The IBM super-computer Watson that obliterated its human competition on the trivia show Jeopardy last night has one more chance to humiliate the species tonight. Game designer Frank Lantz, however, believes we can strike back at Jeopardy-winning machines.
The people who make FarmVille and CItyVille (Zynga) now own the people who make Drop 7 (Area/Code). The result: Area/Code is now Zynga New York and the game-design credentials of Zynga just got another upgrade.
Frank Lantz, the man who brought you iPhone time-sink Drop 7 provides a bravura take on gaming's potential — during a TEDx talk mostly about poker and probability. Spend a good 20 minutes and watch the talk.