I attended the Games for Change Festival in New York last month, and what I saw there gave me reason to believe that there will be some big hits for education and health videogames in the near future.
The Defense Department will spend more than $ 250 million on new data programs as part of the White House’s “big data” research initiative. That’s a big boost for drones, military networks and other unmanned systems.
The “signature wounds” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury — are both rooted in traumatic events. Until recently, though, military docs mostly treated them as two different health problems: one physical, the other psychological. That approach might be poised to change, thanks to a new study, which shows that injuries to a specific part of the brain “primed” it for PTSD’s psychological ailments.
Facebook is turning the server world on its head by going directly to Taiwan for custom-built machines. Except that it’s actually going to China. Following in the footsteps of Google, Facebook is working with Taiwan-based outfits such as Quanta to design its own servers, but these custom-built machines are actually manufactured in Shanghai, on the Chinese mainland.