The Helping Hand of AI

  Artificial Intelligence was once a very scary prospect. Long before 1984’s The Terminator and it’s apocalyptic premonitions of “Skynet” going live, researchers and science-fiction writers alike were theorising the potential repercussions of a computer making decisions for itself. Thankfully for us, the reality of AI has turned out to be far more benign (so far), and an argument could be made that the people … Continue reading The Helping Hand of AI

Joker & EDI: The Greatest Love Story in Gaming?

Jeff “Joker” Moreau, voiced by the ever-sarcastic Seth Green, acts as Commander Shepard’s trusty pilot for the entirety of the Mass Effect trilogy. At the beginning of the story, Joker claims he’s the best pilot in the entire Systems Alliance and he proves that time and time again throughout the course of the trilogy, helping Shepard and their crew escape dire situations in space. Unfortunately … Continue reading Joker & EDI: The Greatest Love Story in Gaming?

Music in the Time of COVID: An Interview with JJ Lee

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Molly Kavanagh, talks to Cork-based musician and producer, JJ Lee, about the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on the live music and entertainment industry.    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen, with no identifiable end in sight, many of us have been forced to place our lives and careers on hold as we rapidly adjust and adapt to this ‘new normal.’ In a … Continue reading Music in the Time of COVID: An Interview with JJ Lee

The Rise of the Machines

You’re afraid of AI? Bad news, it’s already here writes Marten Kaas. Good news, it’s not all science fiction type maniacal murdering machines. The philosopher of AI tells Motley what we can do with intelligent machines and what we can expect from our machine overlords.  When you mention artificial intelligence, most people invariably imagine glowing red eyes peering out of a mechanical skull. But science … Continue reading The Rise of the Machines

Dead Space: Brutal & Bloody Brilliance

I have always wondered what it is about horror games that keep making me come back to their glorious offerings. Is it the brutal guts and gore that is present in many of the games? Or is it the tense, creepy atmosphere that can render one frozen in an unforgiving grasp? That question was answered on the 14th November 2020 when I rebooted the 2008 … Continue reading Dead Space: Brutal & Bloody Brilliance

Video Assistant Referee: Offside with football fans due to its problematic decisions

  When VAR (Video Assistant Referee) was introduced into the Premier League in the 2019/20 season, it was something that had been long-awaited, but thus far, it has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Conor Daly talks us through this crucial development in the sporting world and some of the issues associated with this sporting development.    New solutions, particularly ones that involve technology, … Continue reading Video Assistant Referee: Offside with football fans due to its problematic decisions