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DATA Agent

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

This paper introduces DATA Agent, a system which creates murder mystery adventures from open data. In the game, the player takes on the role of a detective tasked with finding the culprit of a murder. All characters, places, and items in DATA Agent games are generated using open data as source content. The paper discusses the general game design and user interface of DATA Agent, and provides details on the generative algorithms which transform linked data into different game objects. Findings from a user study with 30 participants playing through two games of DATA Agent show that the game is easy and fun to play, and that the mysteries it generates are straightforward to solve.


'Summer Davos' in China casts spotlight on technological advances beyond Silicon Valley

The Japan Times

TIANJIN, CHINA – The award-winning film "Tree" offers a rare multisensory virtual reality experience of becoming a rainforest tree from a seedling in just 15 minutes. Reading a short speech into a microphone analyzes your voice and tells who you are -- your sex, height, skull type, personality and emotional state. A high-resolution video camera identifies you from 500 meters away. These computational imaging and artificial intelligence-driven technologies were all on display at the World Economic Forum's conference in Tianjin, China, last week. Some 2,500 leaders from politics, academia and a range of business sectors, including many startups, from around the world gathered in the city for the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2018 -- often dubbed the "Summer Davos" -- where they experienced these advanced technologies and discussed how those such as AI and blockchain will influence society in the coming years.


How AI Is Reshaping the App Development - Kapture CRM

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Mobile apps have pioneered advancements in technology, the capability of software and analytics, and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Apps are now more intuitive than ever before. With thousands entering the market, now is the time for companies to show how this technological partnership can help them shine. While the uses for apps vary, the vast majority of consumers rely on mobile applications to help them to complete different tasks. Whether that's keeping track of appointments or creating a monthly budget, AI's ability to learn and adapt holds the potential to create a unique user experience that changes with each individual.


New Tobii Pro tool brings eye tracking to UX design

ZDNet

The Swedish eye-tracking vendor Tobii Pro is rolling out a new web-based product, called Tobii Pro Sprint, to help UX designers and developers better understand how consumers navigate digital spaces. An e-commerce site, for instance, could use it to reduce the number of steps it takes for a customer to complete the checkout process. Tobii Pro President Tom Englund said in a statement that the product takes the "guess work" out of UX. To use Tobii Pro Sprint, a designer would first set up a test with a Tobii eye tracking tool, which connects to a computer. Once the test participant is ready to navigate the designer's site, the designer can use Tobii Pro Sprint to record the participant's eye movements and share the results.


How IoT, AI, VR, and drones provide new revenue for 75% of IT channel partners

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Customer demands for emerging technologies are driving IT channel companies to experiment with the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), drones, 3D printers, and virtual reality (VR), according to a Tuesday report from CompTIA. Some 72% of executives at 400 US IT businesses surveyed said that customer demand is their primary reason for offering emerging technologies. This demand is also driving vertical industry specialization by these channel partners, 62% said. Three-fourths of companies said they are optimistic about the channel's future, up from 63% in 2016, the report found. "More and more customers are getting ahead of the curve and proactively seeking out new technology solutions to help their business," Carolyn April, senior director for industry analysis at CompTIA, said in a press release.


Inside the mind of the Google Assistant: how AI is changing lives

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Of all the new technologies that have come into existence in recent years like blockchain, augmented reality, and virtual reality, one has had a bigger impact than most: voice technology. Thanks to developments in artificial intelligence (AI) voice tech has become one of the most exciting and accessible forms of new tech. Now, one in 10 people in the UK own a smart speaker, with smart assistants being the major draw. Take Google's smart assistant, named the Google Assistant for example. You can use it to help you buy products from Argos, tell you the weather across the world and it can even play games with your children.


Deal alert: Get Ring Video Doorbell 2 with Chime and 1-year of cloud recording for $150

ZDNet

For a limited time, you can get Ring Video Doorbell 2, Ring Chime, and one-year of Ring video cloud recording for $149.99 from Costco -- with shipping provided at no extra cost. And if you look at Ring's various Protect plans, which offer cloud-based video recording, those start at $30. Plus, according to tracker site CamelCamelCamel, Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Chime usually cost $199 and $30, respectively. So, based on their regular prices, you're looking at a bundle valued around $230 to $260. But you can get it from Costco for just $150. The only catch is the deal is a members-only sale, and becoming a Costco member starts at $60 (go here for more details).


The fighter jet controlled with the blink of an eye

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The Top Gun pilots of the future may use radical virtual instruments instead of the traditional dials and levers. The radical system will monitor a pilot's every move, tracking their gaze and brainwaves to work out exactly what they are looking at - and predicting what they want to do next. Experts at BAE Systems say their'mindreading' technology will enable pilots to control the fighter jet of the future with the blink of an eye. The radical system will monitor a pilot's every move, tracking their gaze to work out exactly what they are looking at - and predicting what they want to do next The system would use the same augmented reality technologies being developed by tech firms to create consumer glasses that can project data on top of the real world, with Apple, Google and others all hard at work on systems. The radical system will monitor a pilot's every move, tracking their gaze and brainwaves to work out exactly what they are looking at - and predicting what they want to do next.


The use of Virtual Reality in Enhancing Interdisciplinary Research and Education

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Virtual Reality (VR) is increasingly being recognized for its educational potential and as an effective way to convey new knowledge to people, it supports interactive and collaborative activities. Affordable VR powered by mobile technologies is opening a new world of opportunities that can transform the ways in which we learn and engage with others. This paper reports our study regarding the application of VR in stimulating interdisciplinary communication. It investigates the promises of VR in interdisciplinary education and research. The main contributions of this study are (i) literature review of theories of learning underlying the justification of the use of VR systems in education, (ii) taxonomy of the various types and implementations of VR systems and their application in supporting education and research (iii) evaluation of educational applications of VR from a broad range of disciplines, (iv) investigation of how the learning process and learning outcomes are affected by VR systems, and (v) comparative analysis of VR and traditional methods of teaching in terms of quality of learning. This study seeks to inspire and inform interdisciplinary researchers and learners about the ways in which VR might support them and also VR software developers to push the limits of their craft.


These simple tips can help you get the most out of your TV, home theater experience

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The E8 OLED doesn't improve much in image quality over LG's 2017 TVs, but it does have a few key improvements. Play with the settings of your new TV, such as the Samsung QLED line of televisions, to make it picture perfect. You're blown away by the image quality of the televisions on sale at your favorite electronics retailer, but when you take one home, it somehow doesn't look (or sound) as good as the in-store experience. Your new flat-panel (or perhaps curved) television just needs a bit of tweaking for you to get the most out of it. And no, you don't need a degree in electrical engineering to pull it off.