Pokémon GO

Nintendo, Jul 09, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The newly released Pokemon Go is an instant hit, though the technology has been growing for a while. What's interesting about it is that it creates virtual entities that inhabit the real world. More, you can interact with them by capturing them, training them, and pitting them in combat against each other. It's funny that Google ran this as an April Fools prank a couple of years ago. The Wikipedia article is a good overview. There will no doubt now be a slew of articles from the usual suspects about the impact of Pokemon Go in the classroom, the dangers of interacting with strangers, and the problem of people being too involved in playing the Pokemon game.

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