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In the Metaverse, Your Identity Can Be Revealed Just by Moving
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In the Metaverse, Your Identity Can Be Revealed Just by Moving

University of California, Berkeley researchers found simple head and hand movements by participants in the Metaverse can expose their identities.

The Whale Prosthetics Blaze Trails with Technology
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The Whale Prosthetics Blaze Trails with Technology

Makeup artist Adrien Morot used digital sculpting and three-dimensional printing to transform actor Brendan Fraser into the 600-pound protagonist of the movie The...

Jury Rules that NFTs Aren't Really Art
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Jury Rules that NFTs Aren't Really Art

Better luck next time, NFT bros.

Judge Denies U.S. Bid To Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal: Reports
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Judge Denies U.S. Bid To Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal: Reports

"The court's ruling in the Meta/Within case is consistent with decades of legal precedent," said Matt Schruers, president of the Computer and Communications Industry...

Israelis, Germans Bring Yad Vashem Museum to Minecraft
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Israelis, Germans Bring Yad Vashem Museum to Minecraft

Israeli engineers and German gamers partnered to build an accurate virtual model of Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Museum and an educational exhibition in the online gameworld...

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice
From Communications of the ACM

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice

Advances in artificial intelligence permit computers to converse with humans in seemingly realistic ways.

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?
From Communications of the ACM

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?

When fed a sufficient amount of training data, artificial intelligence techniques can be used to generate new ideas in several different ways. Is that creativity...

Smelling, Touching Take Center Stage in Metaverse
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Smelling, Touching Take Center Stage in Metaverse

Metaverse technologies unveiled at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023) included sensory products that can replicate sensations and even odors in virtual...

Video Gamers Feel Bees, Bullets with Simulation Tech at CES 2023
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Video Gamers Feel Bees, Bullets with Simulation Tech at CES 2023

The 2023 Consumer Electronics Show showcased videogaming products that reproduce physical sensations, like bullet hits and rain.

'Pinocchio' Built from Tiny Gears, 3D Printing
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'Pinocchio' Built from Tiny Gears, 3D Printing

The movie Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio features stop-motion animated puppets operated by tiny gears, with the title character three-dimensionally (3D)-printed...

AI Is Here, and It's Making Movies. Is Hollywood Ready?
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AI Is Here, and It's Making Movies. Is Hollywood Ready?

Artificial intelligence software is changing movie-making, including recreating filmed scenes by altering an actor's face to match newly recorded dialogue.

Meta CEO Zuckerberg Testifies in FTC Case to Block Virtual-Reality Deal
From ACM News

Meta CEO Zuckerberg Testifies in FTC Case to Block Virtual-Reality Deal

Federal Trade Commission seeks to prevent social-media company from acquiring Within Unlimited.

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past
From Communications of the ACM

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past

New AI technologies are making it possible to autonomously reduce traffic.

FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Game Giant Activision
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FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Game Giant Activision

The lawsuit marks FTC chair Lina Khan's most significant effort to date to address tech industry consolidation, and it could upend Microsoft's gaming ambitions....

Sony's Metaverse Bet: A Wearable to Record Your Moves
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Sony's Metaverse Bet: A Wearable to Record Your Moves

Sony Group Corp. has announced a system of wearable motion trackers that may be worn on a user's wrists, ankles, head, and hips to animate avatars inside metaverse...

Quantum Computers and the Universe
From Communications of the ACM

Quantum Computers and the Universe

Ideas for quantum computing change the way we think about space and time.

Preserving the Past with Immersive Technologies
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Preserving the Past with Immersive Technologies

Digital technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and holograms allow museums and other institutions to preserve historical events and tell stories...

This City-Building Video Game Takes on Climate Change
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This City-Building Video Game Takes on Climate Change

Recently released city-building strategy game Floodland has a post-apocalyptic storyline in which players must rebuild society following a catastrophic climate...

Hacking the Metaverse
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Hacking the Metaverse

Louisiana State University's Abe Baggili and colleagues tested the security of immersive virtual reality and X-reality systems for weaknesses.

Lego Animated 3D-Printed Duck is a Peek at the Toy's Future
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Lego Animated 3D-Printed Duck is a Peek at the Toy's Future

Lego is offering visitors to the Minifigure Factory experience at the Lego House in Billund, Denmark, the chance to buy a limited-edition 3D-printed plastic duck...
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