Advent Calendar 2009

15 - Epic Win: Why Games Are The Future of Learning

She says: “Let’s make the future!” Jane McGonigal is a pro­lif­ic alter­nate-real­i­ty-games design­er and leads game research and devel­op­ment at the insti­tute for the future. Occasionally, she also gives real­ly cool pre­sen­ta­tions with stim­u­lat­ing ideas in them. Nobel prizes for game devel­op­ers? Sure thing. And again, we are talk­ing about using the pow­er of games for every­day life. In her slides, she out­lines the col­lab­o­ra­tive poten­tial of games, appeal­ing to the cen­tral inner crav­ing for hap­pi­ness we humans feel. She sum­ma­rizes her key points for this human crav­ing repeat­ed­ly:

  • Satisfying work
  • Experience of being good at some­thing
  • Time with friends/people we like
  • Being part of some­thing big­ger

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Advent Calendar 2009

12 - The Future of Social Networking with Augmented Reality

Welcome to the trans­par­ent life of the future. Although this might be a bit off top­ic, I want­ed to include it here in the advent spe­cial as well. Matthew Buckland from South Africa, head of 20FourLabs.com, deliv­ered a strik­ing and bril­liant pre­sen­ta­tion about the Future Of Social Networking. He out­lines how infor­ma­tion about peo­ple, objects and loca­tions could become instant­ly acces­si­ble with the next gen­er­a­tion of mobile devices. The mock­ups are excel­lent and the vision is not too aloof to become true one day. Have a look at this vision­ary pre­sen­ta­tion below: Continue read­ing

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