Episode 169 – Virtual Surgery & Artificial Black Boxes

Michael and Michael take a spin from the physical to the virtual, starting with an article by Scotty Allen, describing how he constructed an iPhone 6s entirely from parts he bought in markets in China.  Moving into the virtual space, the pair discuss the merits and benefits of a syringe with haptic feedback to help surgeons learn the amount of pressure needed to inject a patient, in what appeared to be way too close to reality.  Squeamishness aside, this use case is particularly well suited to the virtual reality training space, as it combines visual and physical feedback, developing the appropriate muscle memory needed to perform the surgery successfully.

Rounding out this episode, Michael and Michael talk about the importance of transparency in artificial intelligence algorithms, particularly for audibility.  As machine learning allows for enhancements to decision making, blockchain recording of the decisions can provide the benefit of how the AI made the decisions it did at the time it made those decisions.  A fascinating potential blend of these technologies.

Hope you enjoy!

selected links 

Strange Parts: How I Made My Own iPhone – in China! — https://strangeparts.com/how-i-made-my-own-iphone-in-china/

New Scientist: Virtual syringe lets surgeons practice piercing skin and muscle — https://www.newscientist.com/article/2127828-virtual-syringe-lets-surgeons-practise-piercing-skin-and-muscle/

MIT Technology Review: The Financial World Wants to Open AI’s Black Boxes — https://www.technologyreview.com/s/604122/the-financial-world-wants-to-open-ais-black-boxes/

Games we’re playing

Bacon Escape — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bacon-escape/id1199364353?mt=8

Shooty Skies — https://shootyskies.com

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Episode 37 – Sticky Games

While the snow is falling in Budapest, and the freezing rain is falling in North Carolina, the team gets together to play a few games of games – duh-duh! We also follow-up on our discussion from last week on game stickiness for business, and how the stickiness factor impacts productivity. We also play a bit of buzz word bingo, with big data, mobile, and gameification. We also help Phaedra get setup with a new microphone, while fighting thru some technical difficulties. We look for the magic algorithm to make games sticky. We ask our listeners to give examples of games they are working on and what makes them more sticky. Is it just telekinesis tattoos?

Show Links:

BunchBall and Harvard
Duh-Duh video
NSF review of PS4 Announcement
Emotiv
Brain wave tattoo
Mandiant – Chinese Hackers Report

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