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 167 – Robotic Physics

 

Michael and Michael start this episode with big robots.  As in extra huge robots.  Like Mecha-sized robots.  The articulation of the robot Jeff Bezos piloted was reminiscent of the one that the character Eileen Ripley piloted in the Aliens movies (see video above).  Michael R was also reminded of the NASA Valkyrie robot, and it’s mission to go to Mars ahead of humans to set up the environment for human habitation.  Walking on two legs, and being roughly human-sized, the form factor is well suited to ensuring that the habitat structure such robots would build would be on the appropriate scale and work for the humans to follow.

The team also looks at a few learning games, starting with Big Bang Legends, which teaches the players about particle physics, and uses a SaaS subscription method the game company Lightneer calls “Learn to Play” that replaces video ads with a monthly fee.  This game reminded Michael M of DragonBox, a game that his kids really enjoyed that taught them algebraic skills while they weren’t really looking.

Michael R gave a shot at compiling the ported Pokemon Yellow Game Boy game to Apple Watch, but did not succeed during the recording session — will be interesting to see how it goes!

Rounding out the show, and just as Michael R predicted in the last episode, Michael M has been playing the new Nimblebit Bit City game, and, again, just as Michael R predicted, has been crushing it.

selected links 

PC Mag article: Jeff Bezos Pilots a Giant Robot — http://www.pcmag.com/news/352476/jeff-bezos-pilots-a-giant-robot

TechCrunch article: In a Massachusetts warehouse, NASA’s Valkyrie robot helps lay the groundwork for Mars settlements — https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/18/nasa-valkyrie-robot/

NASA’s Valkyrie robot — https://www.nasa.gov/feature/valkyrie/

Mecha — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mecha

Robotech — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macross

Mashable article: This game is teaching particle physics to five-year-olds — http://mashable.com/2017/03/23/big-bang-legends/

Big Bang Legends — http://www.bigbanglegends.com

DragonBox — http://dragonboxapp.com

Making Giovanni, a Game Boy Emulator for the Apple Watch — http://gabrieloc.com/2017/03/21/GIOVANNI.html

Nimblebit’s Bit City — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bit-city/id914343148?mt=8

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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 130 – The Final Countdown


They said it would never happen, but we got all three co-hosts together for this final episode of 2015. Phaedra, Michael M. and Michael R. get together to NOT talk about Star Wars:

While we wanted to know all about the new Star Wars, but we know, you don’t want to know, until you know – you know? So we have a spoiler free show!
While we are expanding our format to more tech topics, we have a blast talking about Lego’s serious Play, we look at the state of Computer Science education with the US Department of Education, and Lego Dimensions.

Show Links:
Mabeline Star Wars Commercial
Rail Gun controller for your favorite FPS
Lego and the power of Play to Transform
Lego’s Serious Play
Lego Life of George
The Disruption Card
US Dept. of Education – Computer Science Education
Farday Future
Google and Ford partner for self driving cars
Coffee Shop Sounds
Merlot Infused Coffee

Year end games:
Michael R. Book review of Learn to Code in Swift
Phaedra B. Lego Dimensions
Michael M. Settlers of Catan

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Episode 53 – Mad (Wo)Men and MOOCs

Michael M with Coca Cola

Michael M with Coca Cola

 

Phaedra and Michael M talk about reaching people in different ways — through advertising, in game purchases, marketing, and education.  Establishing relationships between organizations and people, whether from a brand to a person, a game to a player, and an instructor to a student are all changing and scaling up.

Phaedra and Michael discuss how that specifications for all courseware should be structured so that anything could be plugged into a MOOC (Massively Open Online Course).  Imagine what could be — mobile, social learning, in-course purchases, power ups, gamification, audio, video, and even more!

We are just delighted to have had you dialed our way.  You can find us on G+, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and more.  Please comment, friend, tweet and favorite us with topics you would like to hear more about!

 

 

 

 

Selected show links

 

SuperAwesome Launches Mobile Ad Network — http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/11/kmn/
womengamers.com — http://womengamers.com
more Hungarian Coca-Cola advertising —

Hungarian Coca-Cola ad

Hungarian Coca-Cola ad

Blackboard founders say Online Education to Put Price Pressure on Traditional Schools — http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/11/blackboard-co-founders-says-online-education-set-to-put-price-pressure-on-traditional-schools/
MOOC — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_Open_Online_Course
Kahn Academy — http://www.khanacademy.org
Office of Science, Technology and Planning – http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp
Goldie Blox — http://www.goldieblox.com
Mad Men TV show – http://www.amctv.com/shows/mad-men

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