I provided a comment to The Australian about the latest car incidents induced by Pokemon Go

There seems to be an ongoing trend of motorists causing accidents on the roads due to the driver playing Pokemon Go and not watching the roads.

Why this is even a thing, I don’t know. If you’re driving, don’t bloody use your phone to text, Snapchat, or play Pokemon Go. It’s not difficult.

The Australian newspaper had a chat with an insurance company who said these incidents would void any claims made by the driver. It was good advice. But then the spokesperson started going all Pokemon Go in the story and recommended using public transport to track a Snorlax and Tyranitar (#248). Lol, Pokemon Go only has the original 150 Pokemon… and you can’t use public transport because the Snorlax might not be on the route.

That’s probably why I was asked to provide a comment — from the perspective of a Pokemon Go player.

Here’s the part about me (forever immortalised as a Level 26 Pokemon Go player):

Tech enthusiast and level 26 Pokemon Go player Matthew Wu told The Australian one of the gameplay mechanics of Pokemon Go is the requirement for players to move in order to hatch eggs and to find Pokemon more frequently.

“This is only one part of playing the game; catching a Pidgey or Charmander isn’t life or death, but paying attention to the roads and surroundings definitely is,” he said.

“If you look at the bigger picture, this situation isn’t unique to Pokemon Go players. Motorists today are still texting, tweeting, and Snapchating from their phones while driving and incidents are unfortunately happening.

“The main lesson here is if you’re driving on the roads, don’t use your phone; it’s not just illegal, it’s the fact that there is more than one life that’s impacted by road accidents.”

You can read the full article on The Australian here and remember, if you’re driving, get your hand off it.

BONUS: I saw a great print ad yesterday by Lebanese road safety organisation, YASA,  that conveyed the same message:

UPDATE: Seems like Starts at 60, an Aussie online news and commentary website for active over 60s, has used my comments for their piece too, titled: Why Pokemon Go could end up costing you money even if you don’t play.

On the day of Cursed Child’s global release, this is how I was introduced to the Harry Potter world

A good way to spend Sunday, I think.

I’ll always remember the day I was introduced to the wizarding world.

A Year 5 Matthew Wu studying at a co-ed primary school in the South West of Sydney.

Everyone was scared of the library teacher that resided there. She was strict about not letting kids inside if their hands were dirty; she used to be at the library entrance every recess and lunch.

The guard of the library ensured no kid could damage the books by sliding her time-worn fingers against your presented palms 👐

She knew I loved reading books.

Deltora’s Quest, Goosebumps, geography and history books about wars and Ancient Egypt … Picture books … books with only words — the library had everything an 11 year old kid would want.

One day she thrusted a thick book into my hands.

“Read this,” she said. “Trust me, you’ll like it.”

So I gave her my library card and I had the book for two weeks.

I consumed that book in less than one. I sped through the next one in its series.

She was right. I loved the Harry Potter world.

The third and fourth book wouldn’t be coming out for another few months so I had to wait.

Back then, the series didn’t have the fanfare that it’s had over the last decade. No one knew Harry Potter. Heck — I didn’t even know what a wizard even was.#HipsterPreTeenMattWu

I remember the day she told me the third and fourth book was out (it was released at the same time). It was a great day.

Unfortunately, someone else in my class (I won’t ever forget this Sylvie) reserved Prisoner of Azkaban. So she asked if I wanted to wait for read the fourth book first … I chose the latter decision. Going into the –holy crap it’s a thick– book without even knowing who Sirius was.

I’m really annoyed I don’t remember the librarian’s name.

But thank you where ever you are now. You’ve made me appreciate stories and books and reading has made me a more enlightened and well-travelled person.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

I talked about Pokemon Go on Aussie tech podcast, Vertical Hold

 

I had a lot of fun recording my first ever podcast with two award-winning journalists (and very funny guys behind the camera – or in this case, the mic.

Vertical Hold is the weekly show where Australian technology journalists Alex Kidman and Adam Turner – along with special guests (like me!) – channel-surf through the headlines in search of the big picture.

This week’s episode (29 July 2016):

Should Pokémon GO be embraced by the world, or is it a fad that will die out? 

Should Apple be forced to open up the NFC chip on iPhones to Aussie banks?

Should the ACCC be looking into broadband — and will it make any difference if it does? 

You can listen to me, here.

Kotaku Australia published my Pokemon Go tips piece too!

Following the piece I did for GIZMODO Australia, one of the reporters from its sister publication, Kotaku Australia, crossposted the piece onto its website — one of Australia’s largest gaming websites.

It appeared this morning at 11am and is still front of the page, 12 hours later. I’m assuming the piece is getting some good engagement and viewership which is good to see.

Happy days indeed.

You can find it here: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2016/07/pokemon-go-advice-from-players-level-25-and-beyond/

Also, if you want to read an amazing Pokemon Go-related piece, you should spend five minutes with Mark Serrels as he regales you the tale of how he missed the second Pokemon wave (the first one being Pokemon Red/Blue and the show itself).

The truth is I don’t understand Pokemon. I never have. I sure as hell don’t understand Pokemon GO.

But I want to understand. I really want to.

It’s penned in a way that’s unique to Serrels’ award-winning tone and manner — it’s fantastic. Read it below and let me know what you think:

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2016/07/pokemon-go-is-the-second-time-ive-missed-the-pokemon-party/

comma.ai retweeted one of my tweets!

It’s always exhilarating when a celebrity or someone that you respect engages with you on social media. This time it’s no different; though 99.99% of the world would have not heard of what comma.ai are doing.

They’re building self-driving cars.

Big whoop, I hear you say. There are many autonomous vehicles out there already like Tesla and Google.

Big whoop, I say.

That’s because comma.ai aren’t building a car. They’re not car engineers. They’re technology engineers.

And what do tech nerds do? They build computers.

comma.ai are building a computer that will enable autonomous driving for $1000 USD. The computer is installed in the car that’s currently parked in your driveway.

No one else is doing this. I don’t think many people will actually dare to do this.

That’s what startups do. They do stuff differently and almost always not in a conventional way.

comma.ai is aiming to bring this self-driving kit to consumers (probably in the States only) by the end of 2016 — a demanding goal.

At the helm of comma.ai is George ‘geohot’ Hotz, infamously forever known as the kid who first hacked the iPhone (when he was 17). A few years later, he was the first person to hack the Sony Playstation 3.

But will his image change if comma.ai becomes a success?

This post isn’t about who geohot is or what comma.ai does in detail. For that, I encourage you to read the stories from Bloomberg and The Verge. They paint a good picture of the founder, his team, and why they are on this journey.

This post is about a giddy tech nerd like me who had one of his tweets retweeted by a company he respects.