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Making Friends With Your Bot: Researcher Explains Robot-Human Relations

The age of robots isn't just coming. It's already arrived - none of us really noticed. Truth is, most of us have probably interacted with a robot very recently. The interaction just didn't register, claims former Willow Garage Rsearcher Leila Takayama, because we expect too much from machines.

Could Video Games Be Used For Anger Management?

About a year ago, researchers at the Boston Children's Hospital used video games to help children deal with out-of-control emotions, teaching them to regulate and reign in their anger. Today, I'd like to ask a very simple question: could the same tactics be applied to adults? 

Gaming For Knowledge: SimCityEDU Teaches Kids All About City Planning

I've long held that video games are a powerful educational tool in the right hand, and now one more organization is proving that notion correct. In a collaboration with EA and Maxis, non-profit Glasslab recently finished developing an education and formative assessment mod known as SimCityEDU.

How Has Gaming Changed The World? A New Documentary Aims To Find Out!

Video games have had a huge impact on Western society, of that there can be no doubt. But just how have they impacted our lives and changed our culture? Charlie Brooker - a satirist and games critic from the UK - is going to find out with a new documentary titled "How Video Games Changed the World."

Turns Out Men Actually Need Their "Guy Time" To Stay Healthy

Turns out, a night at the pub with some friends might not be so idle a pastime as one might think. Quite the contrary: According to Oxford University Professor Robin Dunbar, it's absolutely integral to men's health, and they should definitely make an effort to go more often.

Why The Playstation 4 Costs Almost Two Thousand Dollars In Brazil

Word's been floating around the blogosphere lately that in Brazil, you're probably not going to be buying yourself a PS4 unless you're fabulously wealthy. For some odd reason, although Sony's console only costs about $400 here, it's retailing for almost two grand there. Wait, what?

Google Has Turned Minecraft Into A Quantum Physics Simulator

The team at Google's Quantum AI Lab have recently done something rather exciting with the immensely popular block building video game Minecraft: they've added quantum physics. qCraft, as it's called, is a mod that adds blocks which exhibit a number of theories present in current-day quantum physics.

Google Glass Will Revolutionize Medicine And Advance Healthcare Worldwide

When the news first leaked about Google Glass a few years ago, it was pretty hard to imagine that such a device would turn out to be more than an entertaining gadget.  But now that Google Glass is being tested by prospective users, medical professionals are taking the device very seriously and, if you become a patient needing heavy-duty medical care, you will be taking it seriously too.

Top Ten Baby Halloween Costumes

Halloween costumes for babies are their first initiation into the one holiday of the year that requires them to be someone else.  Yes, even though your baby don't even 'what' they are, let alone 'who' they are, this doesn't stop parents from wanting to confuse them even more, by dressing them up in a clever disguise.

Billionaire Paul Allen Founds The Allen Institute Of Artificial Intelligence

Paul Allen - "The Idea Man" - has some lofty ideas brewing. The Microsoft co-founder's latest venture is an institute which he hopes will expand the frontiers of artificial intelligence; this will also help him to explore his own fascination with the human mind.

A worthy cause, if ever I heard one.

Gaming, LoTR and New Media: Interview With Professor Jay Clayton

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jay Clayton - the man behind "Online Games: New Media, Literature, and Narrative; a course taught primarily through Lord of The Rings Online - to talk about his thoughts on video games, literature, and the future of narrative fiction.

The pBone: Plastic Powers Resurgence Of The Trombone

If you've never heard a trombone quartet, you've been missing a spectacular music experience.  There's nothing like four talented trombone-crazy musicians playing a classical or jazz piece together.  It's just - well, it's wild and infectious.. And the pBone, the world's first full-size trombone manufactured with ABS plastic, caught on so well that it became the world's best selling trombone last year partly because Bones Apart, a British trombone quartet, took it up as their cause, giving educational tours in British schools with their pBones.

 

Vanderbilt Literature Professor To Teach About MMOs Through Lord of the Rings Online

If you're interested in learning about MMORPGs - or the games industry as a whole - I've a spot of news for you. There's a course that'll teach you a great deal of what you want to know. It's called Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative; and it's taught in Lord of the Rings Online.

GSM London Meets UK's IT Job Demand, Preparing Students For High-Level Careers

Technology and engineering occupations comprise six of the top ten categories of jobs in demand in the United Kingdom, according to CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists. With the competition for educated employees in the specialized field of IT, those that have completed a university level computer science degree will have a greater opportunity to secure a highly rewarding and lucrative career, post graduation.

What Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Can Teach Us About Video Game Design

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs - the long-awaited sequel to The Dark Descent - finally released yesterday. After playing, I got to thinking - it does some innovative things with the survival horror genre; it uses techniques that I think any video game designer would do well to note. Let's look at those.

Japanese Prison Introduces New Cute & Cuddly Mascot

Meet Katakkuri-chan, the official mascot of Japan's far-northern Asahikawa Prison! The cute, cheerful, smiling character is spearheading the jail's efforts to warm up their chill and forbidding image. Maybe this is an idea other prisons can try, such as designing a canary wearing a striped jumpsuit to represent Alcatraz.

Just How Reliant ARE We On Modern Tech?

It recently occurred to me just how reliant we are on the technologies with which we operate our society; few more so than the Internet. Today, I want to try something entirely different. Today, I want you all to imagine what life would be like if it were to simply...stop.

The Unfortunate Reality Of The Surveillance Age

Online privacy has always been a nebulous thing, particularly given the culture of paranoia that's grown around western society in recent days. Nowhere is this more clear than with the saga of Edward Snowden. Today - in a bit of a departure from my usual fare -I'm going to explain to you why the Snowden saga should concern you.

What Lucky Frame's Gentlemen! Can Teach Us About Piracy And Game Development

Today, I'm going to explore something a lot of pirates don't seem aware of - the marked impact piracy can actually have on developers, particularly if they're independent. Sit back, ladies and gents, and let me tell you the long, sad tale of Gentlemen!

There'll also be some stuff in there for all you developers, as well. Sit tight. 

Squigz Is A Building Toy That Really Sucks (In A Good Way)

Squigz by Fat Brain is a whole different building toy experience! Like other building toys, Squigz are brightly colored and are made to stick together. That’s basically where the similarities end.