'Digital smell' technology could mean people are soon able to send all kinds of odours via messaging and dating apps. Researchers in Malaysia claim to have created fruity, woody and minty electric fragrances by putting electrodes inside participants' nostrils. They stimulate weak electrical currents behind the nostrils that in turn excite neurons that fed the brain with various smells, scientists claim. 'Digital smell' technology could mean people are soon able to send all kinds of odours to friends and family via online chats (stock image) 'It is part of a whole, integrated virtual reality or augmented reality', lead researcher Adrian Cheok who is the director of the Imagineering Institute in Malaysia told NBC. 'So, for example, you could have a virtual dinner with your friend through the internet. You can see them in 3D and also share a glass of wine together', he said.
In the face of AI exerts repeatedly predicting the rise of sex robots, it's increasingly difficult to insist that such machines strictly belong to a far-off, dystopian future. But some robotics experts predict we'll soon be doing far more than having sexual intercourse with machines. Instead, we'll be making love to them--with all the accompanying romantic feelings. At this week's "Love and Sex with Robots" conference at Goldsmith University in London, David Levy, author of a book on human-robot love, predicted that human-robot marriages would be legal by 2050. Adrian Cheok, computing professor at City University London and director of the Mixed Reality Lab in Singapore, says the prediction is not so farfetched.
The International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, a relatively niche academic symposium in its 15th year, is embroiled in a white-hot controversy over its keynote speaker: Steve Bannon, the former White House Chief Strategist and founding member of the right-wing publication Breitbart. According to the conference organizer, Bannon--who has no academic background in computer science or interactive design but whose policy ideas have been embraced by white nationalists--will give a speech about how he believes "economic nationalism" will allow for a higher number of minorities to get jobs in sectors like computer science and gaming. The conference, also known as ACE, is scheduled to take place at the University of Montana in December. Since Bannon was added to the conference's roster last week, academics, scholarly associations, and university departments around the world have called for boycotting the conference, including the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University, the Canadian Game Studies Association, and the Australian Digital Games Research Association. "Nothing of what Bannon can say represents the ACE community, or the games research community at large. His is a marginal discourse that should stay where it is, marginalized. And that's why we ask our community to #boycottACE," Miguel Angel Sicart, a games, art and interactive design researcher at the IT University of Copenhagen, told WIRED in an email.
Behind the welcome desk at a Singapore university, a receptionist called Nadine is causing a stir. She has mousy, shoulder-length hair neatly parted to the side, remembers what you talked about last time she saw you and returns your greeting with a friendly hello. But there's something unusual about Nadine - she's the latest in a line of so-called'social robots' that have personalities and emotions of their own. Nadine (pictured left) is the next generation of social robots that may appear in offices and care homes in future. Nadine is touted as the latest in a new generation of robots, capable of conversing with people, adapting their responses and remembering previous conversations.
Throughout her career, Kristen Stewart has had to hold her own against an array of costars: vampires; a Huntsman; Juliette Binoche. Is this what your late night texts with a lover look like? In her work, New York-based photographer and director Nadia Bedzhanova explores contemporary youth: the way we kill time and fall in love, communicate online and offline, the way we feel about ourselves and the rapidly changing world. Her new series Hotel Love is a study of the sense of self and digital sensuality on the constant move. But unlike her recent crash course in intimacy for the digital generation, this time it was not as much about others but about her own very private story.