Meet Siren, The Digital Human Of Your (Uncanny) Dreams

Meet Siren, The Digital Human Of Your (Uncanny) Dreams

During last week’s Game Developers Conference in San Fransisco, Epic Games revealed one of their latest projects: Siren, a “digital human.” It’s actually some fairly realistic CGI, streamed directly into Epic Games’ Unreal Engine. They worked alongside Tencent, Cubic Motion, and 3Lateral to bring Siren to life, as well as Vicon, who provided her “lifelike …

MIT's Fish Robot Goes for a Swim

Video: MIT’s Fish Robot Goes for a Swim

If there’s one thing I really think the world could use more of right now, it’s robot fish. Thankfully, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has delivered. According to IEEE Spectrum, their roboticists have developed an intriguing new “soft robotic spy fish,” which scientists are now using to explore the ocean without disrupting its …

Would You Preserve Your Brain For A Chance At Immortality?

Would You Preserve Your Brain For A Chance At Immortality?

It’s a hard bargain: You might live forever if you go through with Nectome’s brain preservation process, but you’ll have to die first. Mad scientist startup Nectome has already raised $1 million to explore a method of preserving brains called vitrifixation. As MIT Review explains, it’s a “high-tech embalming process,” a technique also referred to …

Digital Immortality Phase One - Resurrecting the Dead With Chat Bots?

Digital Immortality Phase One – Resurrecting the Dead With Chat Bots?

A Swedish funeral agency called Fenix intends to experiment with creating “digital copies” of the deceased, and they’re looking for volunteers. Don’t get too excited. Yet. The agency’s first order of business is to focus strictly on text, which would mimic the personality of the deceased and answer simple questions, maybe talk about the weather, …