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Amanda Lange on Games, Data, and Scanning Brainwaves

In this episode, Frank and Andy chat with Amanda Lange, technology evangelist at Microsoft, games journalist, and data aficionado.


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Notable Quotes

Frank is working on a Wintellect on Azure Gov ([1:30])
Amanda’s site is Second ([99:00])
The psychology of games ([5:30])
Movie reference: Back to the Future ([6:30])
How an Apple Watch or FitBit knows you’re asleep ([7:10])
Game violence activates sections of the brain (but it’s short-lived) ([8:30])
Andy lives in Farmville-not-the-game ([10:30])
Zynga and A/B testing ([10:45])
Amanda plays a lot of Overwatch these days ([11:30])
“Games as a Service” ([12:10])
Psychology in games Jeffrey “Lyte” Lin on Shaping Behavior in Online Games ([13:30])
Amanda writes for Tap Repeatedly ([15:00])
Amanda loves teaching people! ([17:10])
“I wasn’t a data scientist until I was.” ([17:50])
On privacy and data… ([19:00])
Berkeley’s Data Science curriculum is online ([19:40])
Learn data science at Data 8 ([22:15])
GLaDOS is a character in the Portal games ([25:00])
The orchestral version of Still Alive ([28:00])
No arm-wrestling with Amanda ([31:45])
“We can learn anything.” ([32:45])
Trapping a self-driving car using salt… ([34:00])
Ready Player One audio book ([35:40])
Ready Player One, the Movie ([99:00])
The Adventure Zone ([37:50])
Audible (get a free book!) has the Dragonlance series ([39:25])
Amanda tried out for American Idol ([41:00])
Amanda’s on Twitter @second_truth ([42:00])

About the author, Frank

Frank La Vigne is a software engineer and UX geek who saw the light about Data Science at an internal Microsoft Data Science Summit in 2016. Now, he wants to share his passion for the Data Arts with the world.

He blogs regularly at and has a YouTube channel called Frank's World TV. (www.FranksWorld.TV). Frank has extensive experience in web and application development. He is also an expert in mobile and tablet engineering. You can find him on Twitter at @tableteer.