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How AI and digital transformation will drive the customer experience

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Artificial Intelligence and digital transformation are two core pillars of the customer experience. Effective digital transformation will provide the business infrastructure and AI will drive the personalisation. If we think of the games industry we can see how powerful AI is becoming in creating personalised experiences. The game industry, using platforms such as Unity 3D, is just now deploying powerful machine learning to create unique personalised experiences for every player. This will dramatically reshape the game experience and the industry and applications of games to as yet unknown problem-solving.


Fortnite isn't actually responsible for 200 divorces this year

The Independent

Fortnite is addictive, of that there is no doubt. But reports that it is so addictive it has caused at least 200 divorces are a little overstated. Numerous reports – published by just about every news major news organisation – have recently claimed that some 5 per cent of divorces are being caused by the online game. They all cited a website called Divorce Online, which provides tools to people who are splitting up and need legal advice. And that pointed to some numbers that make clear that the story might not be all that it seems.


Best deals for Sept. 17: Save on Apple iPad, Nintendo Switch, FitBit, Amazon Echo Spot, Samsung Galaxy Note9, and more

Mashable

With the start of a brand new week, we're rounding up the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Udemy, and Target on the products that will seriously upgrade your life. For the kitchen, there are a lot of deals on KitchenAid products, such as KitchenAid Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, which is priced at $209.99. This sale price is $290 off its retail price. In addition, the KitchenAid Professional Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer is on sale for $239.00. At Walmart, the Apple iPad Air 2 is discounted with a sale price $379.99,


Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age review: A gorgeous JRPG for the modern age

The Independent

Dragon Quest XI is a beautifully presented and well-told epic story that takes everything fans love about old-school Japanese role playing games like Final Fantasy and translates the traditional formula masterfully into a modern game. In many ways, the game isn't so modern at all: the story-driven single player RPG format may seem like a step back. But it's that change that makes the game so pure and enjoyable. This isn't a simple game and that is made abundantly clear after spending just minutes in the game's massive and complex world. The battle system proves turn-based combat can still be extremely nerve-wracking and exciting.


Fortnite Season 5 Week 10 Challenge Guide: Jigsaw Puzzle piece map locations revealed

The Independent

The Week 10 challenges for Fortnite Season 5 are finally here, with players told to "search jigsaw puzzle pieces in basements" throughout the map of the wildly popular game. Other challenges include eating mushrooms or apples and killing 10 enemies, but Fortnite players appear to be most perplexed by the locations of the puzzle pieces. The three challenges are all free to play, however there are also extra challenges for players who have paid for a Battle Pass. They include searching chests in Salty Springs, dealing 5,000 damage to opponents and eliminating an opponent in Pleasant Park. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.


The Terminator - Wikipedia

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The Terminator is a 1984 American science-fiction action film directed by James Cameron. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose son will one day become a savior against machines in a post-apocalyptic future. Michael Biehn plays Kyle Reese, a soldier from the future sent back in time to protect Connor. The screenplay is credited to Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd, while co-writer William Wisher Jr. received a credit for additional dialogue. Executive producers John Daly and Derek Gibson of Hemdale Film Corporation were instrumental in the film's financing and production.[4][6][7] The Terminator topped the US box office for two weeks and helped launch Cameron's film career and solidify Schwarzenegger's. It received critical acclaim, with many praising its pacing, action scenes and Schwarzenegger's performance. Its success led to a franchise consisting of four sequels (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys), a television series, comic books, novels and video games. In 2008, The Terminator was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In 1984 Los Angeles, a cyborg assassin known as a Terminator arrives from 2029 and steals guns and clothes.


A Beginner's Guide to Deep Reinforcement Learning

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When it is not in our power to determine what is true, we ought to act in accordance with what is most probable. While neural networks are responsible for recent breakthroughs in problems like computer vision, machine translation and time series prediction – they can also combine with reinforcement learning algorithms to create something astounding like AlphaGo. Reinforcement learning refers to goal-oriented algorithms, which learn how to attain a complex objective (goal) or maximize along a particular dimension over many steps; for example, maximize the points won in a game over many moves. They can start from a blank slate, and under the right conditions they achieve superhuman performance. Like a child incentivized by spankings and candy, these algorithms are penalized when they make the wrong decisions and rewarded when they make the right ones – this is reinforcement.


'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' Tries to Be Epic, But It's Really Just Mean

WIRED

I have not quite finished Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the latest in Crystal Dynamics' rebooted saga of videogame icon Lara Croft. I'm not sure I want to, either. Following the violent archaeologist on a quest to a hidden city with the lofty goal of stopping an ancient apocalypse, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a competent, occasionally enjoyable action-adventure romp. It'd be great, if only it weren't so nasty. Lara Croft is defined by her ability to endure pain.


Destiny's creators made the game less addictive – and players rebelled

The Guardian

Online sci-fi shooter Destiny, released in 2014, had a strange effect on some of its players. Unlike World of Warcraft, or most other games that people play every day, it didn't have hundreds of hours' worth of different planets to visit, enemies to defeat or characters to get to know. You could play through the entirety of Destiny's story in 10 hours; beyond that, it offered only a small selection of daily "strike" missions and an arena to challenge other players in shootouts. Yet people played for hours every day. A significant portion of players spent a thousand hours or more with the game over two or three years, as recorded by the ironically titled WastedOnDestiny.com.


NVIDIA's RTX cards are a gamble on the future of gaming

Engadget

The company's last meaningful hardware revision, the 10 series, came out back in May 2016. And real-time ray-tracing, the intensive rendering technique that RTX cards purportedly make a reality, has been dreamed about for decades. But, although it hasn't dominated the headlines as much, the most important change RTX brings is the shift away from raw power and towards algorithms and AI. First, let's have a quick look at what exactly NVIDIA is trying to sell you. Next week, two cards, the $700 RTX 2080 and $1,000 RTX 2080 Ti, will be vying for your cash, followed in October by the RTX 2070, which at $500 is likely to be the best seller of the three.