Tag: Society of Simulations

teaching assistant jill watson
Wild Systems

Your Teaching Assistant Is a Robot

We tend to think that there are certain categories of jobs that can’t be replaced by machines, yet. Something like a college teacher, for example. Jill Watson performed as teaching assistant for several students of the Georgia Institute for Technology. The thing students didn’t realize is that she wasn’t a real person. The experiment lasted five months during which Jill’s task was to help students, by answering their questions online. Her responses were so credible and elaborate, that they didn’t doubt her identity.

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reputation monkey whispering
Wild Systems

Rating the Reputation Economy

A ten part series exploring the design of an invisible technology: money.

Our online reputation permeates throughout our digital world. With every website we visit, comment we leave, person we “friend”, spammer we flag or badge we earn, we leave a trail of how well we can or can not be trusted. Though it may not seem like it, our reputation is becoming a valuable currency that is hard to earn and easy to lose.

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Texting smiley faces with a straight face
Society of Simulations

What Is Next Nature? #1

Laughing is meaningful in a social environment. We do most of our laughing together. But with smartphone interfaces slowly replacing real world interaction, our facial expressions become obsolete. In order to express our emotions in text messages we outsource them to emoji. At the moment we are awkwardly divided between laughing at our smartphone or texting laughing smileys while expressing nothing but a poker face.

This post is part of the Next Nature Is… series. Every week we will post an image with a statement about next nature in action. Some of them will be very recognizable, others will surprise you. Our next nature is unfolding itself all around us and we want you to recognize it as well.

monk-robot in buddhist temple
Society of Simulations

Xian’er, When Religion Meets A.I.

It can entertain elementary conversations, give advice, say prayers. We’re talking about Xian’er, the Buddhist robot-monk created at the request of a Buddhist temple near Beijing, the Longquan Temple, in collaboration with a dozen Chinese technology, culture and investment companies. Before becoming a robot Xian’er was a drawn character, invented by one of the monks of the temple, Master Fan Xian. He had already appeared in quite successful books and comics in China, that will probably be translated into English.

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web 0.0 project by biancoshock
Society of Simulations

Bringing The Web into Real Life

Biancoshock is an Italian street-artist, known for his provocative yet realistic projects. His last work is called Web 0.0, an urban activism project in which the Internet and web apps are contextualized in everyday life. It represents living proof that services like Facebook or WhatsApp have always existed and will continue to exist, even in a small provincial town almost untouched by virtual reality.

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a cinema for millennials
Society of Simulations

The New Cinema Is Smartphone-Friendly

The use of smartphones is now ongoing and intense, especially among certain categories of the population. The addiction could becomes annoying when people are unable to disconnect even in a theater or at the movies. The urge to constantly take pictures or clips, chat or post on Facebook is what pushed American movie theater chain AMC Entertainment to introduce “text friendly” theaters. Strictly reserved to those who cannot stop texting.

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emoji transforming our communication
Information Decoration

The Wordless Language

Languages are in a constant evolution, but recently they are developing faster than ever. This is happening due to the unquestionable evolution of communication means. In this globalized age we often fantasize about a universal language, even more than English, one that can be used by people of all backgrounds, ages and level of education. This is where the phenomenon of emojis takes place as something verbal and nonverbal at the same time.

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virtual safari through google street view
Society of Simulations

Experience a Real Safari, Google-Style

Your dream-trip has always been to experience an African Safari? Google can help you make it come “true”. It might not be the same kind of adventure or thrill, but from today even who does not have the possibility to plan a real trip to South Africa can admire the stunning nature and wildlife through a virtual safari, comfortably sitting on the couch. All thanks to Google Maps.

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