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ASCI wars

lunedì, marzo 31st, 2008
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Watch Star Wars in Text via Telnet



While it’s not technically an Easter egg, one of the most eye-popping tips in last Sunday’s Top 10 Easter eggs post
comments was a pointer to a telnet server that broadcasts Star Wars
Episode IV to your command line as animated text. You didn’t read that
wrong. Give it a try: from any command line, type telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl
and sit back to watch the show. This is the least productive thing
you’ll do all day, but you know what they say about all work and no
play. After the jump, see a handful of screenshots—just 4 of the 13,935
frames that make up the entire movie. More »

unREAL life

lunedì, marzo 31st, 2008

Creepily lifelike CGI woman

Posted by Cory Doctorow, March 30, 2008 10:45 AM


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I’ve got no idea what the story is with this awesome CGI Flash woman,
except that she appears to have been created by a Brazilian design
firm, and that she has made every person I’ve shown her to say, "Oh.
My. God."
WATCH HER HERE: Link

(via Kottke)

real toons

giovedì, marzo 27th, 2008

Untooned Homer and real world Mario

Posted by David Pescovitz, March 21, 2008 10:34 AM


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I find Pixelo”s "Super Real Mario World" and "Homer Simpson Untooned" to be delightfully unsettling. Link

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mercoledì, marzo 26th, 2008

Photorealistic papercraft heads

Posted by Mark Frauenfelder, March 25, 2008 11:15 AM


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Artist Bert Simons makes realistic papercraft heads. Link (Via about:blank)

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Storm Easter Bunny

martedì, marzo 25th, 2008


Posted by Cory Doctorow, March 22, 2008 6:43 AM


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Tikistitch sez, "This one may not be *quite* as cool as the Hello Kitty Vader,
but I can personally vouch for it as being 100% authentic, as I just
took the picture of him downstairs in the lobby. I’m attending Jedi
Con, the Star Wars con going on this weekend in Dusseldorf, Germany."
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(Thanks, Tikistitch!)

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Tra quattro anni saprà parlare

giovedì, marzo 20th, 2008


Pubblicato da Gianluca Riccio alle 11:55 in Prototipi, Ricerche, Robotica


Una
Università nel Devon sta conducendo un esperimento per verificare se un
‘baby-robot’ (si chiama iCub, ‘iCucciolo’, è alto 1 metro) è in grado
di apprendere da solo a parlare.

Nei prossimi 4 anni gli
esperti di robotica lavoreranno spalla a spalla con gli specialisti del
linguaggio per sviluppare un ‘metodo’ parallelo di apprendimento,
prendendo spunto dal meccanismo con il quale i bambini imparano a
parlare dai genitori: le loro scoperte potrebbero portare allo sviluppo
di robot umanoidi che imparano, parlano, ‘pensano’.

Intelligenza Artificiale

iCub, sarà anche ‘addestrato’ a
chiamare gli oggetti per nome, e ad elaborare frasi via via più
complesse, del tipo ‘Robot mette cilindro nel triangolo", eccetera.

Un Consorzio guidato dall’Università di Plymouth, leader
mondiale nella ricerca cognitiva per i robots, partecipa con altri 31
istituti alla competizione per vincere un fondo di 7 milioni di Euro da
parte del progetto Italk (Integration and Transfer of Action and Language Knowledge in Robots).

Restiamo in attesa di vedere cosa avrà imparato questo cucciolo una volta finito " l’asilo ". 

2001

mercoledì, marzo 19th, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke, inventor of satellite, visionary in technology, dead at 90

Posted Mar 18th 2008 5:55PM by Ryan Block


"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Today is a very sad day in our little world. It’s been reported that
Arthur C. Clarke, among the most influential visionaries in technology
and a personal hero of Engadget readers and editors both, has died in
hospital care at the age of 90. Along with his many written works (such
as the infamous and immeasurably influential 2001: A Space Odyssey),
Clarke was possibly best known for conceptualizing the geostationary
communications satellite — clearly one of the most important
technological innovations in history.

Arthur, you’ll be dearly missed.

The science fiction book art of Richard Powers

martedì, marzo 18th, 2008

Posted by Mark Frauenfelder, March 17, 2008 1:13 PM


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Hedonia has a short biography and art gallery of prolific illustrator
Richard Powers, whose style defined the look of science fiction
paperbacks in the 1950s an 1960s.


Ian Ballantine was the first publisher to recognize
[Richard] Powers’ genius. Ballantine engaged him in 1953 to do the now
famous paperback edition of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End.
While never a great fan of science fiction, Powers nonetheless found
endless inspiration in this genre, and single-handedly revolutionized
science fiction illustration. Until then, science fiction illustration
had consisted mostly of conceivably realistic representations of alien
worlds, but Powers unleashed subconscious imagery that explored the
endless possibilities of speculative fiction. Over the course of his
almost 50-year career as a science fiction illustrator, he produced an
estimated 1,400 illustrations.

Contrary to what one would expect from such a seemingly visionary
artist, Powers was also a writer of children’s books and a keen
sportsman, playing semi-pro baseball until a potentially career
threatening hand injury forced him to change to become a highly
competitive tennis player. His quick temper was evidenced in his poor
sportsmanlike behavior on the court when he would lose — presaging
such tennis bad-boys as John McEnroe. One person in particular who
incited his wrath was Richard M. Nixon. His son wrote that, "He loathed
Nixon as soon as he learned he existed."

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Star Wars credits redone in the style of Saul Bass

martedì, marzo 4th, 2008


Posted by Cory Doctorow, March 3, 2008 7:22 AM


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Bhilmers, a YouTube user and student, created this alternative credit
reel for Star Wars in the style of legendary title-designer Saul Bass
(The Man with the Golden Arm, Vertigo, Psycho, Casino, It’s a Mad, Mad,
Mad, Mad World and many more). You know, I think I prefer this to the
iconic sheet-of-words, receding-into-space credit-reel.
Link

(via Kottke)

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