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Waldir Pimenta
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graduate student, hopelessly perfectionist, nerdy geek, knowledge thirsty, wiki addict.
graduate student, hopelessly perfectionist, nerdy geek, knowledge thirsty, wiki addict.

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A simple idea (with a non-trivial implementation) that makes a big difference in social VR. Looking forward to see this become more realistic and seamless :)
Virtual Reality (VR) enables remarkably immersive experiences, offering new ways to view the world and the ability to explore novel environments, both real and imaginary. However, compared to physical reality, sharing these experiences with others can be difficult, as VR headsets make it challenging to create a complete picture of the people participating in the experience.

Google Machine Perception researchers, in collaboration with #DaydreamLabs and YouTube Spaces, have been working on solutions to address this problem wherein we reveal the user’s face by virtually “removing” the headset and create a realistic see-through effect. Learn more on the Google Research blog, linked below.

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Fascinating! It's quite surprising how a simple model can produce such a variety of shapes, including ones that aren't immediately recognizable as related.

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"Atualmente, aos olhos da sociedade e até do Estado, é moralmente mais aceitável um cidadão que trabalhe, mesmo que contrariado e com condições ultra-precárias, que um cidadão desempregado por rejeitar desempenhar um trabalho perfeitamente inútil ou por rejeitar más condições.

Pior ainda, mesmo que esse desemprego seja voluntário e fruto de um desejo do indivíduo em investir noutras áreas, tais como voltar a estudar ou envolver-se em algum projeto artístico, continua a ser moralmente mais aceitável o primeiro exemplo dado, pelo simples facto de num dos casos o indivíduo estar dentro do mercado de trabalho (e desse modo contribuir para o 'bem da sociedade') e no outro não."

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I could share each video by this channel, but this one is particularly interesting. What a fascinating country! 

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Exciting news! With this sort of hardware eventually getting integrated into many phones, coupled with technology such as Google's Tango project, we could well be looking at fully tracked mobile VR systems reaching the masses pretty soon. What a great time to be alive :) 

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Crap. This is literally me. 

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A nice overview of the past, present and future of VR. I particularly liked the section 2.3, about the use of VR in education. I'll add some quotes in the comments below.

There's been some nice progress recently in non-VR tools for visual learning of abstract concepts (Desmos, Geogebra...) and it would be great to see this expand to VR as well.

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Some insightful observations about federation -- particularly how we may end up trading agility of innovation for resilience against monopolies (which in practice end up occurring anyway). Fortunately, there seems to be a path forward that provides a reasonable compromise between the two goals.

"While it's nice that I'm able to host my own email, that's also the reason why my email isn't end to end encrypted, and probably never will be. By contrast, WhatsApp was able to introduce end to end encryption to over a billion users with a single software update. So long as federation means stasis while centralization means movement, federated protocols are going to have trouble existing in a software climate that demands movement as it does today."

"XMPP is an example of a federated protocol that advertises itself as a 'living standard.' Despite its capacity for protocol 'extensions', however, it's undeniable that XMPP still largely resembles a synchronous protocol with limited support for rich media (...). If XMPP is so extensible, why haven't those extensions quickly brought it up to speed with the modern world? Like any federated protocol, extensions don't mean much unless everyone applies them."

"One potential benefit of federation is the ability to choose what provider gets access to your meta-data. However, as someone who self-hosts my email, that has never felt particularly relevant, given that every email I send or receive seems to have gmail on the other end of it anyway. Federated services always seem to coalesce around a provider that the bulk of people use, with a long tail of small scattered self-hosting across the internet."

"An open source infrastructure for a centralized network now provides almost the same level of control as federated protocols, without giving up the ability to adapt. It may not be as beautiful as federation, but at this point it seems that it will have to do."

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Fascinating! Although some of these seem more like puzzles and tongue-twisters, or the product of a masochistic society... 
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