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Synthetic Environment Technology

Synthetic Environment Technology links a combination of models, simulations, people and real equipment into a common representation of the world. Networked simulations that represent activities at a high level of realism from simulations of theatres of war to factories and manufacturing processes.

These environments may be created within a single computer or a vast distributed network connected by local and wide area networks and augmented by super-realistic special effects and accurate behavioural models. They allow visualisation of and immersion into the environment being simulated.

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Book Quotes: Net Coma
When a person becomes truly totally immersed in any VR environment, their physical body almost ceases to be a part of them. The more senses are subsumed by the synthetic reality, the less connection the brain feels to the original body.

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Dark City: A Dystopian Synthetic World
Plotline Review of the film Dark City, a dystopian synthetic reality storyline which questions deeply the nature of self, and of reality.

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Synthetic Brain to Aid Research
In what is certainly initially seems like a novel twist on logic, researchers from UC Irvine are utilising a robot outfitted with an artificial mind, to help them understand how the human brain works.

Planet Virtu?l in many ways, attempts to be an ideal virtual environement for online socialisation with limited technology. Its environment, particularly friendly to dial-up users, exhibits freedom of expression at every turn.

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Does Function Have to Follow Form in Prosthetics?
Why do prosthetic body parts have to limit themselves to copying the original organic components? When a large part of a person's body is synthetic, shouldn't they be free to express it, however they choose?

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Bye Bye Blue Screen, Hello Virtual Reality
In September 2003, the BBC announced that it had finally found a new technology to replace the age old 'blue screen' - a virtual environment, projected straight on to the studio wall.

World Review: Cybertown
World Review: Cybertown welcome screen
Cybertown was Blaxxun?s creation of the mid 1990s, designed to showcase the capabilities of VRML. It still exists today, serving as a social environment for a modest userbase. The technology may look and feel dated, but Cybertown represents VRML at its peak.
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2008: A New Vision for Second Life
A technology Review interview of Mark Kingdon, new CEO for Linden Labs as of April 2008. The interview discusses in depth the trendsetting for the Second Life environment, at the beginning of an over-successful VR world's attempt to better its residents' experience.

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Stretchable Tactile Sensors
Wouldn't it be marvellous if artificial pressure sensors could bend and flex like their organic counterparts? If synthetic skin could knead and twist like normal skin, but remain just as keen of sense? We are not there yet, but the first prototypes that can behave naturally under strain, are already here.

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Resource List: Fiction-Inspired Building Methods
There are countless examples in books, film, and single-player gaming of fictional virtual environments, created for reasons ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. Many of these are humourless jokes of worlds, but many others, may actually have something to teach us, when it comes to creating real synthetic worlds.


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A short story by author Vernor Vinge, covering the activities of a young boy, cought up in the middle of things in the world of 2020, and showcasing some of the synthetic, and augmented reality interfaces and technologies very likely to be ...

A team of UC Irvine scientists has been awarded a $4 million grant from the U.S. Army Research Office to study the neuroscientific and signal-processing foundations of "synthetic telepathy."

This Brain-Machine Interface dr...

Passing the Turing test--the holy grail of AI (a human conversing with a computer can't tell it's not human)--may now be possible in a limited way with the world's fastest supercomputer (IBM's Blue Gene) and mimicking the behavior of a ...

Researchers are suggesting a universal synthetic intelligence IQ test different from human intelligence IQ Testing, as expecting beings without human senses, human environment, and human cognitive capabilites to measure up to a human IQ tes...

Certain fish species blend with their environment by changing color. Sandia National Laboratories researchers have demonstrated that, in theory, they could cause synthetic materials to change color like fish do.

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