The historic moment: A robot passed a self-awareness test

It’s like a scene out of Neil Blomkamp’s Chappie, a robot waking up and suddenly being no longer just a machine but an entity that is able to understand its surroundings. Robots have always been a part of the collective human fantasy, the machine that does the chores we hate and fights the wars that we do not want to sacrifice human life to win, and on the verge of all of this fantasising there have been those who have longed for a robot that is self-aware. Perhaps it is our human desire to relate to the objects that we create. After all we add human personification to many other man-made objects in our world, and this is just another […]

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I, NAG

Ever since NAG mysteriously showed up around 17 years ago, many researchers, have been trying to determine exactly what it is that makes it so successful and why it has a symbiotic relationship with its owner. What they found was quite interesting: NAG entices its host with its vibrant cover which usually features a digitally created character as well as the promise of more information pertaining to that character when the host chooses to accept NAG as its host. In return NAG will give the host what are known as “Demos” of games. This symbiotic relationship is beneficial for both the host and the NAG magazine since it has advantages for both of them. These hosts are what have become […]

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Fare thee well NAG mag

In a world that moves more towards paperless environments it comes as no surprised when magazine publications die out too. We’ve seen it in the games industry as well with the end of Gear and PC Format and now, after 17 odd years, the last local gaming magazine; NAG is saying goodbye too. I myself have been an avid reader since 2007 when a cover with Half-Life 2 drew me in. I have a cupboard with a growing stack of NAG magazines and a few piles of discs. The thought of it stopping brings tears to my eyes, almost. The news came as an article on their online counterpart; NAG Online. While it mainly thanks the readers, writers and the […]

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NAG

I can still recall the first time I held a NAG magazine (Issue 3) in my hands: the feel of the plastic wrapping, the soft swooshing sound made by the CD moving against the wrapping and the magazine cover, the smell of fresh printing and paper as the wrapping was torn away. Ah, yes. Those were the days of miracles and expansion packs. So today is going to come as a shock to some of you; but today -after 17 years- NAG releases their final issue. [youtube id=”FdoCdvLPEH4″ width=”600″ height=”350″] That’s right, today is the last day of the magazine that taught me all about games and gaming. Today is the end of the magazine that inspired me to join […]

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Lee and Tolkien

“I still think Lord of the Rings is the greatest literary achievement of my lifetime” – Sir Christopher Lee on The Fellowship of The Ring. We were all saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Christopher Lee last week. From Dracula to Scaramanga to Count Dooku, there is no doubt the man was a true legend of cinema, not to mention many other things. Fans of fantasy will remember him as the wizard Saruman, head of the white council, in Peter Jackson’s adaption of The Lord of The Rings and Hobbit. There is more to Sir Lee’s involvement with the Tolkien universe than many may realise. [youtube id=”TQVi_DC9HvI” width=”600″ height=”350″] Lee originally auditioned for the role of Gandalf in […]

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Learnfast Training

 

  Anyone who knows me, will know I am always looking to improve my knowledge. I feel if we are no longer learning, then we no longer have purpose and are mealy wasting our existence. With this in mind one can understand why I was excited when someone put me in contact with Learnfast. Learnfast is a country wide institution that offers training in a variety of subjects relating to Computer Skills, Graphic Design, Business Skills, Accounting, and CAD. As an IT Manager who did my training back when the internet was in it’s infancy, I decided to take their HTML course to fill in some of the gaps in my IT knowledge. “It is not that I’m so smart. […]

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World of Warships Preview

 

 Batten down the hatches, square the gib and head to general quarters, because today we are going to talk about World of Warships and why you should be excited for its release! A well thought out tactical World War Two boat-fighting game from the people who brought us (rather unsurprisingly) World of Tanks and World of Warplanes. It’s a free-to-play multiplayer combat game all about naval warfare. I’ve been lucky enough to play in the closed beta, so here are my thoughts. Basic premise This game functions in self-contained rounds. In each round you’re placed in charge of a single warship, whose class and loadout are somewhat customisable based off your progress in the game and then sent into battle […]

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It’s MONDAY!

It’s Monday and that means another week of wandering the void of regular life. So to improve your mood here are a few memes and a few songs to help make your day a little less blegh. (I doubt they’ll help, but it’s the thought that counts after all.)   Don’t you feel better than ever?

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Humanoid

I recently chatted with the South African Psy-Trance band, Humanoid.  This is what they had to say… Tell us a bit about yourselves? M: I’m Mornè, the musical half of “Humanoid”. I’ve been passionate about music for as long as I can remember – from a very young age, through the influence of my brother, I knew I wanted to be on stage playing music. I studied music theory from the moment I entered primary school and again during my Sound Engineering diploma at Allenby Campus where I qualified in my advanced diploma in Sound Engineering. J: I’m Jarryd, the technical half of “Humanoid”. Mechatronic engineer, embedded hardware developer, biohacker, cyborg-in-the-making, open-source enthusiast, amateur botanist and artist. Co-founder of “Bushveld […]

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Smallville Comics Grand Opening

This weekend past I have the privilege to go to the grand opening of Smallville Comics new store, which is often referred to as Smallville 2.0. It located in Penzance Street , New Redruth , Alberton, and if I must say it is a stunning store. The first images you get of the store are stunning decals of Batman and Superman at the enterence. with more decals extending across all the windows to encircle the store in comic book planes and characters giving you no doubt as to what is being sold inside. Once inside the store you are greeting by a replica of Batman’s mask. The walls have been painted a Superman blue and every were you look is […]

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