Michael Thomas

172017
 

I’m drawn to immersive analytics (IA) because it covers areas I’ve been looking at since 2012, and have been publishing on since early 2014, like virtual reality and data worlds. I’m retroactively applying the cool new term IA (not to be confused with AI for artificial intelligence) to all of my activities [...]

Immersive analytics: yes or no? was published on SAS Voices by Michael Thomas

102017
 

Once again, SAS is sponsoring the North Carolina Scholastic Chess Championship. The 43 year-old event is at the Raleigh Convention Center this weekend, March 11-12th. SAS sponsors this event because of the STEM education benefits of youth chess. Hundreds of players have been preparing and studying. A few even practiced [...]

North Carolina's youth chess championship by the numbers was published on SAS Voices by Michael Thomas

102017
 

Once again, SAS is sponsoring the North Carolina Scholastic Chess Championship. The 43 year-old event is at the Raleigh Convention Center this weekend, March 11-12th. SAS sponsors this event because of the STEM education benefits of youth chess. Hundreds of players have been preparing and studying. A few even practiced [...]

North Carolina's youth chess championship by the numbers was published on SAS Voices by Michael Thomas

122016
 

North Carolina has over 300 miles of wide, flat Atlantic beaches as well as the highest mountain in the eastern United States, Mount Mitchell. The variety is impressive for a state that isn't even in the top half of the 50 states by size. One key reason is geometric: North Carolina […]

The scholastic chess championship for all of North Carolina was published on SAS Voices.

042015
 

The Internet has been around a long time. "Things" have been around even longer. Put the things on the Internet, aka the Internet of Things (IoT), and you get so much hype that IoT is at the top of Gartner's "Peak of Inflated Expectations" – and poised for a fall into the "Trough of […]

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092015
 
Chess as a team sport? Sure, it’s like singles tennis as a team sport: the team score is an aggregate of individual results. Team chess is everywhere from local three-round weekend afternoon chess tournaments to the biennial Chess Olympiad where national chess teams compete for the Hamilton-Russell Cup. Just like tennis teams, chess […]
102015
 
Imagine this: hundreds of fun-loving K-12 students excitedly converge in a large ballroom for their weekend adventure. They are mostly elementary school students and there is no shortage of kindergartners. The day's fun? Quietly solving and creating Renaissance-era logical and mathematical puzzles! Some pairs of puzzle solvers will concentrate for an […]
312015
 
It's an exciting time for reality! We've been technologically enhancing reality for a long time -- eye glasses, telescopes, binoculars, microscopes, photography, moving pictures, live streaming video over the Internet, etc. But whether it's augmented reality, virtual reality or somewhere in between, a new wave of eye wear technology is […]
072014
 
What's the path to becoming a young Grandmaster for a student chess player like 13-year-old almost-grandmaster Samuel Sevian or the top 11 year old in the world Awonder Liang? Their paths included the recent US Masters Chess Championship in Greensboro, NC over the weekend of Aug 28th-Sept 1st, 2014. Like the […]
292014
 
Chess in the classroom? Teachers and parents have discovered the educational benefits, and the trend is growing rapidly.  And they are in good company. On June 13th, 2014, Bono called his time as a scholastic chess player as his  "greatest childhood pleasure. In Ballymun we had a chess club, and like […]