Another avian flu exercise

According to the Peoples Daily Online, Hong Kong has just held an avian flu exercise. 220 players from 30 departments and organizations took part. The scenario involved a Hong Kong resident who developed flu symptoms after visiting a third country. The exercise tracked that way that: – the patient was taken to hospital and the…

Real ads in a virtual world

Rebang has a posting about an MMOG which is offering space for real advertisers in its virtual magazine. Eve Online is a new one on me. Its about five empires in a cluster of stars far from earth. Its published by CCP games, based in Reykjavik, and claims to be “host to the largest virtual…

The Digital Michelangelo Project

The Digital Michelangelo Project is an attempt to use laser rangefinder technology to digitise the sculpture and architecture of Michelangelo. Sadly, however, scans taken in 1988/9 have not yet been fully transferred into digital 3d models. The team from Stanford and Washington Universities, led by Marc Levoy brought back 250 gigbaytes of data after scanning…

That EU avian flu exercise: lets hope its worth the cost

According to MSN, Exercise Common Ground will take place at the end of this week. But at an absurd cost! MSN say the exercise will last two days, from from 6am until 9pm, and will involve “several officials in each country, including a number of senior politicians.” The report claims that the contract to organise…

Regulation of on-line games in China

An article in Red Herring reports that Chinese parents are suing Blizzard Entertainment after their son died, allegedly trying to recreate a feat from the “World of Warcraft” game. I suppose youd expect this these days, but whats more interesting are measures the Chinese government are apparently taking to restrict (over?)use of games. China is…

Virtual tourism

Had a drink last night with Michelle and John Battelle, who are over here for the FT/ Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award. Johns incisive book The Search is a finalist. John reminded me about the use of Mental Ray (and Renderman) for architecture, engineering design(eg Solidworks), and simulation of flows inside buildings,…

Another Avian Flu simulation.

According to Reuters, Asian leaders have agreed to stage a “desktop” simulation drill in early 2006, to test regional responses and communication in the event of a pandemic. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group leaders, who include US President Bush, are following the EU, which also plans to hold such a simulation, due this month.…