Ralph Vandermeer

Ralph Vandermeer

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and became a feminist icon in her lifetime.
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September has long been known as fashion month. A time when editors, buyers, bloggers and more hit New York, London, Milan, Paris and beyond to see the latest creative works from designers and brands.Recent years have seen a backlash against these fashion weeks – the economics, waste, lack of diversity and environmental impact have caused many to rethink how fashion should be presented and call for change.When the Covid-19 pandemic halted everything, making travel an impossibility, the clever minds at Verizon’s in-house creative studio, RYOT, along with the Fashion Innovation Agency (FIA), got together to create a fashion show unlike any we’ve ever seen before: The Fabric of Reality.  The Fabric of Reality unites three, young, out-of-the-box thinker designers with leading VR artists for a completely virtual fashion show experience, which first premiered online in July 2020 but lives on in shared VR space, the Museum of Other Realities, until summer 2021 (grab your VR glasses and get watching).The project paired up designers and artists, including: Damara Inglês, who partnered with interactive artist Sutu to create a realm and garment exploring the relationship between our biological bodies and digital identities; Charli Cohen, who worked with Anand Duncan and Joy on a collaboration with Sanrio character gudetama to explore mental health; and Sabinna, who collaborated with VRHUMAN to create a post-lockdown oasis combining handcraft with hi-tech.The event breaks down the fashion world’s barriers in a number of ways, democratising the fashion show experience for people around the globe. It illustrates the immense power and potential that virtual, immersive worlds afford designers and creatives, allowing them to reimagine garments in fantastic new ways without having to negotiate the constraints of reality. Matthew Drinkwater, Head of FIA at London College of Fashion and Joseclyn Wilson, creative technologist at RYOT, two of the main architects behind The Fabric of Reality, came together for a panel discussion to discuss topics ranging from how the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the need for a show of this type to the boundary-breaking potential of digital fashion, which will change the way we shop, produce and experience fashion. Brooke Roberts-Islam, who runs The TechStyler, hosted the discussion.According to Drinkwater, one of the goals of The Fabric of Reality was “the opportunity to demonstrate to the fashion industry that a digital showcase could be something that doesn’t need to replicate what already existed in life, for us to show that these aspirational, emotional moments can live in a purely virtual space.”Wilson talked about how consumer behavioural changes as a result of the pandemic are likely to stick around long into the future, as are the positive changes that can come from embracing future-thinking technologies (sustainability, inclusivity, etc). She also spoke to the power of VR to imprint an experience on the mind like a memory.Designers Sabinna and Charli Cohen were also part of the conversation, touching on a range of topics, like how their storyworlds came about to the messaging they wanted to get across to viewers.Charli, Ana Duncan and Joy’s “divided” storyworld used fashion to explore mental health issues, centred around Sanrio character, gudetama, a lazy egg who struggles with depression even though he’s a DJ who seems to be on top of the world. Her central garment, The Why? Coat, is an upcycled sleeping bag emblazoned with Why? messaging, worn by a central Princess Mononoke goddess figure.“With VR, you have the opportunity to actually enable somebody to see the world through somebody else’s eyes, so in terms of being able to help people empathise with issues like depression and anxiety, that’s a really incredible tool. I can’t really think of another medium that does that,” Cohen says.After participating in this project, making a purely physical garment just wouldn’t have the same impact - or be as satisfying, according to Cohen. She is working on implementing augmented reality in all of her garments before the end of the year.Sabinna’s Eternity coat is a personification of memory, captured in a garment. She and VRHUMAN created a storyworld based on nature, that merged past, present and future and explored desire to exit into a post-pandemic world, where handcraft techniques became natural wonders. “Our challenge was to capture all the textures, colours and prints, in a digital manner,” she says.Damara and Sutu’s storyworld and symbiotic garment focused on the interplay between an underwater realm and a mythical-style underworld, with an emphasis on the protective power of face filters. For Sutu, who traditionally makes his art in the comic book style, the opportunity to draw a 360-degree world around him, while wearing a VR headset, was wildly different from anything he’s ever experienced.“I’ve never been able to stand inside my artwork before,” he says. He anticipates there will be more multiplayer VR encounters in the future, where you can visit virtual environments with your friends. Also, look out for the integration of AI technologies, where artists know where you are in an environment and can make that environment react to you.Designer Damara pre-recorded a message on what she learned from the experience. “All the work was developed online, all the collaborations were online, but it feels like we actually all met each other, it feels like we actually all hugged each other. Looking back at the project, the only thing I can say is ‘Wow’,” says Damara.The VR artists who collaborated on the storyworlds, Ana Duncan, Joy and Sutu, also took part in the conversation, discussing how their art has changed with the cross-pollination of immersive technologies.In a not-too-distant future, we’ll be stepping through our screens and expressing ourselves in new ways, without the constraints of gravity and garments, where we’ll be creating new identities, faces and even personas for the day ahead. It was the stories from the virtual fashion show that stayed with people even more than the garments did, and as consumers, we’re expecting and demanding more from our digital experiences.5G is going to get us there: it will “superpower” existing technologies, according to Wilson, eliminating friction points and bringing consumers what they want, when they want it. RYOT is a innovator in this field, with the first 5G studio in Europe, located in London.As Damara declares: “Now, we are cavemen of the virtual age.” And we can’t wait for the new discoveries to come, thanks to the power of immersive technologies and 5G. Experience The Fabric Of Reality for yourself: the exhibition is open for the next 10 months in the Museum Of Other Realities via HTC and Oculus VR headsets. Or you can re-watch our livestream and get additional content, all at thefabricofreality.com 
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Recently, Huawei’s consumer business CEO Yu Chengdong revealed the latest news about the release time of the new flagship Huawei Mate 40 series. In the ... The post Huawei Mate 40 Promoted Via Huawei Mobile UK Twitter Channel appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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The company said it will make it tougher for bad actors to take over the accounts of certain politicians, political journalists and other users.
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Now that Fortnite season 4 week 4 is live, you can complete the challenge for destroying collector cases at The Collection. Here's how to finish the challenge.
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The Mayflower Autonomous Ship today set sail from Plymouth on the southern coast of England, 400 years since its namesake left the same port to take the Pilgrims to Massachusetts, where they established the first permanent colony in New England. The AI and solar-powered marine research vessel is designed to collect environmental data that can deepen our understanding of global warming, ocean pollution, and marine mammal conservation. It will first spend six months in sea trials before attempting to replicate the Pilgrim’s transatlantic voyage in Spring 2021. The ship uses IBM‘s computer vision tech to detect ocean hazards captured by onboard cameras, forecast data from The Weather… This story continues at The Next Web
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Authorities have confirmed a snake is not a valid face covering after a man was spotted with one wrapped around his head on a bus.The commuter and his reptilian mask, which was wrapped around his neck and mouth, were seen on a bus from Swinton to Manchester on Monday.One passenger, who asked not to be named, said she initially thought the man was wearing a “funky mask” before she spotted it slithering over the hand rails.She said she found the incident “really funny” and that the animal did not seem to be bothering any of her fellow passengers, telling PA: “No-one batted a eyelid.”Pictures showed the man was not wearing a mask under the snake.Using a face covering on public transport is mandatory, except for those who are exempt for reasons of age, health or disability.A Transport for Greater Manchester spokesperson said: “Government guidance clearly states that this needn’t be a surgical mask, and that passengers can make their own or wear something suitable, such as a scarf or bandana.“While there is a small degree of interpretation that can be applied to this, we do not believe it extends to the use of snakeskin – especially when still attached to the snake.”Related... What's The Best Way To Store Face Masks? The Most (And Least) Risky Activities For Spreading Covid-19 Sweat And Heavy Breathing In Hot Weather Comes With A Covid Warning
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Take a long, adoring look at the new Nissan Z Proto, the concept previewing the automaker’s next-generation Z car. Bright yellow, and hoping to be an eventual bright spot in Nissan’s revamped range, the Z Proto strikes a careful balance between just enough heritage to keep the long-time Z fans happy, but enough of the future to make it competitive … Continue reading
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Effective Monday, the NYPD and other transit officers can fine anyone not wearing a mask on the subway, bus, or train $50.
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With a low-for-Land-Rover price tag and looks good enough to kill, the Defender 90 has a big challenge ahead of it.
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Disney stands accused of overlooking actual oppression of Muslims in China to make its movie about a woman who overcomes systemic oppression
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Authenticated business: 'No, there's a good reason for this call. Honest. Don't hang u-' Ad slinger Google is rolling out Verified Calls on its Phone App in the hope that its clients might stop you from ignoring calls from numbers you don't recognise.…
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'As life gets going again ... then I'm afraid it does mean the virus is going to come back,' said the WHO's Dr Peter Nabarro.
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(PLOS) Less screen time and more green time are associated with better psychological outcomes among children and adolescents, according to a study published September 4 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Tassia Oswald of the University of Adelaide, and colleagues.
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"This innovation in tactics and tools has helped the group stay under the radar" The post UK, European Banks, Fintechs Being Targeted with Malicious KYC Docs appeared first on Computer Business Review.
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Chrome OS 85 makes it easier to search settings, manage Wi-Fi networks, video conference and more.
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Nothing heralds the coming of fall like the return of pumpkin spice. Adding to the festive food season are donuts at Dunkin' and Krispy Kreme.
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EV adoption would have to be above 45% to trouble today's power grid, study finds.
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You can also get Endurance Peak II earbuds for your workouts.
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Donald Trump has said an investigation is under way into a how a plane load of armed “thugs” made their way to the Republican Party convention with the sole purpose of “doing big damage”.But it’s not clear who is conducting the investigation as there is no evidence the event actually took place, and the government agencies that would be responsible for looking into it have no idea what he’s talking about.Speaking to Fox News on Monday, Trump made cryptic claims about armed thugs he said had boarded an airplane seeking trouble.The president, seeking re-election on a promise to restore “law and order”, said the plane was “completely loaded with thugs wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms with gear and this and that”.The president did not specify a date for such an incident, detail what gear the individuals were carrying or say whether anyone was arrested or charged.He added: “Here were, like, seven people on the plane like this person [a witness], and then a lot of people were on the plane to do big damage.”Asked for more details, Trump said: “I’ll tell you sometime, but it’s under investigation right now.”US security officials said they could not confirm such an incident and officials familiar with law enforcement investigations also expressed puzzlement at the claims, Reuters reports.On Tuesday the White House doubled down by saying he was referring to an investigation into possible financial backers of “organised riots”. Again, no further details were provided and law enforcement agencies have not charged any political groups or operatives with fomenting violent protests.His assertion was similar to rumours posted on Facebook in June about men dressed in black disembarking on planes in Idaho. Local officials at the time said the rumours were untrue.Law enforcement, intelligence and Congressional officials familiar with official reporting on weeks of protests and related arrests said on Tuesday they were aware of no incidents or reports that would confirm Trump’s anecdote.Related... Trump’s Latest Excuse: Covid-19 Only Counts When It Kills The Perfectly Healthy Former Melania Trump Adviser Describes Job As 'Worst Mistake Of My Life'
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(Purdue University) Purdue University researchers have passed another significant milestone as they work to take a new two-dimensional nanomaterial to market for use in nanoelectronics, quantum devices and infrared technology used in national defense tools and biochemical sensors. The Purdue team received a U.S. patent for the nanomaterial, derived from the rare element tellurium, which has a thin, durable structure with unique properties.
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Firefighters in California are gaining more ground against relentless wildfires that were sparked by lightning, but the extensive scars on the land left behind can be seen from space.
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'The future's going to be weird' says startup's founder Elon Video  In a late Friday evening reveal, Elon Musk updated the world on his Neuralink brain-to-computer interface startup, with the help of three little piggies. Specifically, his team revealed it has implanted a mind-reading gadget in a live pig's brain.…
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Over the past year, many developers have been wondering if Python would soon be replaced by a newer programming language like Julia, Rust, or Go. However, I want to dive into what the data actually shows us and I’ll let you make your own conclusions. Spoiler alert: I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon. First, let’s start with some of the arguments against Python and why it may be time to replace this language. There are a number of arguments against Python, and how other languages are filling that gap, or resolving some of the issues. Speed Python is… This story continues at The Next Web
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President Donald Trump has enacted a string of policies meant to limit both legal and illegal immigration.
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From promoting "household voting" to falsely claiming the Democrats will "destroy" police, fringe convention speeches have abounded this week.
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'Microsoft has confirmed the Teams chat data is not recoverable' Exclusive  The personal chat histories of 145,000 Microsoft Teams users at KPMG were inadvertently and permanently deleted last week, thanks to an IT blunder.…
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Amazon Prime’s adaptation of Iain M. Banks’ science-fiction novels has been axed, with “Consider Phlebas” no longer being produced the writer of the project has confirmed. Work on the show was announced back in February 2018, with Dennis Kelly – known for TV series “Utopia” – tapped to translate Banks’ Culture into the small screen. It was a considerable challenge. … Continue reading
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(Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology) Strigolactones mediate the fine-tuning of the production plant defensive substances in the stem of plants of the wild tobacco species Nicotiana attenuata. Their crosstalk with other hormones involved in plant defense is crucial for tobacco plants' ability to tolerate insects that live inside the stem. Plants that are no longer able to produce strigolactones also have altered concentrations of jasmontates and auxins and a reduced resistance against the stem-boring larvae of the weevil Trichobaris mucorea.
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President Donald Trump accused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a wildly paranoid tweet of a “deep state” conspiracy against him over COVID-19 vaccine testing.Trump tweeted that the FDA was specifically out to hurt him — “obviously,” he tweeted — by delaying progress on a COVID-19 vaccine and treatment until after the presidential election.Critics, meanwhile, accused Trump of preparing to push an unproven vaccine to win his reelection despite the health risk to Americans.Trump appeared to accuse the FDA in his tweet of interfering with drug company recruitment of subjects for testing vaccines and therapeutic medicines in the fight against the disease caused by the coronavirus.Research labs are responsible for finding volunteer test subjects and conducting testing but must follow health guidelines enforced by the FDA to protect people’s lives. FDA staff people meet with researchers and inspect clinical trial study sites to “protect the rights of patients and verify the quality and integrity of the data,” according to an FDA statement.The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives! @SteveFDA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2020Trump tagged FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn in his tweet. Hahn, whom Trump named to his post last December, vowed last month in an NBC interview that the FDA “will not cut corners” to rush a risky vaccine. “We’re going to call the balls and strikes on this,” he said.Hahn repeated that vow to doctors in a video briefing to the American Medical Association earlier this month, adding: “All of our decisions will continue to be based on good science and the same careful deliberative processes we have always used when reviewing medical products.” Peter Marks, head of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said earlier this month in a call with officials and pharmaceutical representatives that he would resign if the Trump administration approves a vaccine before it’s proven to be safe and effective, Reuters reported.“You have to decide where your red line is, and that’s my red line,” he told Reuters. “I would feel obligated [to quit] because in doing so, I would indicate to the American public that there’s something wrong.” Marks said he has not yet been under any political pressure to speed approval of an unproven vaccine.The FDA has not yet commented on Trump’s Saturday tweet attack.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Saturday called Trump’s wild “deep state” accusation “very scary” and a “very dangerous” statement. “Even for him it went beyond the pale in terms of how he would jeopardize the health and well-being of the American people,” she said at a Washington news briefing.“The FDA has a responsibility to approve drugs, judging on their safety and their efficacy — not by a declaration from the White House about speed and politicizing the FDA,” Pelosi told reporters.Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, also slammed Trump’s accusation as dangerous. “The American public needs to have absolutely no doubt FDA is basing its decisions on science — not the president’s conspiracy theories,” she said in a statement to HuffPost.Trump previously said that a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready by election day, contradicting reputable health experts.Two U.S. companies are already in phase three clinical trials for vaccines, the final stage of testing, but final results will take months. One of the companies, Moderna, must first finish enrolling participants — possibly by the end of September, CNN reported. Volunteers are then given their first shots. They must wait 28 days before receiving a second round of shots, then wait two weeks longer to determine if the vaccine is effective. Related... Donald Trump Praised By Controversial Polish MEP After Bizarre 'We Want God' Tweet Also on HuffPost
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