For Gamers Behaving Badly, An Online Jury
In the multiplayer game League of Legends, players who use abusive language can see their words used against them in a court of their peers. The technology behind this jury can be applied to other online communities.
What's the Latest Development?
Swearing and name-calling are common in online multiplayer games, but the creators behind one of those games, League of Legends, recently demonstrated a new system designed to stop bad behavior as well as its spread. The aptly-named Tribunal collects all instances of negative behavior wherever it exists -- including in chat logs -- and presents the worst cases to the game's forums, where players vote on their acceptability. Offenders convicted of especially bad actions could be banned from the game.
What's the Big Idea?
Jeff Lin, lead designer of social systems at Riot Games, says that League of Legends "can create behavioural profiles for every player" and measure how often they use abusive language. They have also used simple warnings at the start of battles to nudge players towards better gameplay. A system similar to Tribunal could work for other online communities, imposing social norms in a realm where anonymity often gives people permission to behave inappropriately. According to University of Michigan professor Cliff Lampe, "This really helps to shape sites...these social structures lead to more sustainable sites."
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
The Canadian professor's old-school message is why many started listening to him.
- The simplicity of Peterson's message on suffering echoes Buddha and Rabbi Hillel.
- By bearing your suffering, you learn how to become a better person.
- Our suffering is often the result of our own actions, so learn to pinpoint the reasons behind it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.