While this link talks about Fortnite, it really speaks to a trend. Even if the fad of Fortnite passes, and another brand replaces it, the underlying trend will probably continue.
The sophistication of games, their free-form narrative structures, and the cost and ubiquity of devices are trends converging on a new reality — that games are becoming the new Social Networks. When you can chat with other players, share thrilling experiences, and integrate the game into your day wherever you are, it becomes clearer this is going to become a new language for players to connect through – the way conversations about TV shows were for a previous generation.
A new technology is integrating itself into the culture, and everything from society to the economy is going to be affected.
The game is an excuse to stay connected
The point of this article will be clear to anyone struggling to use new technology in current processes.
The article stops short of future predictions but the insights from the past are illuminating.
To become really transformative, Electricity required the reinvention of the the manufacturing process, worker skills, factory architecture and more. Just sticking an electric motor where a steam engine originally was, did very little.
The same way that replacing a typewriter with Email and Microsoft Word actually does very little in real terms.
A small bit of dialogue from the wonderfully satisfying movie ‘Arrival’ that i didn’t quite catch while watching, was about the Sanskrit word for “war” and its etymology.
One linguist thinks the word, gavisti, comes from “argument,” when the right answer is “a desire for more cows.”
Now as an Indian, this was a bit of an eye-rolling moment. I mean yes we revere the cow, traditionally to the point of the proverbial holy cow.
But would the culture that produced a war epic like the ‘Mahabharat’ really call it an argument for cows? The war was over land and kingship, rule of law and righteousness. It makes the whole thing sound a bit silly when described as ‘a desire for more cows’.
Then this LA Review of Books article mentions the little detail in passing, that “war” has a fundamentally pecuniary meaning.
And pecuniary meaning ‘relating to or concerning money’ comes from the Latin pecu, meaning — wait for it — cattle.
So yeah. Thats a little bit of anthropological history embedded in language like layers of sediment, or the rings of a tree.
With the rise of bigoted right-wing mobs everywhere in the world, coinciding with 15 years of Online search engines, it’s worth asking these questions — how impartial should Google be to information?
Automation, advanced robotics and software-driven technologies are ushering in a new era that will leave fewer opportunities for the developing world.
Perhaps the last 100 years was just a blip of centralized energy and personal transportation after all — looks like the next decade is reversing the two.
A brilliant talk with numbers, made at an Energy conference, on how the next 10 years wont be like the last 100.
Yes. Yes. Yes! Private manned spaceflight is ON.
NASA took a significant step Friday toward expanding research opportunities aboard the International Space Station with its first mission order from Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from U.S. soil.
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Old Books. Books you’ve had for years. Open them and they take you back; back to when they and you were new.
Weathered, yellowed, textured. Spines split, and that old book smell – part dust and part memory. An old book is itself a bookmark in time.
And now a monument. 20 years from now when I open an old e-book, will it sing to me when I ‘touch to scroll’? When the file is lost or deleted, will I still feel it, like the gentle itch of a lent book, never returned ? I wonder.
As much is lost as gained. It’s nice to turn back the page sometimes. Im writing this on a phone.