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mySociety » Blog Archive » 5 Years On: Why Understanding Chris Lightfoot Matters Now More Than Ever
"...what he fundamentally had right was the understanding that you could no longer run a country properly if the elites don’t understand technology in the same way they grasp economics or ideology or propaganda. His analysis and predictions about what would happens if elites couldn’t learn were savage and depressingly accurate." Timely, sad, accurate, and lovely writing from Tom. A particular twinge of sadness for our loss as I realise I'm now older than Chris was when he died.
mysociety  change  politics  skills  chrislightfoot 
february 2012 by infovore
Military: Royal Air Force Prefers Gamers To Pilots
"See, the RAF reckons research has shown them that the best drone pilot candidates are those who are experienced video game players, rather than experienced pilots. Sounds crazy at first, but when you think about it, pilots are experienced at actually flying. But flying something remotely via a 2D monitor? That's a gamer's area of expertise."
games  skills  military  training  wgrtw  remotecontrol  expertise  raf 
march 2009 by infovore
Strategic video game improves critical cognitive skills in older adults
"There was a correlation between their performance on the game and their improvement on certain cognitive tests, Kramer said. Those who did well in the game also improved the most on switching between tasks. They also tended to do better on tests of working memory." Playing the game (Rise of Nations) didn't affect all tasks, but it had improvements on some - seemingly those involving task and process management.
videogames  research  learning  education  science  memory  cognitive  skills 
december 2008 by infovore
Skills Shortage Article // None /// Eurogamer
"It's time for direct action against bad game-related degrees." Yes, yes, yes. A thoughtful, sensible article... and one that applies to many other fields, too. Such a waste.
education  uk  games  degree  university  polytechnic  skills  gamesindustry 
june 2008 by infovore

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