Director Rob Cohen on ‘The Hurricane Heist’ and the Evolution of ‘Fast and Furious’ [Interview]

Director Rob Cohen has been shooting car chases, explosions, and shootouts for years now. The director behind xXx, The Fast and the Furious, and The Boy Next Door enters new territory with his latest, The Hurricane Heist, which has its shootouts and chases unfold during a category five hurricane that brings brothers, played by Toby Kebbell […]

Neurogaming’s next-gen Polygon system is an evolution of VR arcades

I was recently invited to New York to check out the demo VR space for Neurogaming. The company behind World of Tanks (Wargaming) formed Neurogaming to work on VR arcades in partnership with a venture funding group called VRTech. From a hardware perspective, their first “CinemaVR” system isn’t too different from IMAX VR’s locations. You can st…Read More

‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ is a Cruel and Clever Evolution of the First Film [SXSW]

What is a franchise? Is it a series of movies that form a grand, ongoing, and connected narrative like the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Or is it a series of movies made with similar stylistic intentions, connected by a familiar aesthetic like the Cloverfield films? That second definition feels like the wave of the future for […]

VR on Valentine’s Day: The technological evolution of love, connection, and intimacy

GUEST: Connection is difficult. With more distractions, demands on our time, and mediated communications like texting and social media, making time for intimacy and love can be challenging. Holidays such as Valentine’s Day can serve to reinforce this realization, further isolating singles and those who choose alternative lifestyles. There are some who feel technology is […]

Inside Limitless and Lytro’s quest for the next evolution in VR characters

In the past few months I’ve seen some really impressive stuff in VR. From standing atop the mountains of Skyrim, gazing down at a seemingly endless landscape, to the subtle nuances of the little girl in Wolves in the Walls, VR is really starting to hit its stride lately, especially with character interactions. Now with light field company Lytro’s acquisition […]

A taste for the beautiful: How evolution shapes attraction

Enlarge / Peacock. (credit: Mateusz Drogowski / Flickr) “Why All the Fuss about Sex?” wonders Michael Ryan. He wonders enough to make it the title of the first chapter of his new book, A Taste for the Beautiful. One would be forgiven for thinking it would be a short chapter—consisting of the single word “duh”—but […]

Blockchain could trigger the game industry’s next evolution

GUEST: Technology is mostly incremental. We make batteries last 20 percent longer. We make glass strong enough to serve as the front surface of a cellphone. We let headphones sample ambient sounds so they can filter more noise. Products perform better. They cost less. They last longer. Sometimes a different sort of innovation comes along, […]

‘How did life form from rocks?’ Protein puzzle reveals secrets of Earth’s evolution

How did life begin on Earth? That is a question pondered by humans for millennia. But while the answer remains elusive, a team of scientists believe they’ve found the key mechanism behind life’s essential ingredient – protein. Amino acids are the ‘building blocks’ of proteins, one of the prerequisites for life in any known form. […]

7 predictions for the evolution of enterprise AI in 2018

GUEST: While artificial intelligence applications in business and industry remain limited to narrow machine learning tasks, we are seeing progressive improvements in the convergence of algorithms and hardware that will have significant implications for how well and how quickly we can implement AI. Researchers can now train neural networks within a few hours or days, […]