My second day at PAX East began in the expo hall with an intense, emotional video. The Gambit Game Lab of MIT gathered some data about hate speech in gaming communities, and then they recorded actors performing the collected comments out loud. The video doesn't analyze the data collected or attempt to argue with the hate speech in any way, and the presenters at the booth told me they considered it to be more of an art project to increase awareness rather than an official study.
Spreading the awkwardness: Mike Bender and Chernack of awkwardfamilyphotos.com will be at this year's Roflcon.
There's a solid chance that if you've ever laughed at anything on the
internet, the party responsible for your lollerskates will be at this
weekend's ROFLCon II at MIT, which kicks off today at 1 pm.
Parrot's AR.Drone in actionThe exhibitors at CES can pack up and go home, because it's clear what this year's gadget is: the remote-controlled AR.Drone helicopter from Parrot.The
normal two-rotor remote-control helicopters currently on the market
will break your heart (and your windows) because they're just
impossible to steer. But with its self-stabilizing four-rotor design,
the AR.Drone can hover motionless in the air, ready to strike. It has
two built-in cameras that transmit live color video, so it can spy on
really unobservant people. You control it over wifi with an iPhone or
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