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  • reality has always been mixed

    While there is plenty of hype around “mixed reality” and how new the technology is, in fact reality has *always* been mixed. Perception is reality, and that has never been absolute. But…

  • running blades

    Blade Runner 2049, while not crushing the box office, certainly has some people excited (my artist/wife being one of them). We saw it last night and my 3 word review is: Brilliant,…

  • carbon + silicon

    We are a carbon-based life form. Though silicon is abundant in our world, it is not incorporated into us or other “organic” systems. One reason for this is based on the atomic…

  • when bad photoshop turns political

    Usually photoshop is done for comic effect, or to clean up or composite an image to make a point. Sometimes it is done in jest, sometimes with malice (e.g. skankhunt42). But sometimes…

  • fit just a bit (or not)

    A recent study indicates that fitness bands/watches don’t necessarily help people lose weight. And in some cases, it can cause weight gain. The telling quote in the piece: So should you bin…

  • design patience

    I’ve often commented on industry’s lack of “tactical patience” – in our case, meaning that they are usually not willing to invest in longer term research, instead wanting technology that is close…

  • when real isn’t real and virtual isn’t virtual

    This is a great article, and echoes much of what I’ve been saying for some time now. Virtual doesn’t obviate previous forms of representation, nor does it replace physical reality. While it…

  • the unbearable lightness of hacking

    The saying goes that the military is always fighting the last war – meaning that their forces and planning for the next conflict invariably are influenced by previous actions. The problem is,…

  • Matsuda piece

    An excellent dystopian view of the future. If the commercial sector has its way, this actually is a future documentary. <iframe src=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/166807261?color=c9ff23&portrait=0&badge=0″ width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/166807261″>HYPER-REALITY</a> from <a…

  • neuroscience and ux

    This will be all the rage (well, one of the rages) in the next decade or three. Right now we’re still in the early hype phase, as neuroscience still is a long…

  • no screens?

    I don’t necessarily agree with all of the points, but the new immersive mediums (NIMs) will profoundly what we think of as a “screen”, and AI will certainly replace some visual/tactile interfaces.

  • facial dance

    One criticism of virtual (and video conferencing for that matter) is that the subtle non-verbal cues are lost in translation (or not captured at all). These are critical for human communication, and…