Tag Archive | concepts

Bad at video games? Brain structure may be at fault (via arstechnica)

Prior cognitive, psychological, and neurological studies have shown that
expert video game players are capable of outperforming novices in measures of
attention and perception. They also have demonstrated that, when novices train
on video games for 20-plus hours, they experienced no measurable increase in
cognitive ability. These two pieces of information would seem to point to an
innate difference between expert and novices gamers, instead of suggesting that
gaming is a skill that can be learned.

New neurological research,
published in—and made freely available by—the journal Cerebral Cortex has found a correlation
between the size of a trio of structures in the human brain and their owner’s
ability to learn and play video games. Animal studies had focused the authors’
attention on three distinct structures deep within the brain: the caudate
nucleus and the putamen in the dorsal striatum, and the nucleus accumbens in the
ventral striatum. It was known that the striatum was used in habit forming and
skill acquisition, so a role in video games skills makes sense.

I know who I am going to blame bad dps or hps on next time! My underdeveloped brain, that’s who!

My next book: Jaron Lanier’s “You Are Not a Gadget.”

The Geek FreaksWhy Jaron Lanier rants against what the Web has become.

You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier.

Jaron Lanier’s You Are Not a Gadget has one of the more sobering prefaces to be found in recent books. “It’s early in the twenty-first century, and that means that these words will mostly be read by nonpersons,” it begins. The words will be “minced into anatomized search engine keywords,” then “copied millions of times by some algorithm somewhere designed to send an advertisement,” and then, in a final insult, “scanned, rehashed, and misrepresented by crowds of quick and sloppy readers.” Lanier’s conclusion: “Real human eyes will read these words in only a tiny minority of the cases.” My conclusion: Is that really such a bad thing?

And from the cover:

Lanier discusses the technical and cultural problems that can grow out of poorly considered digital design and warns that our financial markets and sites like Wikipedia, Facebook, and Twitter are elevating the “wisdom” of mobs and computer algorithms over the intelligence and judgment of individuals.

This sounds interesting.

Interesting concept on mobile device & cloud service use in 2015.


I especially like the e-Memory aspect of the video. Ask the device about a place you visited a while back with friends and the cloud services intelligently search your various online data stores – your e-Memory to – to help remembering the restaurant’s name.

Thumbtack by Microsoft Live Labs – Clipboard in the Cloud with Sharing Features.

Thumbtack is an easy way to save links, photos, and anything else you can find
on bunch of different Web sites to a single place.  Grab the stuff you
want, put it into a Thumbtack collection, then get to it from anywhere you can
get online.  Share it with your friends, or just keep it for yourself. It’s
way easier than sending a bunch of links in an e-mail, and even easier than
setting lots of favorites in your browser. 

Nice! A cllipboard in the cloud with sharing features.

It’s just an experiment however, so it might not be around forever.