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Society of Simulations

“The End”: a Virtual Opera Singer, Millions of Fans and the Meaning of Death

Sixteen-year-old Japanese singer Hatsune Miku grew in short time to a worldwide popstar. With her colourful appearance she counts millions of followers on social media, she collaborated with Pharrell Williams, opened Lady Gaga’s concerts and even appeared in car commercials. She was in the Netherlands last summer to perform in her very own opera The End. More precisely: the hard-disk containing her was.

Because she is not made of flesh and bones, she is an entirely digital hologram with a computer-generated voice. Nevertheless, the huge concerts of Miku that take place in the biggest stadiums of Japan are often sold out in the blink of an eye. Hundreds of thousands of ecstatic fans love her dance moves, her dress designed by Louis Vuitton, her characteristic blue hair and, above all, the sound of her voice.

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Society of Simulations

Solutions to Virtual Reality’s Big Problem

Virtual reality glasses come with a big limitation: motion sickness. The human eye just wasn’t built to look at screens this way, you see yourself riding a virtual roller coaster while your body doesn’t feel the movement. This mental discrepancy not only affect the believability of the VR-experience, it also leaves you nauseous, dizzy and suffering from headaches.

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Information Decoration

Artworks that Look Virtual, but Are Completely Hand Painted

These paintings by Johnny Abrahams look almost computer made – except they are not. Working mainly with black and white acrylic paints and with a lot of patience, the American artist is able to create dizzying, hyper digital-like canvases by hand. Compared to the many examples of digital art that we see emerging these days, it’s hard to believe that these extremely organised paintings did not roll out of a computer.

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Musical Journey Through the Human Body

If you want to take a journey through your body and experience the sound of your blood flow, there’s an app for that! De Motu is an interactive music app that enables the users to follow their blood as it circulates through the organs, letting them experience the human anatomy through music and influence the sound with their own body.

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Society of Simulations

The World’s First Virtual Reality Park

The VOID (acronym for The Vision Of Infinite Dimensions) is a virtual reality theme park where visitors can explore the virtual world in a physical environment. Based in Utah, it will open its doors on summer 2016, but it already promises to provide the most immersive experience possible and to be “the future of entertainment”.

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Experience Van Gogh in Virtual Reality

Have you ever got the chance to experience Van Gogh’s art pieces? What about having a 360 degrees look at the Dutch painter world? An interesting idea by America animator Mac Cauley: he spent months designing 3D environments based on The Night Café, and created a new way to experience paintings in virtual reality.

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Boomeranged Metaphors

Facebook Turned into a Real Toxic Drug

How many times did you refer to Facebook as a drug that gives you addiction? Unfortunately this metaphor has recently boomeranged into the physical world, in the form of an illegal Facebook-branded synthetic drug sold in Hungary.

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