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Charting a Changing World One Loss at a Time

charting a changing world one loss at a time

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When Cao Fei’s Beijing studio was demolished in 2015, the artist relocated to the disused Hongxia Theater: a mid-twentieth-century movie palace decorated in the drab style of the Sino-Soviet alliance, in which institutional pea-green tempers propaganda’s fiery red. At the entrance of her solo show at London’s Serpentine Galleries (her first in the UK), the Hongxia lobby was reproduced at full scale, complete with curving welcome desk. In vitrines, Cao Fei presented movie ephemera collected during her research into the history of the studio building over the last five years: a lone film reel, tickets, a cinema membership card. An outmoded ATM has been refitted to screen the artist’s interviews with locals who recount their memories of the old theater. Sited in Jiuxianqiao, among China’s most productive techno-industrial districts, the former theater and present studio is now slated for demolition.

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The exhibition, titled “Blueprints,” featured themes of building, destroying, and rebuilding, whether in reality or virtuality—although such distinctions blur in twenty-first-century China, where cities and technologies expand in tandem at breakneck speed. The centerpiece was the lushly shot, feature-length film Nova (2019), a retro science-fiction movie about a doomed romance between two computer scientists, …

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MCWT ‘Embraces the Moment’ through Transformed Programs and a Virtual Gala in 2020

mcwt ‘embraces the moment’ through transformed programs and a virtual gala in 2020

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation’s 14th annual Signature Gala went virtual – one more pivot this year for the nonprofit working to make Michigan the No. 1 state for women in technology. The Oct. 17 digital fundraiser, with a theme of “Embrace the Moment,” raised  $352,000 in gross revenue for programs that help inspire and grow girls and women in technology. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles served as host sponsor and over 500 individuals tuned in for the evening.
“Despite the pandemic, we’ve actually had a significant year here at MCWT,” said MCWT Executive Director Chris Rydzewski. “We are a technology group, and thanks to our partners, we’ve been able to build on our strengths, adapt to an ever-changing environment, and reach even more people. The move to virtual was an opportunity to maintain our community connections and make an even bigger impact among the girls and women who need to hear our message the most.”
The event provided a behind-the-scenes look at how the nonprofit found the upside in the year’s challenges, detailing five impactful pivots:  

Sparking curiosity through virtual summer technology programs. Instead of 10 in-person camps for middle and high school girls across the state, MCWT launched …

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Tactile Feedback in Virtual Reality Game Has Potential in Health Care

tactile feedback in virtual reality game has potential in health care

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Technological advancements have changed the face of gaming, providing immersive and realistic video games with virtual reality. Virtual reality allows the player to experience game elements, but with a limitation: most VR systems focus on vision. So, a researcher at Nagoya University developed tactile perception for a new VR game. This integrated the sense of touch with sounds and sights. The study was published in the Journal of Robotics, Networking and Artificial Life.”Tactile sensation has a more significant effect on sensibility than audiovisual,” Yasuhiro Suzuki wrote in an article published by TechXplore.The gameThe player plays the game with a spherical object. This virtual object beats in tandem with the player’s heart. The game sends the beats from the object to the player using visual and sound effects and tactile feedback. The combination of the three effects increases the player’s immersion into the game. During gameplay, the player needs to break multiple targets using the spherical object.The game setup includes a wire that connects the sphere to where the player is standing. After breaking all targets, the player uses a pair of scissors in the game to “cut” the thread. The player will feel a sensation when …

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As startups accelerate in record Q3, Europe and Asia rack up huge VC results

as startups accelerate in record q3, europe and asia rack up huge vc results

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Investment outside North America just had its best quarter in years

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Venture capital activity in Europe and Asia saw a strong return to form in Q3, data indicates.
The two continents enjoyed more venture capital investment into their local startups than in some time, underscoring that strong VC results the United States saw in the third quarter were not a fluke, but part of a broader trend.

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Data compiled by CB Insights shows a global acceleration in the number of dollars venture capitalists are putting to work around the globe as 2020 chews through its second half. The record figures that Q3 supplied stand in stark contrast to the fear that overtook startup-land in late Q1 and early Q2, when COVID-19 threw some young technology companies surprise turbulence.
But the dip in venture capital activity was short-lived. As many startups sold software, they found their wares suddenly in greater demand; across a host of verticals, startups benefited from an accelerated digital transformation as the world adapted to a new work environment. Aside from clear winners like video …

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Startups run by women of color need money from investors, not empty platitudes

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What women of color don’t need is another white person saying “Yes, Black Lives Matter” or “our company rejects racism.” What we need is more investors willing to ask: what can I do to change the system?
Dedicating 15% of a venture fund is a platitude, a pat on the head, particularly when you consider that 46% of the country are people of color.
This current environment also stifles economic growth and chokes off the true innovation we need.
Stephanie Lee is a former staffer to former First Lady Michelle Obama and former product developer at the global brand, MAC Cosmetics.
This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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Too many women of color are being asked to prove first that our ideas are worthy of investment, while white founders get the benefit of the doubt over and over again. What we don’t need is another white person saying “Yes, Black Lives Matter” or “our company rejects racism.” What we do need is more investors willing to ask: what can I do to change the way things are actually run? Though the access to investments are especially limited for women …

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The VR revolution has been 5 minutes away for 8 years

the vr revolution has been 5 minutes away for 8 years

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What does the future hold? In our new series “Imagining the Next Future,” Polygon explores the new era of science fiction — in movies, books, TV, games, and beyond — to see how storytellers and innovators are imagining the next 10, 20, 50, or 100 years during a moment of extreme uncertainty. Follow along as we deep dive into the great unknown.
Virtual reality is either better than it has ever been, or at least a few years away from mainstream acceptance, depending on who you ask. Both points of view always seem to be true. That’s because VR has been five minutes away from some kind of breakthrough for about eight years.
Which points at one very hard truth: We’re much further away from VR headsets being just another appliance in the home than many in the industry would like to admit. The promised future hasn’t happened yet, but it still feels like it’s right around the corner. What exactly is holding it back?
What’s going on?
Part of the issue, paradoxically, is that VR technology keeps getting better, and less expensive. The first Oculus Kickstarter — in which folks could buy a virtual reality development kit significantly better and much …

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Turkey’s tech startups make global waves

turkey’s tech startups make global waves

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A changing tech climate in Turkey, incubated in tech hubs, is bearing fruit as startups increasingly find success.

Early in 2020, Getir, a Turkish delivery startup made headlines when it received $38 million of investment, $28 million of which came from leading investors in Silicon Valley.This news was celebrated as Turkish startups’ strong potential was being recognised by global investors. However, a more historic moment was yet to come.Amidst the economic slowdown brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Peak Games was acquired by the global gaming giant Zynga for $1.8 billion, becoming the first Turkish unicorn – a billion-dollar startup.Soon after the first unicorn, came the fastest exit in Turkish startup history. Another gaming startup, Rollic Games, was sold to Zynga for $180 million only 21 months after it was founded. While the unicorn news directed everybody’s attention to new models within the gaming industry, what does it actually take to build a global startup in Turkey?Thirty years before the first unicornWhile it would be difficult to name the first technology startup in Turkey, it would be worth mentioning that not long ago, in 1992, a technology firm called Netas faced fraud allegations for simply exporting software to the UK.Not knowing what …

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Isis Nyong’o Madison: Building e-commerce for African women’s needs against all odds | TechCabal

isis nyong’o madison: building e-commerce for african women’s needs against all odds | techcabal

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Isis Nyong’o Madison, CEO Bliss Group.

The merger between MumsVillage, a Kenyan company, and BabyBliss Nigeria is a demonstration of how e-commerce and Femtech will spread in Africa.

Realising their shared values around serving expectant and nursing mothers, both companies came together as Bliss Group to deepen their penetration in two of Africa’s biggest tech-powered economies. 

MumsVillage and BabyBliss were each under three years old as retail outlets before the merger. By combining capacities, each gains extra years of expertise to become stronger companies in each market.

Each rose to prominence through a similar course; first by creating relevant content, then building a community across multiple channels, and taking on the responsibility of delivering trusted goods to members of the community through those channels.

Bliss Group is positioning to be a trusted partner for African mothers and their infants. But the subsidiary companies have jumped various hoops, especially of perception bias, to come to life.

Isis Nyong’o Madison founded MumsVillage after years of experience at Google, Viacom and InMobi. 

Besides the goal of building a competitive product for women, she was deliberate about designing a company with a female orientation. Her teams would not be female-only but will …

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Groove Science Studios Makes World Debut of VR Concert Technology

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DENVER, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Groove Science Studios (GSS) is excited to announce the world debut of Artist Link, the start of a new era for musicians globally, unlocking the ability to easily tour from home and delivering state-of-the-art virtual reality production to audiences worldwide. Artist Link is the latest addition to Soundscape VR (SVR), the groundbreaking platform developed by GSS to power immersive, music-based experiences.”Artist Link represents a massive opportunity to change the way live entertainment is produced and consumed,” said creator Eric Alexander, “With the capability to produce live shows directly from your home, Artist Link eliminates the need for costly infrastructure normally associated with presenting a concert experience or tour.” Replicating the concert experience only formulates part of the foundation in Artist Link – “We’ve completely rethought the audience perspective. Attendees are no longer limited to just watching their favorite artist perform, now you can fly above the stage, paint the sky with light, even shoot fireworks from the tips of your fingers!”Artist Link is the latest history-making marvel by Groove Science Studios, adding to a long list of pioneering achievements in the VR arts space since 2014. “We’re very excited to cross this milestone in our …

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VC Daily: Tribe Capital’s Firstlook Connects Investors, Startups

vc daily: tribe capital’s firstlook connects investors, startups

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Good day. Tribe Capital, founded by former Social Capital investors, has started a new investing program that competes with AngelList. Tribe, which has its own main venture fund that has invested in startups such as Carta, Momentus, and Instabase, started Firstlook to allow its limited partners to get into a wider range of deals and select deals that they want. Tribe invests in all deals that it brings to Firstlook and “underwrites” them to make sure they are relevant for investors, said Arjun Sethi, co-founder of Tribe….

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