Category Archives: Virtual Reality

Transhuman Films

The blog’s been pretty quiet while I’ve been concentrating on other things. One of those other things is a research project looking at post- and transhumanism in popular culture, and particularly in film. One of those projects has been the … Continue reading

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DIP’s Dispatches from the Imagination Age

A link sent to me by a colleague in architecture points to an excellent news resource for all things virtual. See DIP’s Dispatches from the Imagination Age.

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World Builder – short film

I thought this was very good – a virtual reality love story. See YouTube – World Builder See also YouTube – World Builder (high quality) Similar in some ways to Grek Pak’s Robot Stories.

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Virtual PA

A link through to a brief report on a NZ project to create a virtual personal assistant for controlling your environment. See Meet Nicole, the virtual PA – Stuff.co.nz. More detailed information at: Massey University – School of Engineering and … Continue reading

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Virtual Archaeology

A recent article on the Reuters web site Ancient Rome comes back to life in virtual model reports on the University of Virginia’s RomeReborn1.0 project, which attempts to recreate a virtual reality model of the entirety of Rome circa 320AD. … Continue reading

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VR you can touch

This looks promising. Touch is much harder to simulate in VR than sound and vision. This development seems to bring it a bit close. See Haptic glove to touch on virtual fabrics – tech – 13 February 2007 – New … Continue reading

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Are virtual worlds inhibiting real social progress?

Simon Smith (who runs the BetterHumans.com web site) pauses to think about the effects of living in “eschatological” hope – in this case, waiting for some sort of techno-rapture. See Simon : Are virtual worlds inhibiting real social progress?. But … Continue reading

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Robot and Animal Ethics

A couple of links relating to ethical considerations of emerging technologies. No sex please, robot, just clean the floor – Sunday Times – Times Online notes the call by some for ethical guidelines to be developed with respect to robot/AI … Continue reading

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Anyone for Tennis?

This is funky. Playing virtual tennis in real space with your cell phone. I love augmented reality technologies (see Greenflame: Augmented Reality, Children’s Books and Ritual), and the video clips at the HITL (NZ) web site have some interesting demos. … Continue reading

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How Virtual Worlds Mirror Our Own

3quarksdaily: Poison in the Ink: How Virtual Worlds Mirror Our Own is an article picking up on the popularity of the large-scale online multi-player gaming systems. See also: Greenflame: UN uses video game as educational tool

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