Tag: Fake-for-Real

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Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: War at Home

Ever fired an automatic rifle? Most of us are lucky and never had to in real life. First-person shooter games let you immerse in a battlefield from the moment you press play. Due to the first-person point of view and the high definition of these games, they look and feel very realistic. Yes! You are invading your opponent! Oh… You didn’t see that bullet coming? No worries! Fuel up your life, start again, or leave the war with the power switch!

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.

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Fake-for-Real

Geothermal Beach

A man made beach at the location of Nauthólsvík in Reykjavik, Iceland. The lagoon was build with seawalls combined with white sand. The sea water in the lagoon is artificially heated with hot water, merged with the cold water from the sea. In this way, it is possible to swim in the lagoon all year round, with an average water temperature of 15 – 19 degrees.

The Geothermal beach offers additional facilities, such as outdoor showers, hot tubs, steam bath, sailing school and a small restaurant. Nauthólsvík welcomes around half a million guests every year. A fake seaside, for a real vacation!

Source: Nauthólsvík

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Artificial Intelligence

Poem Passes the Turing Test

Artificial intelligence has a long way to go and one of the challenges that stands on the road to success is the Turing Test. Developed by Alan Turing in the fifties, the test measures AI ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. Zackary Scholl developed a program to produce a poem that passed the Turing Test, questioning the source reliability of creative materials.

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Anthropomorphobia

The Hotel Run by Robots

Check into a new hotel with the help of a keen robot receptionist. After welcoming you, another bot will carry your luggage to your room, earlier thoroughly cleaned by a non-human housekeeper. At the Henn-na Hotel in Japan, the so-called actroids will make sure you’ll have a nice and memorable stay.

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Welcome to the Hearth of the Sun

Life on Earth could not exist without the gigantic nuclear power station of the sun. If it “turned off”, the life on our planet would end. Solarium, a video installation by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), puts visitors in the hearth of the sun, surrounded by dynamic visuals of the giant star’s turbulent gas atmosphere exploding and erupting.

In the last five years SDO has been watching the sun, taking one picture a second and collecting data. The imagery was then paired with audio created at Stanford University in California, with the end result being a truly immersive setting.

The installation permits the viewer to plunge directly in the sun and to closely enjoy an artificial but nonetheless magnificent indoor sun. Luckily, the real sun is expected to remain on for the next few billion years.

Source: artfuture

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Fake-for-Real

The Candle of the Future

If the pandemic of bees will continue, among the various damages this will bring, there might be the disappearance of wax. Luckily we will still be able to have candlelight dinner with My New Flame. This unconventional centerpiece, by London based designer Moritz Waldemeyer, uses LED technology to faithfully recreate the experience of light from the ancient past. Thanks to an algorithm that makes sure the sequence of movements never repeats, My New Flame mimics the natural behavior of fire accurately.

The digital candle is less polluting and more sustainable than smoldering old fashioned wax candles, but not for our wallet, as it costs $600. If you can afford it, we suggest you to use it to create the perfect atmosphere for a virtual dinner.

Source: The Creators Project

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Artificial Intelligence

The Smartest Artificial Skin

Prosthetic limbs controlled by the power of thought already exist. But what if they could also sense the environment and send information to the amputee’s nervous system?

We talked about the Electric Skin and the Nano Skin, that are able to pick up on tactile information. But the new artificial skin designed by scientists in South Korea may be the smartest one. It’s stretchy, like real skin, and it can sense pressure, temperature, and humidity. It even has a built-in heater so it feels like living tissue.
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Image Consumption

Now Wait, Did Tanks Have Lasers WWII?

Recent World War II movie Fury is arguably the most immersive portrayal of WWII since Steven Spielbergs Saving Private Ryan. Both films portray the ghastly violence of war – and what it can do to the human body – realistically and with fine detail.

In Fury the viewer teams up with the battle-hardened crew of a Sherman tank out a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Tank is commanded by Brad Pitt, in what seems to be a watered down version of his Inglorious Bastards character. Get popcorn! Although you may loose your appetite during the film. Fury does a great job at making you feel you as if you actually are inside the claustrophobic Sherman tank, surrounded by Nazi’s out to kill you.

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