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Sundance 'Biodigital' Film Festival Will Try to Bridge Gap Between VR, Reality
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Sundance 'Biodigital' Film Festival Will Try to Bridge Gap Between VR, Reality

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, plans to expand its virtual interactive venue, The Spaceship, as part of its New Frontier exhibition.

Smithsonian African American Museum Launches Online Interactive Access
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Smithsonian African American Museum Launches Online Interactive Access

The new 'Searchable Museum' will bring a trove of artifacts, stories, and images to the Internet.

Some Artists Found a Lifeline Selling NFTs. Others Worry It's a Trap
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Some Artists Found a Lifeline Selling NFTs. Others Worry It's a Trap

Artists are jumping into a market that will pay thousands for their work. But they're running into scams, environmental concerns, and crypto hype.

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality
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Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality

Key questions and challenges remain, including how to scale qubit devices while reducing noise and errors to the point where the devices become useful.

Holograms on the Horizon?
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Holograms on the Horizon?

Machine learning drives toward 3D imaging on the move.

Filtering for Beauty
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Filtering for Beauty

Social media "influencers" use augmented reality filtering apps to appear more beautiful, together, and cool. Results may vary.

Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs
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Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs

Analysts warn that popular online games are helping to spread malware on PCs and mobile devices.

The Rise of the Robo-Voices
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The Rise of the Robo-Voices

New technology lets filmmakers create foreign-language versions of their movies using samples of the original actors' voices.

The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over
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The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over

Of the 37 new emojis approved this year, one stood out as a visual proxy for our collective malaise.

Epic Games Believes the Internet is Broken. This is Their Blueprint to Fix It.
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Epic Games Believes the Internet is Broken. This is Their Blueprint to Fix It.

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney and other executives detail their plan for the metaverse and how it differs from Facebook's vision

Algorithmic Poverty
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Algorithmic Poverty

Algorithms can have a devastating impact on people's lives, especially if they already are struggling economically.

Art, Terror Show VR Potential at Venice Film Festival
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Art, Terror Show VR Potential at Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival held a spotlight to virtual reality.

A Model Restoration
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A Model Restoration

The architect of the Sagrada Familia appears to have done parametric modeling in his head; software is helping to complete the structure a century later.

Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art
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Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art

A new blockchain-based technology is changing how the art world works, and changing how we think about asset ownership in the process.

Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots?
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Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots?

Some of the animatronics at Disney's parks have been doing their herky-jerky thing since the Nixon administration. The company knows that nostalgia won't cut it...

Augmented Reality Is Coming for Your Ears, Too
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Augmented Reality Is Coming for Your Ears, Too

New software applications are cleverly mapping audio to transport users to another space.

Real-Time Lyric-Generation Technology Can Inspire Songwriting
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Real-Time Lyric-Generation Technology Can Inspire Songwriting

LyricJam uses artificial intelligence to generate lyrics for live instrumental music

Gaming Companies Should Avoid Predatory Designs, Lawmakers Say
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Gaming Companies Should Avoid Predatory Designs, Lawmakers Say

Democrats press executives to extend new U.K. 'Age Appropriate Design Code' regulations to children in the U.S.

Twitter's Photo-Cropping Algorithm Confirms Inherent Biases
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Twitter's Photo-Cropping Algorithm Confirms Inherent Biases

Results from the company's AI bias competition reveals a preference for young, beautiful, and light-skinned faces

L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual
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L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual

Asmita Dubey is exploring how online games, augmented reality and social media can help the French cosmetics company reach new demographics.
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