Hugh Hancock

Hugh Hancock

  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    Agreed. I don't think it'll replace all travel, and probably not travel-for-negotiation. However, travel-for-collaboration - design meetings, review meetings, anything where people are already working together and just need to be in the same space to collaborate - that it...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    Yes, it's going to be fantastic, and apps for precisely that purpose are already beginning to appear. Also consider, for example, fog of war. There's no reason the GM can't see the whole table whilst the players only see what...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    Iiiiiinteresting! Given that, I would assume that these days there are quite a number of Vives and Oculus Rifts sitting around in various large three-letter agencies......
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    Sub-milisecond latency is only relevant on the rendering end. Positional lag on other players due to network issues doesn't affect nausea. The idea of having meetup / conference / collaborative VR apps available isn't theory. It isn't a pipe-dream I...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    Well in that case, let me start by saying that on the DRM-and-VR issue, I don't know my stuff. I know it's happening, but I've been working 14-hour days building VR experiences during all the time it's kicked off, so...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    I'd actually prefer not to comment on that in case the Wrong People end up Google searching one day. I'm, false modesty aside, an expert on both VR and advertising-style persusasion, so I have some pretty solidly grounded ideas on...
  • Commented on Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope.
    It's a totally different experience having a conversation with someone or someones in VR to using a Slack channel. They're not really comparable at all. A better comparison might be Skype compared to VR, but again, the experience is very...
  • Posted Why Should You Care About Virtual Reality? Because It's A Source Of Hope. to Charlie's Diary
    h2{font-size: 150%; font-weight: bold;margin-top: 30px;} ul{font-size:medium !important} This is a guest post by filmmaker, author, entrepreneur, and now Virtual Reality developer Hugh Hancock. Virtual Reality's here. Woo. Yay. More tech toys. The UK just voted to leave the EU. Trump's...
  • Posted Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause to Charlie's Diary
    h2{font-size: 150%; font-weight: bold;margin-top: 30px;} ul{font-size:medium !important} This is a guest post by VR developer Hugh Hancock, creator of Vive horror/RPG Left-Hand Path. OK, at this point we can call it. VR is definitely here, it works, and it's not...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Amusingly I nearly used Goonswarm as example #2 in the second "The Trollswarm Cometh" - not because their tactics in EVE were particularly troll-like, but because the "swarm" mentality worked so well....
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Quite. I run a good number of websites on AWS, but they're all websites that I reasonably confidently predict will get small amounts of traffic in the near future. My main sites, which are likely to go viral, are like...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    I believe that's Facebook's plan right now with Facebook Instant Articles. And arguably Google's too with their AMP initiative, but that's less sinister than everything that used to be the Web coming to reside under FB's banner. Ad blockers produce...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    And now we're pretty much describing the state of the art in the SEO world, particularly the bits where the hats are of a more grey shade. It's bots vs bots to a large extent. Lots of Google's antispam tools...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    That's a fair point. The larger the institution the more sinister it gets, in some ways. (And a number of large companies are already deploying AI tools to deal with their social media presence.) Also, imagine current banes of comment...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    The bots already invade discussions like this one, in force. It's purely the development of them invading for reasons other than SEO that we're waiting for......
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    The arms race between bot clickers and ad buyers is well underway. I actually published an article on another site last week (private, off-search) offering step-by-step instructions for ad buyers to detect particularly bot-heavy "placements" (as they're known). It's one...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Fair point. I was thinking "win condition" because individual events are boolean / binomial - you either get an reply from someone or you don't - but in aggregate they're not. Derp. Facebook: the obvious entrance point for the first...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Yeah, agreed - I was being cautious with my estimates. Reddit's upvote algorithm is rather subject to manipulation if you can get in there fast. Having said that, getting in there fast also makes it increasingly obvious that there's a...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Oh, the bots won't just be sending friend requests. That's primitive for social media bots in 2016, never mind 2018. I'd expect something more like this (on Twitter): 1) Bot RTs and Likes something good you post, probably something other...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Oh yeah, that'll definitely happen. Complete with hilariously high false-positive rate. I do wonder, on a related note, how long CAPTCHAs will last - in as much as they're lasting at the moment. (I just checked, and the price for...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    An excellent comment on Twitter just pointed out that this entire bot ecosystem I'm positing gets even scarier if you think about how it interacts with the rage profiteers of clickbait media. Need an angry mob to write about? >:\...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    That's meant to be a prediction of the future, not description of now. Currently your social media friends are probably still human. Probably....
  • Posted Rise Of The Trollbot to Charlie's Diary
    h2{font-size: 150%; font-weight: bold;margin-top: 30px;} ul{font-size:medium !important} Hugh Hancock, your friendly neighbourhood crafter of tales about supernatural get-rich-quick schemes gone horribly wrong, back with another bit of musing on what the Chatbot Future holds... See also Part 1 - Sexbots...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    My girlfriend's new car has a feature where it will automatically call emergency services in the event of a crash. That's a Guardian Angel app right there....
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Agreed - I should have mentioned that I was thinking about currently-popular genres, which mostly exclude large-scale strategy outside the base-building genre. (AIs do really well at the base-builders a la Starcraft and anything else which requires what SC players...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    See Part 1 - http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2016/04/markov-chain-dirty-to-me.html Tinder's a terrible succubus-equivalent, but the potential's definitely there for far better ones......
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    I can think of one area where "artificial stupid" is the ultimate goal: computer game AI design. The hard part of almost any player-equivalent AI design in games, outside turn-based strategy, isn't making it good at the game. It's trivial-to-easy...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Not strictly summoned or servitors, but you're correct that once you get into cyborg territory there's a whole pile more supernatural -> technological allusions there. Nuada of the Silver Arm just means some guy with a gaudy prosthetic these days....
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    That's a very interesting point, particularly with DNA sequencing becoming as cheap as it is, and social graph mapping as good as it is. We're nowhere near imitating a specific human with AI yet, but maybe that's another future goal....
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Interesting! The sources I've read (and I'm not an expert on alchemy by any means - I know enough genuine experts to know that!) seem to suggest that the act of abiogenesis crosses over with the purification of the soul...
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