Leigh Alexander: Video Games and Culture

As editor-at-large for Gamasutra, Leigh Alexander writes about video games, but her independent writing isn’t so easy to define, drawing elements from fictional narrative and autobiography. Her second book, Clipping Through, was released independently last month, a pay-what-you-like experiment in sustainable writing on games.

Recorded in September 2014 at XOXO, an arts and technology festival in Portland, Oregon celebrating independent artists using the Internet to make a living doing what they love.

From XOXO Fest

George Lucas: Star Wars and the History of Mythology and an Oral Tradition

"Don't kill people. Be compassionate, love people. That's basically what Star Wars is." - George Lucas

Filmmaker George Lucas talks to Charlie Rose about the mythology behind "Star Wars" and why he thinks the movie's message is so universal.

"What makes a hero, what's friendship, what's the idea of sacrificing yourself for something larger... They're all really basic things. So you say, well, you don't have to make a movie about that, it's very obvious, but it's actually not."

Interview filmed live on stage at Chicago Ideas Week on Oct. 17, 2014.

From Charlie Rose

PiBot: Humanoid Robot Auto-Pilot can Fly any Plane

"Don't call me Shirley"

A robot to fly planes too dangerous for humans.

Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots' humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors. Ben Gruber reports.

From Reuters

YouTube has a Privilege Problem

The Privilege Checklist

Based on Peggy McIntosh's: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

From ASAP Science

Google Glass Support Group

Addiction to Google's face-mounted computers is a real problem, and Conan is determined to do something about it!

From Conan O'Brien

Hoverboards Exist Now, For Real This Time

Ever since Marty McFly rode a hoverboard in 1989’s “Back to The Future II,” people have been dreaming of making the floating device a reality. Now, a California start-up says it has it figured out.

From The New York Times