Odds are we're living in a simulation, says Elon Musk
"There's a billion to one chance we're living in base reality," Elon Musk said tonight on stage at Recode's Code Conference, meaning that one of the most influential and powerful figures in tech...
First AI robot conversation ends in argument
Artificial intelligence robots have held a conversation with one another for the first time with surprising and surreal results. Two graduate PhD students at Cornell University gave voices and 2D avatars to a pair of online "chatbots", which they named Alan and Sruthi.
Artificial Intelligence Doctors And Virtual Reality Vacations Are On The Horizon
Robot doctors, virtual reality vacations and smart toothbrushes are just a few of the things the world can expect to see in the not-so-distant future, according to Stanford and Duke researcher and lecturer Vivek Wadhwa.
Reality Editor uses augmented reality to let you change the way your electronic devices function.
By now, we can probably all agree that the term "smart object" is a bit of a misnomer. The connected devices in our homes, while not dumb per se, aren't exactly geniuses either. They sit there with the limited functionality assigned to them straight out of the box-a smoke detector's a smoke detector, a toaster's a toaster.
Microsoft's HoloLens to help NASA scientists explore Mars
Of all the announcements Microsoft made during Wednesday's Windows 10 event, HoloLens, the company's new virtual reality headset, almost immediately dominated the news. But it's not just gamers and developers who have ambitious plans for the device. NASA also plans to use the futuristic tech to allow scientists to explore the surface of Mars with its HoloLens-enabled software called.
Virtual reality: A new dawn for healthcare
Those working in the medical profession can find themselves chronically overworked, often to a point where the long shifts they have to work can result in patient neglect and, in extreme cases, human error that can lead to deaths. In Europe the British Medical Association has warned that junior doctors are working 100-hour weeks despite ...
How The United Nations Is Using Virtual Reality To Tackle Real-World Problems
Though there's still much to be learned about the power and potential of virtual reality-from the release date of upcoming VR headsets to how this nascent technology will shape entertainment, education, and social interaction-filmmaker Chris Milk has already arrived at one important conclusion. "Virtual reality, fundamentally, is a technology that removes borders," he says. "Anything can be local to you."
The Future of Virtual Reality
THE FUTURE OF VIRTUAL REALITY What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about what you can hear, what you can smell, taste and feel, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.
Love and Sex with Robots conference cancelled in Malaysia
The Love and Sex with Robots conference due to be held in Malaysia has been cancelled by police for being "illegal". The annual event, which was supposed to go ahead on 16 November, was called "ridiculous" by police chief Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar. There was "nothing scientific about having sex with machines," he said.
Stop Calling Google Cardboard's 360-Degree Videos 'VR'
I love seeing people get excited about their first taste of VR. The sooner more people experience the transformative power of VR, the better. But if the high-powered, desktop headsets that are coming next year are the main course for virtual reality, then viewing 360-degree video using Google Cardboard is an amuse-bouche at best.
Three arguments against the singularity
I periodically get email from folks who, having read "Accelerando", assume I am some kind of fire-breathing extropian zealot who believes in the imminence of the singularity, the uploading of the libertarians, and the rapture of the nerds. I find this mildly distressing, and so I think it's time to set the record straight and say what I really think.
Google Glass, HoloLens, and the Real Future of Augmented Reality
It seemed like the nascent augmented-reality industry was on a roller coaster at the start of the year. Things looked bad when Google announced that it was terminating sales of its Glass headset in favor of developing some new version to be announced at some time in the future.
A Virtual Reality Revolution, Coming to a Headset Near You
Virtual reality - once the stuff of science fiction - is still in its infancy. But there's already a gold rush around the technology, which plunges viewers into a simulated 3-D environment and lets them explore their surroundings as if they were really there.
Google Cardboard's New York Times Experiment Gave a Bunch of Kids Their First Glimpse of the Future
Yesterday my Facebook feed filled up with pictures of friends' kids clutching cardboard boxes to their faces. Well, I should say, Cardboard boxes. That's because subscribers to The New York Times' Sunday print edition received a Google Cardboard virtual reality headset, wrapped in the standard-issue blue plastic bag, as part of the Times' rollout of its own VR content.
Simulation Singularity by Andy Fawkes
Tune in to Digital Shoreditch Festival 2015 live. Simulation Singularity - when simulation faithfully mirrors the real world?? At the Technological Singularity it is claimed AI will match human intelligence. With the general advances in computing, AI, & games is there a similar "Simulation Singularity" when simulation faithfully mirrors the real world?
Google planning a 'watershed' quantum computing announcement for December 8
According to Steve Jurvetson, venture capitalist and board member at pioneer quantum computing company D-WAVE, Google has what may be a "watershed" quantum computing announcement scheduled for early next month. This comes as D-WAVE, which notably also holds the Mountain View company as a customer, has just sold a 1000+ Qubit 2X quantum computer to national security research institution Los Alamos.
This is why Nokia is betting big on virtual reality
In July, Finnish telecoms firm Nokia released a virtual reality camera called OZO in what was its first hardware release since it sold its devices business to Microsoft for $7.5 billion last year. The launch of OZO came as a surprise to many but it marks Nokia's slow first steps back into the consumer space in which it hopes to spark a "consumer revolution".
Government Researchers Are Working on Letting You Plug Your Brain Straight into the Internet
Photo via Flickr user Allan Ajifo In 2014, when DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of the Department of Defense) first announced it was intent on creating biotechnology like cortical modems it sounded like pure science fiction. I mean, we're just now getting hoverboards.
How Augmented and Virtual Reality will Impact the AEC Industry
How Augmented and Virtual Reality will Impact the AEC Industry
The Digital Love Industry
Soon, virtual reality is going to crash into our lives in a way we never even imagined. Though dating and masturbating have long been commandeered by the web, it's only been as a kind of middleman.