Some Things I Read Last Week Jan 2 — Jan 8
Holographic video, teaching a computer to play MarioKart 64, the coolest tech from CES, and more in this edition of Some Things I Read Last Week.
In case you missed last week:
Last week was a week of fascinating new concepts: Post-Architecture, organ donors in a driverless car future…medium.com
Society & Social Media
It’s a common fallacy that forcing people to use their real name or identity online will prevent harassment. This article breaks down why that’s wrong, and how to address harassment and identity online. This particularly struck a chord with me, as I’ve heard this fallacy repeated frequently in regards to VR.
People often say that online behavior would improve if every comment system forced people to use their real names. It…blog.coralproject.net
This is a great and fun article on teaching AI to play the classic MarioKart 64 just by capturing screenshots and button presses of a player. What’s impressive to me is how much easier it is to do something like this than it would have been several years ago.
While at times this article seems to imply that other AI companies are unaware of these challenges, it does a good job of covering why processing language is so challenging even when compared to other AI tasks like object recognition.
Neural networks (NNs), recently referred to as deep learning, only work "effectively" with data that is produced from a…www.linkedin.com
This article is about Firefox moving from their several decade old Gecko rendering engine to the Rust based Servo rendering engine, but this is a reoccurring issue in software. How do you transition to a new technology while still addressing current users of your software? Other projects that have tried to make the changes “While Still Flying” have taken years to complete, or never completed the change. We’ll have to see how Firefox fares.
The trick of the thing comes with figuring out how to switch from the old rendering engine to a new one. You can't just…jensimmons.com
Terminals are the powerhouse for most developers. So why are they still using slow outdated technology under the hood?
Initial source-only release of Alacrittyblog.jwilm.io
Science & Mathematics
Prime numbers are at the core of most public encryption and number theory. This fantastic article breaks down the most famous prime number conjecture, The Riemann Hypothesis.
It’s been called the most difficult problem in the history of mathematics. What is the Riemann Hypothesis?medium.com
This is the deepest X-ray image ever obtained, made with over 7 million seconds of observing time with NASA's Chandra X…sciencebulletin.org
Goole announce a new Artist In Residence program for VR that includes 60 artists!
An introductory look into spatial design and typographymedium.com
This was one of my favorite things from CES. Intel showed off their technology to take truly holographic video. Meaning, you can actually look and move around in the video!
Tech From CES
The Consumer Electronic Show was last week, and there were a lot of exciting announcements, particularly in the world of VR & AR.
Acer, Dell, HP, and 3Glass all announced Windows Holographic compatible VR head
Here's a visual tour of some of the first VR headsets to be shown adopting Microsoft's new Windows Holographic platform…www.roadtovr.com
HTC announced a new tracker accessory for the Vive allowing all sorts of new accessories to be used with their VR system (including some new VR gloves!). Personally, I’d love to see one of these attached to a phone or tablet case, so that I can see what a person inside the headset is seeing. It’d also be great to see this tracker attached to a Daydream or GearVR headset to allow for positional tracking
The Vive accessory market is about to get a huge boost thanks to the newly announced HTC Vive Tracker. Gaming, training…www.roadtovr.com
Ricoh currently makes one of the most popular 3D cameras, and their newly announced model is capable of 24hr live streaming.
Having even found their way into the presence of the President of the United States, Ricoh and their 360-degree cameras…uploadvr.com
This new phone from ASUS is capable of 3D scanning in the environment and using that to provide AR and VR capabilities.
Update: During its press conference today, ASUS officially unveiled the ZenFone AR, which is poised to officially be…uploadvr.com
Intel announced a VR headset, code named Alloy, that has all of the components built into the headset, allowing for a completely untethered experience.
Project Alloy from Intel is a prototype VR headset with important new features from one of the world's most influential…uploadvr.com
ODG announced a new Augmented Reality headset with up to 50 degrees field of view.