The word hyperobject offers a useful shorthand for why threats like global warming are so difficult to understand or accept: They threaten our survival in ways that defy traditional modes of thinking about reality and humiliate our cognitive powers, a disorienting shift that sends many people reeling into superstition, polarization, and denial.
In the future, ride-hailing passengers may conjure autonomous vehicles to their doorsteps with a few taps in an app.I’m replaced by an illusory me—the generic, invisible driver whom many Lyft passengers seem to have in mind.Passengers and drivers are two strangers in a moving vehicle.
While I appreciate the ability to shield my teenager from unseemly content, I also understand the importance of having meaningful conversations about why certain words and actions can harm others.It’s not difficult to imagine nefarious actors injecting extremist or toxic content into metaverse experiences directly.
Let’s assume that, just like us, plenty of alien civilizations will want the best possible computers for some purpose or other.That’s one reason we guess that discerning aliens would seek the power of quantum computers to run their virtual worlds.
Bosworth, who leads Facebook’s augmented and virtual reality research labs, had just shared a blog post outlining the company’s 10-year vision for the future of human-computer interaction.So Facebook has been using this EMG wearable in its virtual reality lab to see if such a device might enable more precise hand-computer interactions.
The second version is sold to enterprise customers—entities ranging from Airbus to automakers to the US Army (which has been a source of some controversy ).If mixed-reality headsets are ever going to be used more widely, a couple of things are going to have to happen: They’ll need killer apps, and the hardware needs to be something that people will actually want to wear on their faces.
Silicon Valley sees the creation of virtual worlds as the ultimate free-market solution to a political problem.To play Alyx, those headsets need to be wired to a high-end gaming PC.
It’s practically a moral obligation, a question of clarity, of being clear, and if you can clarify Legolas by pumping an extra 10 million pixels into his perfect Elven pores, which comes out to something like 100 billion photons, all twinkling immortally through the cosmic sweep of spacetime, why then, shouldn’t you.
But his debut film, Fake Famous (on HBO, starting February 2), brings slightly more apprehension—specifically to Instagram, the photo darling of social media.
We want to dissociate on the couch with a free-to-play mobile game .Courtesy of Supergiant GamesI was a little late to the Hades appreciation train, but after buying it in November, I just can’t stop playing.
As World War II may seem to baby boomers and 9/11 to Gen Z, children born during and after 2020 may view memories of the pandemic, the smoke-choked orange skies over Australia and the American West, protests in the streets, an endless election, and a hologram of a deceased father wishing his daughter a happy birthday as a bizarre fairytale.
It's called Arthur, and part of the pitch is that it’s going to catapult VR for work into the mainstream, that meetings and collaboration sessions and deskside briefings will become … headset briefings.
When the first season aired in 2010, its creators probably didn’t expect it would turn into a decade-long cultural phenomenon, let alone imagine the trouble posed by rising temperatures.The Great British Baking Show has encountered many temperature-related disasters in a decade-long run.
Like digital-age necromancers, Video Game History Foundation director Frank Cifaldi and head of digital conservation Rich Whitehouse resurrected Sega VR, emulating it along with the Sega VR game Nuclear Rush on a modern Vive VR headset.Frank Cifaldi, Video Game History Foundation.
The Air Force and Space Force had their own “move 37” moment last month during the first AI-enabled shoot-down of a cruise missile at blistering machine speeds.
They mostly feel just like any other pair of underwear.Even when I used the heaviest protection, I didn't feel like I was wearing thick underwear or pull-up diapers (or even a pad for that matter).
After watching up close as a woman is sexually harassed in her place of work, you might gain more understanding of the power imbalance between genders.The goal of Messy Truth is to immerse viewers in situations where they normally would not find themselves because of their gender, their race, or where they live.
The film doesn’t have footage of Laika suffering in space (thank God) but it does have plenty of clips of scientists putting Laika and a few other research dogs through a barrage of exercises—they spin in a centrifuge, dazed—and subjecting them to invasive, gruesome surgeries in order to rig them up with the necessary sensors to see how long they’d last alone above the planet’s atmosphere.
The downside is that it looks like the basketball game is being haunted by spectral, legless beings from another realm, or Oz. Watching another NBA game a few weeks ago, I wondered what the players thought of the virtual fans.
The kind that Punchdrunk, the theater company behind immersive shows like Sleep No More, knows better than anyone.Now Punchdrunk and Niantic, the developer of Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite , are announcing a collaboration that will span multiple projects.
This week we have tidbits about Kingdom Hearts, Fortnite delays, and Half-Life: Alyx.The latest update to Valve's showcase virtual reality title, Half-Life: Alyx, puts liquid inside the various in-game bottles.
Producers wanted everyone to feel invested, to ultimately have those separate realities merge—theirs with the viewer's.It’s the need for what was, a reminder of how normal used to feel.
HTC unveiled a new slate of virtual reality headsets today: the Cosmos, Cosmos Play, Cosmos Elite, and Cosmos XR.The four new devices are the successors to last year's PC-driven Vive Cosmos headset, and they share much of the same technology found in the original Cosmos.
But Lyft and Aptiv say the experiment has helped them discover how people use and react to self-driving vehicles—information both companies may be able to use once the technology is ready to lose that pesky human.
The former all-star shooting guard of the Los Angeles Lakers was among nine people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California.
“The Love Island app has found success due to a perfect combination of factors, including an ideal target demographic and the event culture of the show that inspires appointment viewing and voting,” says Rebecca McGrath, senior media analyst at Mintel.
Still, I find myself drawn to the photo because, just like that mind-expanding spring night in LA, it asks me to suspend reality and step into the surreal.
The startup it purchased is CTRL-Labs (pronounced “Control” labs), a four-year-old company that uses a mix of machine learning and neuroscience to allow people to manipulate computer interfaces simply by brainpower.“It captures your intention so you can share a photo with a friend using an imperceptible movement or just by, well, intending to,” says Facebook’s VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth in a statement about the company’s new toy.