Monday, August 08, 2005

Remote controlled woman

Japanese researchers have pioneered a new steering system that can be applied to other people. By applying a current to the muscle behind the ear, researchers can confuse the inner ear's system for balance and control.

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Read the full article at Forbes

Art & Artificial Life International Competition: VIDA 8.0

I just received the call for the VIDA competition. Prize money of 40 000 euros is at stake...

"VIDA 8.0 is the seventh edition of this international competition, created to reward excellence in artistic creativity in the field of artificial life.

In previous editions, prizes have been awarded to autonomous entities able to bring us pleasure (Tickle 2.0, Tickle Salon 5.0), engage us in irrational conversations (Head 3.0) or invade our social space (Cour des Miracles 2.0); virtual ecologies that evolve with user participation (Autopoiesis 3.0, Electric Sheep and Remain in Light 4.0), autonomous systems..."

Go to their site

Friday, August 05, 2005

Filming viral attacks

Wired recently reported about the work of Xiaowei Zhuang, a Chinese woman researching in the USA. She is looking into how viruses attack living cells, using laser-enhanced microscopes to view them.

Read the full story here.