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Freakishly realistic telemarketing robots are denying they're robots

Freakishly realistic telemarketing robots are denying they're robots | Cyborg | Scoop.it

This is how it starts, people. First we get our chatbots to sound and act realistic — and then we get them to convince everyone they're actually human. Listen to this crazy conversation between Time's Michael Scherer and a telemarketing robot who refuses to admit her true artificial nature.

Recently, Time Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer received a phone call from an apparently bright and engaging woman asking him if he wanted a deal on his health insurance. But he soon got the feeling something wasn't quite right.

After asking the telemarketer point blank if she was a real person or a computer-operated robot, she chuckled charmingly and insisted she was real. Looking to press the issue, Scherer asked her a series of questions, which she promptly failed. Such as, "What vegetable is found in tomato soup?" To which she responded by saying she didn't understand the question. When asked what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained of a bad connection (ah, the oldest trick in the book).

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Via Wildcat2030
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This is bit scary and does sound really realistic. 
We have a Blade Runner here!
What next? 

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luiy's curator insight, December 20, 2013 2:45 AM

Remember that super-realistic telemarketing chatbot who denies she's a robot? Turns out "Samantha West" may not a robot after all — but the real story is just as bizarre.

 

As Time is now reporting, the telemarketing robot is actually a computer program used by telemarketers outside the United States. According to John Rasman of U.S.-based Premier Health, the system allows English speaking telemarketers with thick non-American accents to sort through leads to find real prospective buyers before passing them off to agents back in the United States. "We're just contacting people in a way they're not familiar with," said Rasman. The human agents who trigger Samantha West's responses act as brokers for health insurance companies inside the U.S.

 

So, when Samantha West calls, there's another person on the other end of the line who actively participates in the exchange. Rasman told Time that human telemarketers — heavy accents and all — communicate using a machine that spouts off pre-recorded utterances. He insisted that humans are involved in the mix, and that the canned responses don't change that fact that no "robot" is involved.

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Do you want to live forever?

Do you want to live forever? | Cyborg | Scoop.it
We chart the ultimate life hacks for immortality, from internet grave stones to bioelecticity-fuelled limbs
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This is just wow! Such a good and intriguing article!

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Stratasys Unveils World's First Multi-Color, Multi-Material 3D Printer

Stratasys Unveils World's First Multi-Color, Multi-Material 3D Printer | Cyborg | Scoop.it
Stratasys has unveiled the world's first 3D printer that can print multi-color, multi-material objects at the same time.
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While Star Trek replicators still don't exist, we just moved a little closer to the dream, thanks to a new kind of 3D printer. 3D-printing manufacturer Stratasys just debuted the Objet500 Connex3, the world’s first 3D printer that can produce multi-color, multi-material objects at the same time....
THis looks really interesting and i love the crazy,bright and fun colours. 

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WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION!

WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION! | Cyborg | Scoop.it
Women Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of the Hugo Award-nominated magazine LIGHTSPEED entirely written—and edited—by women. (The WOMEN DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION! Kickstarter is over $17K (345% funding).
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Would like to read that. 

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Space travel 'vital to our survival'

Space travel 'vital to our survival' | Cyborg | Scoop.it
The British astronaut who is due to go into space next year has said that learning how to live and work in space will be essential to the survival of our species. (Yup.
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Space Travel, is getting more and more actual. 

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2013 from the outside

2013 from the outside | Cyborg | Scoop.it
The weirdest and wackiest stories that defined not-so-popular culture in 2013 on Dazed Digital
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hahah such a fun and interesting article about absurd new thing out there. 
I quite like absurdity , would  love to add bit of to my zine. 

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Ten women reshaping modern tech

Ten women reshaping modern tech | Cyborg | Scoop.it
The scientists, hackers and makers who are exploding online gender stereotypes
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But the beautiful thing about the internet is that it gives anyone the chance to ditch glass ceilings for an open sky. It’s a vital platform for people doing thankless/groundbreaking/critical/whimsical/lifesaving/intellectually provocative work all over the world. Some of these people are women, identify as women, are robots programmed with feminine identities, or just think that women are cool (because really, why wouldn’t you?). Everyone is reaping the benefits of makerspaces, hacking culture, online communities, and wiki-resources.

THis is great.
Especially interesting and topic related to my project  is  
 

NERI OXMAN

To simply call Neri Oxman an architect would be a gross underestimation of what this woman has and will continue to accomplish in our collective lifetimes. Oxman’s thing is “material ecology,” a term she created in the quest to understand how design can strengthen the existing relationship between the manmade and the natural. Most recently she oversaw the development of a Silk Pavilion at MIT, using a deft combination of 6,500 real silkworms and 3D-printed cocoons to create a kilometer-long thread. 

 

One of the topics i want to explore and discusws is the relationship between manmade and natural, how they co-exist and how to make them co-exist and how to find new solutions to do all that. LOve that many desigenrs are starting to think about it and work towards it.

 

CHRISTY MATSON AND MELISSA BARRON

Video games and weaving go hand in hand for Christy Matson and Melissa Barron, whose work takes a cue from the 19th century manufacturer and inventor Joseph Jaquard. Jaquard invented a mechanical loom that was “programmable” via different kinds of punch cards, which eventually led to the modern programmable computer. Both women directly explore the weird limbo where virtual and physical meet via weaving; both artists are part of a new-ish movement called “craft hacking” to explore the relationship between modern technology and “low-fi” tech. Most interesting is Matson’s admission that she didn’t play video games, as she was motivated to pursue herLoomscape for the narrative storytelling and aesthetic qualities in the game.  “The Jacquard,” she explained in an interview, “seemed a great output method…because of its historical connections to the early computing technology.”

THis is reallyinspiration and useful  as well . High teck and lo-fi tech.

 

THE MACHINE TO BE ANOTHER

We saved the best for last: enter the newest mutant offspring of Oculus Rift technology, which allows people to experience the viewpoint of another. In plain English, you can actually feel what it’s like to be the opposite sex. This isn’t a person, per se, but technology has finally unlocked one of the greatest mysteries in terms of experiencing what it is to be the Other, and who else would be more fascinating to meet (or be)?

WOW THIS IS really interesting. Who wouldn´t want to know what is going on in other people´s head (ecpesially opposite sex, i am curious perosn by nature,so i would love to try this one out) 

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So THIS Is What Wi-Fi Actually Looks Like...

So THIS Is What Wi-Fi Actually Looks Like... | Cyborg | Scoop.it
These days we take Wi-Fi for granted, this invisible energy field that keeps us all constantly connected wherever we are in the world. But do you know how it was initially created? It was actually ...
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Everybody is using Wi-FI, but it is true most of us never really think WHAT and HOW?
Well now we know and it looks rather beautiful.
 

But if we could see it, what would Wi-Fi actually look like? Thankfully Dr. Vogel a professor and former NASA employee teamed up with visual artist Nickolay Lamm to answer just that question.

Dr. Vogel adds:

Wi-Fi is an energy field that is transmitted as waves. The waves have a certain height, distance between them and travel at a certain speed. The distance between Wi-fFi waves is shorter than that of radio waves and longer than that of microwaves, giving wifi a unique transmission band that can’t be interrupted by other signals. Wi-Fi waves are about 3 to 5 inches from crest to crest.

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Eben Bayer | Profile on TED.com

Eben Bayer | Profile on TED.com | Cyborg | Scoop.it
Eben Bayer is co-inventor of MycoBond, an organic (really -- it's based on mycelium, a living, growing organism) adhesive that turns agriwaste into a foam-like material for packaging and insulation.
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Eben Bayer is co-inventor of MycoBond, an organic (really -- it's based on mycelium, a living, growing organism) adhesive that turns agriwaste into a foam-like material for packaging and insulation.

"There are three principles that should govern better materials. Firstly, they should be able to be created almost anywhere on the planet. Secondly, they should require considerably less energy to produce than current materials. Lastly, they should be able to be disposed of by nature's wonderful open-source recycling system."

Eben Bayer,
BIODESIGN! 
GROWING! 
Mushrooms can be next plastic-amazing. 

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Cyborg artist Neil Harbisson uses his Eyeborg to listen to colour

Cyborg artist Neil Harbisson uses his Eyeborg to listen to colour | Cyborg | Scoop.it
Cyborg artist Neil Harbisson hears colour and enjoys listening to Antoni Gaudí's architecture with his Eyeborg - a sensory device implanted into his skull.
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Technology will increasingly be integrated into the body "to extend our abilities, our knowledge and our perceptions of reality", according to Neil Harbisson, the first officially recognised human cyborg


"We will stop using technology as a tool and we'll start using technology as part of the body," said Barcelona-based Harbisson, who wears a head-mounted antenna attached to a chip at the back of his skull that allows him to perceive colours. "I think this will be much more common in the next few years."


For me this is bit scary and too much, but it does look like that we are heading to that direction. Although  i hope that not any time that soon. 5years tooooo soon!

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3D-printed eye cells could "cure blindness" | technology | Dezeen

3D-printed eye cells could "cure blindness" | technology | Dezeen | Cyborg | Scoop.it
3D-printed eye cells could "aid in the cure of blindness" according to researchers at The University of Cambridge.
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"This is the first time that cells from the adult central nervous system have been successfully printed," professor Keith Martin told Dezeen. "We've demonstrated that you can take cells from the retina and you can effectively separate them out. These can be put in an inkjet printer and we can print those cells out in any pattern we like and we've shown that those cells can survive and thrive."

"What we're looking to do now is to develop this towards ways of repairing the retina," he told us. "With time there's no reason why you can't print multiple different cell types in the same way that you print multiple different colours of ink. Building up 3D structures is the next step."

Technology at its best!

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Top ten wearable tech inventions

Top ten wearable tech inventions | Cyborg | Scoop.it
From wi-fi wigs to tiny skinjob computers, your body is technology’s final frontier
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From wi-fi wigs to tiny skinjob computers, your body is technology’s final frontier

These new inventions are just something else. New Luddite in me asks, do we really need all of it? 
I am pretty sure we can still live our lives perfectly without these new technology gadgets that are popping out like mushrooms after rain. Although on the other hand,technology is constantly improving and this is where our generation is heading towards, i guess. 

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How science goes wrong - THE ECONOMIST

How science goes wrong - THE ECONOMIST | Cyborg | Scoop.it
A SIMPLE idea underpins science: “trust, but verify”. Results should always be subject to challenge from experiment. That simple but powerful idea has generated...

Via Ralph Schneider, Wildcat2030
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"TRUST BUT VERIFY"
This is good article to prove my statement in the abstract for zine.
Pros and cons of the science and technology. It is not about praising or slamming, it is about equal and objective discussion and informative text.

But success can breed complacency. Modern scientists are doing too much trusting and not enough verifying—to the detriment of the whole of science, and of humanity.

 

One reason is the competitiveness of science. In the 1950s, when modern academic research took shape after its successes in the second world war, it was still a rarefied pastime. The entire club of scientists numbered a few hundred thousand.

Careerism also encourages exaggeration and the cherry-picking of results. In order to safeguard their exclusivity, the leading journals impose high rejection rates: in excess of 90% of submitted manuscripts. The most striking findings have the greatest chance of making it onto the page. Little wonder that one in three researchers knows of a colleague who has pepped up a paper by, say, excluding inconvenient data from results “based on a gut feeling”.

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Ralph Schneider's comment, January 16, 12:52 PM
@Wildcat2030, wow thanks for sharing this post so extensively. Have a nice day!
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@Ralph Schneider not a problem, if its good I'll reshare..
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Silicon Valley's New Spy Satellites

Silicon Valley's New Spy Satellites | Cyborg | Scoop.it
Three startups are launching services—and orbiters—to provide real-time, better-than-Google imagery of the Earth.
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Interasting read about new ways to map the planet and how we could benefit from it.
This is quite a good source of isnpiration and i had few ideas i want to develope in my sketchbook with this idea of mapping,  algorithms and reading imagery.

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Our top sci-fi babes

Our top sci-fi babes | Cyborg | Scoop.it
In response to Alexander Wang's AW14 army of robo-warriors, we chart our top sci-fi girls on film
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Sci-fi is getting popular!
Must see films! 

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Andrea Vitaletti - Talking plants…science fiction? - Cordis News

Andrea Vitaletti - Talking plants…science fiction?
Cordis News
The plant is turned into a kind of cyborg, or plant-borg if you like. In the vision of the project to develop very small devices, the ...
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cyborg plants-idea/inspiration for zine stories.

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Masan Robot Land Is A Park Just For Robots - Ubergizmo

Masan Robot Land Is A Park Just For Robots - Ubergizmo | Cyborg | Scoop.it
Ubergizmo Masan Robot Land Is A Park Just For Robots Ubergizmo The whole idea of this particular theme park is to celebrate science fiction cyborgs and androids, at the same time promoting popular interest not only in the robotics industry, but...
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Cybors,androids and robots. Looks like my latest interest and inspiration.
Use as an idea for illustration-Cyborg City ?! 

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"Immersive virtual world" by Gareth Pugh and Inition at Selfridges

"Immersive virtual world" by Gareth Pugh and Inition at Selfridges | Cyborg | Scoop.it
Visitors to London department store Selfridges can take a virtual reality tour created by technology company Inition inside a helmet by Gareth Pugh.
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Need to see and experience that! Gareth Pugh ,what a great innovator and designer. Huge inspiration.

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Top ten art-meets-biology innovations

Top ten art-meets-biology innovations | Cyborg | Scoop.it
Honeycomb sculptures and microorganism-powered Tamagotchis - welcome to the weird world of bioart
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THIS IS AMAZING! WORTH A READ FOR SURE: 
Bio-art, biomimicry and bioscience is something i have been very interested since my Tren Forecastin project last year. My project TEXNOLOGIES was mainly focusing on bioart biochemistry etc, growing things and fabrics with a help of bacteria etc.
THis was really really interesting article and found a lot of inspiration and informative anda valuable ideas from here.
More of this please.
Now on to futher researcg on the artists, designers mentioned.
PS! Most intruiged was i by:
Use insects as your 3D printer (i love bees)

 Build a radio with bacteria (use of bacteria in tech and science is one of my interests and focus points)

 Stem cell sloganeering ( researched a lot of stem cells last year,so naturally interested in that topic)

I wish this kind of info would have been more out there last year when i was doing my project. 

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These Jaw-Dropping Custom Prosthetic Limbs Redefine Fashion

These Jaw-Dropping Custom Prosthetic Limbs Redefine Fashion | Cyborg | Scoop.it
Being born without a limb or even losing one through accident or injury, use to severely hamper your mobility. But with the rapid technological advances in prosthetics, losing a limb is can be easi...
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  But whilst prosthetic technology has certainly come a long way since the days of pirates on peg legs – their aesthetic design certainly leaves a little to be desired. It’s often a case of function over form, but designer Sophie de Oliveira Barata is one individual who’s intent of allowing people to have both.
At first sight i was bit of taken back by this idea(cannot even explain why) But aftedoing bit of research and thinking about it, i thinbnk it is great idea. Prosthetic limbs do not have to be boring and dull, why not having bit of fun with them and addding creativity into the making of these. 

 

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Ecovative Design

Ecovative Design | Cyborg | Scoop.it
Ecovative provides sustainable alternatives to plastics and plastic foams for packaging, building materials and other applications by using mushroom technology to convert agricultural waste into high-performance, cost effective, and...
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Similar idea, growing materials in order to be more sustainable, eco friendly and innovative.

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Grow your own clothes

Designer Suzanne Lee shares her experiments in growing a kombucha-based material that can be used like fabric or vegetable leather to make clothing.
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Trend Forecasting project TEXNOLOGIES starting point and huge huge inspiration.
Such an amazing idea!
DId A LOT OF RESEARCH ON THAT TOPIC LAST YEAR!
BIOCOUTURE, BIOFASHION, BIOTECHNOLOGY! 

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"4D-printed" shape-changing dress and jewellery by Nervous System

"4D-printed" shape-changing dress and jewellery by Nervous System | Cyborg | Scoop.it
Massachusetts design studio Nervous System has developed a method of 3D-printing jewellery and garments with articulated joints so they automatically change shape once removed from the printer.
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3D, well now it is all about 4D!
I am most interested in the shapes of the dress and how organic look they have, yet they have been created using latest technology. It is an combination of natural and artificial,soemthign that i am really interested in. 

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Long live the new flesh

Long live the new flesh | Cyborg | Scoop.it
The tech advancements set to get under our skin, from cyborg sperm to cancer fighting nanobots
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The tech advancements set to get under our skin, from cyborg sperm to cancer fighting nanobots- WOW HOW COOL IS THAT! i would say very!

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Innovative 3D Food Printers Create Edible Geometric Forms

Innovative 3D Food Printers Create Edible Geometric Forms | Cyborg | Scoop.it
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, 3D Systems showcased the world's first 3D food printers. Called Chefjet and Chefjet Pro, the innovative…
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I LOVE SWEETS, simple as that. I just needed to post this.

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chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet - designboom | architecture & design magazine

chiu chih's survival kit for the ever-changing planet - designboom | architecture & design magazine | Cyborg | Scoop.it
exploring the deteriorating air quality within crowded living environments, designer chiu chih has developed a survival kit, 'voyage on the planet'.
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BRILLIANT.
Exactly what i am researching for this project. Ideas that connect technology, innovation, fashion and design.
I liek the idea and design respond to ever changing enviromental state. Also beautiful images. 

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