Episode 191 – Return of the Piper

We welcome Andy Piper @andypiper back on the show, part of the original Games At Work dot Biz trio – back together kicking off a detailed discussion of voice assistants, following last week’s discussion on Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomePod.

We then look at some of the more interesting things that came out at CES last week, and how tech seems to be looking for very niche problems to solve – are they worth it? Or are they so menial and trivial -causing more time to automate them then you save by using the automation. Would you were an airbag for your hip? While washing dishes for two? Before heading to your voice controlled toilet seat?

We wrap the show with a quick analysis of is it right for people to use the blockchain to lock in permission for sex – this is wrong on so many levels. And finally a bunch of great game recommendations for wasting your weekend

Show Links:
Follow-up from last week:
39 Million Americans now own a smart speaker – https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/12/39-million-americans-now-own-a-smart-speaker-report-claims/

CES Links:
Smart Dishwasher for two – https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/1/12/16882558/tetra-heatworks-frog-smart-dishwasher-chores-clothes-iot-ces-2018
Less ‘whoa’, more ‘no’! Tech fails to lean from its mistakes at annual pageant – https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/10/consumer-electonrics-show-ces-2018-lack-of-innovation
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106697/

Not again: Men try to create a blockchain-based app for sexual consent – http://mashable.com/2018/01/11/sexual-consent-legalfling-app-blockchain/

Games We are Playing
Michael R. – Geting ready to delete – AdVenture Communist – https://www.hyperhippo.ca/adventure-communist
Has to be based off of the Freemium game model from South Park – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4duJdeKTwHY
Michael M. – Deleting Star Trek Timelines
Andy P. – Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp – https://ac-pocketcamp.com/
On Mobile – Dots & Co. – https://www.dots.co/dotsandco/
On the switch – Super Mario Odyssey – https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/super-mario-odyssey-switch
On Xbox – Battlefront 2 – https://www.ea.com/games/starwars/battlefront/battlefront-2

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Episode 38 – Dragon Box

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?

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Show Links
Can video games make your kids smarter?
Perhaps this video can explain
The Books of Neal Stephenson
iTunes U hits 1 Billion downloads
Michael R’s Zagg Folio for his iPad
Bang with Friends
Bang-Bang Sauce
The history of Auctions

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