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Nintendo suspends Switch game console shipments

The Japan Times

Kyoto – Japan's Nintendo Co. has suspended domestic shipments of its popular Nintendo Switch video game console due to a production delay caused by the coronavirus outbreak, company officials said Wednesday. Nintendo has yet to decide when to resume shipments. The company will continue Nintendo Switch shipments for customers who had placed orders and European and U.S. markets, where sufficient inventories are available. It has also halted domestic shipments of the Switch Lite portable game machine. Nintendo outsources production of the game consoles to plants in China and Vietnam.


Newest Nintendo 'Animal Crossing' Arrives

NPR Technology

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a video game from Nintendo that's bringing comfort to millions of socially distant people around the world. MEGAN MANATA, BYLINE: It's a new day, perfect weather to go outside and water your flowers or maybe you'd like to spend your morning fishing. Maybe catching bugs is more your speed. Whatever way you want to spend your day, you can also pop by for a quick chat with your friendly furry neighbors. VANESSA NGUYEN: Right now, my favorite is Flo.


DualSense is the video game controller for PlayStation 5. Here's what it does.

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

While we wait to get our first official glimpse of the PlayStation 5, Sony is sharing the first details on the video game console's controller. The DualSense features a two-toned look with a white touchpad and subtle PlayStation blue light bar illuminating the sides. It also boasts white grips, with black shoulder buttons and thumbsticks. The DualSense will include many of the features of the DualShock controller used on the PlayStation 4 but will focus more on how games feel as you use the controller, said Hideaki Nishino, Sony's senior vice president of platform planning and management. Nishino said the controller will have haptic feedback to mimic "powerful sensations you'll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud."


Last Week in AI

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Every week, Invector Labs publishes a newsletter that covers the most recent developments in AI research and technology. You can find this week's issue below. You can sign up for it below. Games are often seen as a great benchmark to evaluate the ability of artificial intelligence(AI) algorithms to generalize knowledge. From the different data environments that we can create, games come the closest to resemble real world environments.


Children that play lots of video games are more likely to be fat teenagers, study finds

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Parents letting their child play lots of video games are signing the youngster up for weight gain a decade later, a study has revealed. More than 16,000 children were tracked from age five through to age 14 and scientists assessed the relationship between video games and weight. Results revealed children who regularly played video games as a five-year-old had a higher BMI nine years later, compared to those who did not play video games. Drinking sugary drinks and irregular bedtimes also have a significant impact on children, the study found, and could partly be to blame for the weight change. The study, funded by Cancer Research UK, is the first to look at the potential effect of video game use on children's BMI over time.


Learn to talk AI like an expert

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Getting lost in the latest tech talk? Don't know your AI from your ML? Then it's time to learn how to talk AI like an expert. The term AI/ML has become exceptionally popular but what exactly to the experts mean they refer to AI/ML? "AI/ML" is a field in computer science which tries to use computers to solve problems that were previously only "solvable" by humans. For years, computers excelled at number crunching but certain tasks, such as voice recognition (hearing), object recognition in photos (vision) and predicting the behaviour of agents in unconstrained or uncertain environments, remained a challenge for programmers to overcome. These days, computer algorithms can perform as well or better than humans on a few narrow tasks that typically take a human between 0 and 3 seconds (rule of thumb) to perform.


Self-supervised learning is the future of AI

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Despite the huge contributions of deep learning to the field of artificial intelligence, there's something very wrong with it: It requires huge amounts of data. This is one thing that both the pioneers and critics of deep learning agree on. In fact, deep learning didn't emerge as the leading AI technique until a few years ago because of the limited availability of useful data and the shortage of computing power to process that data. Reducing the data-dependency of deep learning is currently among the top priorities of AI researchers. In his keynote speech at the AAAI conference, computer scientist Yann LeCun discussed the limits of current deep learning techniques and presented the blueprint for "self-supervised learning," his roadmap to solve deep learning's data problem.


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.


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.