Found this as part of a small blog post over at Etsy.

The video is called “The Future Belongs to the Curious,” and it celebrates how we are all programmed with curiosity from birth. This curiosity drives us to do amazing things, and those of us who can hold on to it throughout life have a competitive advantage. As a parent, the celebration of learning for its own sake is definitely something I can get behind.

Once we have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries where anyone can ask any question and be given answers, be given reference materials, be something you’re interested in knowing, from an early age, however silly it might seem to someone else… that’s what YOU are interested in, and you can ask, and you can find out, and you can do it in your own home, at your own speed, in your own direction, in your own time… Then, everyone would enjoy learning. Nowadays, what people call learning is forced on you, and everyone is forced to learn the same thing on the same day at the same speed in class, and everyone is different.
Isaac Asimov

I make parents see their children for who they are and who they can be.

Taylor Mali


Educational apps are usually flashcard, textbook or calculator substitutes: They make games that help with memorization, are references for information, or give you the answer. What’s exciting about Wolfram Alpha’s new apps is that they sometimes give you not just the answer, but a step-by-step explanation of how they arrived at it. Instead of just spitting out an answer and a line for a one-variable equation, for instance, the Algebra app shows each step of the equation.

Wolfram Alpha Takes on Education With Algebra, Calculus & Music Theory Apps

Educational apps are usually flashcard, textbook or calculator substitutes: They make games that help with memorization, are references for information, or give you the answer. What’s exciting about Wolfram Alpha’s new apps is that they sometimes give you not just the answer, but a step-by-step explanation of how they arrived at it. Instead of just spitting out an answer and a line for a one-variable equation, for instance, the Algebra app shows each step of the equation.

Wolfram Alpha Takes on Education With Algebra, Calculus & Music Theory Apps

Gameful’s aim is to attract people who “want to make or play games specifically designed to a have a positive impact on the real world, or on our real lives: game designers and developers, game writers and artists, programmers and producers, project managers and marketing experts, reporters and critics, students and researchers, players and playtesters.
Even if you’ve never made a game before, you’re welcome to join Gameful — you’ll surely find people who would love your help with their games… or who would be interested in helping you make YOUR idea a reality!”

It all sprang out of Jane McGonigal's TED talk.

Here is another game that crossed my path that does what I hope all game developers would do - educate! Fate of the World is a dramatic global strategy game that puts all our futures in your hands. Just imagine if Pokémon educated about biology, Farmville about the food chain, etc etc… - anyway, it’s good to see some work in this area.

via @samdoust

The zombie hordes then, of course, divide and multiply. In the process, basic elements of game theory, classical economics and budget allocation are slipped in.
Yahoo Uses “Shambling Hordes" of Zombies to Teach Economic Theory - FastCompany