The Singularity Movie (Web Release)

October 17 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Culture   Year: 2008   Rating: 3 Hot

Move over Ray Kurzweil, here’s the Scenario Land version of the upcoming Singularity Movie. And guess what – the Singularity just happened!

Note: Make sure the movie loads fully before watching. I am trying to upload it to YouTube, but the feature is still buggy as Xtra Normal is in beta.

Using the new Xtra Normal platform, the above video took just 30 minutes to produce. This forward-step in super-user-friendly machinima brings us just a little closer to a scenario that I like to call The Toon Point, the time when virtual-world-generated video equals the average quality of a Saturday morning cartoon created in 2005. (Why 2005? Because that’s roughly when I began thinking about the notion of a Toon Point.)

Ever since my days in the West Hollywood Metaverse House, as my buddy and former roommate Jerry Paffendorf likes to call it, I’ve been a fan of virtual worlds and looking forward to The Toon Point. Due to their ability to incorporate and network other communication technologies, the potential of virtual worlds as an Interactive Communication Technology is simply astounding, and is reflected in their rapid diffusion patterns.

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Saturday Morning Cartoon: Paleo-Future of Transport by Disney

April 12 2008 / by Marisa Vitols / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Transportation   Year: General   Rating: 2 Hot

“Speed, safety and comfort will be the keynotes of tomorrow’s highways.”

The following Disney cartoon from 1958 explores the car, highway, and mass transit systems of tomorrow and their effects on urban development and everyday life.

Funny how despite the leaps and bounds predicted in the advancement of technology, none seem to have been predicted in terms of gender roles… but amusing nevertheless! :)