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Look Familiar?The Learning Theater isn't the only place people are experimenting with technology to create augmented experiences. The 4DSOUND experiment and institute has made a custom environment for listening.A group of composers, tech...
There are a lot of free online visualization tools. It all depends on that type of data you have and what tasks you want to complete. Below are some of the best ones I’ve seen or used. Figure 1. Flowchart of data visualization tool choosing If you have ...
I found this video about mapping the human brain interesting. I saw some similarities with the role playing activities we have been doing during the Development and Research presentations. Here we have a professor and innovator of neuro-science describing the research into "Connectomics" to people ranging from a 5 year old boy to a neuro-science Ph. D. student and an entrepreneur. It is interesting to see not only the d...
After years of deciphering text and checking buttons to deny robot status, there is finally a more elegant solution to defending against robot invasions of websites.  Google has announced invisible reCAPTCHA which separates robots from humans by analyzing browsing behavior.  Check out the video explanation: 
As we start on our next project to redesign Vialogues, we are constantly looking for new ideas and technology that can be incorporated into it. Google just announced a new project where their computer vision algorithm is now able to search and recognize specific objects within a video! How are they doing this? Very simple answer is through computer vision, artificial intelligence and machine learning. 
With our work in the Learning Theater just beginning to use data to configure the space, we might consider the case of Daybreaker, an early morning cognitive dance party that combines exercise and dancing to start the day. It uses IBM Watson to apply personal data to structure experiences and interactions for those attending. Check out some of the key features:
In an article on Mixed Reality Leslie D'Monte discusses how Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) can come together to create Mixed Reality (MR), an environment with layers of information brought together to create unique (learning) experiences. He suggests that this combination can become a new comp...
“You look stressed. Would you like me to slow down?” These are not the words of a human, but the words of a machine. Can you imagine your smart car saying that to you? Can you imagine your phone interpreting your feelings and initiating responses based on your facial expressions? Think about the possibilities for publications, education and advertising if we had analytics data that included the audience’s emotional responses to articles, journals, social media campaigns or exams questions in school.
A friend of mine posted this on Facebook the other day: “I’m glad I’m an underemployed, intellectual artist type. It’s one of the few jobs the robots can’t take.” Little did she know, however, that that might not longer be true. Artificial Intelligence has been used to create pieces of art and poems, recipes and board games. But recently, for the first time, AI was used to write a screenplay. Created by researches at NYU, the AI bot, named Benjamin1, was fed dozens of science fiction scripts before being asked to write its own, including both dialogue and actor directions. The...
Like many people these days, a friend and I were recently discussing Oculus Rift. “I really want to try out Oculus Rift,” he said. “Yeah, me too,” I replied. “Yeah, I just want to use it to play video games.” “Oh…” “I mean, it’s not like it can be used for any moral purpose, right? It’s basically just another form of entertainment.” That stopped me. Is that really the main purpose of Oculus Rift and virtual reality in general—to entertain? Sure, using VR to play video games seems like a really cool way to spend an afternoon, but it would be disappointing if the years of rumor...
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