Sandy, Phaedra and Michael R. are traveling, on vacation or otherwise engaged in important work, so Michael M. takes a shot at a solo show to explore some thinking on how a number of major apps are breaking down their function into smaller bite sized bits and deploying them as individual apps.
Examples of this are FourSquare, with its Swarm app, Facebook, with the Messenger app, alongside some of the recent acquisitions like Instragam and WhatsApp.
Linking to the Gamification theme of this podcast, Michael muses on how this application functionality breakdown allows for smaller component pieces of functionality can be recombined in a way to allow for games and play — how quickly the same exact functions can be reorderd and recombined to create innovative ways to deliver new sets of function from the same component parts.
Michael thanks @AltonBrown for his ‘unitasker’ design language, and Berke Breathed for giving us Opus and the Turnip Twaddler.
A very happy Father’s Day to all the Dads listening in to the podcast!
Phaedra and Michael R. Talk about Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR, and what it may mean for gaming. We also speculate on what Facebook may do with this new technology, as well as what other players may be in the game worth watching. Michael discusses his experience with the Glyph at MacWorld this year. And while Michael get’s a number wrong, how much has been invested in Oculus already, we correct it in the links below.We then look at Prediction markets and if the wisdom of crowds is actually smarter than the CIA?
We end the show with a few quick interviews with the team at Extra-Life.org. Check them out!
While our Co-Host Michael Martine is on a bit of a well deserved holiday, Phaedra and Michael R look at wether Carrot is a good example of a social to do app. We also review how social investment may work based on Wired magazine’s work with Kapital, and then we go off on a tangent when Michael R – mis-reads an article. We look forward to our rescheduled interview with Emotiv CEO Tan Le. And, we tee up the idea of ethics and a game’s actual intent – should they be obvious to the player? All this and more – on Games At Work dot Biz!
Michael R talks about listening to last week’s show while on a plane, and he liked the “Mother fudging snakes, on the Mother fudging plane.” And all the cool things he’s been up to lately, including how machines can be social when they all start talking to each other. While you may have had M2M communications for 40 years now, we are living in interesting times as all the machines are starting to get more social and integrations are driving cool new solutions which will start changing human behavior. Imagine the game that many people play with Usage Based Insurance and trying to drive down their car insurance rates. Michael M, however will only entertain the idea of the social machines but is it really here?
We then look at Mind Meld, a cool new social way of pulling things together by listening to your chat and conversations to pull together a mind barf of all the related thoughts. This get’s us to talking about the drinking game – Everything is related. Which takes us to drinking games at work! Check out the keggorator story!
Finally, we get to talk about last week’s episode on snake reciprocity! We’d love to get your ideas about how reciprocity and incentives could be used to drive more collaboration across a development team. Drop us a tweet or a note.
The Michael’s are on together, unfortunately Phaedra could not make it this week due to unforeseen events. We talk about the game Dragon Box, which helps little kids learn the concepts of Algebra. The game so interested Michael M. that he actually shelled out money for the game and is testing it out on his own kids.
We then go down on a bit of a rathole on can you truly use your tablet for content creation, or is it just a consumption device. Is MyScript Calculator content creation?
We also theorize about the new Facebook game – “Bang with Friends” and how you can use it at your work place. Talk about an exciting show! Could this be a great parallel to security testing? Will this game break your heart – just like the Simpson’s Tapped Out? Do you have your golden ticket?
You too can apply for the one way ticket to Mars by participating in the www.mars-one.com other worldly event. You need to be ready to leave planet Earth, for good. By round three of the selection process, the TV audience, just like on American Idol, will select the group of four pioneers to travel to Mars. There have been over 1,000 applications already, before any announcement was even made! This is a novel way to select our future interplanetary pioneers by leveraging entertainment for funding & publicity. Michael M and Phaedra imagine other such games that could be use to fund big, big things like this, while missing Michael R for this week’s episode.
Rounding out the episode, Michael and Phaedra touch on Facebook’s Social Graph for how friends & connections are used for better searches and Phaedra’s recent trip to Singapore. For their saving throws, Phaedra just can’t get enough of the Mars-One story, while Michael highlights the iOS game Storm Raiders and praises Tune In Radio which provides him with WUNC FM 91.5 radio all the way in Budapest. He is a sustainer, and glad to have his Morning Edition, even if it is in the middle of the day. 🙂
As the the day are getting shorter, and our day jobs are getting busier, the Michael’s have a lot of fun talking about the latest tech news and how it ties back to playing games at work. Michael R even gushes a bit about the possibilities of Microsoft’s Surface RT, and how well they presented it to the market on Thursday. While there was no Oprah moment at the announcement, there were multiple people who walked away with one.