Last month artificial intelligence technology reached a widely heralded milestone when a Google computer program called AlphaGo defeated the Go master Lee Se-dol at the ancient board game in a five-game series. Impressive, but can AliphaGo do this? On April 8, a computer program developed by Alibaba Group will attempt to predict the winner of a popular Chinese reality TV show by analyzing not potential moves on a glorified checkerboard but a range of complex and amorphous factors such as social media feedback, responses from a studio audience, and the "energy" of performers. The reality show in question is "I'm a Singer," an annual singing competition that pits well-known Asian pop stars--this week's season-ending finale features CoCo Lee, Hacken Lee, Jeff Chang and Joey Yung--against each other. Alibaba's cloud-computing arm, Alibaba Cloud, is using the competition to showcase a program it developed in-house called Apsara-I (Ai) that is able to gather insights from a multitude of inputs, can learn by analyzing data and even has the potential to understand human emotions, according to the company.
Last month, Google altered our technophobic opinions on AI by using its AlphaGo program to defeat a world champion at the ancient Chinese board game of Go. Although most of us that tuned into the YouTube livestreams of the face-off were likely puzzled by the images of a computer typing out moves to a game we'd never heard of, it was a far cry from the nightmarish depictions of AI we'd become accustomed to in film and literature. Now, China's version of Google, Alibaba, is doing its bit to further familiarize us with the technology. Instead of tasking it with a board game that boasts limitless possibilities, however, it's matching it up with a more pressing (and popular) task; predicting the winner of a TV singing contest. China's popular reality TV show I'm a Singer will be getting the AI treatment, with Alibaba hoping it can outwit the public, and judges, by guessing the winner of the popular contest's finale.
This is an amazing story from parents about their son who suffered from a rare degenerative muscular disorder. After his passing, they discovered that Mats had lived a full life through video games. He made friends all over Europe in the process, rather than being confined to an isolated existence due to his medical condition. One way'The Social Network' got Facebook right Megan Garber, The Atlantic Facebook recently celebrated its 15th birthday, so The Atlantic took a look at back at the film that chronicled the company's origins. While the movie has its flaws, it did foreshadow the trials Zuckerberg & Co. are currently facing.
The title of "Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor" sequel and its release date have been accidentally leaked by discount store retailer Target. And while the leak has already been removed from the website, it continues to live on through different online news publications and social networking sites. Just this Sunday, the gaming community noticed that Target apparently published a listing for the "Shadow of Mordor 2." The entry was entitled "Middle Earth: Shadow of War." The preorder page also included what is now believed to be the release date of the game, Aug. 22. In addition, the listing indicated that the game will be selling for $59.99.
It's the 4th of July weekend here in the States, which means many of you will spend the three-day break with family and enjoying the outdoors. On the other hand, if you see the long weekend as an excuse to hunker down and savor some personal time with the Android device in your life, we've got you covered with five intriguing new apps and games. Her Story leads the lineup this week, as the celebrated indie game challenges you to piece together a twisted murder mystery by watching police interviews, and it's joined by Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius, a brand new role-playing quest in the legendary series. Otherwise, we've got Google's new Expeditions app for Cardboard VR, Sony's PlayStation Vue streaming television service, and Red Bull's Clashem social video-battling app. Be sure to load up your device before the holiday rolls around!