Tag: virtual-for-real

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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Wild Systems

How Rare Is Virtual Gold?

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

The (in)famous American economist Alan Greenspan once said that “in the absence of the gold standard, there is no safe store of value”. The gold standard is a monetary system where a country’s currency or paper money has a value directly linked to gold. The system is no longer used, with America being the last major country to renounce it in 1971. Yet gold bullion, also known as gold bar, still holds its allure to investors as a safe store of value. In recent years, a new store of value has arisen in the form of a virtual precious metal cryptocurrency called Crypto Bullion.

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Wild Systems

Racist Robots and Bloodthirsty Crowds

On March the 23rd, Microsoft unveiled Tay, a twitterbot that was created with the intent of talking like a teenager. It’s artificial intelligence was made to learn from interacting with other people in the twitterverse. It was expected that Tay would make jokes and employ internet-millenial slang. What happened was something different.

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Innovative Nostalgia

Internet Open Daily from 7:00 to 22:30

Our peculiar image of the week shows a sign for Internet opening hours recently encountered in Cuba. At first you read it as a symbol of the stalled technological development in the socialist state, but then you realize the tidal approach to an Internet connection might just as well be interpreted as a deliberate design for silence, quietude and meditation. Back or forward to nature? We file it as Innovative Nostalgia.

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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Society of Simulations

Technology: Intrusive or Supportive?

Is the use of personal devices becoming a replacement for the spectrum of emotions that make us all humans? This discussion started a long while ago but opinions are still controversially parted. We buy the latest gadgets expecting them to make our life easier, but it seems they do more than just that. Most of the technology we use today can either be intrusive or supportive; how can we enjoy the benefits of our technologies while avoiding the negative consequences?

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Society of Simulations

Explore Mars with NASA’s VR Experience

Exploring the surface of Mars at least 15 years before a human being in flesh and blood will be able to, this is the new ambitious idea of the people at NASA. To make this happen they teamed up with MIT in Boston and the media company Fusion to develop a VR application that allows the viewer to experience life on the Red Planet.

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Image Consumption

Virtual Reality Can Intensify Emotions

Virtual reality games are often on the spot for being responsible for alienation and health issues. Recently, researchers in Finland discovered that people’s reactions to 3D images of facial expressions are more emotional than the responses to classic 2D images, such as photographs, illustrations or videos.

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