New story in Technology from Time: Meet the Researchers Working to Make Sure Artificial Intelligence Is a Force for Good

With glass interior walls, exposed plumbing and a staff of young researchers dressed like Urban Outfitters models, New York University’s AI Now Institute could easily be mistaken for the offices of any one of New York’s innumerable tech startups. For many of those small companies (and quite a few larger ones) the objective is straightforward: leverage new advances in computing, especially artificial intelligence (AI), to disrupt industries from social networking to medical research.

But for Meredith Whittaker and Kate Crawford, who co-founded AI Now together in 2017, it’s that disruption itself that’s under scrutiny. They are two of many experts who are working to ensure that, as corporations, entrepreneurs and governments roll out new AI applications, they do so in a way that’s ethically sound.

“These tools are now impacting so many parts of our everyday life, from healthcare to criminal justice to education to hiring, and it’s happening simultaneously,” says Crawford. “That raises very serious implications about how people will be affected.”

AI has plenty of success stories, with positive outcomes in fields from healthcare to education to urban planning. But there have also been unexpected pitfalls. AI software has been abused as part of disinformation campaigns, accused of perpetuating racial and socioeconomic biases, and criticized for overstepping privacy bounds.

To help ensure future AI is developed in humanity’s best interest, AI Now’s researchers have divided the challenges into four categories: rights and liberties; labor and automation; bias and inclusion; and safety and critical infrastructure. Rights and liberties pertains to the potential for AI to infringe on people’s civil liberties, like cases of facial recognition technology in public spaces. Labor and automation encompasses how workers are impacted by automated management and hiring systems. Bias and inclusion has to do with the potential for AI systems to exacerbate historical discrimination against marginalized groups. Finally, safety and critical infrastructure looks at risks posed by incorporating AI into important systems like the energy grid.

Each of those issues is gaining more of government leaders’ attention. In late June, Whittaker and other AI experts testified on the societal and ethical implications of AI before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, while Rashida Richardson, AI Now’s director of policy research, spoke before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet. Tech workers are taking action as well. In 2018, some Google employees, led in part by Whittaker (who worked at the search giant until earlier this summer) organized in opposition to Project Maven, a Pentagon contract to design AI image recognition software for military drones. Also that year, Marriott workers went on strike to protest the implementation of AI systems that may have automated their jobs, among other grievances. Even some tech executives have joined calls for increased government oversight of the sector.

AI Now is far from the only research institute founded in recent years to study ethical issues in AI. At Stanford University, the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence has put ethical and societal implications at the core of its thinking on AI development, while the University of Michigan’s new Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC) focuses on addressing technology’s potential to replicate and exacerbate inequality and discrimination. Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society concentrates in part on the challenges of ethics and governance in AI. In 2019, the organization co-hosted an “Assembly” program with the MIT Media lab, which brought together policymakers and technologists to work on AI ethics projects, like detecting bias in AI systems and accounting for the ethical risks of pursuing surveillance-related AI research.

But in many ways, the field of AI ethics remains limited. Researchers say they are blocked from investigating many systems thanks to trade secrecy protections and laws like the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). As interpreted by the courts, that law criminalizes breaking a website or platform’s terms of service, an often necessary step for researchers trying to audit online AI systems for unfair biases.

That may soon change. In 2016, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a suit against the U.S. Department of Justice in which the plaintiffs — a group of journalists and computer science academics — alleged that the CFAA’s protections are unconstitutional.“It’s a cutting-edge case,” says Esha Bhandari, the ACLU lawyer representing the plaintiffs. “It’s about the right to conduct anti-discrimination testing in the 21st century online.”

Whatever the outcome of Bhandari’s case, researchers in AI ethics tend to agree that more needs to be done to ensure AI is working for our benefit. Of the experts who spoke with TIME, all agreed that regulation would help matters. As Lilly Irani, professor of communication, science studies and critical gender studies at the University of California San Diego puts it, “we can’t have a system where people are just harmed, harmed, harmed, and we rely on them to scream.”

The path forward for ethical AI isn’t straightforward. Christian Sandvig, professor of digital media at the University of Michigan and director of ESC (and also a plaintiff in the 2016 suit against the Justice Department) worries that genuine calls for change in the AI field could be derailed in a process he calls “ethics-washing,” in which efforts to create more ethical AI look good on paper, but don’t actually accomplish much. Ethics-washing, Sandvig says, “make[s] it seem as though transformational change has occurred by liberally applying the word ‘ethics’ as though it were paint.”

Whittaker acknowledges the potential for the AI ethics movement to be co-opted. But as someone who has fought for accountability from within Silicon Valley and outside it, Whittaker says she has seen the tech world begin to undergo a deep transformation in recent years. “You have thousands and thousands of workers across the industry who are recognizing the stakes of their work,” Whittaker explains. “We don’t want to be complicit in building things that do harm. We don’t want to be complicit in building things that benefit only a few and extract more and more from the many.”

It may be too soon to tell if that new consciousness will precipitate real systemic change. But facing academic, regulatory and internal scrutiny, it is at least safe to say that the industry won’t be going back to the adolescent, devil-may-care days of “move fast and break things” anytime soon.

There has been a significant shift and it can’t be understated,” says Whittaker. “The cat is out of the box, and it’s not going back in.”

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New story in Technology from Time: Meet the AI Robots Helping Take Care of Elderly Patients

Robots powered by artificial intelligence have been popping up in hotels, airports and shopping malls. Now, they’re showing up at assisted living homes, too.

With names like Stevie, Paro and Pillo, these robots can do everything from keeping the elderly company to reminding them to take their medication at the right time.

“Robotics has the potential to play a huge role in elder care facilities and hospitals to enable people to do more with less,” says Conor McGinn, a roboticist and assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin.

Watch the video above to learn more about how robots are being used in elderly care.

New story in Technology from Time: These 10 Google Calendar Tips Will Make You the Master of Your Schedule

No one enjoys being late to anything, be it a meeting, date, or your friend’s first improv performance. That’s where the humble calendar comes into play.

Like all calendars, Google Calendar is, ostensibly, supposed to keep you on track and on time. At least, if you know how to use it. Even if you’re someone who schedules everything from dinner to daydreaming, taking hours to learn about every Google Calendar feature or hidden gem could interfere with your already busy schedule.

So here are some of the most important Google Calendar tips and tricks you need to reclaim your time, mitigate mindless meetings, and keep everyone updated without a constant barrage of texts or notifications. Who knows: after learning the ins and outs of Google Calendar, you might just find the time to make it to that open-mic improv night after all.

Know Your Notifications

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Getting a pop-up 48 hours before your appointment isn’t exactly helpful, nor is one 10 minutes before you’re supposed to be at the airport. So get a handle on your notifications before you start making them.

You can customize each of your calendars’ notifications by clicking the Settings icon and selecting your calendar. You’ll see the option to add as many (or as few) notification alerts as you’d like, and specify whether they show up on your device or as an email in your inbox. Adding notifications for all-day events is just as simple, in case you forget about the family reunion this Saturday.

In addition, you can enable email notifications alerting you to modifications to your event, whether it be a cancellation or a change in venue.

Check Your Device’s Default Calendar

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If you’ve found yourself adding an event to your calendar only to not see it where you expected, you might be dealing with an incorrectly assigned default calendar. That’s an issue if you’re using the default calendar app on a Mac or iOS device, as the default iCloud calendar might not be your main pick.

In iOS, modifying your default calendar is easy. Visit the Settings > Calendar, and select Default Calendar to see available calendars provided by the accounts in Settings’ Passwords & Accounts section. On a Mac, open the Calendar app and select Calendar from the top left of the menu bar. From there, you can change your default calendar and your default calendar app, as well as any alerts you want (or don’t want).

Share Your Schedule With Family Members

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Want to keep your family or friends updated on the latest happenings in your life — or at least make it easier for them to know when you’re free for dinner? Why not remove all the guesswork and back-and-forth, and just share you schedule with them?

Select your calendar in Settings and scroll down to the “Share with specific people” section. There you can invite people to take a look at your calendar, and give them privileges like the ability to modify dates or simply get a look at the most basic bits of your schedule.

Add Goals From Your Smartphone to Stay on Track

Want to get back to your sitting practice, or study a bit more French before your trip abroad? If you’ve got a smartphone, Google can help make time on your schedule for the stuff that really matters.

In the Google Calendar apps on iOS and Android, you can add the responsive “Goal” event, which looks at your schedule to automatically add recurring appointments for exercising, reading, or getting that weekly laundry load done (you can also create your own goals). Attributes like start time or frequency can be customized as well, giving your calendar more information to better adapt itself to your schedule.

The more you complete (or put off) your goals, the better Google Calendar will get at picking prime times for you to stay on track. Think of it as your customizable life coach.

Let Your Calendar Coordinate Your Meetings

Unless you’re sharing your agenda with everyone you interact with, scheduling meetings with more than one person can be an exercise in frustration. So instead of ending up with an email chain as long as a CVS receipt, leave it to Google to find some times perfect for everyone.

When you create your event, select the “Find a Time” section next to “Event Details,” and add the guests you’d like to include in your scheduling process. If they’re sharing even basic calendar information with you, you’ll be able to see when they’re busy or free, and pick a slot that accommodates everyone’s openings. Below the guest list, you can even check out Google’s suggested meeting times if you’d rather let the machine take over.

Use Your Voice to Control Your Calendar

Smart homes and voice assistants are designed to take the grunt work out of day-to-day tasks, keeping you from relying on your failing brain to know what’s on your calendar, and when. By syncing your Google Calendar with Google Assistant, you can simply ask about your day, how long it’ll take to get to an event, or add new appointments to your day without looking at a screen.

You’ll need the Google Home app on your smartphone first. From there, hit Settings, then select “More Settings” at the bottom of the page. In the Assistant tab, you can scroll down to see your list of devices and enable personal results, which will give your device access to contacts, calendars, and reminders. In the Services tab, you can set your default calendar, and choose which ones are shown on devices like the Google Home Hub.

Own Your Working Hours, and Make Appointments Easy

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It’s hard to clock out when anyone can get in touch and impose their own schedule upon yours. While you obviously don’t have to accept each calendar appointment sent to you, setting your work hours makes it easier for those sending calendar invitations to reconsider whether you’re up to join a meeting five minutes before you need to head out the door.

Appointment slots make it easy for others to know when you’re free for a chat, too, saving time on both sides. Adding both your schedule is ideal, and you can if you’ve got a paid G-Suite account (like the one you’d get from your workplace or school), which provides a few more features compared to your standard Google account.

Don’t Let Time Zones Trip You Up

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Being hours late for a call with someone halfway around the world will not only leave you frustrated, but probably a little exhausted, too. If time zones aren’t your strong suit, you can get a little help when it comes to properly scheduling international or cross-country conversations. Hit the Settings icon and scroll down to “Time zone,” where you can enable the option of showing both a time zone and world clock in Google Calendar’s web version.

And while you can change the time zone completely if you’re moving across the country, you can easily change the time zone of a single calendar, perhaps one you share with someone in another country, or for your especially long vacation.

Imported Calendars Are a Forgetful Planner’s Dream

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Always forgetting when Labor Day is like someone who doesn’t own a calendar? Same here, which is why Google’s list of “calendars of interest” is the perfect addition to your own stable of calendars. In the “Other Calendars” section, below your user-created calendars, you can subscribe, or import other calendars from around the web.

Google’s calendars of interest are primarily holiday and sports-related, and offers varying levels of help depending on the team you’re rooting for or your religious beliefs.

Pressed for Time? Learn Your Keyboard Shortcuts

Google’s keyboard shortcuts are lifesavers for those who hate dragging and dropping, clicking, or simply messing with the flow when you’re trying to optimize the time spent in (or out of) your calendar. Like text expansion, learning how to use shortcuts to add events, scroll through dates, get rid of appointments, or jump to today’s agenda can save you a few minutes each day, which adds up. Check out Google’s list of shortcuts when you’re ready to make the leap and ditch the mouse for a more refined way of calendar management.

New story in Technology from Time: YouTube Disables 200 Videos Believed to Be Spreading Disinformation About Hong Kong Protests

(SAN FRANCISCO) — YouTube says it disabled more than 200 videos this week that appeared to be part of a coordinated effort to spread misinformation about the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

The video removals come just days after Twitter said it had suspended more than 200,000 accounts it linked to a Chinese government influence campaign against the protests. Facebook also said it had suspended accounts and removed pages after being notified by Twitter.

Google, which owns YouTube, did not explicitly implicate the Chinese government but said the videos were related to the similar disclosures from Facebook and Twitter.

Social media companies have faced criticism about the spread of misinformation on their sites and have taken actions to combat the spread in recent months.

New story in Technology from Time: Overstock CEO Resigns After Unusual Message About ‘Deep State’

(Bloomberg) –– Patrick Byrne, the flamboyant entrepreneur who has run Overstock.com for two decades, resigned from his role as chief executive officer after bewildering investors last week with claims about entanglements with the “Deep State.”

Byrne, whose departure as CEO and from the board takes effect Thursday, will be succeeded by director Jonathan Johnson on an interim basis. Johnson has been with the company for 17 years and has recently served as president of Overstock’s blockchain business, Medici Ventures.

“While I believe that I did what was necessary for the good of the country, for the good of the firm, I am in the sad position of having to sever ties with Overstock,” Byrne wrote in a more than 1,600-word statement. He founded the company in 1999 and took it public three years later.

Byrne drew attention last week after releasing a statement claiming he was part of federal investigations related to the 2016 election. In the press release titled “Overstock.com CEO Comments on Deep State,” Byrne referred to federal investigators as “the Men in Black” in referencing investigations relating to political espionage and the rule of law. The stock fell 36% in the two days following Byrne’s disclosure.

Shares surged as much as 18% to $22.95 at 12:36 p.m. in New York on Thursday after being halted for the announcement.

New story in Technology from Time: Apple Is Planning New iPhones, iPads and MacBooks This Year. Here’s What to Know

Apple is readying a clutch of new hardware for the coming weeks and months, including “Pro” iPhones, upgrades to iPads and its largest laptop in years.

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is planning to announce three new iPhones at an event next month, according to people familiar with the situation. The handsets will likely go on sale in September, contributing to fiscal fourth-quarter sales. But the real test will come in the crucial holiday season. That’s when the company is banking on a combination of new hardware, software and services to drive revenue higher, following a huge miss at the end of last year.

Also coming in 2019: refreshed versions of the iPad Pro with upgraded cameras and faster chips, an entry-level iPad with a larger screen, new versions of the Apple Watch, and the first revamp to the MacBook Pro laptop in three years, the people said. Updates to key audio accessories, including AirPods and the HomePod speaker, are in the works, too, these people added. They asked not to be identified discussing private plans. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Beyond these unannounced products, Apple is gearing up to launch a refreshed Mac Pro and its accompanying monitor, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, and Apple Watch software updates, as well as its Apple TV+ video and Apple Arcade gaming subscription services.

Here’s what to expect:

iPhone:

  • Apple is planning to launch three new iPhones, as it has done each year since 2017: “Pro” iPhone models to succeed the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max as well as a successor to the iPhone XR.
  • The main feature of the Pro iPhones will be a new camera system on the back with a third sensor for capturing ultra-wide-angle photos and videos. The extra camera will let users zoom out and capture a larger field of view. The sensors will capture three images simultaneously and use new artificial intelligence software to automatically correct the combined photo if, for example, a person is accidentally cut out of one of the shots. The new system will also take higher resolution pictures rivaling some traditional cameras. Photos taken in very low-light environments will improve, too.
  • The high-end handsets will have significantly upgraded video recording capabilities, getting them closer to professional video cameras. Apple has developed a feature that allow users to retouch, apply effects, alter colors, reframe and crop video as it is being recorded live on the device.
  • Another notable new feature: A reverse wireless charging system so that a user can power-up the latest AirPods in the optional wireless-charging case by leaving it on the back of the new Pro phones. This is similar to a capability that Samsung Electronics Co. rolled out for its Galaxy handsets earlier this year.
  • The high-end iPhones will look nearly identical to the current models from the front and feature the same size screens, but at least some colors on the back will have a matte finish versus the existing glossy look. The new models should hold up better when they’re dropped due to new shatter-resistance technology.
  • The phones will include a new multi-angle Face ID sensor that captures a wider field of view so that users can unlock the handsets more easily – even when the devices are flat on a table.
  • Apple has dramatically enhanced water resistance for the new models, which could allow them to be submerged under water far longer than the 30-minute rating on the current iPhones.
  • The new models will have updated OLED screens that lack the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch technology. Apple is replacing this with Haptic Touch, which essentially mirrors 3D Touch’s functionality with a long press, as it did with the iPhone XR last year.
  • The iPhone XR’s successor will gain a second back camera for optical zoom, the ability to zoom in further without degrading quality, and enhanced portrait mode. Apple is also adding a new green version.
  • All of the new iPhones will have faster A13 processors. There’s a new component in the chip, known internally as the “AMX” or “matrix” co-processor, to handle some math-heavy tasks, so the main chip doesn’t have to. That may help with computer vision and augmented reality, which Apple is pushing a core feature of its mobile devices.
  • None of the new models will include 5G, but next year’s will. They’ll also have rear-facing 3-D cameras that will boost augmented reality capabilities.

iPad:

  • After launching new mid-tier iPad Air and iPad mini models earlier this year, Apple is planning to refresh the iPad Pro and its low-end iPad for schools.
  • The 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros will get similar upgrades to the iPhones, gaining upgraded cameras and faster processors. Otherwise, the new iPads will look like the current versions.
  • The low-end iPad’s screen will be 10.2-inches. That means Apple will likely no longer sell a new model with a 9.7-inch display, discontinuing the original display size after using it for nearly a decade.

Apple Watch, AirPods, and HomePod:

  • After revamping the Apple Watch last year with a new design and bigger screens, this year’s changes will be more muted, focusing on the watchOS 6 software update, and new case finishes. References to new ceramic and titanium models have been found in an early version of iOS 13, Apple’s latest mobile operating system.
  • Apple is working on new AirPods that are likely to be more expensive than the current $159 model. New features will include water resistance and noise cancellation with a launch planned by next year. Apple introduced a new version of the entry-level AirPods in March with hands-free Siri support and longer battery life.
  • Apple is also working on a cheaper HomePod for as early as next year. The current $300 model hasn’t sold very well. The new model is likely to have two tweeters (a type of loudspeaker), down from seven in the current HomePod.

Mac:

  • Apple is planning a revamped MacBook Pro with a screen over 16-inches diagonally. The bezels on the new laptop will be slimmer so the overall size of the laptop will be close to the current 15-inch models.
  • The new laptop would mark Apple’s largest since the 17-inch MacBook Pro was discontinued in 2012. It’s part of an effort by Apple to retain and woo professional computer users.
  • Apple is also launching the previously announced Mac Pro and 32-inch XDR Pro Display later this year.

New story in Technology from Time: Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins Reveals His Top Tips for Video Game Domination

It’s time to Get Good with Tyler Blevins, a.k.a. Ninja, one of the most famous and highest-paid e-sports athletes around. That’s the title of his new book — subtitled My Ultimate Guide to Gaming — which promises to divulge Ninja’s “secrets to become unstoppable.”

Unlike typical celebrity hardbacks, Blevins’ book is light on drama and full of practical advice. Ninja walks readers through the ins and outs of building a video game streaming career (starting with buying the right equipment) and ending with how to manage the stress that comes with having millions of fans.

Not everyone can be Ninja. Game streaming stardom will allude most of us, but Get Good is still full of practical advice that’s perfect for video game newcomers, jaded gamers like myself, and everyone in between. Whether you’re looking to become the next streaming star or just want to stop getting your butt kicked by 12-year-olds all the time, Get Good has you covered.

Here are some of Ninja’s best tips for video game mastery.

Get the right gear

Ninja opens the book with a frank discussion of competitive players’ needs, with a focus on PC gamers. “Mice, keyboards, and headsets should feel like a natural part of your body, so that you can trust your tools,” he writes.

One of the first mistakes gamers make is using the wrong keyboard, he says. “If you want to get serious about playing well, then it’s time to get a mechanical keyboard,” Ninja says. Typical keyboards have a thin input membrane and it’s easy to mistype, especially in a panicked gaming situation. Mechanical keyboards are precision instruments. It’s harder to mistype, and the feedback lets you know you’ve pushed the button you meant to press.

Mice, too, are a big deal. And one of the mistakes Ninja sees gamers making is using a wireless model. “Wireless mice have input lags of anywhere from eight to sixteen miliseconds — and while that might not sound like much, it can make a difference at very high levels of play, especially in games where reaction time is crucial,” he says.

Input lag is the time it takes for the computer to take action after a player has pushed a button. When you press the fire button on a wireless mouse, it takes longer for your weapon to fire in the game than it would with a wired version. Wired mice also tend to be cheaper, and never run out of batteries.

Another piece of equipment people don’t think about is the mousepad. “Because they’re so simple … mouse pads often get overlooked,” Ninja says. “But they’re a crucial part of your setup because they bring out the best in your mouse, letting you make more accurate and smoother movements.”

When it comes to mouse pads, Ninja says bigger is often better. Make sure the pad is smooth and nothing obstructs the path of the mouse. If you’re constantly picking up the mouse because you’ve hit the edge, then you need a bigger pad.

Practice makes perfect

If you want to dominate the top of the charts in a shooter, then you have to learn to flick aim. Most of the time when I play a shooter, I stop moving, take the time to line up my shot, then aim when I’m ready. According to Ninja, this is all wrong. I should be flick aiming.

To flick aim, be a little looser with your hand on the mouse and react to enemies. Instead of focusing on them, flick your crosshair towards the enemy and fire. It’s pure reaction, and it’ll take time to get used to. “Since it’s a reaction, or even a reflex, flick aim isn’t something you think about so much as it’s something you just do,” Ninja writes. “That means you have to train your muscle memory until your flick shots are almost subconscious.”

Another mistake Ninja sees players make is that they’re not preshooting correctly, or they’re not aiming in the right place. You always want to aim at where the enemies might be, or where they might appear. For example: while going over a hill, Ninja writes, most players will aim upwards as they move, then pull the mouse down to aim down the hill. “Try to get in the habit of aiming downward right before you go over the top of a hill, rather than right after,” Ninja says.

This also works when you’re moving around rooms. As you’re looting, people tend to aim at what they’re grabbing. Instead, practice situational awareness and keep your crosshairs trained on the doors and windows where enemies might appear. That way, you can flick fire at them if they pop up.

If you want to get better at playing video games, you have to put the hours in just like any other athlete, he writes. “If you’re serious about getting better, you need to set up a schedule, not just be setting aside a slot of time for dedicated practice, but also having a plan for what to do with that practice time,” Ninja says. “Warm-up, free play, drills, replay review, scrimmage — you need to make space for all of it.”

Watching replays may sound boring, but it’s crucial. You can use YouTube, Twitch, and hundreds of other services to record your matches. Watch them and learn what you did right and how you might improve. “It’s very hard to be conscious, in the moment, of every decision you’re making,” Ninja says. “Replays are useful for figuring out what you might have done differently, or seeing your play with new eyes to assess why you’re losing.”

It’s all a mind game

One of the most surprising and important parts of Get Good is how much Ninja focuses on both physical and mental health. Throughout, Blevins constantly reminds his fans and readers that they need to physically exercise and practice healthy mental habits to stay on top of their game. There is such a thing as too much practice, he says. “A lot of research shows that you stop really benefiting from additional practice after about six hours a day,” he says. “So until you’re a professional, consider that your hard limit.”

Ninja also focuses on communication. Fortnite and Apex Legends are both team games and Ninja couldn’t win if he didn’t click with his teams. Often, when I play with friends I’m guilty of getting excited and shouting information that’s totally unhelpful. I’ll notice an enemy, but won’t report where I’ve seen them. By the time I’ve figured out they’re behind a tree on the other side of the mountain, they’ve already sniped me and my team is taking fire.

“You should try to make communication as intentional and efficient as possible,” Ninja says. “When you’re playing with friends, try to convey as much information in as few words as possible. It’ll take conscious effort at first, but eventually it’ll become a habit.”

Gamers can have a hard time managing their emotions, especially anger. Let’s face it: losing is rough, and the other guy totally cheated. In moments of pure hot rage, Ninja advises gamers step back and take a deep breath. “Gaming can be frustrating,” he says. “You need to find a way to deal with negative feelings that come with it. Over the last couple of years, I’ve started to understand that it’s okay and normal to get angry — but it’s also important to understand that you’re upset and take the right steps to get back into a good headspace. Too many gamers just get angrier and angrier and blame everyone but themselves.”

Get the right gear, practice the right way, and get into the right headspace and you too can Get Good.