Microsoft Launches Closed Beta of Augmented Reality Minecraft Earth

Now in closed beta through London and Seattle, and set to roll out further this summer, Microsoft’s AR update to Minecraft—dubbed Minecraft Earth—will hope to reach all 91 million of the classic game’s users around the globe in due time. The game enables users to build digital cities on top of the real world, either alone or in collaboration with other players. Fast Company had …

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The Lifelong Benefits of a Single Psychedelic Trip For decades, numerous scientific studies have set out to determine the benefits of psychedelic trips. From stabilizing moods to boosting creativity, substantial findings support the positive impact of psilocybin. But, a slew of recent work—specifically a survey conducted by Johns Hopkins—suggests that trips could do even more: they can instill newfound purpose and a sense of connectedness …

Alzheimer’s-Detecting VR Game

VR game Sea Hero Quest—developed by game studio Glitchers, Deutsche Telekom (a German telecommunications company) and several European universities—is capable of identifying the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease in players. The game takes players on an ocean voyage, during which they are tasked with controlling the ship and navigating a specific route—first with a map, and then without. Apparently, “every two minutes spent playing the …