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R&D Is Time Consuming And Expensive. Robotics, 3D Printing, & AR/VR Are Changing That.

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Technology is automating out human error, democratizing the search for engineering talent, and speeding R&D times with implications across drug discovery, car manufacturing, and much more. Across industries, designers, chemists, and engineers are constantly hypothesis testing. Will this design look right? Does this compound fit our needs? Testing and iterating is the essence of research and development.


Amazon Prime Day deals: Xbox One S, LG TVs, headphones and speakers – the best offers

The Independent

Amazon's first batch of Prime Day 2017 deals has officially expired and been replaced by a new set of offers. We're pleased to confirm that the second batch is much more enticing than the first, with TVs, cameras, headphones and plenty more being treated to major price reductions. Here are the best tech deals to take advantage of this Amazon Prime Day. 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 giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Fight gaming fraud with AI and machine learning (VB Live)

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It's also been notoriously difficult to combat – until now. Learn about how artificial intelligence can keep your game and players safe from increasingly aggressive online criminals, when you join this VB Live event! There are over 2 billion gamers in the world. Almost half of them are shelling out cold, hard cash in those games – rounding up somewhere around $108.8 billion in revenue across platforms, devices, and game types. And all of them – from players to platforms – are incredibly vulnerable to the insidious types of fraud that infest every online game out there, which includes account takeovers, game hacks, credential ripoffs, and bots.


Where To Search 7 Floating Lightning Bolts In 'Fortnite: Battle Royale'

Forbes Technology

Here's where to search for 7 floating Lightning Bolts in'Fortnite: Battle Royale.'Credit: Fortnite: Battle Royale's Season 5 just kicked off. With it comes another week of challenges, though this Season the first 3 challenges are for everyone, while the final 4 are for Battle Pass owners exclusively, a change from previous seasons. One of the new challenges this week is to search 7 Floating Lightning Bolts across the map---which has seen some big changes in Season 5 including a new desert biome and two new Named Locations: Lazy Links, a golf course replacing Anarchy Acres; and Paradise Palms, a new urban location where Moisty Mires used to be, smack-dab in the middle of the desert. See all of Week 1's challenges here.


The 'Fortnite: Battle Royale' Season 5 Battle Pass Is Here: Here's What's In It

Forbes Technology

Season 5 of Fortnite has officially begun, and with it comes a brand new Battle Pass. The Battle Pass is Fortnite: Battle Royale's most ingenious innovation. For 950 V-Bucks, or just about $10 USD, you buy into the paid version of the game for one season. Seasons last 10 weeks and come with weekly challenges, 100 cosmetic rewards and lots more. So now that the Season 5 Battle Pass has gone live, let's take a look at what's in it.


How Minecraft is helping kids fall in love with books

The Guardian

Robert Louis Stevenson's 1881 classic Treasure Island tells of Jim Hawkins's adventures on board the Hispaniola, as he and his crew – along with double-crossing pirate Long John Silver – set out to find Captain Flint's missing treasure on Skeleton Island. Now, more than a century later, children can try and find it themselves, with the bays and mountains of Stevenson's fictional island given a blocky remodelling in Minecraft, as part of a new project aimed at bringing reluctant readers to literary classics. From Spyglass Hill to Ben Gunn's cave, children can explore every nook and cranny of Skeleton Island as part of Litcraft, a new partnership between Lancaster University and Microsoft, which bought the game for $2.5bn (£1.9bn) in 2015 and which is now played by 74 million people each month. The Litcraft platform uses Minecraft to create accurate scale models of fictional islands: Treasure Island is the first, with Michael Morpurgo's Kensuke's Kingdom just completed and many others planned. While regular Minecraft is rife with literary creations – the whole of George RR Martin's sprawling setting for Game of Thrones, Westeros, has been created in its entirety, as have several different Hogwarts – Litcraft is not all fun and games, being peppered with educational tasks that aim to re-engage reluctant readers with the book it is based on.


Will it Blend? Composing Value Functions in Reinforcement Learning

arXiv.org Machine Learning

An important property for lifelong-learning agents is the ability to combine existing skills to solve unseen tasks. In general, however, it is unclear how to compose skills in a principled way. We provide a "recipe" for optimal value function composition in entropy-regularised reinforcement learning (RL) and then extend this to the standard RL setting. Composition is demonstrated in a video game environment, where an agent with an existing library of policies is able to solve new tasks without the need for further learning.


The Bottleneck Simulator: A Model-based Deep Reinforcement Learning Approach

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Deep reinforcement learning has recently shown many impressive successes. However, one major obstacle towards applying such methods to real-world problems is their lack of data-efficiency. To this end, we propose the Bottleneck Simulator: a model-based reinforcement learning method which combines a learned, factorized transition model of the environment with rollout simulations to learn an effective policy from few examples. The learned transition model employs an abstract, discrete (bottleneck) state, which increases sample efficiency by reducing the number of model parameters and by exploiting structural properties of the environment. We provide a mathematical analysis of the Bottleneck Simulator in terms of fixed points of the learned policy, which reveals how performance is affected by four distinct sources of error: an error related to the abstract space structure, an error related to the transition model estimation variance, an error related to the transition model estimation bias, and an error related to the transition model class bias. Finally, we evaluate the Bottleneck Simulator on two natural language processing tasks: a text adventure game and a real-world, complex dialogue response selection task. On both tasks, the Bottleneck Simulator yields excellent performance beating competing approaches.


Fortnite: Battle Royale's New 'Summer Skirmish' Comes With Some Massive Rewards

Forbes Technology

Millions are at stake in Fortnite's new Summer Skirmish.Credit: Epic Games Epic Games announced today the new'Summer Skirmish' event: 8 weeks of competitive play and $8 million in prize money. That's just a small slice of the esports money the developer and publisher has set aside for the 2018/2019 Fortnite: Battle Royale competitive season. Earlier this year the company announced $100,000,000 in prize money will flush the coffers of the best teams and players in the coming year. The Summer Skirmish series will last 8 weeks and each week will see a new format, keeping us all on our toes from week-to-week. For the inaugural week, competitive Duos competitions will kick things off.


Facebook's DensePose Tech Raises Concerns About Potential Misuse

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

In early 2018, Facebook's AI researchers unveiled a deep learning system that can transform 2D photo and video images of people into 3D mesh models of those human bodies in motion. Last month, Facebook publicly shared the code for its "DensePose" technology, which could be used by Hollywood filmmakers and augmented reality game developers--but maybe also by those seeking to build a surveillance state. DensePose goes beyond basic object recognition. Besides detecting humans in pictures, it can also make 3D models of their bodies by estimating the positions of their torsos and limbs. Those models can then enable the technology to create real-time 3D recreations of human movement in 2D videos.