David Pescovitz is co-editor/managing partner of Boing Boing and a research director at Institute for the Future, a not-for-profit thinktank in Silicon Valley. For more than two decades, Pescovitz has been at the forefront of tech/culture -- as a journalist, publisher, researcher, and technology futurist. Pescovitz speaks on LSD, computers, and the counterculture at Geneva's Lift conference.
More than three decades after the debut of “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage”, Carl Sagan’s stunning and iconic exploration of the universe, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY sets off on a new voyage for the stars. Hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Death By Black Hole, Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier) step aboard the original Ship of Imagination and go on a journey through space and time for the most complete and awe-inspiring vision of the cosmos.
Approach for analyzing Wikipedia and other text, together with online photos, to produce annotated 3D models. The approach is completely automated, and leverages online text and photo co-occurrences via Google Image Search. It enables a number of new interactions, which we demonstrate in a new 3D visualization tool. Text can be selected to move the camera to the corresponding objects, 3D bounding boxes provide anchors back to the text describing them, and the overall narrative of the text provides a temporal guide for automatically flying through the scene to visualize the world as you read about it.
Creating structures in space that astronauts can live in has become a priority for Nasa. With a manned mission to Mars on the agenda, and plans for lunar exploration underway, scientists are increasingly looking towards unconventional construction methods. The most promising of these is 3D printing, which could make building a lunar home in space a matter of pressing a button and letting a robot do the work.
Machine works with the rotation of two screens placed back to back, creating a three-dimensional animated sequence that can be seen at 360 degrees. Due to the persistence of vision, the shapes that appear on the screen turn into kinetic light sculptures.