Barbie came alive! No, we don’t mean Valerie Lukyanova, the woman who turned herself into a human barbie, but the iconic 1950 doll that resides in girls’ bedrooms ever since. In the last 67 years, Barbie has been presidential candidate, doctor, scientist, chef, musician, astronaut, architect, computer engineering and now she’s becoming a 3D-animated hologram personal assistant for your kid. Last week Mattel released the Hello Barbie doll, a laser-beamed character that couples motion-capture animation with lively Amazon Echo AI like behavior.
Did you ever think about how artificial intelligence will deal with smell in the future? A group of 22 teams of computer scientists came up with a set of algorithms able to forecast the scent of different molecules based on their chemical composition. With such algorithms you might be able to know exactly what people will smell in the future.
Beating your robot might get you in real trouble with legal authorities in the near future. Recently the European Parliament discussed the introduction of an “electronic personhood” for robots. As personhood describes the status of being an actual person, this decision raises big questions about equality, citizenship, legal and ironically, human rights for artificial intelligent machines.
Instagram accounts with young girls featuring stunning selfies are hardly unusual. However, 21-year-old Paola Antonini’s popular IG account is certainly beyond the ordinary. The Brazilian model uses her Instagram to show off her prosthetic limb, the result of a tragic car accident in 2014 when Antonini was hit by a drunk driver.
Being friends with a cartoon character is a common childhood dream that is mostly forgotten in adulthood. Not in Japan! The Land of the Rising Sun always surprises the occidental world. Gatebox is bringing cartoons to reality in a way that seems to wink at the movie Her by Spike Jonze or to this Black Mirror episode. Just take a look at their video to get an idea of what life with a virtual anime assistant would look like.
Whenever you are feeling sad, your modem is always there to support you. It connects you to the Internet, lets you search your symptoms on Google, helps you find a psychiatrist, connects you to support groups, or facilitates a Skype connection with a friend for some advice. But have you ever wondered about the mental condition of your modem?
While man are looking like penguins in tail coats, this fashion style can also be tweaked the other way around, by dressing up penguins. Maybe penguin fashion is the wrong way to put it, since these are life saving little piece of knitwear.
Next year the television network HBO will broadcast a new documentary based on the incident and aftermath of two girls from Wisconsin attacking a third one in 2014. According to them, they were driven by the most famous mythical creature born on the Internet: the Slenderman. But who is this being and how it came to be? It may just be the modern version of a much older myth.
Imagine a typical city. Probably the image you have in your mind involves skyscrapers made out of steel and concrete, grey roads beneath them and some traffic. Now try to replace the materials with bone, how would it look like? Would you like to live in a city like this?