Episode 192 – PVP-Y

 

On a Games at Work busy day — the co-hosts start with follow up to the last two episodes dealing with smart speakers about the new HomePod being released.  While not said on the show, Michael M is looking forward to experiencing the dulcet tones of the Games At Work podcast on his HomePod in just a short few days!

Robotics & automation loom large for this episode with many stories converging on the concept of whether automation will be a net job destroyer or creator.  The MIT Technology Review article gives a comprehensive snapshot of a variety of sources estimating the net jobs created and lost due to advances in AI — and the need for advanced education as the technology behind smart speakers and virtual assistants begins to take hold in the knowledge economy in the same way that physical robots have in warehouses and assembly lines.  Education is key to the new roles being created and in preparing people for the next set of opportunities: how Artificial Intelligence bots are trained to do their jobs, the human-computer interface design, the maintenance of these systems as well as the integration to other systems.

Moving from virtual robotics, to physical robotics, Michael and Michael talk about the new Cyberdyne Medical Exoskeleton HAL.

Continuing the trend of finding examples of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, the Games At Work team found two compelling stories published in the MIT Technology Review:

Joining AI and AR, the article on a lidar-enabled augmented reality experience to help construction workers know when something is not correctly installed can easily save time and money by making improvements when it is the easiest to do so.

The US Ski Team is taking advantage of virtual reality for practice on slope visualization to prepare for the Olympic events.  Michael and Michael talk about the idea of using an augmented reality version of this to show the optimal apex & route, taking advantage of snow conditions to guide the skier, in a rich HUD fashion in the ski goggles.

Finishing up the episode, Michael and Michael conclude with a couple of intruding games, including TrapAdventure 2, a Mario Brothers-esque side scroller that had us in stitches, and the South Park game which requires player vs player gameplay in order to advance the storyline and upgrade (hence the tile of this episode!).

Hope you enjoy!

Selected Links

MacRumors article:  HomePod: Apple’s Smart Speaker, Order New for February 9 Launch — https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/homepod/

MIT Technology Review article:  Every study we could find on what automation will do to jobs, in one chart — https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610005/every-study-we-could-find-on-what-automation-will-do-to-jobs-in-one-chart/

The Impact of Automation on Everyday Life by Irving Wladawsky-Berger —

http://blog.irvingwb.com/blog/2018/01/the-impact-of-automation-on-everyday-life.html

Microsoft:  The Future Computed ebook — https://news.microsoft.com/futurecomputed/

NPR article:  ‘Don’t Think A Robot Could Do This’: Warehouse Workers Aren’t Worried For Their Jobs — https://www.npr.org/2018/01/25/579160550/don-t-think-a-robot-could-do-this-warehouse-workers-aren-t-worried-for-their-job

IEEE Spectrum article:  Cyberdyne’s Medical Exoskeleton Strides to FDA Approval — https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/devices/cyberdynes-medical-exoskeleton-strides-to-fda-approval

MIT Technology Review article:  VR is the US Olympic ski team’s secret weapon — https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/610054/vr-is-the-us-olympic-ski-teams-secret-weapon/

MIT Technology Review article:  A 3-D imaging robot could help construction workers make fewer mistakes — https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/610065/a-3-d-imaging-robot-could-help-construction-workers-make-fewer-mistakes/

@Steve_OS’s tweet on TrapAdventure 2 —

https://twitter.com/steve_os/status/956164448322031616?ref_src=twcamp%5Eshare%7Ctwsrc%5Eios%7Ctwgr%5Eother%7Ctwcon%5E7100%7Ctwterm%5E1

TrapAdventure 2 — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trapadventure-2-hardest-retro-game/id1110037150?mt=8

What games are the hosts playing?

Michael R — South Park Phone Destroyer Gameplay — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwWHgQVq1PY

Michael M’s “I Game Alone” from 2011, sung to George Thorogood’s song I Drink Alone, and is kinda partial to the Live album from 1986 —> https://www.georgethorogood.com/live.html & https://itunes.apple.com/cz/album/george-thorogood-live/723353640

I game alone, yeah
With nobody else
I game alone, yeah
With nobody else
You know when I game alone
I prefer to be by myself

Every morning just before breakfast
I don’t want no mana, coffee or tea
Just me and my Infocom text adventures
That’s all I ever need
‘Cause I game alone, yeah
With nobody else
Yeah, you know when I game alone
I prefer to be by myself

The other night I lay sleeping
And I woke from a terrible dream
So I called up my pal Duke Nukem
And his partner Leisure Suit Larry
And we game alone, yeah
With nobody else
Yeah, you know when I game alone
I prefer to be by myself

The other day I got invited to a party
But I stayed home instead
Not to be grinding or crafting,
Just me and my pal Sid Meyers
And his brothers Techmo and Mario
And we game alone
Yeah, with nobody else
Yeah, you know when I game alone
I prefer to be by myself

Yeah, my whole family done give up on me
And it makes me feel oh so bad
Don’t want to be PvPing in a MMORPG
Just give me my plain ol’ Plants —
versus Zom-om-bies
And I game alone, yeah
With nobody else
Yeah, you know when I game alone
I prefer to be by myself

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Episode 189 – Year End Tech Blues

Did you know if you play In the Air Tonight from the Secret Policeman’s Ball starting at any time before midnight on the 31st of December, you won’t hear the drum solo at all?  Well, we did.

As we wrap up the last episode of 2017, we have several examples of tech you may find as intriguing as we did.

First, non-powered, non-battery operated devices that can communicate with WiFi, simply explained by sound waves.   Michael R highlights the DTNS show where the concept of transmission over a wet string is explained.  Michael M remembers the Monty Python String sketch with Mr. Adrian Wapcaplet.

Then, for the new Pixel phones, you can place augmented reality stickers of stormtroopers in your pictures & videos.  This thread (ha) leads to the Instasaber site, where you can create light sabers, once the app is released.

Later, a discussion on jobs & the workplace of the future, specifically around bots and legal work.

Then, a conversation about Apple’s recently announced iMac Pro.

From all of us at Games at Work, we wish you a very happy new year, with health, happiness, prosperity and augmented goodness in 2018!

Selected Links

In the Air Tonight from The Secret Policeman’s Ball — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOuKgVR3Xeo

Digital Trends article:  Scientists create unpowered 3D-printed objects that can communicate via WiFi — https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/3d-printed-wi-fi/

Monty Python Sting sketch — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qNj-QFZbew & http://www.montypython.net/scripts/string.php

DTNS 3178 – Broadstrand Inter-Wet — http://www.dailytechnewsshow.com/dtns-3178-broadstrand-inter-wet/

Digital Trends article:  Insert Stormtroopers into your life with Google’s new AR stickers for Pixel — https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/google-launches-ar-stickers-for-pixel/

Instasaber — http://instasaber.com

MIT Technology Review article:  Apps That Hint at a Fanciful Fake Future — https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609235/apps-that-hint-at-a-fanciful-fake-future/

MIT Technology Review article: Lawyer-Bots Are Shaking Up Jobs — https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609556/lawyer-bots-are-shaking-up-jobs/

Apple’s iMac Pro — https://www.apple.com/imac-pro/

MIT Technology Review article: Your Next Password May Be Stored in Your Shirt Cuff — https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609264/your-next-password-may-be-stored-in-your-shirt-cuff/

Smallball — http://smallball.com

What games are the hosts playing?

Michael M:  Retro Soccer by EightPixelsSquare — http://www.eightpixelssquare.com/retrosoccer/

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Episode 166 – Interactive Interaction

Episode 166 – Interactive Interaction

Teachers Breaks the Code


Interesting news this week about two new interactions for people in AR – Voice and Tilts. So our co-hosts Michael R. and Phaedra looking a bit further to see what it may all mean. But first we start off with a look at the teacher who solved Adobe’s Semaphore challenge. We continue looking at AR, VR and voice input and how this may play out as the future for human-computer interaction.

Speaking of computer interaction, we talk some TV with quick discussions on both Black Mirror and Humans. If you haven’t seen either of these shows, stop what you are doing and go – right now – watch some TV! This gets us thinking about Kurzweil’s talk at South by Southwest. Will AI’s have rights? If you upload your brain, is it you? Or is it a new consciousness with separate rights? Think about it for a while…

And while you’re at it, go and drop us a review over at iTunes, we’d love to hear from you!

Show Links:
Math Teacher Cracks Adobe’s Semaphore code: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/13/adobe-semaphore-code-cracked-by-tennessee-high-school-teacher/

Tilt gesture control: https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/17/tilt-gesture-keyboard-could-hold-promise-for-typing-in-vr/
Surgeon Simulator: http://www.surgeonsim.com/

Amazon Alexa on your iPhone: http://fortune.com/2017/03/16/amazon-alexa-iphone/

Black Mirror: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/black-mirror/episode-guide/
Humans: http://www.amc.com/shows/humans

Kurzweil at SXSW: https://www.facebook.com/SXSWFestival/videos/10154414699178994/

What we are playing:
Michael R. – Bit City: http://www.gamezebo.com/2017/03/16/bit-city-review-best-of-both-worlds/
Phaedra – Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/lara-croft-and-the-guardian-of-light-ps3/

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