Wired article about Nonny de la Peña and ‘immersive journalism’. Interesting because I am starting to research uses of VR that are not just about controlled and created ‘artificial’ environments.
Another interesting piece of research for PG02 Accomplices brief – Hacking Your Genes Has Never Been Easier
Something clearly forseen by Philip K. Dick:
The scramble suit was an invention of the Bell laboratories, conjured up by accident by an employee named S. A. Powers… Basically, his design consisted of a multifaceted quartz lens hooked up to a million and a half physiognomic fraction-representations of various people: men and women, children, with every variant encoded and then projected outward in all directions equally onto a superthin shroudlike membrane large enough to fit around an average human.
As it turns out, they have artificial voices as well, leaving “in our minds no characteristics.”
The part that always intrigued me the most in the book is when the main character is in the room with a holograph of himself without realising this fact:
The protagonist is Bob Arctor, member of a household of drug users, who is also living a parallel life as Agent Fred, an undercover police agent assigned to spy on Arctor’s household. Arctor/Fred shields his identity from those in the drug subculture and from the police.
When performing his work as an undercover agent, Arctor goes by the name “Fred” and wears a “scramble suit” that conceals his identity from other officers. Then he is able to sit in a police facility and observe his housemates through “holo-scanners,” audio-visual surveillance devices that are placed throughout the house. Arctor’s use of the drug causes the two hemispheres of his brain to function independently or “compete”. When Arctor sees himself in the videos saved by the scanners, he does not realize that it is him.
Some reading from my research into the Accomplices concept for the new PG02 brief: http://www.dronesurvivalguide.org/. Inspired initially by Drone Theory by Grégoire Chamayou.
The US Army defines a drone as a “land, sea or air vehicle that is remotely or automatically controlled”.
The rules nodded through by Hayden allowed drone pilots to shoot at any male of military age whose behaviour corresponded to a “signature” suggestive of suspicious activity. The results of the policy were predictably calamitous for any civilian or non-combatant who happened either to display the stipulated behavioural traits or else just happened to be in harm’s way…Obama conceded that the way the US counts civilian casualties has been a matter of considerable controversy – for instance, everyone killed in a “signature strike” is counted as a legitimate target.
A lovely online tool to generate a 3-D model of your face from a single photo. http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~psxasj/3dme/
Link to my on-going Pinterest moodboard of images for my Practice-based research.