Archive For The “VR, AR, and “Reality”” Category

20 Best VR Apps for Google Cardboard

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If you have a Google Cardboard, you need to download these apps.

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Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us | WIRED

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FROM THE MOMENT I became involved in the creation of new technologies, their ethical dimensions have concerned me, but it was only in the autumn of 1998 that I became anxiously aware of how great are the dangers facing us in the 21st century. I can date the onset of my unease to the day I met Ray Kurzweil, the deservedly famous inventor of the first reading machine for the blind and many other amazing things.

Ray and I were both speakers at George Gilder’s Telecosm conference, and I encountered him by chance in the bar of the hotel after both our sessions were over. I was sitting with John Searle, a Berkeley philosopher who studies consciousness. While we were talking, Ray approached and a conversation began, the subject of which haunts me to this day.

Source: Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us | WIRED

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Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045

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In a communication to Futurism, Kurzweil states:
2029 is the consistent date I have predicted for when an AI will pass a valid Turing test and therefore achieve human levels of intelligence. I have set the date 2045 for the ‘Singularity’ which is when we will multiply our effective intelligence a billion fold by merging with the intelligence we have created.

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HTC Vive ditches the PC thanks to China’s cloud VR service

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An AI Can Recreate Your Favorite Old-School Video Game Just by Watching Someone Play It

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Today’s AI systems have gotten rather good at learning from what it observes, to the point that it can beat human players in board games and video games. Georgia Tech researcher are taking it a step further with an AI that can recreate video games.

Source: An AI Can Recreate Your Favorite Old-School Video Game Just by Watching Someone Play It

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EAS system plays hacked message to 3 million people watching TV in Orange County, CA

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“Realize this, extremely violent times will come,” a man’s voice boomed, according to a video of the alert.

Laflamme said she was alarmed.

“It almost sounded like Hitler talking,” she said. “It sounded like a radio broadcast coming through the television.”

In violation of federal and state laws and even common decency…someone triggered two national cable TV companies Emergency Alert systems to over 3 million viewers in living rooms all over Orange County, CA (just south of LA) and broadcast a hacked doomsday alert.

Guessing that the techs at the radio station are in for some very intense and unpleasant meetings jammed uncomfortably between people with no sense of humor.


Source: End-of-world prediction interrupts TV broadcasts in Orange County – Orange County Register

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HTC Vive ditches the PC thanks to China’s cloud VR service

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https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/19/htc-vive-china-cloud-vr-service/

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Do “They” Really Say: “Technological Progress Is Slowing Down”?

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Consider the 256 GB memory iPhone X: Implemented in vacuum tubes in 1957, the transistors in an iPhoneX alone would have:cost 150 trillion of today’s dollars: one and a half times today’s global annual producttaken up a hundred-story square building 300 meters high, and 3 kilometers long and widedrawn 150 terawatts of power—30 times the world’s current generating capacity

Source: Do “They” Really Say: “Technological Progress Is Slowing Down”?

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Face-reading AI will be able to detect your politics and IQ, professor says | Technology | The Guardian

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This is probably because political views appear to be heritable, as research has shown, he said. That means political leanings are possibly linked to genetics or developmental factors, which could result in detectable facial differences.

Kosinski said previous studies have foundthat conservative politicians tend to be more attractive than liberals, possibly because good-looking people have more advantages and an easier time getting ahead in life.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/12/artificial-intelligence-face-recognition-michal-kosinski

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Mountain Brook native fights to marry computer to protest gay marriage ‘charade’ | AL.com

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In the filing, Sevier claimed he “married an object in New Mexico with female like features” and asked Green to either recognize the union or issue him a new marriage license. “Defendant Green issues marriage licenses to individuals who self-identify as homosexual, but he refuses to issue marriage licenses to zoophiles, machinists, and polygamists license on a basis that can only be described as procedurally arbitrary,” the complaint states.

http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/09/mountain_brook_native_sues_ove.html

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