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'Overwatch' died for 'Overwatch 2.' It was totally worth it.

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Some battle passes are better than others, and unlocking an essential piece of content doesn't always take too much time. But in "Overwatch 2's" case, hero unlocks tied to the battle pass feel especially egregious. Even as someone who plays the game a lot, the road to Level 55 is far away. Overwatch is also a series that's been designed around swapping heroes on the fly. Countering an enemy team by switching to the appropriate heroes is absolutely essential to victory.


AI Eye Checks Can Predict Heart Disease Risk In Less Than Minute, Finds Study - Slashdot

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Guardian: An artificial intelligence tool that scans eyes can accurately predict a person's risk of heart disease in less than a minute, researchers say. They used the tool to scan images from 88,052 UK Biobank participants aged 40 to 69. The researchers looked specifically at the width, vessel area and degree of curviness of the arteries and veins in the retina to develop prediction models for stroke, heart attack and death from circulatory disease. They subsequently applied the models to the retinal images of 7,411 participants, aged 48 to 92, of the European prospective investigation into cancer (Epic)-Norfolk study. The performance of Quartz was compared with the widely used Framingham risk scores framework.


Uber and Motional to launch robotaxis across US over 10 years

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Uber is getting back into the robotaxi game, only this time it's tapping a third party to handle the self-driving tech. Motional, the Aptiv-Hyundai joint venture commercializing self-driving vehicle tech, will put its robotaxis on the Uber network later this year as part of a 10-year operating agreement that will eventually roll out to major cities across North America. The deal comes a year after the two companies struck a partnership to test autonomous delivery in Santa Monica, California using Motional's autonomous vehicles. As with the delivery pilot, the new agreement will feature Motional's all-electric Hyundai Ioniq 5-based autonomous vehicles. Uber and Motional have not disclosed where it will launch first.


5 key IP considerations for AI startups

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Early-stage companies are innovating new artificial intelligence-based solutions, but they often face questions as to whether such technology can be protected and the best strategy for doing so. Without an understanding of how to protect their R&D investment and claim technology as proprietary, startup companies are leaving a tool behind, possibly forfeiting market share and investments as a result. The considerations below will be useful for companies trying to understand the opportunities to protect their innovation. AI software is patentable, and applicants are seeking protection at a remarkable rate. In 2000, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had received about 10,000 applications directed to artificial intelligence, and by 2020, that number reached about 80,000 applications, of which 77% were approved.


Video games harm the environment. A climate researcher wants to fix that.

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Despite a firm belief that climate change became an "everybody" problem decades ago, Abraham is picking his battles. As in other industries, the heaviest hitters -- the Microsofts and Sonys, in this case -- are almost certainly spitting out more CO2 than the little guys. But many of those companies are already working (slowly) toward net zero emissions targets, and according to recent GDC surveys, small teams collectively make up a large chunk of the industry. The result of this, at scale, verges on mind-boggling: Thousands of new games come out on PC and mobile platforms every month, the majority of which come from smaller teams rather than Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Tencent or any number of other household names.


Big Data and AI Can Defend Democracy--Or Destroy It

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Today's world is full of sensors, and the higher your nation-state is on the advanced-industrial food chain, the more likely it is that you carry a sensor on your person every minute of every day (and for many, even while asleep). That matters: the data collected by these sensors can be stored, analyzed, and weaponized. And although most of today's data collectors are for-profit corporations, there are dire risks alongside the potential for breakthroughs in areas such as medicine and global warming. The collection, analysis, storage, and theft of information about you have lethal implications; both for you as an individual and for all of us in terms of interstate war. In his 2018 book AI Superpowers, author and entrepreneur Kai-Fu Lee likened big data to the new crude oil and noted that insofar as the analogy holds, that would make the People's Republic of China (PRC) the world's data Saudi Arabia.


Technology and Artificial Intelligence in support of rehabilitation

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There are many examples that could be given to demonstrate the benefits of technology and Artificial Intelligence in supporting the rehabilitation of people who have health issues. To start with, there is the project being carried out in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona, where people admitted to hospital can start their recovery by'taking a ride' on a bicycle without actually leaving their bed, in a process that combines physical exercise and virtual reality. This idea consists of an ergometric bicycle that allows bedridden patients to do physical activity similar to cycling, combined with virtual reality to start their rehabilitation process in an "early and enjoyable" manner. The system allows the patient to pedal even when lying in bed and adapts to their physical capacity, even having the capacity to have them move their legs passively and thus mobilising the muscles when the patient does not yet have the capacity to do so themselves. In addition, the bicycle is combined with a 360-degree reality glasses system, which allows patients to feel as if they were actually cycling through different areas of the city of Barcelona.


Role of AI and ML in the E-commerce sector

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The smart generation needs the smartest solution. That's what makes the difference in newly invented technologies to bring out the most talented ideas and solutions for the public. AI and ML have been the most powerful weapons on the internet for so long. And today we're gonna discuss in detail the role of AI and ML in the e-commerce sector. Below are the points we will talk about in a very informative explanation.


DeepMind's AI beats new record

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Google's DeepMind has beaten a 50-year-old record, contributing to a major development in the field of machine learning. Researchers at the lab trained a new version of its board game-playing AI, AlphaZero, to figure out a faster way to do matrix multiplication, a fundamental problem in computing that powers everything from displaying images on a screen to simulating complex physics. Speeding up the calculation could have "a big impact on thousands of everyday computer tasks," according to MIT Technology Review, and cut costs and save energy.


Google Creates AI That Turns Text Into 3D Objects

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DreamFusion, Google's next-gen, AI-powered text-to-3D-image generator, is here. A proof-of-concept paper is here, at least. DreamFusion is an evolution of Dream Fields, a text-to-3D-image generator revealed by Google back in 2021. And like Dream Fields, DreamFusion creates its 3D images by combining a Neural Radiance Field (NeRF) -- or a neural network that can create synthetic 3D scenes using partial 2D datasets -- with a pre-trained text-to-image prompt model. Unlike Dream Fields, which utilized OpenAI's CLIP technology as that latter pre-trained model, DreamFusion now uses its own: Imagen, Google's DALL-E 2 competitor.