Practical Ethics: Enlightened Surveillance?
Surrendering on surveillance might be the least bad option – of all likely civil liberty encroachments, this seemed the less damaging and hardest to resist. But that’s an overly defensive way of phrasing it – if ubiquitous surveillance and lack of privacy are the trends of the future, we shouldn’t just begrudgingly accept them, but demand that society gets the most possible out of them. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Apr 18, 2013 -
It looks like the speculation on a near-future market for wearable computers is already heating up
. However, the first competitor to the recently-announced
Google Glass project comes as a surprise to almost everyone: Valve
, the gaming company renowned for Half Life, Portal, and many others, in addition to their digital distribution heavyweight Steam. This will be their first foray into hardware of any kind.
posted by gilrain
on Apr 14, 2012 -
an augmented reality app for shelf-reading library stacks, from Miami University Augmented Reality Research Group (MU ARRG!
posted by steef
on Apr 19, 2011 -
, Nintendo's new handheld console, is coming out next week in the US, and is already out in Japan. The console's big feature is its "glasses-less 3D" screen, which achieves its effect via a parallax barrier
. One of the console's lesser-touted features, however, is that there are two cameras on the back of the device, which can be used for taking 3D pictures, and also for playing augmented reality games
, using an included card for tracking.
The augmented reality features also include the ability to render a tiny version of your mii
on a tabletop. If you're somewhat ambitious, you could even make your own, larger version of the tracking card to render your mii "life-sized". And if you're REALLY ambitious...
posted by luvcraft
on Mar 24, 2011 -
Inside Google's Age of Augmented Humanity
. Wade Roush of Xconomy interviews Google researchers working on speech recognition
, machine translation
, and computer vision
. [CEO Eric] Schmidt talked about "the age of augmented humanity," a time when computers remember things for us, when they save us from getting lost, lonely, or bored, and when "you really do have all the world's information at your fingertips in any language"—finally fulfilling Bill Gates' famous 1990 forecast. This future, Schmidt says, will soon be accessible to everyone who can afford a smartphone—one billion people now, and as many as four billion by 2020.... It's not that phones themselves are all that powerful, at least compared to laptop or desktop machines. But more and more of them are backed up by broadband networks that, in turn, connect to massively distributed computing clouds (some of which, of course, are operated by Google). "It’s like having a supercomputer in your pocket," Schmidt said in Berlin. "When we do voice translation, when we do picture identification, all [the smartphone] does is send a request to the supercomputers that then do all the work."
posted by russilwvong
on Jan 20, 2011 -
, currently in beta, is a collaborative effort
to enable users to travel forward and backward in time within major cities of the world, watching changes take place over both the short (political protests in Tehran) and long (history of the city of Rome) term. Locative technologies are pushing the same ability into smartphones: Walking Through Time (Android, iPhone)
allows the user to overlay their current location with a map of the past. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Sep 7, 2010 -
Meet batting stance guy
. The NY Times has a neat profile
on Gar Ryness, who has the most marketable least-marketable skill in America.
He does your favorite old-school players, as well as most of the current MLB team lineups, including the (non-Dutch) stars of the WBC
. He's made video appearances for several teams (and MLB TV), and has quickly become a fan and player favorite for his uncanny depictions of players' idiosyncratic moves in the batter's box.
In terms of virtual baseball, batting stance guy is slightly more awesome than this
posted by ericbop
on Mar 15, 2009 -