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Hilariously out of sync cheerleading robots dazzle during baseball game in Japan

Mashable

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks filled their seats with robots in place of humans. SoftBank's'Pepper' and Boston Dynamics' 'Spot' performed a collaborative cheer during the game. While other sports have tried cardboard cutout crowds, the Hawks decided they'd go where few others have dared.


An introduction to Machine Learning with Brain.js

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In this post, we'll look at some machine learning concepts and learn more about Brain.js.We will discuss some aspects of understanding how neural networks work. We will learn terms like forward and backward propagation along with some other terms used in the machine learning community. Then we will leverage on the power of Brain.js to build a day to day meeting scheduling application using a constitutional neural network. Using Brain.js is a fantastic way to build a neural network. It learns the patterns and relationship between the inputs and output in order to make a somewhat educated guess when dealing with related issues. One example of a neural network is Cloudinary's image recognition add-on system.


9 Key Machine Learning Algorithms Explained in Plain English

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Machine learning [https://gum.co/pGjwd] is changing the world. Google uses machine learning to suggest search results to users. Netflix uses it to recommend movies for you to watch. Facebook uses machine learning to suggest people you may know. Machine learning has never been more important. At the same time, understanding machine learning is hard. The field is full of jargon. And the number of different ML algorithms grows each year. This article will introduce you to the fundamental concepts


Grassley disappointed Iowa-Iowa State game nixed after Big Ten make schedule change

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. The Big Ten's plan to have a conference-only schedule during the college football season stunned many fans and left at least one U.S. senator upset. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tweeted his disappointment Thursday after learning one of the top conferences in college football was changing up its schedule as the U.S. continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic with no real end in sight. Grassley was particularly upset that there would be no rivalry game between Iowa and Iowa State this year.


Spot and Pepper robots will perform at spectatorless baseball games in Japan – IAM Network

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Sports leagues and teams around the world have been filling stadiums with stuffed toys and cardboard cutouts to stand in for fans who can't watch in person due to the coronavirus pandemic. SoftBank, however, is taking things a step further in an effort to make its Japanese baseball team's games a lot livelier. The company has revealed (via Engadget Japanese) that its robotic division's Pepper humanoid robot and Boston Dynamics' quadruped robot Spot will perform together at Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks' home games.SoftBank built a special stage where the two machines will dance together to the tune of the Hawks' theme song Iza Yuke Wakataka Gundan. The home games will be held at the Fukuoka PayPay Dome, and the robots are expected to perform there from July 7th through the 31st. Pepper, as SoftBank's creation, will even support the Hawks in other ways, such as striking a pose when a player hits a home run.


FaZe Clan among several esports organizations receiving PPP loan money

Washington Post - Technology News

Though there is a range between these organizations in both financial and competitive success, the common thread between them all is their participation in these Activision Blizzard-operated leagues that required franchise buy-ins, reported to have been for at least $20 million per team. The organizations also share similarly acclaimed and wealthy ownership groups. Enthusiast Gaming is a publicly traded Canadian company. The co-CEO and co-founder of NRG is Sacramento Kings co-owner Andy Miller. Andbox is a subsidiary of a venture capital fund backed by the owners of the New York Mets.


Spot and Pepper robots will perform at spectatorless baseball games in Japan

Engadget

Sports leagues and teams around the world have been filling stadiums with stuffed toys and cardboard cutouts to stand in for fans who can't watch in person due to the coronavirus pandemic. SoftBank, however, is taking things a step further in an effort to make its Japanese baseball team's games a lot livelier. The company has revealed (via Engadget Japanese) that its robotic division's Pepper humanoid robot and Boston Dynamics' quadruped robot Spot will perform together at Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks' home games. SoftBank built a special stage where the two machines will dance together to the tune of the Hawks' theme song Iza Yuke Wakataka Gundan. The home games will be held at the Fukuoka PayPay Dome, and the robots are expected to perform there from July 7th through the 31st.


Tempo Studio Review: The Future of Gyms

WIRED

Even before gyms closed down (because they'd quickly become coronavirus Petri dishes), I always found it intimidating to walk through the door. All I've ever done to stay fit growing up has been participating in youth sports. I played soccer, ran laps, and did the occasional pushups, planks, and other bodyweight exercises as coaches demanded them. But as I got older and it came time to tame my steadily expanding beer belly, I'd walk past the free weights section of my local gym and head straight to the treadmill. I know strength training is important but I had no idea where to begin.


Virtual humanoid RoboCup workshops

AIHub

The 24th edition of RoboCup, due to take place in Bordeaux in late June, has been postponed until 2021. Obviously an event which centres on soccer matches between opposing teams of robots is something that cannot be recreated online. However, keen to do something in place of the annual extravaganza, the organisers laid on a virtual workshop for the RoboCup humanoid community. This provided a venue for teams to present updates, discuss ideas and solve problems. The workshop took place from 25 to 28 June and included presentations, workshops and lightning talks.


Kobe Bryant to be featured on NBA 2K21's 'Mamba Forever' edition

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Kobe Bryant will grace the cover of NBA 2K21's "Mamba Forever" edition. The video game series will honor the late Los Angeles Lakers legend on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game and the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions as well. The current video game consoles will have cover art featuring Bryant during his 81-game performance in 2006 and the future generation console game will picture Bryant waving to the Staples Center crowd in his final game.