ARe we dreaming? Pokemon GO & the future of Augmented Reality

As aired on 4ZZZ Radio. 

It’s the game that’s taking the world by storm – car accidents, muggings, and rare-found joy for people with autism have all been attributed to Pokemon GO. With this brief foray into the world of AR, Melanie Keyte takes a look at where the future of gaming could go now this technology is literally at our fingertips.

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When an ethical boycott backfires

As published with Democratic Voice of Burma. View original here

Propped up by a set of brass coils encircling her neck, Mapaung’s head turns stiffly to survey the deserted village of Kayan Tharyar. Beyond the mountains in the background lies her homeland – Burma.

It’s another quiet day in the village. No more than five years ago, hordes of tourists would flock in by the busload to gawk at the women who live here, take photos and, with any luck, buy some souvenirs.

But now, amid continuing campaigns by human rights organisations and ethical tourism agencies to ‘Stop the Human Zoo’ in northwestern Thailand, the steady stream of visitors has dried up. And so has their money.

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Refugee students learn life lessons – in pictures

Close to the Burmese-Thai border, young Karenni refugees study desperately to gain acceptance into universities worldwide. But with talks of repatriation echoing through the camps, it’s unsure how long they are to stay there.

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Refugee students learn life’s lessons

As published with Democratic Voice of Burma. View original here

It’s 9am on a Tuesday, and the usual noisiness that accompanies school mornings rings out across the village of Do Ki Ta.

Ranging in age from late teens to early twenties, the students of the Karenni National Community College (KNCC) make their way from the Burmese refugee camp of Ban Nai Soi, located on the Thai side of the eastern Burmese border, to their classrooms.

Some have walked for an hour and a half to get to school. Others have come on motorbikes, a 45 to 50-minute journey across muddy, uneven roads which are dangerously flooded during the monsoon season.

Lucky students like 20-year-old Nyereh are housed in one of the college’s few bamboo hostels dotted about the village. But now that Burma’s ethnic rebels are in the final stages of signing a ceasefire agreement with government, talks of repatriation are echoing through the refugee camps along the border, and it is unsure how long they can remain there.

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Vanuatu’s climate question: Preventing Pam’s return

In the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Pam, the international community stepped up to help Vanuatu clean up and rebuild. But with the possibility of more intense cyclones caused by climate change, is this really the best world leaders can do? Mel Keyte takes a look at Vanuatu’s climate question.

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