About MichaelRowe

Michael Rowe is the co-founder and co-host of GamesAtWork.biz. He maintains the website http://www.michaelrowe01.com, and in his spare time sings with the http://www.durhamsavoyards.org .

Episode 146 – Archive Edition

The Michael’s record a brand new episode after the last attempt had major sound and recording issues (and no, Michael R. didn’t forget to hit record). We have fun going back over a few stories that are a week or so old, but are still more relevant than not. We talk about autonomous cars and traffic jams, hash jackers, Apple’s cleaning of the app store, BB-8 Bands, and cool trips Drone courses.

Show Links:
Autonomous cars completely eliminate traffic jams
Hashtags are worthless
Apple Cleans House!
Sphero’s BB-8 Band
Real-Life Tron course for you Drone
Obligatory iOS10 reference

Games we are playing:
Groove Coaster
Dungeon Boss
Infinity Gene

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Episode 145 – Can you hear me now?


This week we look at how voice technology is improving and enabling new kinds of interactions at work and within games. We look at how microphone technology is impacting the adoption of smaller voice assistants. We explore the accuracy of text transcription verses typing. We think through our own use of voice technology and digital assistants. And we add new features to our website, text-based, thanks to Twitter’s new DM button.

We also change our whatcha playing segment to look at what are we exploring. And we end the show with a challenge to our listeners. We’d love to hear your experiences based on this challenge.

Show Links:
The Advancement of Voice Technology and Microphones
Chirp Episode
Stanford speech recognition study
IBM ViaVoice Transcription demo 2001
Twitter’s new message button
Duke Nukem – again?

Things we are into:
Michael M. – Newton hunting
IBM’s Pen based ThinkPad
Michael R: Mr. Robot – Apple and Mr. Robot – Android

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Episode 144 – Domo Arigato, Mr. Robot


The Michaels are back this week looking at the related of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. We also look at two tie in games, one for the 2016 Olympic Games and one for the TV Show Mr. Robot. There’s a lot of news out this week from Intel’s Developer Forum (IDF), MIT’s Interactive Dynamic Video, and the never ending halo affect of Pokémon Go!

Show Links:
Nintendo 3DS sales up 80% Y/Y on Pokémon Go success
Nintendo Classic Mini
Atari Flashback
McDonals’ step counter for kids in Happy Meal – Sorta
Project Alloy
Intel to allow ARM to use 10nm Fab
Interactive Dynamic Video – Thank you Ian Hughes
No Man’s Sky (2013 view)
Desert Bus

Games we are Playing
Michael M: FIE Swordplay
Michael R: Mr. Robot – Apple and Mr. Robot – Android

Bonus Link:
Q*bert

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Gaming the Bots!

As podcasters, @carolinabigblue and @michaelrowe01 have been pretty lucky.  We’ve been doing this between different shows since 2006.  I guess that makes us old timers in the world of podcasting.  In that time we’ve had the pleasure of having @Veronica Belmont on our show, and meeting her in person at least twice.  This has been a challenge given that the epicenter of podcasting appears to be San Francisco, and we are located in RTP, NC.

When we heard that she was moving into the world bots as a product manager for growbot, we just had to check it out.  Growbot monitors slack channels that you invite it to and captures metrics about employee performance.  As drones in the corporate world, our three co-hosts all have to deal with the periodic rankings and appraisals, and I for one am really bad at keeping track of all the positive things people tell me about work I am doing.   Imagine if Growbot could do that for me?

Of course, systems like this do have a challenge, people can game the system.  I tested this when I sent a “kudos” message as a repsonse to “kudos” I had received.  And growbot was smart enough to see what I was doing.


This was a fun test, and I loved the emoji that they are using for NO!

The other thought I had while playing with Growbot over the last few weeks is all about Flair.  If you’ve seen the movie “Office Space”, Jennifer Aniston’s character works at a theme restaurant where the servers are required to have buttons on their vests.  The buttons are considered “flair”.  She get’s a dressing down for not having enough flair on her vest.  I worry that if there is large corporate adoption of bots like growbot, we will end up with competitive situations where managers give you a dressing down for not having enough “kudos” this week.

In the mean time, I am enjoying playing with growbot on our podcast slack.  And I am sure that as they enhance the bot it will be more fun to figure out what makes a positive comment and what makes a negative.

What bots are you playing with lately?

Episode 143 – RIP Mr. Garibaldi

On a special Saturday afternoon, your intrepid Co-Hosts Michael and Michael get together to talk about the latest in gaming, business and technology. We promised not to talk too much about Pokémon Go, but spend our time talking about engaging users. How do you engage your users? One of us also waxes poetically about the passing of Babylon 5’s security chief – Mr. Garibaldi.

Show Links:
Gamifying the Election
More Magic PR
The delay of Pokémon Go accessory
Pokemon Go Desktop Map
Second Life Sears Tour
Growbot
Human Resource Machine
RIP Mr. Garibaldi

playing anything?

Listener Feedback Section:
Should we do more blog entries?

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Blog posts verses podcasts

Hi!  Your co-host and co-founder of GamesAtWork.Biz here – Michael R.  I know we’ve not been very good lately at posting shows and I wanted to just drop a note to say we are still around.  For some reason 2016 has been crazy for all of us at GamesAtWork.biz.  Crazy with Travel, Crazy with day jobs, and Crazy in our personal lives. One of the big questions I have is, as a listener to this podcast would you be interested if we posted some blog posts on those weeks when we are unable to record a show?  I know we’ve talked about posting reviews for games we are playing… but haven’t had time to get around to them, so I am not promising anything; however, would it be interesting if we get our co-hosts to post about events we are attending, games we are playing, and/or other interesting things that come to our minds.  Let us know what you think.  Hit us up on twitter, drop us an email, comment on this post, or rate us on the iTunes Store.  Thanks… now back to your regularly scheduled weekend.

Episode 142 – It’s Hot enough to char a Charzard

Wow! Do we have a hot show for you this week! All three of our show hosts are together to scorch your ear holes! We begin with Linden Lab’s new hotness – Project Sansar, bounce on over to the hot new AR game Pokémon Go, look at hot technology with Blockchain, and we end the show with a review of some hot new start up and education incubators in Europe.

Show Links
The Rent is Too Damn High Party
Linden Lab releases Project Sansar
Pokémon Go is live!
Pokémon Go Plus
Project Ingress
Politics and Blockchain
BRexit and Blockchain
Blockchain for Insurance
Microsoft’s Project Malmo is teaching AI in Minecraft
Education with no books, no teachers, and no tuition
Hitman

Games we are playing
Lego Star Wars – The Force Awakens

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Episode 141 – Rose Colored Ear Buds

Michael and Michael are back this week (after another travel based hiatus) to talk about augmented reality, virtual reality, movies, games, games based on movies, code camp for kids, managing happiness, twitter, and agile development! This jammed packed episode is brought to you by the letters “A”, “R” and “V”. So sit back, listen, drop us a review or a rating, and enjoy!

Show Links:
Magic Leap Brings Star Wars To Life
Warcraft Movie! A box office smash?
Apple launches Coding Camps for Kids
Managing for Happiness
Tri-Agile
Twitter hires AR/VR Team
Training Doctors via VR
Soothing Kids with VR
Michael R – The Sandbox Game

P.S. Michael M was right… It is “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars!”

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Episode 140 – Pokemon and Bullies

This week’s show features our co-hosts Phaedra and Michael R. who get to have some fun looking at the latest AR app, all about Pokemon! Have you collected them all? We also look at the report from Riot Games (makers of League of Legends) and their employee assessment on toxicity in the work place. Does your online gaming behavior translate to your behavior at work? There appears to be a correlation.

Michael ends the show with a really quick review of Warcraft! The Movie!!! Let’s just say – go see it!

Show Links:
iPhone/Android Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go Hands On
Gamasutra article on Toxicity in the Workplace
Riot Games Assessing Toxicity at work

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Episode 139 – It’s All About The Rings Baby!

This week Michael and Michael look at another example of NFC Rings, this time by Visa for the athletes of the 2016 Olympics. We also investigate a new way to combine AR and VR with Occipital’s new purchase. And talk about a few of our new games we are playing. Check it out!

Show Links
Visa’s Olympic NFC Rings
Occipital buys Replica Labs
Magic Leap
The World’s most secretive startup

Games we are playing:
Star Trek – Timelines
Shark Evolution

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