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Auggie review – watchable hi-tech satire doesn't quite know what to say

The Guardian

The face of American character actor Richard Kind – melancholy, hangdog, a little dyspeptic – is exactly right for this high-concept midlife satire from director and co-writer Matt Kane. It's a variation on a familiar theme the time is the near future and Kind plays Felix, an architect in his 60s who has been pushed out of the firm he helped build and is now at home grumpily adjusting to unwanted retirement. His busy wife and grownup daughter have no great need of him these days so poor, emasculated Felix takes comfort in his hi-tech retirement gift: a pair of "Auggie" glasses, through which the wearer can see an "augmented reality companion", a virtual-reality hologram of exactly the kind of submissively understanding person your subconscious wants to see – in Felix's case, an extremely attractive young woman (played by newcomer Christen Harper). Felix understands that this is just a projection, a geisha hallucination programmed to respond with the right answers and expressions. But inevitably he begins to fall in love with her, and toys with the "extra" that Auggie owners are invited to purchase: a pair of hi-tech underpants that will allow him to feel his Auggie companion intimately, while his wife is out all day at her prestigious job. This is a movie comparable to Spike Jonze's Her, in which Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with the Siri-type computer voice played by Scarlett Johansson, and Alex Garland's Ex Machina, in which Domhnall Gleeson is entranced by the AI robot played by Alicia Vikander; and like those films it creates a dreamy mood of indulgent comedy.


Scientists have translated the structure of a web into music

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists in the US have brought the structure of a spider web to life by translating it into music – a technique that could help us communicate with spiders, they say. They assigned different frequencies of sound to strands of the web, creating'notes' that they combined in patterns, based on the web's 3D structure, to generate melodies. The eerie piece of music, which lasts just over a minute, sounds like the soundtrack for an eerie dystopian sci-fi horror film. It was created by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with laser scanning technology and image processing tools. The experts say spider webs could provide a new source for musical inspiration and provide a form of cross-species communication.


New app helps prevent skin cancer using AI and ML

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TechRepublic's Karen Roby spoke with Jon Friis, CEO and founder of Miiskin, about how the Miiskin app is helping prevent skin cancer. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation. Karen Roby: We understand how technology can help change things in medicine, such as robots are in the operating room, and we're just seeing all kinds of really innovative things going on. Observing your moles is one of those things on our skin that I would never think technology would play a role in. Tell us before we get to the technology part of this, the augmented reality and machine learning.


Apple CEO Tim Cook wants to use AR to improve conversations with charts and objects that appear

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Apple CEO Tim Cook, 60, revealed to he does not see himself running the tech firm in 10 years. The CEO spoke with Kara Swisher for The New York Times Monday about Apple's upcoming technologies, specifically AR and an autonomous car, along with his own future. But I can tell you that I feel great right now. And the date's not in sight,' he told Swisher. Along with the announcement, Cook also augmented reality is'critically important' to Apple's future and said it could be used to enhance conversations.


Snap is reportedly working on AR Spectacles and a selfie drone

Engadget

Snap is no stranger to hardware, having released several versions of its Spectacles smart glasses over the years. The next step could be a pair with built-in displays that support augmented reality effects. The next-gen Spectacles will be able to layer Snapchat lenses (or AR effects) onto the surrounding environment without the need to use a smartphone's camera, according to The Information. At least for now, these smart glasses reportedly aren't intended for everyday users. They're said to be geared towards developers and creators, the folks who make many of Snapchat's most popular lenses. It seems Snap is hoping those people will create new lens-style experiences for the glasses, which it may release more broadly in the future.


Nintendo's colorful 'Pikmin' video game will be inspiration for 'Pokémon Go' maker's next augmented reality release

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Niantic Labs, the maker of "Pokémon Go," is teaming with Nintendo for a new augmented reality video game based on the spritelike "Pikmin." The game, due to be released later this year, is the first in a new mobile games partnership between the companies announced Monday. They are not strangers, as Niantic developed "Pokémon Go," released in 2016, with The Pokémon Company, which is part-owned by Nintendo. "Pikmin," a 2001 game developed by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, starred cute colorful plant-inspired creatures you could control. This game will have Pikmin appearing in the real world via AR to "encourage walking and make the activity more enjoyable," the companies said in the announcement.


Why Artificial Intelligence Will Make You Question Everything?

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Today, however, another revolution is unfolding that has potentially further reaching ramifications. According to experts, artificial intelligence is going to significantly change and alter the way humans manufacture, produce and deliver. In other words, it will change the way we work, live and connect with one another. Moreover, the scale of this change will be unlike anything we have experienced before. AI entails all attempts to make machines and devices think just like humans do.


One year on: How AI can supercharge the healthcare of the future

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As we approach one year since the first national lockdown in the UK, it is clear that Covid-19 is still putting enormous pressures on our healthcare system. Indeed, the NHS reported in January that a record 4.46 million people were on the waiting list for routine treatments and operations, and a recent study by the British Medical Association found that almost 60% of doctors are suffering from some form of anxiety or depression. The path to recovering from this healthcare fallout will not be easy, however, when thinking about how we could alleviate this pressure in the future, emerging artificial intelligence (AI) technologies may be the answer. The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that there will be a shortfall of around 9.9 million healthcare professionals worldwide by 2030, despite the economy being able to create 40 million new health sector jobs by the same year. With larger, aging populations and increasingly complex healthcare demands, there will continue to be strain on health workers for the foreseeable future – so how can AI alleviate this?


How is technology reshaping the traditional marketing

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The marketing world had evolved rapidly, leaving behind days when the advertisement was restricted to papers only. With new technologies being introduced daily, it is becoming tougher to stand out among the competition. This is because technology today has made it quite easier to find new products over the internet, ultimately increasing the throat-cutting competition for exposure--those who stay on top of their marketing game bury down their competitors in the dust. In this article, we'll discuss how technology is redefining the world of marketing today, so let's dive into that. As of today, we all are familiar with the term Augmented reality (AR).


10 Most Memorable Fictional Technologies

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Science fiction books, movies, games, TV shows and other media have long been home to amazing technology. Many of these ideas can serve as inspiration for today's scientists, but just how close are we to the real-life versions? In this feature, we look at ten of the best examples and rate the chances of their arrival within the next 30 years. As Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons famously put it: "I'd like an hour on the holodeck with Seven of Nine." Futuristic virtual reality experiences appear in many works of fiction, though few are as well-known or fantastic as Star Trek's Holodeck.