Two mind-blowing phrases heard at the TED conference in Monterey this week.
"The active ingredient of the game" That was Hopelab President Pat Christen, telling me about the clinical trial that showed that Re-Mission, a videogame intented to help cancer patients visualize their body fighting the disease and encourage them to take their meds, really works. Next step is figuring out what components of the game--the gameplay, the characters, the settings, etc--are most effective. Hence the quote.
"Communist pixels". Venture capitalist Paul Koontz gave a quick slide show of his family's visit to North Korea. They went to a stadium where a 70x400 array of well-trained North Koreans carrying cards formed a massive display screen in the stands. The video showed these "communist pixels" seamlessly changing with rapid-fire transitions and no visible gaps (here's another video that shows the same thing, midway in). It really looked like a human jumbotron. We finally figured out what Marxism is good for.