Applying for a U.S. government job? You'll have to answer questions on drug use, criminal activity, and your loyalty to the U.S.A. And thanks to a government study, you might answer to an on-screen avatar, rather than a paper questionnaire.
Neuroscientists have taken us one step closer to an Avatar-like world after demonstrating a brain-to-spinal-cord interface that allowed a "master" monkey to remotely control the hand movement of an "avatar" monkey who was completely unconscious.
Yes, it's a tool to help market an epic of epic epicness. Yes, everyone's already doing it. And, no, you cannot resist. Because it is, actually, pretty cool. [Scott Pilgrim Avatar Creator]
A brand-new Surrogates trailer and two clips show all the pros of having your own robot avatar. For example: being able to take a hit from a speeding car, or giving Bruce Willis sexy robo-hair.
When your mind is inside a robot body that ventures out and lives your life for you, what's happening to the "real" you? Stop worrying! A new featurette from Surrogates explains the appeal of "a world without consequences.
The future is bright for lazy homebodies and their robot avatars. Jonathan Mostow's movie adaptation of the graphic novel Surrogates has just released some violent robot footage, complete with hot Bruce Willis wig action.
Teenagers would rather see a virtual shrink than a real one. So says Eric Wagner, a psychologist at Florida International University. Last month at a meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) he unveiled his plan to cyber-rehab teenage alcoholics. Wagner's been helping kids…