Screenshot Saturday: Learning How To Learn
This week, I made two mini-prototypes for my next explorable, on the science of learning! You can see them in the GIF above. (imgur link if you don't see it) The first one is a crappy clone of Flappy Bird/Helicopter Game, because I want to show how learning in games is similar to learning in anything. The second half is a visualization of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's theory of Flow, combined with Lev Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development highlighted in yellow. I'll explain this better (...it better be better...) when the full thing comes out – hopefully late August!

Other Updates & Behind-The-Scenes:

  • The Explorables Jam starts next week! It's an online hackathon from July 28 to Aug 19.
  • My essay on Humane AI, How To Become A Centaur, won an MIT Competition, and will be published in an open-access MIT Press compilation in 2019! I'm a Real Author™ now, hooray
  • Speaking of writing, I'm trying to get back into the habit of writing short stories. Here's a 6-minute story, my response to the writing prompt: “The dead can still create works of art for the living to enjoy.”
  • And finally, a question for you: what books do you recommend, on writing? I want to improve my writing craft + start a habit of writing for a half hour a day. I've already read Pinker's The Sense of Style and Zinsser's On Writing Well. (although those might be worth re-reading) Any other how-to books you recommend on improving one's writing?

Thanks! <3
~ Nicky Case