Bypassing the optic nerves

FFFUTURES #8, Oct 6, 2020

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How often do you think about your future?

How often do you think about your family's future?

How often do you think about your community's future?

How often do you think about your present?

How often do you think about your past?

Would you describe yourself as someone who dwells on the past?

Or someone who lives in the present?

Or someone who dreams about the future?

Are you a dweller, a dreamer, a planner?

For this session, let's put the past aside and focus on the present to build your future.

Where are you right now, and where do you want to be?

What is your strategy?

How would you describe the work you do?

Who is someone that inspires you?

Who are your fellows or peers?

How strong is your network?

How do you give back?

What do you embrace?

What is something that you need to stop doing?

What is something that you need to start doing?

What are you learning right now?

What is something that you can teach?

What is enough for you?

What is enough?

What questions do you need to ask yourself?

What questions do you need to ask yourself?

What questions do you need to ask yourself?

👁️ Omnirealities

Automotive Design and Mixed Reality

Varjo is a developer of virtual and mixed reality products for industrial use. Their XR-1 Developer Edition is a professional mixed reality device for engineers, researchers, and designers that seamlessly merges virtual content with the real world.

Their case studies offer a deep dive into how they’re working with partners like Kia, Volvo, and companies from different industries.

With Varjo XR-1 supported by Autodesk VRED, Kia’s visualization process can move to a totally immersive photorealistic environment. And that means global design reviews can go from days to an hour.

Thomas Unterluggauer, Creative Manager CGI, KIA Design Center Europe - mixed reality car design - KIA + varjo

Make sure to also check the work Varjo is doing with Volvo.

Together, Volvo Cars and Varjo are literally driving the future by creating the world’s first mixed reality approach to evaluating prototypes, designs and active safety technologies.

🔮 Future Scenarios

Doctors Build World’s First Bionic Eye To Fully Restore Vision In Blind People

The “Gennaris bionic vision system” (in development for nearly a decade) is a headset that transmits signals through a set of nine-millimeter chips placed in the visual center of the brain. By bypassing the optic nerves, the chips inject visual data directly into the brain, providing sight.

There’s a lot to process on what the impact of such technology could be. It’s amazing and I’m hopeful for the development of technology like this one. Now, if we go into other potential applications for this technology, the obvious question would be: can people that aren't blind use this technology to watch videos with their eyes closed? We can easily think of companies that would be eager to push their content to their users this way…

💀 Not a Cylon

Laurel Felt, @nepotune

Laurel Felt, @nepotune

Laurel Felt, @nepotune

🧠 Common Enemy

The Short Anthropological Guide to the Study of Ethical AI

This guide by Alexandrine Royer (Researcher at the Montreal AI Ethics Institute) is a must-read. She provides a much-needed analysis of the advances in AI through the lens of anthropology.

The guide is a primer for both an introduction to AI ethics and anthropological perspectives on the development of AI.

Algorithms trampled on notions of privacy, fairness, equality, and were revealed to be prone to manipulations by its users. These problems with algorithms have led researchers Michael Kerns and Aaron Roth to state that “it is less a concern about algorithms becoming more powerful than humans, and more about them altering what it means to be human in the first place.”


The story behind our record certification design

Nadieh Bremer shares an in-depth look behind the scenes of her process to design a data-driven alternative to the customary gold and platinum discs that popular artists receive. Her approach and execution of data visualization techniques are stunning. Articles like this one should become a mini-documentary.

Finally I was happy. Did it fit with the rest in terms of style? Perhaps not perfectly yet, but it fitted, for me at least, and I liked how it looked now.

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