C2ST Artist in Residence Aaron Freeman pretends to interview Stanford University Neurobiology professor Robert Sapolsky on the difference between the brains of Chicago Cubs fans and those of lesser beings. According to Sapolsky part of the difference may have to do with higher sustained levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
In this movie, a terrorist group brings a homemade atomic bomb aboard a tugboat in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina in order to blackmail the U.S. Government into disabling its nuclear weapons, and the incident is caught live on television. The movie simulates a series of live news broadcasts on the fictional RBS Network.
This is a clip from a long but excellently written article in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Politicians are suddenly eager to disown failed policies on American prisons, but they have failed to reckon with the history. Reconsidering Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report on “The Negro Family,” 50 years later.
I’m with Carly on this one.
Microsoft’s Research arm has given the world a sneak peek at its latest project: 3D-scanning using a regular mobile phone.
Through a new blog post and video, the team explained that the project will allow anybody to create high-quality 3D images in real time. Microsoft has basically figured out a way to turn the average smartphone’s rear camera into a 3D scanner – no additional hardware required.
Here’s everything we know about the project so far…
What is MobileFusion?
MobileFusion is the name of Microsoft Research’s 3D-scanning project.
What’s the point of MobileFusion?
With MobileFusion, you’ll be able to create 3D models while on the go. You’ll have the ability to grab your iPhone, for instance, then point the phone’s rearcamera at an object, and scan said object by moving your iPhone around it.
MobileFusion essentially compares RGB data within all the frames shot from different angles in order to build up a model in real time. All the work is done on the phone and doesn’t require extra hardware or even an internet connection, meaning you could be deep in the woods and still manage to capture a 3D model of like a rock or something using just a regular smartphone without a Wi-Fi connection.
What can you do with a 3D model made from MobileFusion?
Microsoft Research said MobileFusion 3D scans are “high-quality enough to be used for things like 3D printing and augmented reality video games” – but if you watch the demo below, you’ll see the scans are still rough at this point.
I love this stuff! Is there a ferrofluid fan club somewhere?