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The Future of Wearable Technology | Off Book

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Off Book looks into the future to see how wearable technology will become increasingly ingrained in our lives and our culture. From the Nike Fuelband to Google Glass, consumers are already seeing hints of the future of wearable devices. Wearable tech has the possibility to make us more knowledgeable about ourselves and our surroundings, and connect us with each other in an uninterrupted, more intimate way. From do-it-yourself wearables to high-tech sensors and smart fabrics, the future will show how technology can impact our lives.

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence | Off Book

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Artificial intelligence is an ever evolving goal for researchers, and the object of endless fascination for writers, filmmakers, and the general public. But despite our best science fiction visions, creating digital intelligence is incredibly difficult. The universe is a very complicated place, and humans have had millions of years to evolve the ability to navigate and make sense of it. Contemporary attempts to create AI have us looking more at how our own brains work to see how a computer could simulate the core activities that create our intelligence. No matter how we get there, it is certain that artificial intelligence will have tremendous impact on our society and economy, and lead us down a path towards evolving our own definitions of humanity.

The Art of Data Visualization | Off Book

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Off Book takes a look at how the practice of data visualization has gained even more importance in this digital age. From scientific visualization to pop infographics, designers are increasingly tasked with incorporating data into the media experience. Data has emerged as such a critical part of modern life that it has entered into the realm of art, where data-driven visual experiences challenge viewers to find personal meaning from a sea of information, a task that is present in every aspect of our lives.

The Impact of Twitter on Journalism | Off Book

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The world of journalism has changed in the internet era. Newsrooms are significantly smaller now than they were 10 years ago, and news is no longer a once-a-day product, but instead a constant flow of information. The rise of Twitter brought concerns within the industry - would this overwhelming source of direct raw information put professional reporters out of business? Journalists are now faced with the challenge of adapting their roles in this digital era, finding new ways to add value to content, and helping to ensure that the internet is changing our worldview for the better.

Dungeons & Dragons and the Influence of Tabletop RPGs | Off Book

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Off Book explores the resurgence of tabletop role-playing games in the digital age. Since their growth in popularity in the 1970s, RPGs have had a huge influence not just on players, but on everything from Hollywood to the development of video games. Now, in a world dominated by video games and social media, there remains an enduring interest in gathering around a table and playing games face-to-face.

Tattoos: The Permanent Art | Off Book

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Off Book explores tattoo art, and the creative forces that drive three unique artists. It seems that no matter how far we advance into the digital age, our bodies remain a place where we can express ourselves. This episode of Off Book profiles the diverse talents and philosophies of three modern tattoo artists of vastly differing styles.

What's the Deal with Internet Comedy? | Off Book

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Comedy is a huge part of entertainment and culture, but for decades there have been very limited opportunities for comedians to successfully reach audiences. Fortunately, the internet has blown that wide open, providing new venues for the creation of comedy, removing the limitations of the old guard, and opening new doors to laughter. Off Book explores the burgeoning world of web comedy.

The Art of Portrait Photography | Off Book

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Humans have been creating likenesses of each other for thousands of years but, with the introduction of photography, a new medium emerged for capturing the human image. Photography creates opportunities not just for biography and documentation, but also depth, empathy, and experimentation. Many modern portrait photographers transform their work from mere photo to art: communicating ideas and capturing the human subject with dignity.

Retro Media | Off Book

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Off Book looks into vinyl, cassettes, and other retro media that have made a surprising revival in the digital era. We live in a digital world that gives us all the content we could possibly dream of at the click of a mouse, yet many people miss the old-school physical formats from our past. The challenges these retro formats present to capturing and experiencing media actually enhance our appreciation for the sound or image, making the art we love a bit more intimate and real.

The Beauty of Space Photography | Off Book

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Off Book explores how images of space display the grandeur of the universe. Space presents a fantastic mystery to human life. Unfathomably large with characteristics that defy our understanding, the stars have perplexed and amazed humanity for millennia. In the present, astrophysicists and astronomers are aggressively studying the universe in an attempt to solve critical scientific and philosophical questions.

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