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Technology, Ethics Meet in Debate Over ‘Virtual’ Actors

May 25, 2017

We’ve all seen commercials where an old piece of footage — or maybe an actor who’s no longer alive — is in a more modern-day …

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Video Games Can Boost Your Health

May 24, 2017

“Researchers at University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies designed ‘Virtual Iraq’, a therapeutic and educational interactive game. The games are based on the …

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How VR Can Improve OR Efficiency

May 18, 2017

MedCity News explores how traditional medtech companies are hoping to be a better partner to hospitals as the latter embark upon improving hospital efficiency. Some medtechs are …

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Treating Mental Health with Virtual Reality

May 15, 2017

Mental health issues affect many of us in our daily lives. Whether it’s from stress or anxiety, depression, or some other form of mental health, …

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Emotion Sensing in VR: How VR is Being Used to Benefit Mental Health

May 11, 2017

VR Focus explores an exciting opportunity to minimise reliance on pharmacological garments for mental health, in Virtual Reality (VR). Exposure Therapy (ET) using VR is …

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Avatar Technology from USC Captures Your Body in 20 Minutes

May 10, 2017

The graphics lab at ICT captures high-quality digital faces for film with special (and expensive) scanning equipment. Ari Shapiro runs a research group called the Character …

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The Virtual Doctor Will See You Now

May 10, 2017

Virtual doctors could bring health information to patients’ smartphones with a new app being developed at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies …

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Baltimore Hospital Bringing Virtual Reality to Medical Treatment

May 8, 2017

The Baltimore Sun explores cutting-edge technologies brought into local hospitals in order to help treat patients. Read the full article here.

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New Eglin Air Force Base Clinic Pioneers Invisible Wounds Care

May 3, 2017

The Pulse takes an in depth look at finding alternative treatment methods for service members suffering from PTSD. Read the full article here.

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What’s Happening in VR Right Now: From Psychedelic Art to Combat Therapy

April 21, 2017

Digital Arts Online features Bravemind in its round up from the Virtual Reality Show in London. Read the full article here.

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How Virtual Reality is Helping Soldiers Cope with War

April 20, 2017

The Evening Standard visited the three-day Virtual Reality Show in London where Mark Blunden met with industry experts, demoed technologies and learned about ICT’s Bravemind. …

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Facebook Banks on Virtual Reality as the Future in Socializing

April 20, 2017

With developments in AI, augmented reality will ultimately be so good that you won’t be able to tell augmented visuals from reality, says Hao Li at the …

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Can Virtual Reality Help Cure PTSD?

April 18, 2017

Chris Merkle had no intention of revisiting the traumatic events he experienced in war. After three tours in Iraq and four in Afghanistan, there was …

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Priority Maintenance

April 17, 2017

Defense Video Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) explores Tech. Sgt. Chris Ferrell’s struggles with PTSD and treatment options which have allowed him to begin adjusting to the …

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Futurists Want to Transform Black Mirror’s Dystopia into Something Better

April 14, 2017

VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi features a piece about an upcoming LA-bsed project aimed at inspiring more hopeful narratives (in comparison to Netflilx’s Black Mirror) of the future.   …

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Mass-Brain Experiment Helps Scientists Better Understand How Mind Works

April 13, 2017

Recently hundreds of people volunteered to be guinea pigs for a mind experiment. The execution was simple. All the participants had to do was watch …

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Treating Real World Trauma with VR

April 11, 2017

ICT’s Skip Rizzo sits down with Jesse Mulligan of RNZ (Radio New Zealand) to discuss the emerging field of VR and its applications in other areas, …

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‘We’re Running with Scissors’: Why Some Experts Worry About VR Dangers

April 7, 2017

What if virtual reality wasn’t just a new way to play games or watch movies? What if the technology wasn’t just creating new methods of …

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Experts Want to Ensure that We’re Fully Ready for Virtual Reality

April 7, 2017

The Star Online covers Polygon’s Brian Crecente’s discussion with Todd Richmond about the need for more long-term studies on the impact of the technology and perhaps …

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VR is Helping Veterans Cope with Battlefield Trauma

April 5, 2017

Virtual reality is a lot more than a cool way to enhance your video game fun. USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies has developed VR exposure …

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Make My Machine Feel

April 5, 2017

Technology is apparently speed ramping our humanity. VR has received the accolade as the ultimate empathy machine. It’s been a game changer in the field …

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The USC Institute for Creative Technologies Joins Forces with Neospeech to Improve Military Education

April 4, 2017

For almost 20 years, the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) has been a leader in researching and developing immersive technologies that help solve …

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Could Virtual, Augmented Reality Augment Medicine?

March 30, 2017

Augmented reality superimposes digital information on top of a natural sensual experience; the now terminated Google Glass was an early application. Virtual reality creates an …

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New Realities Are Upon Us

March 27, 2017

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, about 20 percent of the 2.7 million veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom remain psychologically scarred from their …

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Virtual Reality Helps Veterans Battling Post Traumatic Stress

March 24, 2017

We recently participated in Mediaplanet’s Technology Empowerment campaign where we united with likeminded industry leaders to showcase how technology innovation can improve businesses and personal …

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Experts Set to Meet with Fed Governments About Need for VR Ethics, More Research

March 24, 2017

Virtual worlds are coming for humanity and a group of researchers and technologists wants to make sure we’re ready when they arrive. Next week, three …

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Let Robots Handle Your Emotional Burnout at Work

March 23, 2017

In this How We Get to Next piece, writer Meeri Kim talks about emotional labor, robots, and more with ICT’s Jonathan Gratch. Read the full …

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The Power of VR as an ‘Empathy Machine’ and Office Holodeck

March 21, 2017

There are now a plethora of VR platforms for the mass market: Oculus, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream and more. With the costs …

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Take a Peek Under the Helmet of Virtual Reality at SXSW

March 19, 2017

“It’s really about seeding one or more of your senses to someone else’s synthetic environment. And right now you’re seeing mostly gaming applications. You’re not …

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Latest Tech Rules at SXSW Conference

March 17, 2017

KOAA NBC in Colorado features a segment on South by Southwest 2017, the conference in which tech companies take the opportunity to showcase their latest innovations in …

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How Virtual Reality is Helping Heal Soldiers with PTSD

March 16, 2017

NBC News investigates what it’s like for a veteran living with PTSD, and talks with Dr. Skip Rizzo about his mission to help treat those …

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These VR Systems Help Treat Veterans Recovering from PTSD

March 16, 2017

Bloomberg sits down with Dr. Skip Rizzo to learn more about Bravemind and how veterans are using Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy to help recover from …

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Survivors Share Horrors of the Holocaust Through New Technology

March 15, 2017

The Toronto Star highlights ICT and USC Shoa Foundation’s project bringing Holocaust survivors in front of museumgoers virtually. Image Credit: The Toronto Star 

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Psychologists Using Virtual Reality to Heal PTSD Patients

March 15, 2017

Virtual reality is no longer reserved for entertainment and gamers, its helping solve real-world problems. Some of the latest advancements are being demonstrated at South by …

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Beware Emotional Robots: Giving Feelings to Artificial Beings Could Backfire, Study Suggests

March 13, 2017

In the recent movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the face of the character Grand Moff Tarkin was constructed digitally, as the actor who had …

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How Climbing Mt. Everest in VR Helped Me Treat My Crippling Fear of Heights

March 11, 2017

Upload VR’s Spencer Fawcett describes his experience using VR to help conquer his life-long fear of heights. In this piece, he describes the phenomenon that …

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The CG Actors in ‘Logan’ You Never Knew Were There

March 6, 2017

When Rogue One was released late last year, it ignited a new discussionabout the digital resurrection of deceased actors, in that case, Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin, and it …

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VR & Healthcare – Dr. VR Will See You Now

March 2, 2017

Virtual Reality is changing the face of the healthcare. Various fields of medicine currently use VR technology to help improve teaching and learning for doctors, …

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Forever Young: How CGI Could Raise a Celebrity’s Estate Tax

February 28, 2017

CGI technology is being used primarily by film studios for specific projects, and the studio—not the celebrity—owns the image rights, said Kathleen Haase, producer for …

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Digital Doubles: Bringing Actors Back to Life

February 26, 2017

It’s a technological miracle of sorts — actors seemingly performing from beyond the grave. How do they do it? Call it a “double take,” as …

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Chinese Medical Centers Use Virtual Reality to Cure Drug Addiction

February 26, 2017

For many years, virtual reality simulations have been used to treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) phobias or fears. Skip Rizzo, a research scientist …

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Virtual Clinic Strives to Facilitate Access to Health Care Advice

February 23, 2017

The Daily Trojan features two USC institutes developing a Virtual Care Clinic to bring the health care system online. The USC Center for Body Computing and …

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Exclusive: Why can’t we stream full Super Bowl in VR – IEEE expert explains game-changing tech

February 18, 2017

Key IEEE member Todd Richmond explains the future of AR/VR tech and its impact on live-streaming sporting events like NFL Super Bowl. Read the full …

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Virtual Reality Now Used for Drug Addiction and PTSD Treatment

February 11, 2017

Virtual reality is one of the newest types of treatment being used to help individuals with disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or drug …

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Healthcare VR Innovations are Healing Patients

February 10, 2017

Immersive multimedia, hybrid realities and computer-generated sensory experiences place doctors and patients into fantasy worlds. Our fascination with digital cameras has evolved into a curiosity …

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Actors, Teachers, Therapists – Think Your Job is Safe from AI? Think Again.

February 9, 2017

Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and inexpensive computing power, jobs that once weren’t considered good candidates for automation suddenly are. The …

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Brain-computer Connection Unlocks Possibilities, Both Good and Bad

February 7, 2017

Voice of America’s Elizabeth Lee sits down with Todd Richmond to discuss the possibilities, and more. Check out video footage and the full article here.

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Can VR Help Cure Mental Health Issues?

February 6, 2017

Alphr talks with Skip Rizzo about Bravemind and Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy as a way to help treat mental health issue. Read the full article …

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If You’re Hoping to Watch All of the Super Bowl in VR, Sorry!

February 5, 2017

ICT’s Todd Richmond talks with CNET’s Terry Collins about VR’s involvement in the 2017 Super Bowl. Read the full article on CNET.

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Virtual Reality Expanding in Phobia and PTSD Therapy, Education, Gaming

January 31, 2017

ICT’s Skip Rizzo talks with reporter Irene Cruz about the ways in which VR continues to expand. Watch the segment on KXTV out of Sacramento, …

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Virtual Reality Can Make the Pain of Surgery Easier to Bear

January 31, 2017

An in-depth read, featuring a cameo from Skip Rizzo. Read the full article on The Atlantic.

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How Virtual Experiences Induce Real-World Adrenaline

January 30, 2017

Mashable talks with ICT’s Thomas B. Talbot about the effects of VR on the body and brain. Read more on Mashable.

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Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality – Promise and Peril for Education

January 24, 2017

Written by Todd Richmond for Engadget, this piece explores academia’s role in Virtual, Augmented, and Virtual Reality (VAMR). Read the full article on Engadget.

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How to Become a Unity Developer for VR and AR

January 23, 2017

Demand for VR and AR development skills in the enterprise is rising. Here’s how you can tap into a career in this growing field, with …

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Interactive Ultrasounds Will Change Your Health Very Soon

January 22, 2017

The Missouri Injury Blog explores how cutting-edge technology will change the health care system, featuring ICT’s Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy as one of the new …

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A Look Back: For 8 Years, President Obama Touted Merits of Art for Change

January 20, 2017

From the moment President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama entered the White House, they have reimagined how the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue can be utilized …

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6 Ways Virtual Reality Will Soon Change Your Health Very Soon

January 19, 2017

The Daily Mail explores various ways in which VR will change the health care industry. Read the full article on Daily Mail that mentions ICT’s …

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USC’s Virtual Care Clinic is a Step in the Future of Technology-Driven Health Care

January 17, 2017

In 2026, going to the doctor might be as easy as opening an app in your smartphone. At least, that’s what cardiologist Leslie Saxon hopes. Saxon, the …

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USC Researches Conduct Study on Trustworthiness

January 13, 2017

The Daily Trojan features a piece uncovering the findings of a study about trustworthiness. ICT’s Gale Lucas talks more about the research, read the full …

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Marines Say ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis May Temper Trump

January 12, 2017

ICT’s Managing Director Clarke Lethin talks about his time served with General James Mattis. Read the full article on KPBS.

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It’s Time for VR to Cut the Cord

January 12, 2017

For VR to stick, the next generation of headsets have to become wireless. ICT’s Todd Richmond talks with GearBrain more about the reality of where …

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The Ultimate Skinner Box: Clinical Virtual Reality 1990-2016

January 10, 2017

ICT’s Skip Rizzo pens a piece for Engadget that explores the evolution of clinical virtual reality. Read the full article on Engadget.

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David Krum: The Revolution in Virtual Reality

January 9, 2017

A look at virtual reality – past, present, and future – featuring David Krum. Read the full article on Hackaday.

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ELITE-SHARP Prevention and Outreach Simulation Trainer

January 4, 2017

The Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program’s Emergent Leader Immersive Training Environment (ELITE)-SHARP Prevention and Outreach Simulation Trainer (POST) is a new computer-based …

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SIGGRAPH Asia Macau Musings

January 4, 2017

An overview of SIGGRAPH Asia 2017, featuring Paul Debevec’s keynote address. Read the full article on Animation World Network.

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ICT’s Natalie Gravier in Forbes’ 30 Under 30

January 3, 2017

Read the full article on Forbes.

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What 4 Experts Expect from This Year’s CES

January 3, 2017

Predictions for CES 2017 featuring ICT’s Todd Richmond. Read the full article on Entrepreneur.

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CES 2017: VR and AR Play Big

December 30, 2016

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) had a banner year in 2016. Capturing the public’s interest and attention, these mixed reality technologies spread into …

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None Of Us Are Any Good at Deciding Who Is and Isn’t Trustworthy

December 26, 2016

Fascinating new research from the University of Southern California and Temple University harnesses the power of computer science to determine what behaviors make someone seem trustworthy and what behaviors …

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City Hall’s Call for Tech Integration

December 22, 2016

Garbage cans that play soothing music, smartphones that detect potholes by reacting to bumps, and augmented reality at City Hall meetings could soon be coming …

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The New Frontiers of Virtual Reality

December 22, 2016

This article explores virtual reality and immersion, mentioning Bravemind in its download. Read the full article on Live Mint.

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Virtual Reality is Actually Here

December 20, 2016

If you think virtual reality exists today primarily in the gaming industry, you are seriously behind the times! VR is springing up all over, and …

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Efforts Underway to Erase Male Sexual Assault Stigma, Focus on Prevention

December 19, 2016

The U.S. Army takes a look at its SHARP Academy and its Hologram Project. Read more here.

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IBM Wants to Build AI That Isn’t Socially Awkward

December 16, 2016

Big Blue says its latest Watson tech enables chatbots, robots, and even smart cars and houses that can understand and relate to humans. Though artificial …

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ICT Wins Big at I/ITSEC 2016

December 15, 2016

Virtual Reality integrates real-time computer processing, interface technology, body tracking & sensory displays to support a user becoming immersed in a computer generated simulated environment. …

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Choose Your Own Digital Adventure

December 14, 2016

On Nov. 15, the ninth annual International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS) brought more than 75 researchers from around the world to ICT’s Waterfront …

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SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

December 14, 2016

Are you a student wishing to pursue a career in simulation, interactive media and/or virtual reality? Join the ICT team this summer to create compelling …

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Google Brain & Artificial Intelligence

December 12, 2016

Comic-Con’s “Impossible Science” visits ICT to meet with Jonathan Gratch and ‘Ellie’ for an episode centered around artificial intelligence. Visit Comic-Con HQ‘s site to view the full …

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This Neural Network Creates 3D Faces from Blurred Photos

December 9, 2016

When actors like Kevin Spacey or Mads Mikkelsen want to star in a video game, the process is incredibly complex. For this, the celebrities are scanned …

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The Emerging Tech of Virtual Reality Applications

December 8, 2016

As VR spreads far beyond the world of gaming, SYS-CON explores the state of VR in 2016 and where developers are taking it in the …

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The Virtual Laboratory Patient

December 5, 2016

For the Mitele TV show, MTMAD, ICT’s Skip Rizzo sat down with host Marcos Anton to discuss how technology can improve our health. Watch the …

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When Robots Feel Your Pain

November 27, 2016

Artificial intelligence is now in a position to transform psychiatric hospitals for the better in the year ahead. Read the full article featuring ICT research …

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Does an App That Measures Suicide Risk Violate Your Rights?

November 23, 2016

ICT’s Stefan Scherer talks with Vice’s Health Channel, Tonic, about these risks more. Read the full article here.

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Terrorism is No Game, but Playing This One Could Help in the Fight

November 17, 2016

Fast Company’s Sean Captain sat down with ICT’s Ryan McAlinden to discuss CounterNet and how it’s used to help detect the possible ways in which groups …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Hosts Digital Storytelling Showcase

November 16, 2016

By USC News Staff The latest in creative digital works that integrate digital technologies, interaction and narrative were on display in a special exhibition were …

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How Video Games Are Helping Young Veterans Cope

November 11, 2016

In honor of Veterans Day, Complex talks about alternative PTSD treatments featuring ICT’s Skip Rizzo and Bravemind.

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Is the Retail World Ready for Virtual Reality?

November 11, 2016

Todd Richmond discusses the latest IEEE survey and whether the retail world is ready new strides being made in virtual reality with Wall Street Journal’s …

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How Virtual Reality is Helping Veterans Overcome PTSD

November 11, 2016

According to the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs about 11 out of every 100 veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have …

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Pinscreen Launches with High-Tech Distractions for a Nerve-Wracking Election

November 9, 2016

ICT’s Vision and Graphics Lab Director Hao Li along with his team at Pinscreen launch a system for generating what can be photorealistic three-dimensional images from …

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Global Behavior Change Through Virtual Reality

November 9, 2016

With Virtual Reality (VR) entering its golden age, new uses abound. VR now has the potential to help us internalise experiences that are not filtered …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies to Host Free Interactive Art Exhibit

November 7, 2016

USC Institute for Creative Technologies to Host Free Interactive Art Exhibit Media and general public are invited to attend; See below for more information. WHAT: …

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How Deepak Chopra is Using Virtual Reality to Improve Your Health

November 7, 2016

Tech.co explores Deepak Chopra’s new initiative using color therapy and Hindu Chakras for a guided mediation VR application. In this feature, various works of VR …

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5 Ways Humanitarian Bots Can Save the World

November 6, 2016

While bots have a long way to go to reach their potential, even the emotionless bots of today have changed the world for the better, …

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This Woman’s Experience Shows a Major Problem Facing Virtual Reality

November 5, 2016

Why experiencing abuse in VR can be damaging in real life. Dr. Albert “Skip” Rizzo, the director of Medical Virtual Reality at the University of …

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North America 17 Consumer Trends

November 4, 2016

USC Institute for Creative Technologies and Bravemind is featured in Mintel’s 2017 Consumer Trends report.

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Imagine a Time…

November 1, 2016

SIGNAL Magazine talks about ARL’s work and collaboration with USC ICT.

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Virtual Trauma: Could Home VR Affect PTSD Sufferers?

October 30, 2016

For years now, VR has been used to help people overcome fears and in the treatment of conditions such as PTSD, and it’s proven to …

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VR for Good – It Can Do Much Better Than Game

October 28, 2016

To inspire others about the power of VR to do good, AMD took some gear on the road to the VERGE conferencein Silicon Valley. The conference led …

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25 of VR’s Greatest Innovators

October 26, 2016

Polygon compiled a list of VR’s Top 25 Innovators and to no surprise, a few current and former ICT’ers made the list. Check it out!

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We Can Measure Feelings

October 21, 2016

France 2 Replay in Paris featured ICT and our researchers in a video about measuring feelings through technology.

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