This weeks On The Media focused on the role of online gaming in our society. I found this story, called “The Future of Gaming” very interesting for its discussion of the role gaming is shaping the future of collaboration.
The story includes a sound clip from a TED talk by Jane McGonigal, the head of research and development at the the Institute for the Future, a nonprofit forecasting firm.
The story also includes this clip of Jesse Schell speaking at DICE. Schell is founder of Schell Games and a professor at Carnegie Mellon. This is Schell’s full presentation, in which he explains the psychology behind the success of online games. Schell maintains that online games are breaking through to a reality where games are used to incent behavior.
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Bill Hammack, of the University of Illinois and www.engineerguy.com, explains why you always seem to get in the slowest line.
Boston.com has selected 40 remarkable photos from major events from 2010. Some are disturbing, but all are extraordinary. The photos appears in three parts. Click below to see them.
Check out the Google Zeitgeist report for 2010 by clicking here
This TED talk by Matt Ridley is brilliant. Ridley talks about how human progress has been fueled by the mating of ideas and the specialization of people. His statement that there is no one alive today who knows how to make a computer mouse sounds silly at first, but turns out to be a profound illustration of his point.
Aimee Mullins was born without shin bones. She went on to become the first double amputee to compete in Division I track and field. She set world records in the 1996 Paralympics. Mullins has been a featured speaker at at least a couple of TED Conferences, including one, very enjoyable talk, where she explains the advantages of having 12 pairs of legs.
Recently, TED posted a video of her most recent, and most compelling talk about the incredible ability of people to adapt and overcome adversity and the debilitating impact of our labeling people “disabled.” Says Mullin, “the only true disability is a crushed spirit.”
I hope you will take the time to listen to it.
“You can know how satisfied somebody is with their life and that really doesn’t teach you much about how happily they are living their life.” David Kahneman
David Kahneman‘s TED talk on the differences between the remembering self and the experiencing self is fascinating. Kahneman, a Nobel Laureate, is a founder of the school of behavioral economics.
J.K. Rowlings delivers the commencement address at Harvard University in 2008.
J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.
Read the text here.
Fascinating time lapse video of the recovery of Flilght 1549 from the Hudson River.
Posted on Kontain.com [Time-lapse Footage of Flight 1549] from David Martin on Vimeo.