Games


The tiny yellow console with a CRANK that will give you a 'surprise' new game every week

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A peculiar new console small enough to fit in your back pocket is shaking up the patterns of portable gaming. Software company Panic, best known for developing Mac apps and more recently as publisher of the hit indie game Firewatch, has made its foray into hardware with a $149 handheld gaming device dubbed Playdate. It comes equipped with 12 'surprise' games at no extra cost – but, unlike other consoles with pre-loaded packages, Playdate's will be delivered one at a time on a weekly basis over a span of 12 weeks. The small yellow box sports a crank on the side which serves as a rotational controller and its LCD screen only displays in black-and-white. Panic unveiled the device this week after four years of development, and says it will officially launch in 2020.


Everything You Need to Know About 5G

TIME - Tech

Wireless carriers around the world are beginning to deploy 5G, the latest and greatest in mobile broadband technology. Like the evolution from 3G to 4G, the jump to 5G will mean faster speeds, lower latency and many other benefits. It'll be a major boost for businesses, gamers, livestreamers and more. It could be a huge leap in other ways, too -- 5G is so much faster than 4G, and has so much less latency, that it could become the platform for all sorts of new services. Of course, there are also downsides.


Dreams becomes reality: the game that can make an artist out of anyone

The Guardian

As a digital artist and experimental games designer, I was one of the first in line to dive into Dreams – a PlayStation 4 game that aims to give everyone the ability to unlock the potential artist within – when the developer Media Molecule opened up limited early access in April. From the breadth of its artistic toolset to the community of creators it is enabling, Dreams feels like the start of a genuine revolution in accessible, creative play. The promise was that Dreams would represent a space where almost anything is possible, and Media Molecule has somehow got closer than I ever imagined. Dreams is hard to sum up succinctly, but it sits somewhere at the intersection of art studio, game engine and vibrant creative community hub. Almost the first thing new players see is a fun video of the development staff, smiling together in their office and holding up handmade "Welcome" signs.


6 Ways AI Can Transform ITSM Tools - ITSM.tools

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In the last 10 years, we've seen some significant breakthroughs in the domain of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. In 2011, IBM Watson showed the world that it can be a reality TV show winner. In 2014, Google acquired an AI company called DeepMind, and one of its project, AlphaGo, beat the European Go champion in 2015. In 2016, Google made its TensorFlow library open source, which made machine learning accessible to the masses. Last year, people were left dumbfounded when Google Duplex made a haircut appointment over the phone.


Amazon turns warehouse tasks into video games to make work 'fun'

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Conditions in Amazon's warehouses are notoriously grueling, but the company has a new tactic it thinks will make employees' lives easier: turn work into a video game. As detailed in a new report from The Washington Post, Amazon has started installing screens next to workers' stations that feature simple games with names like PicksInSpace, Mission Racer, and CastleCrafter. Their physical actions, assembling orders and moving items, are translated into virtual in-game moves. So, the faster someone picks items and places them in a box, for example, the faster their car will move around a virtual track. The games are intended to make work less tedious, but also encourage higher productivity by pitting workers against one another in the virtual game world.


Working hypothesis: From Japanese phone numbers to Woody Harrelson

New Scientist

Digit-diallers in Japan will be jumping for joy as the country plans 10 billion new phone numbers – that's 80 per person, which is probably enough. Researchers have used an X-ray laser to create the loudest possible underwater sound, at 270 decibels. Any louder, and the water would boil. In a battle of the blocks, Minecraft has become the best-selling video game of all time, beating Tetris with 176 million copies sold. The cryptocurrency hit a recent high of $8000, but, honestly, who knows what the price will be by the time you're reading this.


AI Training Software Might Be The Future Of eSports [Infographic]

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The competitive video gaming industry has become a serious business over the past few years. As prize pools and viewership continue to grow year after year the industry is attracting more and more players. With new players coming in every day, the competition is getting saturated with talented professionals. How does one gain an edge in such a competitive world? Well, some would say to just practice as much as possible but I think we are getting to the point where that will not be enough.


Review: 'Observation' Is a Space Station Thriller With One Clever Twist

TIME - Tech

A camera films Dr. Emma Fisher, an astronaut aboard what seems to be an otherwise empty International Space Station, as she floats through the facility's tangled modules just after some horrible accident. The situation looks bleak: the rest of the crew is missing, and the ISS is no longer in Earth orbit. Fisher must piece together what happened and why. Wires creep like blue veins into a centralized hub, connecting the live feed to a station-wide artificial intelligence system called "S.A.M." As the game begins, Fisher's trapped in a station module, and needs S.A.M.'s help to escape -- but moreover, S.A.M. needs her help, too.


Can AI Nudge Us to Make Better Choices?

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The behavioral revolution in economics was triggered by a simple, haunting question: what if people don't act rationally? In the online world, once expected to be a place of ready information and easy collaboration, lies and hate can spread faster than truth and kindness. For example, when predicting sales, employees often hide bad deals and selectively report the good ones. AI stands at the crossroads of the behavioral question, with the potential to make matters worse or to elicit better outcomes from us. The key to better outcomes is to boost AI's emotional quotient -- its EQ.


Facebook is experimenting with robots to push its AI research forward

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Facebook is certainly a high-tech company, but it's not one you would necessarily associate with robots. However, as the firm revealed today, that's exactly where its researchers are looking next -- trying to see how experiments in robotics can further its work in AI. A lot of firms, including Google, Nvidia, and Amazon, use robots as a platform to explore avenues of AI research. Controlling robots is, in many ways, trickier than challenges like playing board games and video games. With these latter tasks, researchers have access to simulated game environments, which allows AI agents to play and learn at accelerated speeds.