The Michaels go deep this episode on the idea of swarms, science, and security.
We review work presented at this week’s ACM conference regarding swarming robots, envisioning many different uses for this technology. We discuss the challenges of landing on Mars, and how swarms of cubesats and other technology may help us be more successful in space exploration. And after today’s major internet attack we wrap up with the UK government’s new plan to help debunk much of the FUD that comes up around security issues.
Finally, if you are out and about next week, come meet our co-host – Michael Martine, at the Southern Fried Agile conference!
The Michaels look at the overlap between some of our favorite sci-fi technologies, and how many of them already exist today. Michael M. gives us the details of his recent gaming trip to Colonial Williamsburg. We also discover we have gone back to playing the same games… What game are you playing?
We join the show already in progress as Michael M has finally read Kill Decision and convinces Sandy that she should go read it immediately! This week’s show becomes a bit of a review show including books, movies and games. What is your favorite? What do you think gaming will be called in 10-15 years? Will it still be gaming, will it be work, will it be something else? In the age of free culture, open source, and makers, how do we ensure that we continue to meet the basic needs of the individual to allow for the value creation of open culture?
We then flip over to a discussion of Flappy Bird and how it is the ultimate realization of the one more move game. We also discuss what games are we playing now. Threes, Disco Zoo (continues to feed Michael M’s 8-bit addiction), Real Racing 3, Tiny Tycoons, PvZ, PvZ2, etc. At what point do the games no longer give you enough dopamine to keep playing? We look back fondly at a few games that have slowly fallen off our rotation. We decide to do a bit of a game walk thru of Tiny Tycoon so you all can decide how much fun it is – NOT!!
Phaedra starts off the show and then has to hide from the weather which caused trees to rain down in her yard. The Michaels, together in the same room for the first time in a long time, and with not enough microphones or headphones, get to talk about how Pokemon can be a multiplayer mess, and how hive mind intelligence could be used to improve business outcomes. We also talk a bit about the ant invasion of 2014 and it’s method of using the hive to increase best practices. All these things and more on this week’s show at Games At Work dot Biz!!