Computer Engineer Barbie Cares and so does Microsoft
Developer Community / Education

Computer Engineer Barbie Cares and so does Microsoft

A little over a week ago, I headed over the hill with Marian and Sukhie to attend an event to inspire girls to engage with science and technology, hosted by Microsoft DigiGirls and Barbie. The event consisted of girl scouts, female computer science students, Microsoft representatives, female political figures, and reps from Mattel. Also, there … Continue reading

UCSC Hosts Symposium on Narrative Intelligence: AI Approaches for Games and Fiction
Academic Research

UCSC Hosts Symposium on Narrative Intelligence: AI Approaches for Games and Fiction

DATE: October 14th, 2010 — 9:30am to 5:30pm LOCATION: UCSC Campus, Engineering 2, Room 599 PRICE: Free (though UCSC parking pass required) HOSTED BY: The UCSC Center for Games and Playable Media. Co-sponsored by the Digital Arts and New Media program and Institute for Humanities Research. Symposium Topic What would it take for computer games … Continue reading

Reverse Engineering the Brain and the ELIZA Effect: Is Believability Ethical?
Computer Culture

Reverse Engineering the Brain and the ELIZA Effect: Is Believability Ethical?

Pet Society, Tamagotchi, Milo Over winter break this past year, I went to a conference in Chicago for Graduate and Faculty Christians. I found myself having to choose between the Engineering track and the Math track (I went with Engineering). At the conference were some well known researchers, such as Fred Brooks and Francis Collins. … Continue reading

Nonlinear Storytelling in Games: Deconstructing the Varieties of Nonlinear Experiences
Academic Research

Nonlinear Storytelling in Games: Deconstructing the Varieties of Nonlinear Experiences

What is “the mark of the narrative”? In chapter 1 of her book, Marie-Laure Ryan, discusses the transmedial nature of narrative and gives a broad definition provided by H. Porter Abbott:  Narrative is the combination of story and discourse.  I believe the distinction of story and discourse is quite novel and under-appreciated in the area … Continue reading