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Science-Powered Games

What is a media artist doing developing games based on large science data sets? It turns out he is looking into how the planet ticks and also what David McConville calls global weirding. Listen as Dr. Biology learns how a media artist makes his home in the world of science, biology, and mountains of scientific data, which we call big data.

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Topic Time
Introduction. 00:00
What is your ultimate game? 01:39
The Worldviews Network. 02:12
Are you really talking about the kinds of games we're familiar with? 04:09
Games made for learning. 05:10
What games would you recommend? 06:49
Buckminster Fuller's world game. 08:00
Adaptation is relative to the environment. 09:47
Wacky weather and global weirding. 10:39
Destabilizing our world. 12:00
How can we restore the balance? What skill sets will be useful to solving this problem? 14:44
The most valuable skill set to have right now. 16:10
If we make this all fun, could we teach it to everyone? 18:13
This is an amazing time in history. 19:48
Using games as part of the solution. 20:51
How does the Fate of the World game fit into that? 21:27
What would you call yourself, in terms of your career? 22:53
Three questions. 24:43
When did you figure out what you wanted to do? 24:53
If you had to be something else, what would you be? 26:21
If someone wanted a job like yours, what would your advice be? 28:12
The future is in understanding living systems as well as green chemistry. 29:31
Sign-off. 30:12

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