Video games & empathy! Hosts David Ryan Polgar (tech ethicist) and Joe Leonardo (comedian) take a deep dive with Dr. Karen Schier, an expert on empathy & video games. We discuss the ideal game design for exploring other identities, how games are well suited for exploring boundaries, whether there are disturbing games that shouldn't be made, and if VR-headset wearing people in the future will visit grandma!
Dr. Karen Schrier, Associate Professor, is the founding director of the Games & Emerging Media program at Marist College. From 2018-2019, she is also serving as a Belfer Fellow for the ADL's Center for Technology & Society, where she will be making anti-bias games and researching using games for perspective-taking, compassion, and bias reduction. Prior to Marist, she spent over a decade producing websites, apps, and games at organizations such as Scholastic, Nickelodeon, BrainPOP, and PBS/Channel 13. She is the editor of the book series, Learning, Education & Games, published by ETC Press (Carnegie Mellon), and co-editor of two books on games and ethics.
She has written over 40 publications, including single-authored articles published in journals such as Educational Technology Research & Development and the Journal of Moral Education. With Matthew Farber, she co-authored the UNESCO MGIEP working paper, The Limits and Strengths of Using Digital Games as "Empathy Machines." Her latest book, Knowledge Games: How Playing Games Can Help Solve Problems, Create Insight, and Make Change, was published in 2016 by Johns Hopkins University Press. She is also working on a book for Oxford University Press on using games for civics and ethics education. Dr. Schrier holds a doctorate from Columbia University/Teachers College, master's degree from MIT, and a bachelor's degree from Amherst College.
Funny as Tech tackles the thorniest issues in tech with the help of experts. Each week, tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar and comedian Joe Leonardo invite a guest to take a deep dive into a complex tech issue that is tripping up society. The show has dealt with AR, VR, AI, IoT, diversity in tech, tech addiction, media literacy, future of work, and much more. Previous guests have included CNN's Laurie Segall, Baratunde Thurston, Nir Eyal, Manoush Zomorodi, Douglas Rushkoff, Joe Lubin, Tracy Chou, Bridget Carey, and Chuck Nice. Funny as Tech also performs on the road with conferences and special events. Have a question? Info@FunnyAsTech.com
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