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The 5 best gaming deals you can get right now

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Here are the best gaming deals you can get at the moment. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Since we'll all be staying at home for the foreseeable future, a new gaming laptop or Nintendo Switch might be just the thing to keep you occupied. If you've worn out your video game collection while in quarantine or have been considering an upgrade to a new console, you may be on the hunt for the best video game deals, and right now, there are plenty of savings to be had on top-rated games, consoles, and accessories. To help you find them all in one place, we've rounded up the best deals on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, as well as gaming laptops, headsets, and more below: Target, for instance has buy two get one free deal on select video games.


Intelligent Heuristics for the Game Isolation using AI and Minimax

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How do you create an intelligent player for a game? Artificial intelligence offers a variety of ways to program intelligence into computer opponents. In this article, we'll show how it works, using intelligent heuristics and a web-based game that you can try yourself. Artificial intelligence is becoming an increasingly important topic in the field of computer science. While advancements in machine learning continue to break records in areas including image recognition, voice recognition, translation, and natural language processing, many additional branches of AI continue to advance as well. One of the earliest applications of AI is in the area of game development. Specifically, artificial intelligence is often used to create opponent players in games. Early forms of AI players in games often consisted of traditional board games, such as chess, checkers, backgammon, and tic-tac-toe. Games of this type provide a fully observable and deterministic view at any point in the state of the game. This allows an AI player the ability to analyze all possible moves from both the human player and the AI player itself, thus determining the best likely move to take at any given time. AI players in video games have since expanded to a much broader range of gaming categories, where the best move or course of action is not always crystal clear. These include games that often utilize random events or actions, in addition to hidden views of the game or of the opponent's actions.


Kyocera plans health-analysis device based on odor of feces

The Japan Times

Kyocera Corp. has started developing a device to check human health and immunity from the odor of one's stool, aiming to put it into practical use in three years. In collaboration with AuB Inc., a Tokyo-based startup, Kyocera will analyze data from the device, which will be installed in toilet seats. The Kyoto-based electronics giant will create a system that infers the intestinal environment of the user with the aid of artificial intelligence technology and data collected by AuB, according to Kyocera officials. Kyocera will deliver the results to clients through a smartphone application and propose measures to improve diet and other elements of their lives to improve health, the officials said. As part of the development process, AuB will gather stool samples from 29 players of a youth team belonging to Kyoto Sanga F.C., a professional soccer team.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) Applications in 2020

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Let's take a detailed look. This is the most common form of AI that you'd find in the market now. These Artificial Intelligence systems are designed to solve one single problem and would be able to execute a single task really well. By definition, they have narrow capabilities, like recommending a product for an e-commerce user or predicting the weather.This is the only kind of Artificial Intelligence that exists today. They're able to come close to human functioning in very specific contexts, and even surpass them in many instances, but only excelling in very controlled environments with a limited set of parameters. AGI is still a theoretical concept. It's defined as AI which has a human-level of cognitive function, across a wide variety of domains such as language processing, image processing, computational functioning and reasoning and so on.


'Embrace the AI revolution': The growing role of AI in audio workflows

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is having a transformative effect on a huge range of industries, and the world of media and entertainment is no exception. Creators and machines are continuing to become more intertwined, with creative workflows taking on new shapes as AI-assistance gathers momentum. At a broad level, people are recognising that technology and creativity go hand in hand. Creative professionals are expressing an interest in how AI and machine learning can aid the creative process. And although the discussion about machines replacing humans remains prevalent, the reality is much less dystopian.


On coronavirus lockdown, gamers seek solace and community in video games

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Video games have always been a source of solace in tough times for Rosemary Kelley. Now, as everything across the U.S. is being shut down and slowed down, the 25-year-old has her game controller in hand again. "I originally had every single weekend booked, and now I have nothing," she said. For Kelley, an esports caster and host for games like "Pokémon," "Overwatch" and "Hearthstone," the worsening coronavirus pandemic has led to a halt in bookings and an array of cancellations for events. The Game Developer's Conference, known as GDC, supposed to happen in March is now postponed to the summer.


The stunning evolution of AI in movies

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The future has always held a special type of fascination in our movie experience. Inherent in all future timelines is the promise of what could be as well as the horrors of where we might be headed. As our technology advances further than sci-fi writers of the past could even imagine, so too does our concept of the power in artificial intelligence. Whether it be imbued with the flaws of humanity or a slave to cold, calculated logic, AI has fascinated moviegoers for over half a century. You could argue that the creative landscapes in sci-fi films of the past, along with the ability of life to imitate art, helped dream up the supercomputer in your pocket.


Bafta games awards 2020: Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium dominate

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Independent video games were the big winners at this year's Bafta Games awards, which took place as a live-streamed event on Thursday evening after the planned ceremony was cancelled due to Covid-19. Sci-fi action puzzler Outer Wilds took the best game award, as well as game design and original property. Offbeat detective adventure Disco Elysium also won in three categories: debut game, narrative and music. Other winners included space station thriller Observation for British game, Apex Legends for multiplayer and Untitled Goose Game in the family category. Metal Gear Solid game designer Hideo Kojima was awarded the Bafta fellowship, with his latest title, Death Stranding, also taking the award for technical achievement.


r/artificial - Google DeepMind 'Agent 57' Beats Human Baselines Across Atari Games Suite

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DeepMind's breakthroughs in recent years are well documented, and the UK AI company has repeatedly stressed that mastering Go, StarCraft, etc. were not ends in themselves but rather steps toward artificial general intelligence (AGI). DeepMind's latest achievement stays on path: Agent57 is the ultimate gamer, the first deep reinforcement learning (RL) agent to top human baseline scores on all games in the Atari57 test set.


DeepMind's Agent57 AI agent can best human players across a suite of 57 Atari games – TechCrunch

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Development of artificial intelligence agents tends to frequently be measured by their performance in games, but there's a good reason for that: Games tend to offer a wide proficiency curve, in terms of being relatively simple to grasp the basics, but difficult to master, and they almost always have a built-in scoring system to evaluate performance. DeepMind's agents have tackled board game Go, as well as real-time strategy video game StarCraft. But the Alphabet company's most recent feat is Agent57, a learning agent that can beat the average human on each of 57 Atari games with a wide range of difficulty, characteristics and gameplay styles. Being better than humans at 57 Atari games may seem like an odd benchmark against which to measure the performance of a deep learning agent, but it's actually a standard that goes all the way back to 2012, with a selection of Atari classics including Pitfall, Solaris, Montezuma's Revenge and many others. Taken together, these games represent a broad range of difficulty levels, as well as requiring a range of different strategies in order to achieve success.