Episode 113 – Conferences Galore

We welcome back our long lost co-host Phaedra, who has been burning it up as a speaker at whole bunch of conferences lately. Michael M. and Phaedra look at how games are being used to help, influence, and impact the lives of teens (both for good and bad). We discuss citizen advocacy games, social responsibility games, and how in order to win in the game of business we all must win together.

Show links:
GDC in San Francisco
SXSW – Panel – Future of serious games for school
East Coast Gamers Conference
City of Raleigh’s Digital Connectors Program
Switchpoint Conference
Summit on Extremism
Fresh Biz game
Serious Games Association

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Episode 112 – Persistent Personality Profile

It’s May and the co-hosts are all together to talk about gaming internet security. Michael R describes two different approaches to gaming internet security he saw at the recent RSA Conference, and challenges his co-hosts and you the listener to come up ways of improving both of them. We also discuss which games we are playing.

Show Links:
RSA Conference
Mavi Interactive
Blizzard Ban’s Cheaters
Star Wars Commander
Alto’s Adventure
Flower Game

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What’s been going on

There is something about spring that seems to impact our co-hosts getting together.  Between the demands of work schedules, conferences, and holidays with friends and family I would like to apologize for the infrequency of our podcast.  At one point in time we had planned on having a bunch of reserve episodes in backup that we could post, but that is not really fair to you, the listeners.  So for this week, I am going to write a quick post about some interesting things I’ve seen lately.

My schedule has been impacted by a bunch of customer visits and conferences lately, one of those conferences was RSA in San Fransisco.  RSA is one of the largest security conferences each year, and it was completely overwhelming.  You can go to my other blog for my daily quick reports on the conference over at Triangle App Show. There were two items at that conference that I think would have made great discussion topics on this podcast,  however, I will blog about them instead.

Bugcrowd and Cyber Patriot:

Bugcrowd – is a crowd sourcing platform which specializes in security testing of public applications.  It uses many of the traditional gamificafion techniques of leaderboards, non-traditional currencies (Kudos), and adds in real bug bounties for cash.  Companies will hire bugcrowd to get a group of testers who are unleashed on a site or app, and have to report bugs that they find.  While talking to the team at bugcrowd one of the original founders at topcoder came up and asked how they vet their participants.  This was a big issue for TopCoder when they looked at offering a similar service, and due to liability they decided not to offer it.  How do you stop a would be black hat from using the service to uncover bugs and not report them, only to then sell them on the gray market.  To me this was the part where bugcrowd didn’t understand the dynamics of the game.  Their basic premise is they only open up the call for participants on public sites or apps, so a real black hat wouldn’t join the game and just do their hacking independently.  I am not sure that this is true, since the black hat can see what exploits others are finding and sell them as short lived zero days.  I have been reading the book Future Crimes by Marc Goodman, and the value of zero days on social sites, even short lived, could easily be worth more on the gray market than the entire bounty of the bugcrowd game.  Setting up the right game mechanics could solve this, but could reduce the incentive for participants to build on the work of others.

Cyber Patriot
The Cyber Patriot program is a aimed at grade school kids to teach them about ethical hacking, security and privacy on the internet. At the RSA conference there was an area with an entire focus on cyber safety for kids. This area included many interesting companies (more on them over at my other blog – Triangle App Show. At the time of the show, the Cyber Patriot program had two competitions, one for Middle-school kids and one for High School kids. The structure of the contest allowed for state and regional competitions all leading to a national competition where the best of the best got a free trip for the team and their instructor. The national competition allows for students to compete head to head on identifying and solving a cyber security challenge. What I found interesting talking to the individual at the booth, was that they Cyber Patriot program recognized that waiting for Middle School was too late. As such they were about to launch in a few weeks (and they have by now) a program for younger kids – all the way down to Kindergarten. The younger children will get a much more “mario type” gaming mechanic as a way to help them learn and understand cyber safety and cyber security. I find this a great way of teaching kids the implications of our online lives.
A quick parallel to the last thought, as we’ve had more and more breaches of customer information in the news, healthcare systems, store credit cards, social networks, etc. the issue of identity theft is becoming more critical. Not just the identity of an adult, but that of our children. If a cyber criminal can get an identity tied to a young child, they can leverage that for 10+ years of fraud, ultimately ruining the future reputation of your children. Think about how you are protecting your children from this identity theft.

As we move forward with the podcast, I am sure we will be opening the aperture and extending our topics beyond just the gamification discussion. Having said that, please drop us a note if you have any ideas of what you’d like to hear more of. Thanks for all your support – and keep Playing Games!! AT WORK!

Episode 111 – What does a tweet feel like?

The Michaels are back with another exciting episode of Games At Work dot Biz. We look at the taptic engine design for the upcoming Apple Watch and begin positing what a tweet might feel like. These design considerations of what goes into this question brings us to a discussion on how to design a new experience. How many different ways do you want to feel your notifications? Is a Tweet the same as a SMS, a iMessage notification, or a direct message? Would you want notifications for a specific hashtag?

We then extend the discussion to look at a haptic vest which allows the blind to see and the deaf to hear. This amazing TED talk looks at how researchers are extending the human senses to feel a tweet.

Michael M. also let’s us know about a new MOOC he is playing developed by Wil van der Aalst. While Michael R. reminds our local listeners to head over to the East Coast Game Conference and say hello to our sometime co-host – Phaedra Boinodiris.

The design of the Apple Watch
An App that lets you work even more!
Feeling a tweet thru your chest
What is a MOOC
MOOC – Process Mining: Data science in Action
East Coast Game Conference

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Episode 110 – Watching the Apple Watch Watchers


The Michaels’ geek out this week when we think thru ResearchKit and it’s implications for healthcare and health research. Can you find the game in health research? We think there are a plenty out there.

Showlinks:
Apple has Sprung!
Utopia Limited

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Episode 109 – Phone Floppers

Michael and Michael get together this week to muse over how students can address college debt via gaming, thanks to a link from co-host Phaedra. We also look at how the Internet Archive is saving games from digital extinction, while reminiscing about some of our favorite old-school games. This brings us to a deeper discussion on how newer games with server components and digital rights management, may be disabling this preservation to continue. We end-up musing about use cases for Apple’s upcoming Watch announcement and how the smart-watch ecosystem may become yet another lock in play for the mobile ecosystem. What do you think? Are you excited for this brave new world?

Show Links:
Pay off Student Debt with gaming
Ken Jennings
Saving old games at the Internet Archive
Old MSDOS Games
Archon – 1984
SimCity DRM Disaster
Every thing is awesome on the Mac – Lego Game
Haptic tap for Apple Watch

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Episode 108 – Oops

This week’s show had some major audio difficulties, so we won’t be posting an edit. However we did talk about Leonard Nimoy’s passing, Google AI that learns and plays computer games, cool innovations in automotive with Elio Motors, the Golden Age of podcasting, and Michael M’s latest game he’s playing Alto’s Adventure.

Show Links:
Google Masters Video Games
Elio Motors
Podcast’s golden age
Alto’s Adventure

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Episode 107 – Do Nothing

Michael and Michael talk about the latest IFTTT (IF-This-Then-That) incarnation on iOS, where they are rebranding to “IF” and release some cool new ways to get more and more people engaged with the IFTTT ecosystem. If you are in Las Vegas the Week of Feburary 22nd thru 26th, stop by and see your co-hosts Michael Rowe and Phaedra Boinodirs at the IBM InterConnect conference! We also look at the iOS App WorkFlow and ask for any listener who has tested the pizza button to give us a review of how that worked for you. Michael R also orders a $59 WinBook Tablet. Here’s a review he found on line:

Show Links:
IF-This-Then-That
Do App
Workflow for iOS

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Episode 106 – Stick it on your face

Face Computer from CES

Face Computer from CES


The Michaels are back for a fun show talking augmented reality and the future of the Microsoft Hololens. We look at VR vs. AR, Oculus vs. Hololens, and what is Google’s play with the reboot of Glass? We also look at a great game you can play at the Air & Space Museum. Could that game benefit from Hololens? And finally we decide to take some downtime from our mobile devices, thanks to the team at New Tech City and their Bored and Brilliant challenge.

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Show Links:
Microsoft Hololens
It’s no joke
History games at Air and Space
New Tech CityBored and Brilliant
Moment
Utopia Limited
IBM InterConnect 2015
Lego Movie Game

References:
Yelp Monocole
Glass Back to the Drawing Board
TechQuest
@newtechcity
On The Media Podcast
On The Media on Facebook

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Episode 105 – Glad to be of Service

Risk game board

Phaedra and Michael M start off the year talking about InterConnect 2015, where Phaedra will be on the main stage speaking about the power of games.  Continuing on into how the card game for Rejection Therapy operates, a couple of throwback shows from Ross Smith’s experiences with personification of water coolers and buildings at Microsoft and David Szilagy’s & Balás Vedres experiences with Gravitent are recalled.

The concept of how brands such as @AmericanAir have a personality based on on the way that people interact with them, or in Ross’ case, how people at Microsoft interacted with a water cooler that expressed sadness when people didn’t drink are compared to granting applications personalities too, so that they may communicate their health, status and engage with their user communities.  Douglas Adams used such personification in how the Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy Heart of Gold’s spaceship doors expressed their sentiment “glad to be of service” to people passing through them.

The Gravitalent software for solving the problem of building diverse and compatible teams is combined with the idea of cognitive computing tuning and customizing learning in real time to optimize the information delivery for the learner.  Fascinating concepts now becoming possible with high speed networks, personalization, instant sentiment analysis and cognitive computing.

All this, and Phaedra shares her secret meeting location at Interconnect so that you can find her there!

 

Selected Links

Interconnect — http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/us/en/interconnect/ 

NPR Rejection Therapy story — http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/01/16/377239011/by-making-a-game-out-of-rejection-a-man-conquers-fear

Rejection Therapy — http://rejectiontherapy.com 

GamesAtWork.biz Bubbly Bubblers — http://gamesatwork.biz/2013/09/08/episode-60-bubbly-bubblers-in-gamified-buildings/

GamesAtWork.biz GraviTalent Interview — http://gamesatwork.biz/2014/08/17/episode-91-gravitalent-interview/

GraviTalent — https://gravitalent.com

World of Goo — http://www.bigfishgames.com/games/5079/world-of-goo/?pc

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