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 150 – Cyber Dementors

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!

Show links:
Swarming from ACM
Kill Decision
Robot Cockroaches
Sense-Fly Mapping Drones
ESA Failed Robot and Working Orbiter, what we know
Cubesats
Elon Musk’s Mars Colonization
Why the internet shutdown today
UKs new Cyber Security Centre
IoT Security PoV
Security Now transcript Episode #581 – Security Fatigue
Stranded Traveler email Scam
DMARC
The Diamond Age

Come See Michael in Charlotte, NC
Michael M. At Southern Fried Agile

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Episode 134 – Swords and Virtual Realities

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Michael R and Phaedra are back after a prolonged absence, and we obsess about all kinds of conferences. Phaedra is in the middle of conference season, but joins Michael this week to look at a whole host of great ideas on MindCraft, NASA, App Challenges, Simulation, and Virtual Realities. We also take an amazing trip down memory lane to relive the Worst Game that Phaedra has ever played!

Do us a favor, drop us a five star rating on iTunes and for Review post a story on the worst game you’ve ever played!

Show Links:
Conferences
East Coast Gamers Conference
SwitchPoint Conference
Egg Salad Sandwich – no actually EdSim Challenge!

MindCraft Segment
Medical MindCraft
Microsoft Training AI with MineCraft

Space and Simulations
breveWalker App
On The Origin of Species
Timex Sinclair
The Game of Life
Nasa Space Apps Challenge
The Marge-ian Chronicles

VR Segment
IBM’s real-life Sword Art Online
Sony PlayStation and VR

Miscellaneous
Star Wars Battlefront
STEM in 30 from Air and Space Museum
PiAware
The NiceBot says “Hello”

Games we are playing
Michael R – Futurama game
Phaedra – A very old Gaming review for the Worst Game ever!

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Episode 34 – One Way Ticket to Mars

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.  🙂

Show links:

Mars-One.com — www.mars-one.com
Truman Show — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120382/
Survivor — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0239195/
Mad Max — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079501/
Biosphere 2 — http://www.b2science.org 
Virginia Dare — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Dare
Steve Jobs yacht — http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/29/tech/web/steve-jobs-yacht/index.html
Love Boat — http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075529/
Old Salem — http://www.oldsalem.org
Astronaut Ice Cream — http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/9e07/

 Saving Throws:

Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sky-gamblers-storm-raiders/id574375380?mt=8
Tune In Radio — https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tunein-radio-listen-to-live/id418987775?mt=8

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