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  • Future of Storytelling | Odyssey.js
    cartography is once again chic The increasing accuracy of location based services coupled with society s obsessive compulsive disclosure disorder has made it so we leave data rich nuggets of information everywhere we go And though much of that material is ripe for valuable analysis it s difficult for writers who often have limited coding abilities to make sense of it Without access to complex data aggregation apparatuses and lacking backgrounds in computer science today s journalists are drowning in a glut of big data In an effort to repair this rupture cloud computing platform CartoDB recently launched Odyssey js a open source tool that utilizes maps to help turn data into interactive multimedia stories Designed for even the most computer illiterate amongst us Odyssey js allows laymen to create data rich stories that link to an animated template And because the interactive maps are easily embeddable they can be an almost effortless addendum to a more labor intensive long form piece The project which was powered by a grant from the Knight Foundation is open source meaning anyone can access the tool s Javascript library As our friends at the National Film Board of Canada know well content rich

    Original URL path: http://futureofstorytelling.org/odyssey-js/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Future of Storytelling | Aurora
    the power to wake up and take control of your dreams Using innovative sensors that detect the occurrence of REM sleep the headband sends out little sounds and flashes of light that alert the wearer that s he is dreaming The dreamer now self aware can then become the director and author of these nightly narratives Ever wanted to walk through walls Visit strange worlds Fly The Aurora headband isn t humanity s first attempt to master lucid dreaming and it certainly won t be the last Some people seem to have been born with the skill while for others it requires frustrating amounts of practice Gadgets like the Aurora the Remee and the NovaDreamer by the Lucidity Institute the original inventor of the lucid dreaming mask can help but they re not entirely the solution Dreamers still have to become conscious and seize the storytelling reins on their own But as we grow into a deeper understanding of the way we dream we might finally be able to grasp the stories our minds spin for us In a recent study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience a team of researchers found that electrical jolts can induce lucid dreaming with

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  • Future of Storytelling | Blood and Laurels
    eight hundred and twenty first year right as the empire s disenfranchised populace begins to look to bloodthirsty leaders for guidance Users inhabit the body of Marcus an aspiring poet who is doomed to carry out the increasingly dangerous demands of his monomaniacal patron Players interact with scores of characters who thanks to a dynamic AI vehicle have the potential to become coconspirators enemies and occasionally paramours Like an old fashioned choose your own adventure game Blood and Laurels has participants take the driver s seat as Marcus navigates the treacherous roads of blackmail murder love and hate Each decision a player makes sends the beleaguered poet down a different rabbit hole all of which are chock full of mysterious rhymes and riddles And those who dare take the journey must be in it for the long haul not only does the game boast a quarter of a million words but it is rumored that a single read through unlocks only a fifth of the text Blood and Laurels may be the first gaming title powered by AI engine Versu but in it they have harnessed the spectacle of cinema the vitality of theater and the lyricism of literature to

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  • Future of Storytelling | Playing with Reality
    FoST 2015 FoST 2014 FoST 2013 FoST 2012 Job Opportunities Contact Playing with Reality By Natalie Papillion on July 8 2014 Share Gone are the days when attending a show was no more taxing than purchasing a ticket showing up to a theatre and politely applauding at the show s conclusion The heavy lifting was done on stage and theatre goers had nothing more to do than sit back relax and enjoy the show Playing with Reality an interactive performance that redefines the audience s role from spectator to active collaborator is working to get onlookers out of their seats and onto the stage Professional actors first draft a fun narrative framework and then use a host of improvisational techniques to guide participants through the fictional adventure In the spirit of shows like Sleep No More Playing with Reality shatters the fourth wall in order to make way for a truly collaborative storytelling experience The PwR crew is currently preparing for a two night run of Look Away Look Away to take place at the appropriately titled Secret Theater in Queens Buy tickets today and let the performance rekindle your sense of childlike wonder The Conversation 0 Join the FoST

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  • Future of Storytelling | The Connected Home
    lifted from the movie Smart House And to be honest it s not too far from science fiction These new conscious home appliances refrigerators cars air conditioners and microwaves are connected to both the Internet and each other helping the owner integrate usage according to the nuances of their lifestyle The environment monitoring systems are programmed to automatically work in tandem with each other meaning a sensor in a car can be wired to alert your thermostat as to when you ll arrive making sure that your bedroom is just the right temperature for a midday nap Cameras powered by the home surveillance system Dropcam can automatically phone the police when an intruder is spotted Sleep tracking wearables converse with coffee pots ensuring that there s no irritating wait for your morning cup of joe Nest which was purchased by Google this January began as a humble smoke alarm thermostat hybrid hacked to send a text message to a homeowner if it sensed smoke carbon monoxide or low batteries The Developer Program allows independent companies and developers access to the Nest API in hopes that they ll create or refit devices in order to connect outside software and hardware into the Nest ecosystem Big companies like Whirlpool Mercedes Benz and Jawbone have already signed on indicating that consumer brands are eager to do more to keep their customers comfortable and connected While the possibilities for these integrated technologies seem limitless the move towards home automation is not without its risks Home robberies aided and abetted by these devices are a legitimate concern Google s involvement has also raised some eyebrows After all Google is a company that makes its money by selling personal data when their devices are physically installed in people s homes it s understandable that there would

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  • Future of Storytelling | Call Me Ishmael
    Me Ishmael By Natalie Papillion on July 8 2014 Share As perhaps the English language s most famous command the first line of Moby Dick has compelled generations to dive into the celebrated nautical narrative In it Herman Melville a veritable Dean of American letters took what might have been a child s tale a fishing trip and transforms it into an unforgettable story of a mythical whale and his fanatical Orion For many people it was Captain Ahab s heart wrenching voyage that inspired their love of reading and a new project seeks to capitalize on those treasured memories The service Call Me Ishmael its title a sort of bibliophilic bon mot asks bookworms to phone in and leave a voicemail about a book you love and a story you ve lived The enigmatic Ishmael then selects the two most absorbing recordings all of which are given anonymously and posts them to the website Witnessing the majesty of the well written word is an experience that begs to be shared and Call Me Ishmael s galley calls are a poignant testament to that impulse Care to gab about Gourevitch or shoot the breeze about King All you have to

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  • Future of Storytelling | The Uncanny Valley
    looks too human but not human enough to be convincing It s the eerie creepy vibe given off by wax figures and lifelike dolls It s the repulsion we get from staring at a corpse Peering into the uncanny valley is a disturbing experience and one that defies simple explanation It doesn t always have to induce fear Sometimes the effect is comedic intentional or not e g clowns and in some cases zombies Meanwhile things that look somewhat human but are clearly not e g golems fall outside the valley altogether In recent years roboticists and animators have learned from past mistakes to steer clear of this vaguely defined territory The first time many people encountered the concept was in the wake of the box office failure of the 2001 movie Final Fantasy The Spirits Within Despite painstakingly photorealistic animation and soaring production costs the film flopped At first it s fun to watch the characters critic Peter Travers wrote in Rolling Stone But then you notice a coldness in the eyes a mechanical quality in the movements Familiar voices emerging from the mouths of replicants erect a distance The effect was also observed in an early version of the animated film Shrek The princess character Fiona caused children in the audience to cry Wisely the animation team at Dreamworks toned down the realism re imagining Fiona as a slightly more cartoony looking love interest NPR Some roboticists have tried to bridge the gap between the human and the non human by designing increasingly realistic androids humanoid robots Hiroshi Ishiguro one of the world s leading roboticists has developed a type of android called an Actroid which was first unveiled at the 2003 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo He even created a copy of himself Will technology ever reach

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  • Future of Storytelling | Story
    set next to Manhattan s High Line With the help of things like blogs smart phones and news aggregation sites people are devouring an intelligent perspective just as much as they are an actual commodity Equal parts retail establishment event space and editorial authority Story is pioneering the idea that a distinctive product can serve as high quality content Not unlike a traditional art gallery Story curates their merchandise according to a rotating set of themes which often coincide with the season Last July was Made in America December Home for the Holidays and this February The Story of Love Currently on view is Cool Story an homage to New York s soaring temperatures and preoccupation with technological innovation The team highlights some of the newest coolest best designed projects using a process that includes a pitch night and partnerships with business heavyweights like GE and Quirky The store then puts together a program of complimentary events like Craft Beer and Ice Cream Pairing all of which are free and open to the public Pop up shops may be dotting the Manhattan skyline but without a cohesive narrative these places tend to be flash in the pan ventures good only

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