In a break from tradition, this year’s opening night event of the Adelaide film festival featured not a feature film screening but an unprecedented party described as a “digital carnival” and a “degustation of screen delights”. When I first read that, I thought: sounds dangerous. Dangerous because the centrepiece of the evening would be a production in virtual reality: a medium that, since its inception, has been associated with nauseated viewers and upset tummies. Various manifestos have proposed how VR film-makers can avoid summoning the return of their audience’s most recent meals, including keeping the camera still and using dissolve transitions for scene changes. What effect would a biblical flood of alcohol and canapés – necessary for any special event worth its imported salt in the Australian arts scene – have on the VR experience? Adelaide’s Tonsley Innovation Centre is a huge, warehouse-like, unfriendly looking space … [Read more...] about If virtual reality is film’s next big thing, how long will it take to get right?
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Millions of patients will be encouraged to use digital technology to assess how ill they are under a groundbreaking initiative by a leading NHS hospital, as part of a drive to reduce the use of A&E and outpatient appointments. A revolution in the NHS’s embrace of technology will see patients in Birmingham advised to use online – live and automated – chat services, online symptom checkers and video consultations with doctors and nurses to help relieve the “unsustainable” pressure on services. University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) trust has decided to push through radical changes that it hopes will transform how hundreds of thousands of patients a year receive NHS care and treatment. Under their plans, people thinking about seeking help at A&E will be encouraged to instead to undertake a two-minute online check of their symptoms before they go to hospital. The “artificial intelligence triage” will then tell them if they need to seek … [Read more...] about NHS to sign up patients for ‘virtual’ A&E in tech revolution
I am deep in the Amazonian jungle, somewhere near the Gregório River. My vision is affected by a hallucinogenic tea called Ayahuasca, referred to by the locals as Uni. A huge and majestic old tree towers in front of me. A patch of bright psychedelic colour appears in my vision and moves with my gaze, as if projected from another plane of existence. Before I have properly come to terms with this striking tableau, my position changes. I realise I am now inside the tree. This is a scene from Awavena, the new virtual reality film from acclaimed artist Lynette Wallworth. My actual location is Carriageworks, Sydney, where this impressive work had its Australian premiere on Friday as part of Create NSW’s annual 360 Vision virtual reality and augmented reality event. Awavena is showing there until 9 December. When the film has ended an attendant helps me remove my headset and escorts me into an adjacent area. This experience is not over. I am given a backpack and two controller-like … [Read more...] about Welcome to the jungle: experiencing the Amazon in psychedelic virtual reality
It's only a matter of time until webcam girls will have to compete with deepfake models, Elysia Downings, a 29-year-old self-styled "sexual empowerment artist" from England, told The Daily Star. Downings, who claims to make up to £4,000 (approximately $4,900) a month from her webcam sessions, assumed that virtual sex with AI-generated cam girls would be the future of the porn industry. "AI will play a big part in the future of the sex industry and computer generated cam girls are certainly a strong possibility. I think these virtual experiences will be popular in the future and for some the lack of real emotions might even be preferable", the adult content creator said. Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram 𓂀 Публикация от Elysia Nicole Downings 𓂀 … [Read more...] about Virtual Sex With Deepfake Models Will Change Future of Porn, Webcam Girl Warns
Sitting on a stool opposite me is Aisha, a young American I’ve been asked to interrogate about her recent trip to Pakistan. “Did you visit any areas controlled by the Taliban?” I ask. “No, I did not,” she responds. Aisha is a hologram, and I’m “playing” a US customs officer in an augmented reality experience called Terminal 3. I spend 15 minutes in my fictional airport, asking her questions based on choices that appear in writing in my field of vision. My voice triggers her responses – which start off clipped and defensive but become increasingly intimate – to the point where I feel like I’d really like to hang out with her. Aisha is one of six participants of Muslim descent that were filmed with Depthkit technology to enable a surprisingly lifelike encounter that challenges stereotypes. It puts me in the position of authority – do I choose the tough questions or the softer ones? At the end I’m asked to … [Read more...] about Virtual truth: face to face with immersive documentaries