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'Animal Crossing' and 'StarCraft' join the Video Game Hall of Fame

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And then there were four. After narrowing down a list of 12 finalists, The Strong National Museum of Play has inducted four new titles to its World Video Game Hall of Fame. In order of release, they are 1982's Microsoft Flight Simulator,1985's Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, 1998's StarCraft and 2001's Animal Crossing. They beat out the likes of the original Call of Duty, Portal, Guitar Hero and -- checks notes -- FarmVille to make it into this year's class. Incidentally, StarCraft is the second Blizzard game to join the hall after World of WarCraft was in the first selection of games inducted by the museum in 2015.


Industry should start working on AI, M2M, data science seriously for Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Dhotre

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The minister of state for communications and education also said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown people the importance of digital infrastructure. Survival during this difficult phase was possible due to the connectivity made available to citizens under the Digital India program envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he added. "The modern technologies like AI, M2M (machine to machine) and data science are further going to change the world. The government is keen on utilising these technologies. Education is another priority area, specially for young citizens and women. "I call on the industry and all of you to work seriously on all these latest technologies for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat," Dhotre said at a virtual international conference organised by CMAI. Speaking at the conference, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Chairman Anil Sahastrabudhe said a balance needs to be achieved between the virtual world and the physical mode of learning. "Teachers who have never used technology are now using technology more.


Exploring the Future of Human and AI Teams

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Listen to Exploring the Future of Human and AI Teams | AI Right? from AI Right?. In episode one of MBN's new data science podcast, AI Right?, hosts Kris McFadyen, Megan Stamper and Andy McMahon look at the future of AI and human teams, discuss the limits and benefits of AI and look at how greater education on AI and machine learning can benefit the UK.


AI and machine learning's moment in health care

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While healthcare has lagged behind other industries in the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) and many other advanced technologies, the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be the mother of invention when it comes to technological innovation. Machine learning -- a key part of AI where computer algorithms automatically improve through experience -- has been called upon to leverage healthcare data to help deal with many of the challenges COVID-19 has presented. Public health systems have turned to machine learning to complement their contact tracing and other efforts to control the disease and track outbreaks. Private healthcare operators have embraced machine learning to remain competitive when faced with a drop in demand for elective surgery or, in many countries, a reluctance or inability to visit hospitals or clinics. The pace of AI and machine learning adoption is also accelerating in hospitals.


Natural Language Processing: What, Why, and How?

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Ever wondered how Google search shows exactly what you want to see? “Puma” can be both an animal or shoe company, but for you, it is mostly the shoe company and google know it! How does it happen? How do search...


China's Overwatch League teams set to end boycott of South Korean player who criticized 'One China' policy

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Earlier this week, managers for the Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark and Shanghai Dragons released statements on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, lambasting Saebyeolbe for his comments, vowing to boycott any events he was participating in. Those teams all compete with the Dynasty in the league's East Region, along with American-based franchises, the Los Angeles Valiant, Philadelphia Fusion and New York Excelsior, which have temporarily relocated to Asia during the covid-19 pandemic.


Google expands Broadcast and adds more family-friendly Assistant features

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If you're a parent or often find yourself needing to wrangle a group of people in your household, Google's latest Assistant update might be helpful. It's expanding the Broadcast tool that was previously limited to its smart speakers and displays to iPhones and Android devices. The company also announced a set of new features for the Assistant, including stories, games, songs and a Mother's Day surprise. Broadcast lets you send a message to all compatible devices at once, and you can create groups to specify who you want to reach. Google allows you to set up a Family group for up to six of your relatives, and the expansion being announced today will let you reach these members on their phones too. Just as they already could from a Nest speaker or display, your contact can now reply to your message from their Android or iPhone.


Sharpening Its Edge: U.S. Postal Service Opens AI Apps on Edge Network

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In 2019, the U.S. Postal Service had a need to identify and track items in its torrent of more than 100 million pieces of daily mail. A USPS AI architect had an idea. Ryan Simpson wanted to expand an image analysis system a postal team was developing into something much broader that could tackle this needle-in-a-haystack problem. With edge AI servers strategically located at its processing centers, he believed USPS could analyze the billions of images each center generated. The resulting insights, expressed in a few key data points, could be shared quickly over the network.


TikTok works with Streamlabs' tipping and livestream tools

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Streamlabs offers some of the most useful and popular livestreaming software available, and it works on some of the biggest platforms out there -- including Facebook, Twitch and YouTube. Now, it'll be available on TikTok thanks to a new partnership between the companies. Streamlabs today confirmed that it's an early partner in the TikTok for Developers program, which mean TikTok users can go live using Streamlabs OBS app for desktop and mobile. This will provide livestreamers access to familiar tools like tipping, donation data and analytics and on-screen alerts. Besides the Streamlabs OBS software for Mac and Windows, people can also use the Streamlabs mobile to go live and get the same functionality.


Insights into black box of artificial intelligence

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At many banks, insurance companies and online retailers, self-learning computer algorithms are used to make decisions that have major consequences for customers. However, just how algorithms in artificial intelligence (AI) represent and process their input data internally is largely unknown. They have published their results in the journal Neural Networks. 'What we call artificial intelligence today is based on deep artificial neural networks that roughly mimic human brain functions,' explains Dr. Patrick Krauss from the Cognitive Computational Neuroscience Group at FAU. As is the case in children learning their native language without being aware of the rules of grammar, AI algorithms can learn to make the right choice by independently comparing a large amount of input data.