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This Incredible Short Film Looks at the Frightening Potential of Virtual Reality

This Incredible Short Film Looks at the Frightening Potential of Virtual Reality | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
In this sci-fi short film, we get a dark look at the possible implications of virtual reality, and what happens when the lines between reality and fiction begin to blur.
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The Nostalgist: A Sci-fi Short Based on a Story From the Author of Robopocalypse

In the futuristic city of Vanille, with properly tuned ImmerSyst Eyes & Ears the world can look and sound like a paradise. But the life of a father and hi
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Intelligent machines might want to become biological again – Caleb Scharf | Aeon Essays

Intelligence could have been moving back and forth between biological beings and machine receptacles for aeons
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3D Printing Metal in Midair

In this video, see the laser-assisted method developed by Wyss Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis that allows metal to be 3D printed in midair. Credit: Lewis Lab…
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Gender Diversity and Asexuality: Future Sexualities Part 2

Gender Diversity and Asexuality: Future Sexualities Part 2 | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Exploring the future of gender and sex.



In Robotic Lovers and Artificial Companions, we played with where our sexual interest in the artificial—robots, dolls software, and the like—might lead in the very near future.

But any thought experiments about what might be coming to human sexuality
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LATLONG - Part of ‘Virtual Depictions:San Francisco’

LATLONG is part of the public art project ‘Virtual Depictions: San Francisco’ by Refik Anadol with Kilroy Realty Corporation / John Kilroy and Skidmore,…
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Software makes it easy to design and print creatures - Futurity

Software makes it easy to design and print creatures - Futurity | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
A software tool makes it easy for anybody to quickly design a custom robot—including its movements—and print out its parts with a 3D printer. You assemble the parts like a puzzle. Add electronic motors to the joints, install a control unit and battery, and then unleash your creature.

The first step is to create a basic skeleton for the desired robot, specifying how many extremities the figure will have and how many segments there will be in the backbone. This skeleton can be modified at will by extending or shortening its segments or breaking them up with new joints.

The primary challenge of the research project was to design the robot’s movements so that they would also work outside the digital realm.

“That’s the hard part of this work, the part where technical innovation is needed,” says Bernhard Thomaszewski of Disney Research Zurich. From a user’s perspective, he says, the tools offered by their program are comparable with those used in the animation of purely digital figures.

However, unlike in digital animations, the robots must obey the laws of physics. In particular, physical robots cannot balance in every pose that is digitally possible, and there is a limit to the accelerations that can be produced by the motors.

“Without support from a computer, it is extremely difficult for users to take these restrictions into account when planning the movements, and this quickly becomes frustrating for the layman,” says Thomaszewski. “This is precisely the task that our software automates through simulation and numerical optimization.

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Con una herramienta de software se hace fácil el diseñar rápidamente un robot incluyendo sus movimientos.

Luego, imprimir sus partes con una impresora 3D.

Es como, colocar las piezas de un rompecabezas.

Añadir motores electrónicos a las articulaciones, instalar la unidad de control con la batería.

Y luego dar vida para la criatura robótica.

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Here's Why We Shouldn't Send Astronauts Into Space

Here's Why We Shouldn't Send Astronauts Into Space | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
That’s one small step for astronauts, one giant leap for humanists.
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A computer has made a Rembrandt painting and it's perfect

A computer has made a Rembrandt painting and it's perfect | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
A computer has made a Rembrandt painting and it’s perfect
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Living factories of the future : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Living factories of the future : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Scientists are designing cells that can manufacture drugs, food and materials [mdash] and even act as diagnostic biosensors. But first they must agree on a set of engineering tools.
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The Adidas "Speed Factory" Aims To Bring Local Customization To Manufacturing

The Adidas "Speed Factory" Aims To Bring Local Customization To Manufacturing | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
The German sportswear giant makes a major robot-powered leap in design and production techniques.
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Humans are still evolving—and we can watch it happen

Humans are still evolving—and we can watch it happen | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Analyses of thousands of sequenced genomes show changes in as little as a generation
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The Future of Learning — Learning {Re}imagined

The Future of Learning - Learning {Re}imagined - Medium
What is the purpose of school & the role of EdTech?
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Nature Is Not Your Friend

Nature Is Not Your Friend | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Technology isn't an intrusion upon an otherwise pristine Garden of Eden, it is the only reason we as a species are alive today.
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ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2015-16

ICD/ITKE RESEARCH PAVILION 2015-16 - STUTTGART 2016 Institute for Computational Design (ICD) – Prof. Achim Menges Institute of Building Structures and Structural…
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MIT Media Lab's Joi Ito on the Future of Design, Learning & Science | Xconomy

MIT Media Lab's Joi Ito on the Future of Design, Learning & Science | Xconomy | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Joi Ito was named director of the famous MIT Media Lab in 2011. He was not your run of the mill choice. Largely self-taught computer scientist. Former chai
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If Schools Don't Change, Robots Will Bring On a 'Permanent Underclass': Report

If Schools Don't Change, Robots Will Bring On a 'Permanent Underclass': Report | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Soon, technical skills won't be enough.
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Why We Should Teach Kids to Code Biology, Not Just Software

Why We Should Teach Kids to Code Biology, Not Just Software | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Why We Should Teach Kids to Code Biology, Not Just Software
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When Given Colored Construction Paper, Wasps Build Rainbow Colored Nests

When Given Colored Construction Paper, Wasps Build Rainbow Colored Nests | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
It's unnerving to discover a wasp's nest dangling outside your house, but perhaps it would be a tad less so with the help of biology student Mattia Menchetti who cleverly realized he could give colored construction paper to a colony of European paper wasps. By gradually providing diffe
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This Technicolor Mutant Zebrafish Is Synthetic Biology's Craziest Creation Yet

This Technicolor Mutant Zebrafish Is Synthetic Biology's Craziest Creation Yet | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
It sounds ripped out of the pages of a science fiction novel—or maybe a Lisa Frank catalog—but the genetically modified, brilliantly colored zebra fish pictured above is no fantasy. It was created by scientists, to explore one of the most elusive processes in biology: tissue regeneration.
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