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How AI ‘Therapists’ Could Shrink the Cost of Mental Health

February 18, 2020

Could machines that look, act and sound human replace psychologists and psychiatrists? Probably not — that possibility is limited so far by a lack of …

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Deepfake Showing Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr. Shows How Seamless Tech Can Be

February 17, 2020

The clip, while fun to imagine the recasting, shows how good deepfake technology has become, leaving some concerned that what voters see this political season …

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Virtual Reality Applications That Can Help Save Lives

February 12, 2020

With more advancements in technology, we can expect to see more VR applications in the field of medicine, healthcare, crisis management, and other industries. Continue reading …

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NPC Newsmaker: Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to announce new initiatives

February 5, 2020

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie speaks at a National Press Club Newsmaker on Wednesday, February 5 announcing new initiatives designed to better serve America’s …

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VR Exposure Therapy Provides Treatment Option for PTSD

February 4, 2020

“More than just sights and sounds,” explains Dr. Rizzo, “Bravemind uses a virtual reality headmounted display, directional 3-D audio, vibrations, and smells to generate a …

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How Virtual Reality Can Help Treat Mental Health Conditions

January 31, 2020

Two thirds of people with mental health disorders will never see a health-care professional. Here’s how VR can draw people to therapy. Watch the full …

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Arkansas Vets Suicide Program Gets D.C. Audience

January 29, 2020

A House Veterans Committee panel Tuesday reviewed programs from across the country, including one from the Natural State, that are helping to lower suicide rates …

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Virtual Reality System Helping North Texas Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress

January 29, 2020

Clinicians are training this week on the StrongMind system, donated by the charitable organization SoldierStrong. North Texas is one of 13 VA facilities across the …

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Home from War: Asheville VA Aims to Help Veterans with PTSD through Virtual Reality

January 27, 2020

“If done in the hands of a well-trained clinician, at a pace that the patient can handle, we can really help a patient to go …

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Army Modernization Translates into Accepting Risk and Learning Quickly

January 27, 2020

Two years ago, the Army recognized the need to rapidly and persistently modernize our force to stay ahead of technological change and national competitors. Continue …

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Army Targeting Goggles, VR Training May Use JEDI Cloud

January 24, 2020

The Army’s building a detailed VR map of the planet and the service’s CIO sees JEDI as the logical place to host such a massive …

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Deepfakes: A Threat to Democracy Or Just a Bit of Fun

January 23, 2020

Live from the World Economic Forum, BBC talks deepfakes with Hao Li.

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Deepfakes: Do Not Believe What You See

January 22, 2020

From the World Economic Forum in Davos, ICT’s Hao Li talking about deepfake technology , its potential implications on society, and how we need to …

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Deepfakes

January 22, 2020

“We use AI to actually synthesize digital humans.” Developers of deepfakes are making huge advances, allowing people to digitally change faces in real time. Via …

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Pinscreen’s Real-Time Deepfake Demo

January 20, 2020

The video presents a state-of-the-art demo of a real-time DeepFake face-swapping technology. What we see is both amazing and terrifying.  The demo was set up …

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OVR Technology Is Creating Olfactory Virtual Reality for Health Care, Education and Training

January 15, 2020

A key collaborator who has helped guide development of the Architecture of Scent is Albert “Skip” Rizzo, a research professor at the University of Southern …

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Good Cop, Good Cop: Can VR Help to Make Policing Kinder?

January 9, 2020

As police forces in the US and elsewhere wrangle with accusations of bias and brutality, a quiet effort is underway using VR to boost empathy …

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Is Seeing Still Believing? The Deepfake Challenge to Truth in Politics

January 8, 2020

This report from The Brookings Institution’s Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology (AIET) Initiative is part of “AI Governance,” a series that identifies key governance and …

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Deepfakes: Informed Digital Citizens are the Best Defense Against Online Manipulation

January 7, 2020

Deepfakes, a specific form of disinformation that uses machine-learning algorithms to create audio and video of real people saying and doing things they never said or did, …

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Can Smell-O-Vision Save VR?

December 13, 2019

Consumers have been slow to purchase VR headsets, largely due to price and limited content. But several start-ups are making devices that will give people …

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How Virtual Reality is Being Used to Heal

December 11, 2019

For more than twenty years, Skip Rizzo, a clinical psychologist and the director for medical virtual reality at theUniversity of Southern California’s Institute for Creative …

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Olfactory Virtual Reality Technology Being Used to Help Veterans with PTSD

December 3, 2019

Virtual Reality headsets are used to give gamers the experience of a virtual word using video and sound. Now three different companies are coming out …

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Army Pursuing Improved Realism in Live and Virtual Training

December 3, 2019

Members of the Synthetic Training Environment Cross Functional Team are working with the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, or PEO STRI, and …

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Jessica Brillhart Discusses the Power of Immersive VR

December 2, 2019

The final episode of an 8-part docu-series for AOL’s “In the Know” featuring ICT’s Director for Mixed Reality, Jessica Brillhart. Live on AOL and Yahoo!

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Virtual Reality Helps Ease Trauma for Patients at Tampa Veterans Hospital

November 29, 2019

For years, Albert Rizzo at USC has studied the technology’s use in treating people with military backgrounds. Rizzo is associate director of the medical virtual …

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Army Has High Hopes for One World Terrain Training Tool

November 25, 2019

The Army is creating a high-resolution virtual world realistic enough to help prepare troops for battles across the globe. The Synthetic Training Environment, or STE, …

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Paging Dr. Robot: Artificial Intelligence Moves into Care

November 24, 2019

Artificial intelligence is spreading into health care, often as software or a computer program capable of learning from large amounts of data and making predictions …

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The Academic Pipeline

November 22, 2019

The use of simulation and virtual reality in education and training today is widespread and expanding. Where will the next generation of “simulationists” come from …

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Technology’s New Role

November 21, 2019

A monopoly on film-making gives LA the lead in emerging industries. Watch the full segment, via Economist-Pictet.

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Fighting on New Frontiers

November 21, 2019

The United States has already faced and defeated enemies both in and under cities. Across the Department of Defense (DoD), however, there’s an acknowledgment that …

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U.S. Army Leaders Test Out Latest Militarized HoloLens AR Architecture

November 15, 2019

US Army soldiers are evaluating the latest iteration of Microsoft’s modified HoloLens 2 headset as part of the service’s effort to inject augmented reality (AR) …

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This Mapping Tech will Distinguish Different Tree Species

October 31, 2019

Updated geospatial data is needed more and more in order to enhance the situational awareness of soldiers at the field. One World Terrain (OWT) is a …

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Surviving the First ‘Deepfake’ Election: Three Questions

October 30, 2019

Even before deepfakes, voters have needed to sort through disinformation, which has even come from campaigns themselves.  “You don’t need deepfakes to spread disinformation,” says …

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Can a Building Help Thwart the Next Active Shooter?

October 29, 2019

Researchers have designed a virtual environment to test how building features in schools and offices help or hurt occupants during active shooter incidents. Continue reading …

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Amazon’s A.I. Emotion-Recognition Software Confuses Expressions for Feelings

October 28, 2019

We have very strong intuitions about what emotions like happiness look like when displayed on other people’s faces. From childhood, we are taught these associations …

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Can AI Also be Used to Mask Someone’s Identity?

October 27, 2019

At the moment, Facebook does not have any plans for this new technology. However, the research is particularly important due to the proliferation of deepfakes. Dr. Hao …

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A Market That’s Virtually Unlimited

October 24, 2019

Via Rochester Beacon. At this point only a few VR systems specifically designed for medical purposes are commercially available. A company called Floreo Inc., headed and …

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VR May Change the Future of Therapy

October 23, 2019

Researchers are discovering that virtual reality (VR) is more than just a fancy way to play video games. It’s proving useful in therapy. “What does …

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Reuters Ranks USC #8 in The World’s Most Innovative Universities

October 23, 2019

A private research university based in Los Angeles, USC has strong ties to Hollywood and significant expertise in digital entertainment. The university’s Institute for Creative …

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Army Leaders See Virtual, Augmented as the Future of Training

October 20, 2019

The next steps for One World Terrain include expanding the system’s database. Some of the challenges include improving latency and bandwidth so that the fidelity …

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3D Mapping for Army Hinges On Bandwidth

October 16, 2019

Mapping in 3D will revolutionize both Army ops planning and training, if ways can be found to deliver sufficient bandwidth to move that data to the field, senior …

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Do We Trust Artificial Intelligence Agents to Mediate Conflict? Not Entirely

October 16, 2019

New study says we’ll listen to virtual agents except when goings get tough, via USC Viterbi News.

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AIS Honors 10 Women in Tech, Including Jessica Brillhart

October 15, 2019

Celebrating 10 years of achievement in entertainment technology, the Advanced Imaging Society today named 10 female industry innovators who will receive the organization’s 2019 Distinguished Leadership Awards …

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Special Ops Using Army’s Prototype 3D Maps On Missions: Gervais

October 13, 2019

The Army’s One World Terrain software was intended to build 3D battle maps for training simulations. But an early version has already proven so useful that special …

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USC Taps into AI to help with Student Mental Health

October 8, 2019

USC wants to make mental health resources more accessible to students. So they built an app for it. It’s called Ask Ari, and it’s designed to …

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One World Terrain to Allow U.S. Soldiers to Train Anywhere

October 7, 2019

Carrying only a backpack and a drone, Soldiers could capture and eventually re-create entire sections of forests and steep mountains. Joe Lacdan explains for Army …

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Ethical Concerns of AI Call Growing Adoption into Question

October 3, 2019

Hao Li talks with TechTarget about deepfake technology.

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Perfect Deepfake Tech Could Arrive Sooner Than Expected

October 2, 2019

Professor Hao Li used to think it could take two to three years for the perfection of deepfake videos to make copycats indistinguishable from reality. …

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How VR Is Improving Treatments for Patients and Training for Doctors

October 2, 2019

Virtual reality gives doctors a safe place to learn surgical techniques and helps patients overcome PTSD. Read the full article featuring Dr. Skip Rizzo and …

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How Worried Should We Be About Deepfakes?

September 28, 2019

ICT’s Hao Li talks with BBC about the technology, listen here.

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“Perfectly Real” Fake Videos Will Be Here Faster Than You Think

September 27, 2019

Continued deepfake coverage in USC Annenberg Media.

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Deepfake Pioneer: “Perfectly Real” Fake Vids Are Six Months Away

September 23, 2019

Futurism‘s coverage of deepfake technology, featuring ICT’s Hao Li.

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Half A Year to a Year Away From ‘Perfectly Real’ Deepfakes: Top Artist

September 20, 2019

CNBC’s “Power Lunch” team discusses the onslaught of ‘deepfakes’ and their impact with Professor Hao Li, a top ‘deepfake’ artist. Watch the segment here.

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Syracuse VA to Use Virtual Technology to Help Combat Veterans Tackle Trauma

September 18, 2019

Veterans suffering from trauma from their time in combat might soon be using technology from video games to help the heal.  Donations from a veterans …

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Battling PTSD with Virtual Reality for Veterans in CNY

September 18, 2019

Virtual reality is bringing veterans back to battle, giving the Syracuse VA another way to work with patients living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, working to reduce …

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The World’s Top Deepfake Artist: ‘Wow, this is Developing More Rapidly Than I Thought’

September 18, 2019

ICT’s Hao Li sees deepfake technology as moving quickly toward being indistinguishable from reality. Read the full piece in MIT Technology Review.

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A Deepfake Putin and the Future of AI Take Center Stage at Emtech

September 18, 2019

Artificial intelligence took center stage at this year’s Emtech conference, presented by MIT Technology Review. The conference began with a demo of a deepfake from ICT’ s …

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U.S. Army Training Devices Could Soon Be Embedded in Helicopters, Vehicles

September 16, 2019

Army Recognition features One World Terrain in their article about new Army training devices. Read the full piece here.

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The Biggest iPhone News Is a Tiny Chip Inside It

September 13, 2019

ICT’s David Krum provides some insight and thoughts about the new iPhone for WIRED. Read the full article here.

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U.S. Army’s Next-Gen Helicopters and Combat Vehicles to Receive Virtual Training Devices

September 13, 2019

Defense Blog covers new tool the Army is using, featuring the One World Terrain prototype in its piece. Click here to read the full article.

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U.S. Army’s Next-Gen Helicopters and Combat Vehicles to Receive Virtual Training Devices

September 13, 2019

To help Soldiers achieve the Army’s ambitious readiness goals, the service has made advances in its training. The Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, …

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10 Innovative IT Projects to Inspire You This Fall

September 5, 2019

EdTech features organizations, startups, projects and research that are innovating in the educational tech sector. Read the full article which includes ICT’s work here.

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Emotion-reading algorithms cannot predict intentions via facial expressions

September 4, 2019

Though algorithms are increasingly being deployed in all facets of life, a new USC study has found that they fail basic tests as truth detectors. …

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The Case for a Course of Virtual Reality

September 4, 2019

VR may help ease conditions from pain to phobias to PTSD. This article is based on reporting that features expert sources including ICT’s Dr. Skip …

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A New Army Network Could Also Help Training

August 28, 2019

The U.S. Army is undergoing a major technology shift affecting how soldiers prepare for battle through the implementation of a Synthetic Training Environment.  Continue reading …

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Synthetic Training Environment Piques Partners Interest

August 23, 2019

The Army-funded Institute for Creative Technologies provides some of the virtual training capabilities. The institute has won awards for its hologram technology, and Gen. Gervais says …

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Celebrates 20 Years

August 22, 2019

August 22, 2019 – LOS ANGELES – USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) is celebrating its 20thanniversary this year. What began as a Department of …

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Are VR Gamers Stumbling Onto a Mental Health Power-Up?

August 22, 2019

Skip Rizzo, a neuropsychologist at the Medical Virtual Reality Lab at the University of Southern California, is more interested in the therapeutic value of the …

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Everywhere at Once

August 22, 2019

Ari Shapiro – USC Viterbi research assistant professor of computer science head of the Character Animation and Simulation research group at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) – …

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Businesses Tap Virtual Reality to Train Workers

August 21, 2019

When the first modern virtual reality headsets came to market a few years back, it felt like we were on the cusp of the sci-fi …

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Virtual Reality’s Health Benefits May Soon Be a Doctor’s Appointment Away

August 21, 2019

Virtual reality (VR) is quickly working its way out of the gaming space and into the medical field, with experts trying this technology in areas from …

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How VR Storytelling Could Transform Mental Health

August 21, 2019

Given that most health concerns are inseparable from one’s environment, Rizzo calls VR “the ultimate Skinner box,” meaning it can create safe yet emotionally evocative …

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Futuristic Building Senses Threats and Reacts

August 18, 2019

Engineers and computer scientists are exploring building design and technology seeking ways to protect people. Recent innovations offer many possibilities, from placement of exits to …

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Virtual Reality in Psychological Treatment

August 17, 2019

Virtual Reality (VR) technology is all the rage at the moment, with industries across the UK and the world using virtual and augmented reality to …

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Hao Li Speaks with Technology Review about Deepfakes

August 16, 2019

As a pioneer of digital fakery, Li worries that deepfakes are only the beginning. Despite having helped usher in an era when our eyes cannot …

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Can VR Mimic a Psychedelic Drug Experience?

August 8, 2019

A new psychedelic virtual reality experience has some questioning if VR can provide the same psychedelic experience as the real thing. Continue reading in The Fix.

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Can Virtual Reality Replace Psychedelic Drugs?

August 7, 2019

Virtual reality is an “emotionally evocative technology,” says Skip Rizzo, director for medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, “because …

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Can Virtual Simulations Teach a Human Skill Like Empathy?

August 5, 2019

Can you learn empathy through interacting with a computer—even though, by definition, the skill requires understanding and sympathizing with real people? EdSurge speaks with experts, …

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How Rude Virtual Humans Are Helping Veterans Re-enter the Job Market

August 1, 2019

The technology lets veterans practice answering standard interview questions—as well as some uncomfortable and offensive questions—in hyper realistic virtual reality.  Interviewees put on a headset …

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What Makes a Robot Likable?

August 1, 2019

The August issue of Communications of the ACM features a piece on SimSensei. Read the full article here.

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Survivor’s Digital Double Helps Train SARCS, Victim Advocates at SHARP Academy

July 30, 2019

The U.S. Army website features a story on the ICT prototype, Digital Survivor of Sexual Assault (DS2A). Read the full article here.

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Hao Li Selected for the DARPA ISAT Study Group

July 24, 2019

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has named Hao Li to the Information Science and Technology (ISAT) Study Group .

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XR in Healthcare: Simple Evolution or Amazing Revolution?

July 20, 2019

CIO Applications Europe features a piece investigating XR in healthcare, mentioning some of ICT’s projects and efforts. Read the full article here.

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Digital Tools Will Bring the World to Army Soldiers

July 18, 2019

The STE CFT has developed two important digital tools for soldiers, One World Terrain (OWT) and the Reconfigurable Virtual Collective Trainer (RVCT), explained the STE …

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The World at their Fingertips: One World Terrain to Allow Soldiers to Train Anywhere, Anytime

July 18, 2019

Carrying only a backpack and a drone, Soldiers could capture and eventually re-create entire sections of forests and steep mountains. They can map 3D data …

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One Year In, Army Futures Command is Fully Up and Running. Here’s Some of the Tech It’s Been Working On

July 17, 2019

Am update on the Army Futures Command initiative and the One World Terrain Project. Continue reading in Task & Purpose.

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Hollywood Technology to Help Army Innovate Tank Training

July 17, 2019

The Army has enlisted the help of some of the brightest minds in the tech industry to test and evaluate crucial decision-making skills of tank …

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3D Virtual Reality Research Benefiting U.S. Soldiers

July 15, 2019

Spectrum News 1 reports on One World Terrain. Watch the full segment here.

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See How VR & AR Are Changing Medicine

July 10, 2019

Learn from experts like USC Institute for Creative Technologies R&D director Arno Hartholt and others, about cutting-edge topics like how VR is being used in …

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In the Age of Deepfakes, Could Virtual Actors Put Humans Out of Business?

July 8, 2019

When you’re watching a modern blockbuster such as The Avengers, it’s hard to escape the feeling that what you’re seeing is almost entirely computer-generated imagery, …

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Psychology Technology: 7 Examples of Mental Health Tech

July 4, 2019

Built In follows one Veterans journey through treating PTS symptoms through exposure therapy, featuring Bravemind and its benefits.

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A Dose of Virtual Reality for Medical Professionals

July 3, 2019

As VR literally transports your vision and hearing to another dimension, the tech was found to be useful in treating patients with psychological diseases. In …

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Army Awards Key Contracts to Build Virtual Trainers

June 28, 2019

The awards mark big progress in developing the STE — essentially a virtual world in which to train soldiers for war and aims to move the service …

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Virtual Reality May Make PTSD Treatment More Effective

June 28, 2019

SoldierStrong, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides hyper-advanced medical devices and treatments to America’s wounded veterans, is working with four major universities and multiple federal …

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Former Google Principal Filmmaker for VR and Vrai Pictures Founder to lead University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies MxR Lab

June 25, 2019

A Forbes exclusive about USC ICT’s new director for the Mixed Reality Lab.

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USC Institute for Creative Technologies Names New Mixed Reality Lab Director

June 25, 2019

LOS ANGELES (June 25, 2019) — The USC Institute for Creative Technologieshas appointed Jessica Brillhart, as the Mixed Reality Lab’s new director, effective September 16, 2019. Brillhart will …

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Machine Learning Helps Microsoft’s AI Realistically Colorize Video from a Single Image

June 25, 2019

Film colorization might be an art form, but it’s one that AI models are slowly getting the hang of. In a paper published on the preprint server …

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Virtual Reality Might Be the Next Big Thing for Mental Health

June 24, 2019

Experts used to worry that virtual reality (VR) would damage our brains. These days, however, VR seems more likely to help our gray matter. A new …

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The Coming Computational Approach to Psychiatry

June 22, 2019

Any disturbance in human behavior has immediate and future consequences and costs. So, when a growing number of humans from across nations suffer from some form …

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Virtual Training Effort Advances

June 21, 2019

More soldiers soon would be able to train in a broader array of scenarios without leaving their home bases or armories. Under the Army’s “One …

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