SMART CITY

SMART CITY

Smart City is a definition that recurs more and more often now.

Smart City is one of the main themes of civics hours in school.

But specifically how do you experience what smart offers in your city?

In your experience, can you tell of an actual improvement in the quality of your life, or is it all still ephemeral in your neck of the woods for now?

In the image I wanted to finally “offer” you a coffee in Piazza Ducale.

But the city of Vigevano offers many other experiences, including virtual ones.

On the City’s website you can check out a Vigevano Smart City dashboard with some options among which I would like to point out the live webcam

And when you decide to come and visit our ducal living room, you will have at your disposal these directions that offer the possibility of more information via QR code.

In the same vein, a “digital” bench was inaugurated.

Red, as red is the symbolic color against violence against women

The problem is that hand in hand should also be converted the education of citizens, who too often prove to be the exact opposite of smart.

A marker mark was enough to make the QR code illegible.

This tiny stroke actually emblematically represents a great trait that sets us apart, and likewise reveals the weakness on which what should be the future rests ….

VIRTUAL CHILDREN

VIRTUAL CHILDREN

Can we really come to accept the idea of virtual children?

I had already told you about the virtual newscaster who went on air for 70 days without anyone noticing.

But to go so far as to talk about virtual children is far beyond that.

Virtual children or even tamagotchi kids, that is the definition that went viral after the publication of Catriona Campbell‘s book which, however, I have not read. Have you?

Artificial intelligence and Metaverse, two concepts that are gradually entering our lives.

It is these days, for example, the news of the first degree in the Metaverse, although the term Metaverse was coined thirty years ago: in 1992, in the book Snow Crash written by Neal Stephenson

His project Lamina1: a Level 1 blockchain created specifically to enhance the open Metaverse, in collaboration with Peter Vessenes, considered a pioneer of cryptocurrencies, and founder of the first Bitcoin company.

Lamina1 therefore envisions itself as the base level for the Open Metaverse, a place that privileges creators, technical and artistic, providing support, spatial computing technology and a community to support those who are building the Metaverse.

Have you already thought about what your avatar might look like?

Having an alter ego still remains quite different from having a virtual child, yet these images show how far the line has already been crossed.

A year ago I was telling you about Gaia X and now we have Baby X

interact with the computer as if you were interacting with a person are you comfortable with this concept?

VIRTUAL TV NEWS

VIRTUAL TV NEWS

Virtual TV News: Reality or Science Fiction?

When we talk about Artificial Intelligence, we immediately think of cutting-edge technologies, robots capable of understanding and deciding the actions to be taken and a futuristic world in which machines and humans coexist. In fact, Artificial Intelligence and its use are much more real than one might imagine and are now used in several sectors of daily life. However, these are less invasive uses than what is thought or what is often shown by science fiction films that have found the inspiration for many more or less successful series in the theme of Artificial Intelligence.

This is the introduction published on the dedicated Artificial Intelligence site

But are we really sure that these are really “less invasive uses than what is shown in the movies?”

The video below shows the presentation of the first virtual anchorman for XINHUA, we are in 2018

On December 20, 2021, a National Business Daily journalist announces that he is virtual after seventy days, I also write it in number: 70 days of programming, during which it was broadcast without no one would notice anything.

The Chinese state media NBD then illustrated, in collaboration with the artificial intelligence company Xiaoice, the official launch of their TV programs: live news broadcast entirely managed by Artificial Intelligence.

Xiaoice 微软 小冰, which defines itself The unicorn born of a giant, is linked to Microsoft, which transformed it into an independent company on July 13, 2020

Here you can find the official video and description of the project that is part of China’s 14th Five-Year Plan under Key digital technologies: innovation and application

Our focus will be on high-end chips, operating systems, key AI algorithms, sensors and other key fields. Go on here

Now, it would seem that given the level of many journalists, unfortunately, such a condition would not make much difference … but there is little to joke about.

What do you think? Is there a present or past journalist who, on the contrary, you particularly respect?

STYLISTIC SKIN

STYLISTIC SKIN

A few days ago, Antonio was talking about skin on his blog pointing out rightly how in the dialogues of the movie Free Guy skin was literally translated in Italian to the detriment of the real meaning of the term.

The Skins I would like to talk to you about are Costumes Fit for the Battle Royale mode of the Fornite video game signed by Demna Gvsalia  creative director of Balenciaga.

Digital fashion.

It is the first time that haute-couture colonizes a video game with its own brand, in this case it is a partnership between Balenciaga and Epic Games

Ramirez and Doggo among the iconic characters in the version of the luxury brand.

However, a real capsule is also associated with the digital outfits, available on the Balenciaga e-commerce site

The campaign for the presentation of the fruit of this unprecedented collaboration is called Strange times and also includes a photographic contest, or, better said, Fortographic.

 

The best photos posted on Twitter under #Fortography and #StrangeTimes or under the Strange Times post on Reddit will be included in the game.

Between reality and virtual, I throw a dream there: who knows that one day someone will post coffee photos for KCDC …

DINY DANCING

DINY DANCING

I challenge anyone not to view the Dirty Dancing images as soon as The Contours’ Do you love me notes start.

Well, after seeing the Boston Dynamics video, for me the record is officially surpassed: I will never be able to forget these dancing robots

 

Don’t you find them absolutely engaging? Admit it: it is impossible to stand still.

We are not talking about computer graphics, so congratulations to the programmers: the couple of Atlas together with Spot and Handle move according to an inter-coordinated programming and to the beat of music.

Music that is certainly not a random choice … the text in fact speaks clearly:

🎶 You broke my heart

‘Cause I couldn’t dance

You didn’t even want me around

And now I’m back

To let you know

I can really shake ’em down

🎶

Do you love me?

(I can really move)

Do you love me?

(I’m in the groove)

Now do you love me?

(Do you love me)

Now that I can dance

(Dance) 🎶

So what about these Diny Dancers?

🎶

Tell me

Tell me 🎶

WHEN THE SURPRISE IS BITTER

WHEN THE SURPRISE IS BITTER

Sometimes it is nice to be able to say “ah but someone is still there!” … it’s like a breath, like a proof that hope really dies last, even if the cases of people countercurrent are like rainbows: rare.
So, I suppose that despite the fact they don’t have easy names, I will remember the French lawyers who prepared a lawsuit against EA Sport by equating the FUT mode of the FIFA video game with gambling.
A system very often illusory has been developed with the high risk of creating addiction, which pushes players, generally very young, to spend real money, to buy packages with random content that should contain rare and important players, or options to improve game results: the FUT Fifa Ultimate Team mode.
In fact, a loot box, that is, a virtual consumer object, and not a “surprise” comparable to those of eggs to be clear, as claimed by the company already convened before the United Kingdom Gambling Commission.
So esteem and solidarity with the lawyers, with the hope that they can represent a sort of forerunner for further dutiful cases against other giants that make good and bad weather in various areas.
Also the fact that teenagers profiles are hacked speaks volumes about how much what is acquired within the game has taken on a value that borders on the virtual.
Anyway not even this aspect seems to worry the EA.
Being able to make contact, and to obtain concrete help from customer support, is a challenge as difficult as being able to find the same precious players that some youtubers can easily show off.
So, in spite of the fact that it is theft, in addition to the damage there is the mockery of not being able to play anymore, because nobody cares to protect the legitimate owner of the profile.
Perhaps it would be appropriate to specify that the “surprise” in many cases turns out to be bitter …

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