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'Kingsman' hits target, 'Lego Ninjago' disappoints as franchises hit and miss at box office

Los Angeles Times

A sequel to the 2015 hit "Kingsman: The Secret Service," the $104-million film debuted just below analysts' predictions of $40 million to $45 million, with $39 million in earnings in the U.S. and Canada. Unseating "It" after two weekends of dominance, "Kingsman" enjoyed a bigger opening than "The Secret Service," which had a $36-million opening before grossing $414 million worldwide and establishing itself as a major hit on the home video market. The film earned a B rating on CinemaScore and a 51% "rotten" rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, indicating the picture is scoring better with audiences than critics. Starring Ben Stiller as a neurotic dad whose old friends make him feel inferior about his life choices, the R-rated comedy earned an 81% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has grossed $1.1 million to date.


SAP CEO comes back from accident to make businesses smarter

USATODAY

McDermott, 56, leads the world's third-largest software company (No. More: SAP head wants to simplify company's product line, message It's partnering with companies to bring innovations like blockchain, machine learning, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things to the business world. German Bundesliga football club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim uses the latest sensor-based technology combined with SAP HANA to improve player potential. Fittingly, SAP Leonardo is the company's latest technology platform that integrates machine learning, IoT, blockchain, analytics and big data into one intelligent system that runs in the cloud, SAP says.


Girl with 3D-printed robotic hand to throw first pitch at World Series game

ZDNet

A seven-year-old Las Vegas girl will throw out the first pitch in game four of the upcoming World Series. Hailey Dawson was born with Poland syndrome and is missing three fingers on her right hand. At the time, Dawson couldn't find any companies that could fit Hailey with a robotic hand for a reasonable cost. Over more than a year, the UNLV engineering students and faculty worked to develop a variety of robotic 3-D printed hands for then-five-year-old Hailey.


Using Recurrent Neural Networks to Predict Player Performance

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For data prone to noise and anomalies (most data, if we're being honest), a Long Short Term Memory network (LSTM), preserves the long term memory capabilities of the RNN, while filtering out irrelevant data points that are not part of the pattern. Mechanically speaking, the LSTM adds an extra operation to nodes on the map, the outcome of which determines whether the data point will be remembered as part of a potential pattern, used to update the weight matrix, or forgotten and cast aside as noise. For example, to train the HR network, the first input to the network is the number of homers the player hit in his first game, the second input to the network is the number the player hit in his second game and so on. With a network to train and data to train it with, we can now look at a test case where the network attempted to learn Manny Machado's performance patterns and then made some predictions.


How AI will disrupt sports entertainment networks

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Viewers are more likely to be paying attention, and the clips ultimately reach a larger audience due to highlight reel replays and social media shares. First, by tuning an algorithm to look for specific entities -- in this case sponsors' logos -- cognitive technology can find and quantify brand placements in a video. With AI technology, production teams could efficiently source relevant content to integrate past segments into the current broadcast. To beat the competition, sports networks can utilize AI technology to provide an engaging viewer experience.


How AI will disrupt sports entertainment networks

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Viewers are more likely to be paying attention, and the clips ultimately reach a larger audience due to highlight reel replays and social media shares. First, by tuning an algorithm to look for specific entities, in this case, sponsors' logos, cognitive technology can find and quantify brand placements in a video. With AI technology, production teams could efficiently source relevant content to integrate past segments into the current broadcast. To beat the competition, sports networks can utilize AI technology to provide an engaging viewer experience.


A robot named Heliograf got hundreds of stories published last year

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The rise of artificial intelligence in journalism brings up many questions about the future of reporting. The dogged reporters, members of the vaunted Fourth Estate, the men and women who bring us the news stories we read every day? It's happening, and odds are that you've been reading stories created by artificial intelligence in local and world news already. Over the past year, the Post has published 850 stories from Heliograf, expanding its reach to include reporting on subject like congressional races and high-school football games.


Girl with robotic hand will throw out first pitch during World Series

Los Angeles Times

Hailey Dawson is 7 years old and has already thrown out the first pitch before many Major League Baseball games. By using a robotic hand made with a 3-D printer, she has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch for several MLB teams, including the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Oakland A's, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers. The Las Vegas native first threw out a ceremonial pitch before a UNLV game in 2014, then set her sights on doing so at major league stadiums. More than 20 of the league's teams, including the Dodgers and Angels, reached out to Dawson through that tweet.


What Is CamperForce? Amazon's Nomadic Retiree Army

WIRED

The Stouts' food rations dwindled to two cans of black beans, a can of corn, and some iced tea. That summer, while waiting for a check to arrive, they watched their food rations dwindle to two cans of black beans, a can of corn, and some iced tea. Inside the Stouts' RV, which they named "TC"--"Totally Comfortable" on good days, "Tin Can" on bad ones. Barb decided to call their move to the vagabond life, "Barb and Chuck's Great Adventure."


Finally, Amazon Artificial Intelligence Got Wings to Fly High

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This type of personal AI had been introduced previously in the mega-hit movie "Iron Man' with the AI system called "Jarvis." Right now most drones use a joypad/joystick style controls to operate the drone, by contrast, this company is developing its drone (called "ORCA") to utilize open networking/the Internet. Contributing to the crowdfund campaign will allow the development team to fully develop this model so that more people can benefit from AI based drones. In fact, it will allow for AI technology provided by Amazon AWS to be used by drones.