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Did I mention that our ability to handle world's complexity depends on major filtering of perception? Do you feel you are completely observant? Check this out!
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The archer, i.e. the person with the bow and arrow, has been around for many centuries, millennia even, and they’ve been around in films for about as long as there’ve been movies. But, it seems, most of what we think…
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Wir haben was gewonnen :)
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Hello fellow Shard-Keepers!
 
Last night the developer team was at the German Developer Award in Cologne and Shards of War won the prize for the best online game 2014!
 
This is an epic achievement for the team, but impossible without the community behind the game – thank you for being part in gaming history.
 
Cheers,
 
Your Shards of War Team
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It was very difficult to play, read chat and talk at the same time ... Respect to Al for doing this every week ... I am sitting around there, playing a bit after a few minutes and more after minute 45 ...
 
Hello fellow Shard-Keepers!

Playing musical chairs and Shards of War at the same time - it works! Check out our broadcast from yesterday where we played community games with our beloved fans!

Cheers,

Your Shards of War Team
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Hello fellow Shard-Keepers!

In case you missed yesterday's broadcast with our Producer Linda and our Lead Game Designer Al, you should definitively watch it right now in order to receive further information about upcoming features, maps and events.

Cheers,

Your Shards of War Team
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Not in Autoland Germany but sounds like future.
 
I think that this article does a good job of describing what the world will look like once (once, not if) autonomous cars have taken over completely, and the many ways in which this will make all of our lives a lot better. (Saved lives, saved time, less pollution, less cost to each of us individually, etc) However, I think he grossly overestimates the speed of the transition: by 2025 I'd expect to see large-scale experiments rolling out, but I wouldn't expect to reach the final equilibrium point he's describing until 2050 at the soonest.

I think that he also underestimates the violence with which these changes will be resisted. As he points out, several existing industries are likely to be cratered, most notably car manufacture (autonomous cars serving people on-demand could be active 95% of the time, versus 4% of the time for passenger cars today; that's a 24x reduction in the number of cars needed per person) and professional drivers. We're already seeing tremendous resistance by vested interests in the existing taxi business to even ordinary competition like Uber; what will happen when it starts to become clear to them that the entire business is about to go away, never to return? 

In this regard, I think that we can draw useful lessons from the collapse of the longshoreman industry with the rise of containerized shipping. On the US' West Coast, strong longshore unions negotiated a phased shutdown with shipping companies; on the East Coast, weak unions spent more time fighting and undercutting each other than negotiating, and the net result was a serious collapse of all shipping to those ports, with the longshoremen bearing the brunt of it. Marc Levinson's book The Box has an interesting discussion of this. I suspect that similar phenomena will be seen here.

But even more so than with the transition to containerized shipping, the transition to autonomous vehicles is likely inevitable: the advantages are too large and too widespread, and the disadvantages too limited, for groups to successfully be able to prevent it for their own interest.
I have spent quite a bit of time lately thinking about autonomous cars, and I wanted to summarize my current thoughts and predictions. Most people - experts included - seem to think that the transi...
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Merry Christmas 2014: http://youtu.be/rAT6z3u78Gg
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Hello fellow Shard-Keepers!

We're live on Twitch tonight at 5:30pm CET (UTC+1) for a showmatch between the Bigpoint Team "KPI" and the Shards of War Game Design Team! Join the broadcast and watch an epic match!

http://www.twitch.tv/shardsofwar

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Hello fellow Shard-Keepers!

You ever wanted to see how a sentinel artwork is created? Check out this stunning Vox speedpaint video!

Have a great Friday evening and see you on the battlefield!

Cheers,

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