1. Father of Artificial Intelligence

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    Marvin Minsky, computing pioneer, cognitive scientist, and a founding father of artificial intelligence known for his relentless ambition and forward thinking, died in late January of this year at age 88, leaving a legacy. Minsky lived his life on the cutting edge of computer technology, trailblazing the path to discovery...
  2. xREZ Presence Research at ERVR 2016

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    xREZ Art + Science Lab students Max J. Parola and Samuel Johnson, together with professor Ruth West presented their research on presence in virtual environments at The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2016 conference held in San Francisco Feb. 18, 2016. Their paper, “Turning Presence Inside-Out: MetaNarratives” traces operational definitions of presence from...
  3. Discovering Presence and Cyberpsychology

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    Max Parola is a senior psychology major working and studying at xREZ Art + Science Lab. He engages in collaborative research projects, including one with computer science Ph.D. candidate Sam Johnson to study the characteristics of virtual reality systems. News@xREZ caught up with Mr. Parola to talk about his plans for the future and...
  4. VR? Why should I care?

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    Sam thought he was sick from VR. But with a simple adjustment, he could experience VR without experiencing vertigo. Putting on the Oculus Rift DK2 made Sam’s head spin and stomach turn. He pulled the thick strap over his head, slid the black box to his nose, and began to...
  5. The Problem of Presence…

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    If you’re following VR, you’re probably hearing a lot about presence. But what is it? The definition is elusive. Presence in virtual environments has been described, measured, and theorized in all kinds of ways. Whether they have dedicated decades of their lives to the subject or they are part of...
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