of dweebs”.
That is a little harsh, says Steve Mahaley, global practice lead in Duke Corporate Education’s design group, although he notes that “most of the academic institutions and other businesses [that used to have a presence on the site] have fled”. Duke CE, based in North Carolina, still has its island but has not used it for any work with clients for the past two years, he adds.
“Second Life is, in my view, a great place for individual role-playing and the arts, where there are a lot of cool things happening,” he says. “But it is not completely appropriate for business education.”
"In a recent consultant’s report, in a section where the discussion focused on online degree programs, the report noted that 34% of the master’s degrees in education are earned through online education. I’m not surprised and I fully expect that this number will exceed 50% within the next five years. What is surprising to me is that there is still so much resistance to this inevitable trend."
These days, people worry about robots stealing our jobs. But maybe we should be more concerned about massive populations of computerized human brains. Called "ems," these infinitely-reproducible brains could change the world. Here's what will happen when digital brains vastly outnumber biological ones.
Researchers from the Faculty of Engineering at Israel's Bar Ilan University have developed a prototype contact lens that could enable the visually impaired to see the world in a whole new light. Developed by Professor Zeev Zalevsky, the contact lens processes digital images and translates them into tactile sensations which can then be felt on the user's cornea, allowing them to form a picture of their physical surroundings.
The system uses a smartphone or mounted camera to capture images that are then transformed into a form of electronic Braille. The lens, fitted with electrodes, then mechanically stimulates the cornea, enabling the perception of objects around the wearer.