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A.I.: What makes Human?

Exploration of identity of human has been a recurrent question.  I found that Ghost in the Shell (manga 1989; 1995 animated movie) illustrates well the though about human identity and AI when AI become aware of their existence. The main character has a human brain in a cybernetic body who works for a special anti-criminal unit. She has to stop the Puppet Master who has been […]

Esports Presentation Follow-up: News Stories of Interest

During my presentation, I spoke about some incidents and events that happened in the recent years. Although details of these incidents were not necessary for the overall message of my presentation, I thought some of you may still be interested nonetheless. Therefore, I have included some links to further reading on some of the more […]

Class 8 – 11/10/17; “What’s it all about…EULA?” + Idan Yaron

Reminiscent of Anoop Desai’s Presentation

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/11/for-console-games-downloads-are-approaching-a-tipping-point/ This piece on the News of the Week got me thinking about the presentation that Anoop Desai from EA gave back at the beginning of the term. While we aren’t quite yet at the point where games are offered as a streaming service via a cloud system (similar to what Netflix did for television), […]

News of the Week; November 8, 2017

GAMES Humvee maker sues Activision over ‘Call of Duty’ AM General sues Activision over ‘Call of Duty’ Humvee use: The “Call of Duty” franchise rakes in billions, and AM General wants a piece of the pie. Overwatch devs aim to combat toxicity with a dedicated ‘strike team’ The Trouble with Trailers: Developers have learned to deal […]

EA Battlefront 2 Comment Most Downvoted in the History of Reddit

Good afternoon everyone, I hope you have been enjoying your holiday weekend. On Friday we talked about about gamers-as-consumers backlash, specifically mentioning the original iteration of Steam, and we noted that social media has intensified this process. I wanted to give you a heads up on what is happening today: EA has just received the […]

Blockchain Presentation Follow Up – $300m lost ‘accidentally’

In case anyone wants to further read about the incident, here’s the link: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/nov/08/cryptocurrency-300m-dollars-stolen-bug-ether A really expensive accident I must admit.. Idan

Class 7 – 11/3/17; “Cases, Clauses, & Contexts” + Piers Fibiger

News of the Week; November 1, 2017

GAMES Dev draws flak for making a game about resisting oil pipelines Energy Group Labels Creators Of Video Game As ‘Eco-Terrorists’ Oil lobbyists accuse game of promoting “eco-terrorism”: Thunderbird Strike “an eco-terrorist version of Angry Birds,” says Republican senator Opinion: When Big Oil attacks your game EA shuts down community-led classic Battlefield revival project EA shuts down […]

Esports Presentation Follow-up

In my presentation this past Friday I thought it would be fun to include some video clips showing what the atmosphere is like inside the stadiums where these big esports tournaments are held. I decided not to include them because of the technical difficulties we had with videos in the past few weeks, but for […]