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Future News! Headlines for Futurists

Inspired by our Residency program, Headlines for Futurists is focused on AR with a mix of VR, AI, Mobile, Entertainment + Robotics. Spread the word. 


AR

Grimes Releases Video for New Demo “Pretty Dark,” Written for Her “AR Musical” – Spin

How augmented reality is changing the game for gender equality – Wikitude

Spatiate Brings Multi-User Augmented Reality Painting to Magic Leap One – Next Reality

Adventurous taps live actors and AR to take families on high-tech scavenger hunts – Tech Crunch

Puppetoon Promises to Give Your iPhone the Freedom to Create Augmented Reality Animations – Next Reality

Augmented Reality Design Guidelines – Google


VR

‘Beat Saber’ Sells Over One Million Copies – Road To VR

How The NBA Is Using Virtual Reality And Augmented Reality To Get Fans Closer To The Action – Forbes

Max Salomon: The Story Behind VR at National Geographic – VRTL

VIDEO: I spent a week in a VR headset, here’s what happened – Disrupt / YouTube

Google Shuts Down Its Spotlight Stories VR Film Studio – Variety

VR Game Data on Steam, inc. average sales + revenue Tera Nguyen


GDC

Oculus @ GDC 2019: Oculus Quest, Rift Demos, and More – Oculus Blog

Unity at GDC – Unity Events

HTC Vive at GDC – HTC Blog

Google at GDC – Google Blog

Everything we think we know about Google’s mystery gaming announcement – The Verge

GDC 2019: VR/AR topics you shouldn’t miss – AndroidPit

Report: New Oculus ‘Rift S’ Headset to be Revealed at GDC Next Week – Road To VR

GDC 2019: Why gamers should actually care about this year’s Game Developers Conference – PC World

GDC Code of Conduct – GDC


FACEBOOK

Facebook Hit By ‘Explosive’ New Allegations As Criminal Prosecutions Loom – Forbes

Facebook blames ‘server configuration change’ for its longest outage ever – CNBC

Facebook Shows Off Research Aiming to Deliver Truly Realistic Avatars – Road To VR

Zuckerberg Wants Facebook To Build A Mind-Reading Machine – Wired

Facebook announces AI system to detect revenge porn, says accounts posting it will be deleted – 9to5 Mac


NEWS

Snapchat may launch a gaming platform as early as next month – The Verge

Machine Learning Engineer Is The Best Job In The U.S. According To Indeed – Forbes

Leila Takayama wins Google Research Award for robot training – Google

Team receives grant to recreate the ‘sound signature’ of cultural heritage sites – Eureka Alert / Rochester Institute of Technology

Tech investors include #MeToo clauses in start-up deals – Financial Times

Women in tech: Success still hangs on relationships and privilege – Engadget

Despite gains, the US ranks 75th globally in women’s representation in government – CNBC

US Again Cuts Women from State Department’s Human Rights Reports – Human Rights Watch


ART + ENTERTAINMENT

Afrofuturism Meets Black Divinity in This ATL artist’s work – AfroPunk

Box Office: ‘Captain Marvel’ Conquers Again With $69 Million – Variety

FUBU: Jordan Peele Hosts #UsFirst Movie Screenings For Black Journalists Across The Country – Shadow and Act

‘Spider-verse’ Director Advocates For More Non-White Storytellers – AfroPunk

Black Actors, Models Discuss Lack Of Stylists Who Can Do Black Hair – Huffington Post

With AI and DNA, Massive Attack are hacking a new kind of music – Wired UK


CALLS FOR SUBMISSION

NEW: Fast Forward Summer Accelerator 2019 Apply by April 8, 2019 Fast Forward runs the first and only accelerator program for tech nonprofits, which in five years has enabled 41 tech nonprofits to impact over 51M lives and raise over $102M in follow-on funding. Details on the Accelerator: – The program will span from July to October. – The accelerator is a 13-week program where we meet in person in the San Francisco Bay Area (June 26 – 27, July 10 – 11, July 24 – 25, Aug 7 – 8, and Aug 21 – 22) and in New York City (Sep 9 – 10). – If selected, accelerator teams receive a $25,000 general support grant, training, and access to over 100 mentors, as well as, over 400 potential donors.

NEW: Inside the Vault: Unity 3D Environment Art Contest Deadline extended 2 weeks, to April 11, 2019
Unity and Substance invite you to create your vision and add to the Buried Memories world. Create a scene showcasing multiple environment pieces, objects, or characters, textured with Substance, and upload your work to the Unity Asset Store.

  • 1st Place: Quadro RTX 5000 ($2499), Wacom Cintiq 16 (599,90€ TTC), 1-year Substance license ($239), 1-year Unity Pro license ($1500)
  • 2nd Place: GeForce RTX 2080 ($799), Intuos Pro M (379,90€ TTC),1-year Substance license ($239), 1-year Unity Plus license ($420)

SIGGRAPH 2019 Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality – DEADLINE
Tue, 26 Mar 2019, 22:00 UTC
 The Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality content in the Immersive Pavilion at SIGGRAPH will feature the most innovative virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) experiences. We are looking for artists, designers and content creators from all industries to submit their interactive headset experiences including everything from art, adaptive technology, games, location-based experiences, research, healthcare and more.

Women Startup Challenge at Google in  Partnership  with  Craig  Newmark Philanthropies – $50,000 cash grant to be awarded. Applications close March 28, 2019 at 11:59pm PDT.

Ottawa International Animation Festival – Deadline for entry forms and film URLs: Friday, May 31st, 2019 There is no entry or registration fee. VR submissions can be presented either as a URL link to a streaming video play-through, or as a URL link to a VR build file. The link must be active until the end of July. Supported platforms are Oculus RiftHTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR only. 

Data 360 Labs Women’s Initiative for funding up to $2 million in partnership with Google, Faster CapitalKiwiTech and numerous investor networks. We are providing support for female and diverse founders who are looking for technical co-founders. Please register with our Data 360 Labs Women’s Initiative Group for more information. Additional information will be provided mid to late March 2019.


FUN STUFF

Opportunity’s last Mars panorama is a showstopper – Tech Crunch

Robot brain teaches machines to pick up objects they haven’t seen before – Engadget

NASA Is About To Test A Giant Solar Drone That Broadcasts 5G – Futurism

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