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Intellivision video game system reboot delayed amid coronavirus pandemic, now due in April 2021

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A delay in the arrival of the rebooted Intellivision video game console. The Intellivision Amico, the modern reboot of the iconic Intellivision video game console, which had been scheduled to hit the market Oct. 10, now is scheduled for release April 15, 2021. Because of production challenges during the pandemic, the company decided to push back the system's launch. Not to do so would have compromised quality assurance, said Intellivision Entertainment CEO Tommy Tallarico during an online event Wednesday. "Ultimately our date is going to be determined by specific quality criteria that the team has defined and not a moment before," he said.


How to Apply Artificial Intelligence in Education? -- Observatory of Educational Innovation

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The dream of creating a machine that emulates human behavior has been an obsession throughout human history. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been in our minds for many years, since Adam's creation: "God creates him from a moldable material, programs him, and gives him the first instructions (Sánchez-Martín et al. 2007)." Even in Greek mythology with Ovid's account of Pygmalion sculpting a figure of a beautiful woman who is given life for Pygmalion to love her. In Hebrew mythology, the Golem was created with clay and animated to save the inhabitants of a Jewish city. In Norse mythology, the giant Mökkurkálfi or Mistcalf was created from clay to support the troll Hrungnir in his fight against Thor.


Has OpenAI Surpassed DeepMind?

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OpenAI's GPT-3 is the talk of the town, and the media is giving it all the attention. Many analysts are even comparing it to AGI because of its practical applicability. Initially disclosed in a research paper in May, GPT-3 is the next version of GPT-2 and is 100x larger than it. It is far more competent than its forerunner due to the number of parameters it is trained on, which is 175 billion for GPT-3 versus 1.5 billion for GPT-2. After the successful launch of GPT-3, other AI companies seem to have been overshadowed.


Video game TV network VENN launches 24/7 coverage of esports, pop culture and technology

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Video game lovers now have their own fully-fledged network again with the arrival of the Video Game Entertainment & News Network (VENN). The VENN began broadcasting live Wednesday at about 2:30 p.m. ET on its on website VENN.tv, as well as on Twitter, Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. The network has a full slate of programs including daily variety show VENN Arcade Live, the afternoon interactive show Guest House, and The Download, a daily gaming, pop culture and tech news show including host Erin Ashley Simon, esports commentator Matt Morello, and actor and musician Jimmy Wong ("Mulan"). VENN covers "the intersection of culture, entertainment, esports and gaming," Simon said in a promotional video posted on Twitter. But the network also shows that gamers "come in so many different shapes and forms we have so many different passions. And more importantly we are able to be ourselves. VENN is about uplifting and empowering content creators and gamers and talent and allowing us to be us."


Multi-Label Image Classification in TensorFlow 2.0

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The 2.2M parameters in MobileNet are frozen, but there are 1.3K trainable parameters in the dense layers. You need to apply the sigmoid activation function in the final neurons to ouput a probability score for each genre apart. By doing so, you are relying on multiple logistic regressions to train simultaneously inside the same model. Every final neuron will act as a seperate binary classifier for one single class, even though the features extracted are common to all final neurons. When generating predictions with this model, you should expect an independant probability score for each genre and that all probability scores do not necessarily sum up to 1. This is different from using a softmax layer in multi-class classification where the sum of probability scores in the output is equal to 1.


Hospitality Industry Turns to Tech to Lure Guests Back

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The initiatives, overseen by information technology executives, are aimed at helping hotels dig out of what has been a dire season, with steep declines in occupancy, staff layoffs and a fear among some guests of contracting Covid-19. "Without technology, there's no way those companies recover fully," said Les Ottolenghi, who was chief information officer at Caesars Entertainment Corp. until last November. Caesars merged last month with Eldorado Resorts Inc. The Morning Download delivers daily insights and news on business technology from the CIO Journal team. U.S. hotel occupancy collapsed from about 60% in February to roughly 22% in April, according to data analytics firm STR, owned by CoStar Group Inc.


The Morning After: 'Mulan' is going directly to Disney

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Today's newsletter comes with a more accurate prediction of the big Samsung event -- even if there's probably already another Galaxy device leaked before it starts -- and 100 percent more working links. After all the teases and photos, there shouldn't be many surprises, but if you want to know exactly what the next Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Note are like, then you'll find out in a few hours. With 57.5 million customers from Disney, 8.5 million from ESPN (up from 2.5 million a year ago) and 35.5 million from Hulu (up from 27.9 million), Disney now counts over 100 million direct customers. However, it's bringing in less money per user than other streamers, due to discounts, all while the pandemic has closed movie theaters and kept people away from theme parks. Disney did manage a hit when it released Hamilton direct to Disney, and it's following up with something bigger.


AI Generator Learns to 'Draw' Like Cartoonist Lee Mal-Nyeon in Just 10 Hours

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A Seoul National University Master's student and developer has trained a face generating model to transfer normal face photographs into cartoon images in the distinctive style of Lee Mal-nyeon. The student (GitHub user name: bryandlee) used webcomics images by South Korean cartoonist Lee Mal-nyeon (이말년) as input data, building a dataset of malnyun cartoon faces then testing popular deep generative models on it. By combining a pretrained face generating model with special training techniques, they were able to train a generator at 256 256 resolution in just 10 hours on a single RTX 2080ti GPU, using only 500 manually annotated images. Since the cascade classifier for human faces provided in OpenCV-- a library of programming functions mainly aimed at real-time computer vision -- did not work well on the cartoon domain, the student manually annotated 500 input cartoon face images. The student incorporated FreezeD, a simple yet effective baseline for transfer learning of GANs proposed earlier this year by KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and POSTECH ( Pohang University of Science and Technology) researchers to reduce the burden of heavy data and computational resources when training GANs. The developer tested the idea of freezing the early layers of the generator in transfer learning settings on the proposed FreezeG (freezing generator) and found that "it worked pretty well."


Twins, Pirates game delayed by drone flying over Target Field

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How can teams protect players and staff? A drone flew over Target Field prior to the start of a Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates game on Tuesday, which forced a delay. According to The Athletic, players were trying to throw baseballs at the drone, but they were unable to hit it. Eventually, it flew out of the stadium, and around one of the parking lots. The umpires made the players get off the field because the drone presents a safety issue.


These 5 apps will help you dip your toes into the world of Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence (A.I.) will one day integrate into human lives. While some of us are worried this form of technology will take over many jobs, it's also being used to enhance currently existing technology. But for those of you that still don't understand the potential of what AI can do, here are some tools and games you can try on your web browser. Sometimes when you're playing the piano, you might wish that you could perform a duet with someone else, only to realize that the people around you are tone deaf and should never touch a musical instrument. The good news is there's a program called A.I. Duet that can listen to the notes you're playing and try to follow up with its own tunes. It works best when you're playing a real song and not just some random notes.