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Photo: Rosina Possingham

Ever wished you could go back in time and play one of our past interactives? We still don’t have time travel (yet), but we have made our interactives available online. Enjoy!

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    Bad News Game

    Can you be vaccinated against fake news?

    Netherlands-based media group DROG produced this browser game for us a few years back, but it is still deeply relevant.

    While we trust that you don’t currently live in a fort made up of toilet paper and canned soup and you probably know better, you may as well take a course of Bad News Game just in case. Lucky for you it’s quick, painless, and you may even enjoy it.

    Play Bad News Game

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    Sleep Ops

    How might sleep be a tool for peace?

    We don’t really know why we sleep, but a lack of it can greatly affect our ability to make good decisions.

    When sleep deprivation occurs in military operations and other around-the-clock, safety-critical settings, it can have disastrous outcomes.

    Explore Sleep Ops online

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    It's My Pleasure

    Can algorithms really know you?

    Have you ever wondered how the algorithms on streaming services work?

    When we look for a film to watch on Netflix or Stan, we are not presented with an open list of all the films and TV shows available. Instead, we see a curated set of recommendations. These recommendations are built from an algorithm called the recommendation engine. This engine combines our previous choices with the choices of people like us to create a shortcut to our own personal pleasure.

    What is the impact of this? Are we missing out when the engine makes decisions on our behalf? Or is hyper-personalisation the way to go?

    Try the recommendation engine

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    Hedonometer

    How happy are we?

    How are we feeling? How can we tell? With so much of human communication taking place on social media, it seems a pretty good place to start. The Hedonometer measures our happiness based on one of these platforms: Twitter.  

    In 2013, Computational Story Lab, an international group of mathematicians and computer scientists, collaborated to create the Hedonometer. The Hedonometer measures happiness based on tweets published.  It looks at the words that people write… and then it basically calculates a temperature for all of those words.

    See how we feel today on the Hedonometer

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    Octopus Estate

    What's under the surface?

    Deep in the ocean, there is an octopus lurking. A shark approaches. Will your octopus try to eat the shark? Or flee? Its life is in your hands now. Care for an octopus and help it to thrive. But stay on your toes, it’s an octopus-eat-octopus world out there, and you might not guess who’s a threat.

    Play Octopus Estate

     

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