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Keeping Sartre, and other passions

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Richard Moran interviewed by Richard Marshall.

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Open Mic Night: How VR is Changing Stand-Up Comedy

Open Mic Night: How VR is Changing Stand-Up Comedy | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Comedy clubs are but one small portion of society that could see a huge benefit from VR implementation via platforms such as AltspaceVR.
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This has been  "thing" in Second Life for as long as I can remember! People think SL is a place that came and went. Maybe the hype came and went but the community is strong, vibrant and full of energy! Music, dancing, comedy, art....
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Businesses, schools, hospitals test virtual-reality technology

Businesses, schools, hospitals test virtual-reality technology | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
The University of Hartford's business school is providing a virtual-reality tour of its campus to accepted students hoping to convert them into matriculating pupils this fall.
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Going to Work in VR Will Actually Be Pretty Great—We Swear

Going to Work in VR Will Actually Be Pretty Great—We Swear | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
In this idealistic future of work we’ll communicate via digital personae that look, sound, and act like our professional selves—but better.
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A Virtual Teaching Assistant Fooled Hundreds of Students Into Thinking It Was Human

A Virtual Teaching Assistant Fooled Hundreds of Students Into Thinking It Was Human | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Students in an artificial intelligence course at the Georgia Institute of Technology had no idea their online teaching aide was literally a virtual assistant.
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How side-mounted LEDs can help fix VR’s “tunnel vision” and nausea problems

How side-mounted LEDs can help fix VR’s “tunnel vision” and nausea problems | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Ars interviews Microsoft Research group on its hacked-together findings.
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Stanford University Professor Jeremy Bailenson studies human behavior effects of virtual reality

Stanford University Professor Jeremy Bailenson studies human behavior effects of virtual reality | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Professor who's studied the technology for nearly two decades reveals effects it can have on human behavior
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What Do Our Online Avatars Reveal About Us?

What Do Our Online Avatars Reveal About Us? | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
The digital self-portraits we choose on various platforms are a window on ourselves and our intentions.
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Zapping Your Skull Could Alleviate Virtual Reality Motion Sickness

Zapping Your Skull Could Alleviate Virtual Reality Motion Sickness | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
The Mayo Clinic is betting that technology developed for flight simulators could help bring a sense of motion to VR and reduce nausea, too.
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What’s VR useful for? More than you can possibly imagine

What’s VR useful for? More than you can possibly imagine | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
So in the meantime, skeptics, if you want to understand why VR is going to be so big, you’re going to have to use something we used to use a lot before television, and computers, and VR: your imagination.
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Artefact's Shadow hoodie immerses wearers in virtual reality

Artefact's Shadow hoodie immerses wearers in virtual reality | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
The Shadow hoodie concept designed by technology and design company Artefact allows gamers to have "the most immersive virtual reality experience"
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Virtual reality tangible to many fields

Virtual reality tangible to many fields | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
The last two weeks brought a flurry of activity from long-established companies and startups alike trying to stake their claims in the vast, unsettled territory of virtual reality. Virtual reality is now the next big thing in health care, insurance, education, environmental protection, real estate, art, movies, music, sports and - of course - porn. [...] Samsung primed the pump by giving away for a limited time its $99 Gear VR to promote sales of its newest Galaxy mobile phones. With VR devices finally hitting the market, a long list of companies is trying to take advantage of the new medium - and not just for video games. Baseball's San Francisco Giants last week partnered with Jaunt to offer fans VR experiences that include standing in the batting cages and going for a ride with pitcher Sergio Romo. Tyler Andersen, CEO of a startup that's building a way to run services like Slack and Spotify in virtual environments, said entrepreneurs are excited about the nascent industry "that has so much potential, but doesn't really have a direction yet." "At Pornhub it is our duty to provide our global audience with the latest in cutting edge technology," Pornhub vice president Corey Price said in a press release. Other forms of entertainment, including video games and movies, also figure to lead the charge this year, said Todd Richmond, director of advanced prototype development for the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies.
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Faith and technology meet in virtual world | The Irish Catholic

Faith and technology meet in virtual world | The Irish Catholic | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Cathal agrees that the students enjoyed the project and were actually learning without realising it. “With Minecraft you can set up a server that can be accessed by any computer and they can join in to one world and work together as a team. They don’t realise they are learning, but they can gain a lot of skills like team building, communication, collaborative skills and creative skills,” he says. 

“Pupils are usually very willing and eager to engage in tasks if they are interactive, challenging and fun; Minecraft ticks all of those boxes.”
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Virtual Reality Trends: Co-Creation & Women in VR

Virtual Reality Trends: Co-Creation & Women in VR | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
I already mentioned the main problem with virtual reality for women on a basic, physical level. Women have felt especially compelled to get involved with the VR movement: because it’s still on the ground level of development, there’s more opportunity to get involved in a way that could have a significant impact on the way the industry is shaped. In fact, according to one woman in VR, Julie Heyde, a game developer at VR Unicorns, “It’s the wild west.” If the trend of relative gender equality continues in the VR world, in five years, articles such as this listicle pointing out “Five Women in Business” (Why are there so few female corporate leaders at the executive level?) will be limited to the traditional business world.
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Juries 'could enter virtual crime scenes' following research - BBC News

Juries 'could enter virtual crime scenes' following research - BBC News | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Virtual reality technology used in the gaming industry could be utilised to recreate crime scenes for jurors, researchers claim.
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Ready Player One Avatar Contest Seeks Fan Creations

Ready Player One Avatar Contest Seeks Fan Creations | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
A new Ready Player One avatar contest is looking for creatively minded individuals to design characters for Steven Spielberg's upcoming adaptation.
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More U.S. Businesses Are Turning to Virtual Reality for Growth

More U.S. Businesses Are Turning to Virtual Reality for Growth | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Companies that incorporate virtual reality technology now could spur consumer interest, according to one analyst.
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Tour the "CBS This Morning" studio in virtual reality

Tour the "CBS This Morning" studio in virtual reality | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Be a fly on the wall and take a behind-the-scenes look at Studio 57
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MIT startup lets seniors enter the world of virtual reality - The Boston Globe

MIT startup lets seniors enter the world of virtual reality - The Boston Globe | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Two MIT Sloan School of Management graduate students launched Rendever Health, a startup that aims to integrate virtual reality technology into programs at senior living facilities throughout the country.
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Online High School in Japan Enters Virtual Reality

Online High School in Japan Enters Virtual Reality | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Some students at a new online high school in Japan attended their opening ceremony by donning virtual reality headsets.
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This Has To Happen Before Virtual Reality Can Succeed — Medium

This Has To Happen Before Virtual Reality Can Succeed — Medium | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Inclusion of women in virtual reality is crucial.
Women bring a unique perspective. And the inclusion of them has never been more important in a technology where people are creating these incredibly powerful, emotional experiences where you’re shaping worlds.
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Microsoft HoloLens offers a kind of magic virtual reality can't

HoloLens isn't just a gaming device: Microsoft envisions it having applications in education, medicine, science and work.
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I'm looking forward to a marriage of the two. I don't know that the total immersion is going to take off as completely as we hope. Even the young'uns (enough of them) experience the nausea. Something that allows for immersion with making us feel so disconnected from ourselves and others....that's what I'm waiting to see!
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Virtual reality is helping scientists to protect endangered jaguars

Virtual reality is helping scientists to protect endangered jaguars | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Travel to the Amazon without leaving the couch.
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When Virtual Reality Meets Education

When Virtual Reality Meets Education | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Since the 1950s, virtual reality (VR) has been hovering on the periphery of technology without achieving accepted mainstream application or commercial..
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Mayo Clinic develops upgrade to virtual reality

Mayo Clinic develops upgrade to virtual reality | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Mayo Clinic announced Wednesday it has partnered with an entertainment company to make a revolutionary technology available to further enhance the experience of virtual reality.
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