Simulation of Human Behavior


QA Advances for the Digital Enterprise - Digitally Cognizant

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With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart, connected devices, testing becomes a far more complex and dispersed endeavor. Machine learning bots that analyze test data are touted as the next big thing for QA. For instance, we deployed a robotic QA solution to help a UK energy provider to adequately test its home automation system without human intervention. The bot simulated human actions to test devices in a connected, smart home ecosystem.


Study will ask 10,000 New Yorkers to share life's data

Daily Mail

The study leaders aim to recruit 10,000 New Yorkers interested in advancing science by sharing a range of personal information, from cellphone locations and credit-card swipes to blood samples and life-changing events. Researchers hope the results will illuminate the interplay between health, behavior and circumstances, potentially shedding new light on conditions ranging from asthma to Alzheimer's disease. Researchers hope the results will illuminate the interplay between health, behavior and circumstances, potentially shedding new light on conditions ranging from asthma to Alzheimer's disease. Researchers hope the results of The Human Project will illuminate the interplay between health, behavior and circumstances, potentially shedding new light on conditions ranging from asthma to Alzheimer's disease


'Human Project' Study Will Ask 10,000 to Share Life's Data

U.S. News

In this Thursday, June 15, 2017, photo, people walk inside the Oculus, the new transit station at the World Trade Center Thursday, June 15, 2017, in New York. Researchers are gearing up to start recruiting 10,000 New Yorkers early next year for a study so sweeping it's called "The Human Project." They'll be asked to share a trove of personal information, from cellphone locations and credit-card swipes to blood samples and life-changing events.


Left handedness makes you more likely to be good at maths

Daily Mail

Left-handers exhibit, on average, a more developed right brain hemisphere, which is specialised for processes such as spatial reasoning and the ability to rotate mental representations of objects. Also, the corpus callosum – the bundle of nerve cells connecting the two brain hemispheres – tends to be larger in left-handers. Left-handers exhibit, on average, a more developed right brain hemisphere, which is specialised for processes such as spatial reasoning, the ability to rotate mental representations of objects, creativity, imagination and impulse. Left-handers seem to have, on average, an edge when solving demanding mathematical tasks – at least during primary school and high school.


When Big Data is Bad Data

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You've heard of MRI machines for diagnostic imaging: big machines where the subject slides into the center of a noisy donut-shaped machine while a powerful magnetic field and radio waves create a picture of their insides. In the paper Cluster failure: Why fMRI inferences for spatial extent have inflated false-positive rates researchers Anders Eklund and Hans Knutsson, of Sweden, and Thomas E. Nichols, of the UK, ran almost three million random group analyses using real - not simulated - human data to compute actual false positive rates. In a world of Big Data, statistical quality needs to be taken seriously. In data storage, for example, long asserted RAID array data loss rates assumed that drive failures were independent.


Enter the Matrix: Developing a Big Red Button for AI and Robots

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More specifically, when the big red button is pressed, the agent is moved into a virtual world where it continues to work on the task and get reward. More specifically, when the big red button is pressed, the robot is moved into a virtual world where it continues to think it is working on the task and getting reward. However the simulated human in the simulated environment is a reasonable surrogate for a real human who might press a big red button during online learning. The Matrix technique for interrupting AI and robots is admittedly an engineer's solution to the big red button problem; there is no elegant math, I simply hacked the sensory and control circuits of the agent.


Why is the military doing medical training on live animals? California lawmakers are asking.

Los Angeles Times

Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) and Joe Heck (R-Nevada) and nearly 70 bipartisan members of the U.S. House want to know how the military plans to stop using live animals in medical combat-trauma training. A letter from Speier and Heck, signed by the others, points to recent research by the Department of Defense that using simulated human tissue rather than live animals is cheaper and provides better training. But according to its own studies, simulations are more effective than maiming and killing animals for medical training," Speier said in a news release. The members are asking for specifics on the cost of using live animals versus using simulation-based teaching models, how many animals each military branch used for combat training in fiscal 2015, what regulations or policies still require the use of live tissue in training and what the department is doing to stop using live animals.


Sales skyrocketed after 'Rust' added female character models

Engadget

According to a tweet from Newman, sales increased by 74 percent when the update was released and overall player count nearly doubled for a period, "which is the opposite of what many said would happen," he tweeted. Typically when updates roll out, like last year's that introduced randomly assigned skin color and faces, there'd be a slow but steady increase over months, rather than a sudden uptick. Newman tells Kotaku that outside of Steam sales, he's never witnessed these types of numbers before.


The Current State of Artificial Intelligence

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This includes computer vision, language recognition, decision-making. In fact, if you were to ask the average person what they thought of when someone mentions "artificial intelligence," it's likely they would say "robots" -- thanks to pop culture: TV shows, movies, comics, books and toys. Our pop culture vision of robots is that they have some of the manifestation of simulated human behavior: vision, language recognition, physical responsiveness to our voice commands, physical responsiveness to surroundings, motion, decision making. Professional service robots sometimes require some human remote control, and are more likely to rely on sensors for decision-making.


Open-world survival game 'Rust' adds female character models

Engadget

Facepunch is aware that some players don't enjoy the idea of playing Rust as a woman, creator Garry Newman says. In June, Newman told Polygon that he used Rust as a kind of social experiment, and he didn't see any race-based discrimination in the game. However, he was excited to document the future impact of female character models in Rust. "I'm more interested in seeing what happens when we add the female model," Newman told Polygon.