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Jan 28, 2016

Exclusive: Inside Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” VR Project

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

We’re going to see many more of these types of announcements coming — Inside Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” VR Project.


The ILMxLab expects to make many more VR experiences for “Star Wars” and other films, and for every VR platform.

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Jan 28, 2016

AMD’s Director Of VR Believes Console VR Is Positive For PC Front

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, virtual reality

I agree with AMD; Microsoft has released its VR for developers. A Console VR should prove to be very interesting over the next year.


AMD’s director of VR, Daryl Sartain, believes that virtual reality for consoles, is positive for the PC Front and to get VR into the market.

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Jan 28, 2016

Light Chaser Animation Releases First VR Story Short “Sent”

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, virtual reality

BEIJING, Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Light Chaser Animation released Sent, its second work in virtual reality and its first VR story short.

Lately, some key figures in the movie industry have questioned the viability of narrative storytelling in the VR medium. Sent is Light Chaser’s first attempt in answering the question.

The 5-minute, 40-second short tells the story of an emoji “Goodbye.” The narrative begins inside the phone of a boy who is having a quarrel with his girlfriend. Behind the chat screen, all kinds of emoji characters are gathered and vie to be chosen and applied to the conversation. When the boy selects “Goodbye,” the emoji embarks upon a magical journey that would turn things in surprising ways for all.

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Jan 28, 2016

Noted futurist predicts disease-fighting computers as small as blood cells in 25 years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, nanotechnology, robotics/AI

Definitely, we’re already seeing the research releases on microbots.


A famed futurist who foresees a day when and human and artificial intelligence merge and nanobots battle disease spoke to CBC’s Duncan McCue about what lies ahead.

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Jan 28, 2016

Self-Driving Cars in 10 Years? How $4B Could Make it a Reality

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Self driving cars to reach a $4bil revenue target within 10 yrs.


The White House wants to spend nearly $4 billion on self-driving cars, a move some experts say could help put extra horsepower behind autonomous vehicles and have them cruising America’s streets within the next 10 years.

“That is a serious amount of money,” Wendy Ju, executive director of Stanford’s Center for Design Research, told NBC News.

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Jan 28, 2016

Why Sacramento Wants To Ban Smartphone Encryption

Posted by in categories: encryption, mobile phones, security, sex

I do commend Sacramento for trying to put controls in place to reduce human trafficking; will it work?


What if banning smartphone encryption could stem the rising tide of human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery from which perpetrators force victims to engage in commercial labor services or sex acts against their will?

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Jan 28, 2016

The Cognitive Assistant That’s Like Google for Your Brain

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

Interesting; “Human memory is not the same as computer memory,” said James Kozloski.


An inventor at IBM has patented technology for a cognitive assistant that could learn all about you, then remind you of a name you can’t remember the moment you need to say it.

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Jan 28, 2016

Webcam search engine raises privacy concerns for connected devices

Posted by in categories: business, internet, security

“But if you are familiar with the advanced search options these sites offer or read any number of books or blogs on ‘Google Dorks, ’ you’ll likely be more fearful of them than something with limited scope like Shodan”.

And it’s recently emerged that Shodan, a search engine for the Internet of Things, allows users to snoop on screenshots of anything filmed by a webcam from cash register cameras to babies sleeping in a cot. It’s pitched mainly as a security research tool and a way for businesses to monitor connected device usage, but it has also exposed controls to utilities, heating and cooling units, and traffic systems.

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Jan 28, 2016

The Drone Racing League is Real, and It’s Spectacular

Posted by in category: drones

Drone Racing is a new high speed competitive racing sport with skilled pilots flying quad-copter drones.

via Drone Racing League, http://creativity.condenast.com/

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Jan 28, 2016

Google Just Beat Facebook in Race to Artificial Intelligence Milestone

Posted by in categories: computing, education, robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence researchers at Google DeepMind are celebrating after reaching a major breakthrough that’s been pursued for more than 20 years: The team taught a computer program the ancient game of Go, which has long been considered the most challenging game for an an artificial intelligence to learn. Not only can the team’s program play Go, it’s actually very good at it.

The computer program AlphaGo was developed by Google DeepMind specifically with the task of beating professional human players in the ancient game. The group challenged the three-time European Go Champion Fan Hui to a series of matches, and for the first time ever, the software was able to beat a professional player in all five of the games played on a full-sized board. The team announced the breakthrough in a Nature article published today.

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