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Jacky Zhen's paper Neuroevolution for Micromanagement in the Real-Time Strategy Game Starcraft: Brood War was nominated for Best Student paper at the 26th Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. AI Communications 25:19-48., has been published. The 2011 Computer Poker Competition was held at the AAAI-11 Twenty-Fifth Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Our case-based poker agent, Sartre, competed in all events this year. Once again, Sartre's performance improved since the previous year's competition, placing 2nd in four events, 4th in one event and achieving a 1st place finish in the multi-player, limit Hold'em competition.

Auckland looks to 'gamify' public transport


Auckland Transport has a "truckload" of data on citizens in its possession, but according to its CTO Roger Jones, the data is useless unless it's put to use. "We've always had lots of data ... we've got truckloads of it, petabytes of it, but what we don't have is information," Jones told the Fujitsu World Tour 2018 in Sydney on Tuesday. "So turning that data into something useful is what we're trying to do." One initiative the council-controlled entity is embarking on to make the city experience better for citizens through the use of its data is the "gamification" of public transport. Partnering with US gaming company Machine Zone, Auckland Transport is looking for ways to make travel in the city as exciting as game play.

Pokémon Go Players in New Zealand Caught a Suspected Thief

TIME - Tech

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Tragedy Fell on Christchurch, New Zealand. But It Rose on the Internet.


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Do people really need to be protected from the New Zealand shooter's footage?

Los Angeles Times

Late Thursday night, after hours of vacillating, the media finally agreed on how to handle the video shot by the chief suspect in the New Zealand mosque shootings. The consensus was more or less organic: It would be reckless to show it. As of Friday, the massacre is considered the deadliest attack aimed at Muslims in the West in modern times, with 49 dead and 20 seriously injured. Soon after the gunman's footage was live-streamed on Facebook on Thursday evening, clips tore through the internet, as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook all tried in vain to contain them -- and police issued warnings against sharing the video. Images from it also showed up on traditional media outlets, before they thought better of it.