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A look back at the computer future: Meta has to keep its virtual distance – and thus moves about 4 digital feet away from its own VR vision.

Avatars in Meta’s Horizon world will keep a forced distance of around 4 feet from each other in the future. This is roughly equivalent to the distance we keep from strangers in reality in order to feel comfortable. | Image: Meta

“Defy Distance” has been Meta’s virtual reality long-range goal for years. People should come together virtually and feel intimacy and experience interaction similar to reality. Now Meta has to move away from this motto a little – almost exactly 4 digital feet: That’s how much safety distance avatars – whether friends or strangers – will have to keep in the future in Metaverse’s “Horizon World”.

Meta is doing this in response to reports of harassment in the Metaverse and is understandably overcautious: Because if there’s one thing Meta can’t afford after the recent stock market debacle, it’s that the Metaverse, before it’s even started, is considered a potentially toxic Internet place like Facebook or Instagram.

>> Harassment in the Metaverse: Meta pulls the image emergency brake

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AI diagnostics: artificial intelligence to predict heart attacks | Image: UK Biobank / via University of Leeds

Researchers at the University of Leeds have collaborated with numerous partners to develop an AI system that uses eye scans to detect heart attack risk within the next twelve months.

>> AI vs. heart attacks


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Steven Soderbergh präsentiert einen spannenden Sci-Fi-Thriller über zwielichtige Konzerne und neugierige Smart Speaker. Was erwartet euch in Kimi?
Steven Soderbergh presents a tense sci-fi thriller about shady corporations and nosy smart speakers. What can you expect in Kimi? | Image: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc

Your smart speaker knows what you’ve been doing – because it’s been listening. Steven Soderbergh presents the sci-fi thriller “Kimi,” in which a curious voice AI “accidentally” records a murder.

>> More about the sci-fi thriller Kimi

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Online journalist Matthias is the co-founder and publisher of THE DECODER. He believes that artificial intelligence will fundamentally change the relationship between humans and computers.
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