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Largest ever great white shark 'Deep Blue' spotted in Hawaii

Daily Mail

For most it would bring back terrible memories of the scene from Jaws when the immortal line'you're going to need a bigger boat' was uttered. But when a team of divers spotted the largest great white shark on the planet they only hesitated to grab their cameras before they jumped into the sea. The enormous predator named Deep Blue is up to 50 years old, weights 2.5 tons and measures 20ft long. It was drawn to the water around Hawaii for what one diver described as an'all you can eat buffet' - to feed on a dead sperm whale. Deep Blue was last spotted in Mexico in 2013 where it was fitted with a tracker which is how divers were able to identify it this time.


The Rise of a New Generation of AI Avatars

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I recently discovered it's possible for someone in their 20s to feel old--just mention Microsoft's Clippy to anyone born after the late 90s. Weirdly, there is an entire generation of people who never experienced that dancing wide-eyed paper-clip interrupting a Word doc writing project. For readers who never knew him, Clippy was an interactive virtual assistant that took the form of an animated paperclip designed to be helpful in guiding users through Microsoft Word. As an iconic symbol of its decade, Clippy was also famously terrible. Worldwide consensus decided that Clippy was annoying, intrusive, and Time magazine even named it among the 50 worst inventions of all time (squeezed between'New Coke' and Agent Orange.


'World of Warcraft' pays homage to Marvel legend Stan Lee

FOX News

New character'Stanley' seen strolling around town with trademark mustache and glasses. The late Stan Lee was more than just a legend in the comic book world. As the creator of the Hulk, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and, well, just about the entire Marvel Universe, his influence extended into virtually every corner of the entertainment world, and gaming is no exception. While there have been no shortage of tributes to Lee since his death back in November, now the world of video games is joining in. The character joins the town of Stormwind Keep in the game as one of its citizens, meaning players can't yet become "Stanley" and interact in the game.


Is Deep Learning Already Hitting its Limitations? – Towards Data Science

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Many believed an algorithm would transcend humanity with cognitive awareness. Machines would discern and learn tasks without human intervention and replace workers in droves. They quite literally would be able to "think". Many people even raised the question whether we could have robots for spouses. But I am not talking about today.


World's largest great white shark 'Deep Blue' gives diver a close-up: 'Thought my heart was going to explode'

FOX News

Incredible images have surfaced after a diver was spotted swimming alongside the world's largest great white shark, a 20-foot behemoth known as "Deep Blue." Diver and photographer Kimberly Jeffries had hoped to capture images of sharks in the water feeding on a carcass of a dead sperm whale, but what she encountered was the experience of a lifetime. "We noticed tiger sharks coming up to the back of the engines," she said in an interview with BBC's Newsbeat. "It was perfect because it was ultimately what we came out to see." Jeffries continued: "Maybe 30 seconds later we see this massive shark, just kind of gracefully and slowly rising out of the depth. And she comes up to feed on the carcass. "I thought my heart was going to explode." GREAT WHITE SHARK, CALLED'DEEP BLUE,' SPOTTED NEAR HAWAII Deep Blue is estimated to be more than 50 years old, according to HawaiiNewsNow. According to a 2014 study, great white sharks have an average lifespan of 70 years, though it varies between male and females. Prior to being spotted in Hawaii, the great white was caught on video in July 2018 near Guadalupe Island, off the west coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. A shark said to be'Deep Blue', one of the largest recorded individuals, swims offshore Hawaii, U.S., January 15, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media on January 17, 2019. The shark has become so famous it has its own Twitter account. When Jeffries' friend, Andrew first spotted "Deep Blue," he alerted her to it, but she was still shocked, adding they were "just absolutely blown away." "The sheer size of her was awe-inspiring," she continued. "I think in the first couple of seconds when we first realized it was a great white, I thought my heart was going to explode.


Great white shark photo: I swam with 'world's biggest'

BBC News

They're the photos you just can't stop looking at. Just staring at them can you make you shiver - so imagine how it must've felt to be in the water. Photographer Kimberly Jeffries was one of those who got up close and personal with what's thought to be the biggest great white on record - Deep Blue. "I thought my heart was going to explode," she tells Newsbeat. Over the next few days, several other huge sharks also arrived, as shown below.


while True: learn() on Steam

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About This Game ABOUT THE GAME while True: learn() is a puzzle/simulation game about even more puzzling stuff: machine learning, neural networks, big data and AI. In this game, you play as a coder who accidentally found out that their cat is extremely good at coding, but not as good at speaking human language. Now this coder (it's you!) must learn all there is to know about machine learning and use visual programming to build a cat-to-human speech recognition system. Learn how machine learning works in real life The game is loosely based on real-life machine learning technologies: from goofy Expert Systems to mighty Recurrent Neural Networks, capable of predicting the future. Don't worry: it all plays out as a puzzle game.


An 'Assassin's Creed' DLC Controversy Leads the Week's Game News

WIRED

This week, some of gaming's biggest franchise names are in some questionable places. We've got the trials and tribulations of Star Wars games, the questionable sexual politics of Assassin's Creed, and some weird advertising for Kingdom Hearts. I sense a disturbance in the Force--something has gone wrong with the Star Wars license at Electronic Arts. According to a report from Kotaku, EA has canceled an open-world Star Wars game in progress at EA Vancouver. In fact, you may remember mention of the game last year, when EA shut down Visceral Games, which was also developing a now-canceled Star Wars project; EA Vancouver took over the project.


The Morning After: Google's smartwatch and Netflix vs. 'Fortnite'

Engadget

No self-lacing sneakers today, but we do have a giant tractor. Less randomly, Google is buying Fossil's smartwatch tech arm, we take a closer look at the AIs that gamble and a robot dog picks itself up. NVIDIA is very aware...AMD is edging closer to breaking NVIDIA's graphic dominance After AMD released its seven-nanometer Radeon VII graphics card, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang responded by essentially trashing it. But he should be worried: According to a CES performance tease, the AMD's Radeon VII actually beat NVIDIA's RTX 2080 in several tasks. It also bested the RTX 2080 when playing Strange Brigade and other titles, especially at 4K resolution.


Is AI better than punters at bluffing in gambling?

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It follows that as gaming and gambling become digital activities so the use by gamblers of modern computing techniques, like artificial intelligence and machine learning, follows. While gaming companies will wish to use such technologies to minimize their losses and to maximize their profitability, gamblers will also be keen to assess how such technologies can help them to increase their chances of beating the house and coming away winning. What is certain is that on an even-base artificial intelligence is most likely to beat a human at many cerebral pursuits. For example, in 2017 Digital Journal reported how Google's DeepMind AlphaGo artificial intelligence platform twice defeated the world's number one Go player Ke Jie. Another invention from Google - AlphaZero - defeated what was said to be the world's best chess program, Stockfish 8, after studying the complexities of chess for just four hours.