Game Development Portfolio Show, Monday, May 2

Video game joystickOn Monday, May 2, from 4pm-6pm in SSC2201, the COD Computer Information Systems department will be hosting their first annual Game Development Portfolio Show. In this show, student participants will show off games and game prototypes they have built throughout this school year. Students will describe their development process, and talk about game programming, game design, and game animation.

All are invited to attend. Students who are either first year gaming students, or are unsure what technology career path they would like to take may especially be interested in this show.

AlphaGo Artificial Intelligence System Defeats World Go Champion

Google's AlphaGoIn a development that could have far reaching societal and technological implications, a Google-sponsored artificial intelligence program called AlphaGo defeated Lee Sedol, an 18-time world champion of the board game Go, 4-1 in a 5 game series. Considered a much greater challenge than beating a human at Chess, creating a computer program that can beat humans at Go demonstrates the incredible capabilities of current advanced Artificial Intelligence systems. Cade Metz writes in Wired magazine, "this path to victory highlights the power and the mystery of the machine learning technologies that underpin Google’s creation—technologies that are already reinventing so many online services inside companies like Google and Facebook, and are poised to remake everything from scientific research to robotics."

So what does it mean when a machine can beat humans at what is considered to be one of the most difficult strategy games on Earth? Do humans need to be more worried about being overtaken by cyber-overlords? Maybe or maybe not. This week, Gizmodo published a useful discussion about some of the most important issues currently facing the AI-human relationship. Only time will show how this plays out, but there is no denying AI is already at an advanced stage of reasoning and decision-making, and it may soon reach a level of intelligence we consider "human."

Cisco Networking Academy Honors COD CIT Faculty

Cisco logoThe Cisco Academy program has recognized COD CIT faculty members Tony Chen, Felix Davis, Gene Wagner, and Justin Wagner as Advanced and Expert Level Cisco instructors.

  • Tony Chen : Expert Level
  • Felix Davis : Expert Level
  • Gene Wagner : Advanced Level
  • Justin Wagner : Advanced - Level

This award recognizes their achievements as one of the top 25 percent instructors globally in the following areas:

  1. Participation professional development opportunities
  2. Attention to student needs
  3. Student performance
  4. Use of resources.

Enrest Adams Game Development Talk

Ernest AdamsFor the fourth year in a row, the Game Development Club is sponsoring a talk with Ernest Adams, game developer and consultant, on Wednesday, March 5, at 2 pm in Student Service Center, room 3245.

Ernest will talk about the game industry and game development, among other topics of interest from the audience.

Mr. Adams has 24 years of experience in the game industry, with such companies as Bioware, Crytek, Electronic Arts, THQ, and Ubisoft. He has 14 published game titles to his credit and is the author of several books on game development. He is the founder of the International Game Developer Association (IGDA), the largest association devoted to game development, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. He also teaches game design and development at many colleges in Europe.

MakerBot Academy: A 3D Printer in Every School

From ReadWrite web:

MakerBot Academy is the 3D printing company’s new initiative to get students learning about technology. According to the company, it’s a direct response to President Obama’s Feb. 2013 State of the Union address, which encouraged businesses to think about ways to bring manufacturing jobs back to America.

"3D printing [has] the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything,” said the President. “[We must] guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is made right here in America."

To prepare students for this revolution, MakerBot Academy is teaming with America Makes to provide thousands of 3D printing bundles to K-12 schools through the country. Their goal is to "help provide the next generation of American Makers with a relevant STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education."

To learn more about this program, visit the MakerBot Academy site or maybe you'd like to read more about 3D printing?

MakerBot logo

Open Source Software

Open Source InitiativeAn early and prominent example of the open access movement is open source software. Open source software is software that has no copyright restrictions on the source code. It is developed by volunteers and redistributed at no cost. Anyone with the proper technical expertise can contribute to the development and refinement of the software. Open source software has similar (and sometimes superior) functionality as compared with proprietary counterparts making it a great alternative to costly software packages.

Prominent examples of open source software include the Firefox browser; the OpenOffice office suite; the Linux, FreeBSD Unix, and Android operating systems; the Apache web server; the MySQL database management system; and the Blender 3-D design tool. And there are millions of other open source programs--many of which you probably use every day.

Because open source software saves consumers money while facilitating rapid, agile software development, the open source movement continues to thrive and grow as a software development model. From the millions of open source repositories on GitHub to corporate giant Google releasing its mobile operating system as open source software, there are only signs that open source software will only increase its share of the software industry.

Further reading:
Open Source Initiative
The OSI maintains the official definition of open source and provides extensive information about open source licensing and standards.
Open source software on wikipedia
Information about the development and history of open source software
Don't Spend a Dime (e-book)
This e-book outlines open source alternatives to common, everyday software use. (You must have a COD Library card to access this title from off-campus.)
Free and open source software
A comprehensive list of alternatives to commercial software

Schools Aren't Teaching Kids To Code

coding jobsA recent readwrite article discusses how independent organizations are filling in the gaps in computer science education among K-12 students. While the number of computer-related jobs are are expected to increase 22-percent in the next seven years, computer science is decreasing in popularity among U.S. students. A number of non-profits and educators are trying to solve this problem by connecting schools and industry resources to help promote computer science and engage students at all levels.

Are you interested in getting a computer science education? Visit COD's Computer Information Systems website and find out how to get started.

Web-Based Polygonal Modeling with three.js

Whoa! three.js enables "developers with little 3-D and WebGL experience to create incredibly sophisticated scenes using common JavaScript practices. Simply being knowledgable in JavaScript and the basics of modeling is more than enough to get started."

Smashing Magazine has a nice introduction to this revolutionizing JavaScript library that makes it easy to create and experiment with web-based 3-D scenes.

3-D simulation


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