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Inside the 'brain' of IBM Watson: how 'cognitive computing' is poised to change your life

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During the British summer, conversations about sport become almost ubiquitous. This year, however, one participant in those conversations was very different: IBM Watson, IBM's cognitive intelligence. The All England Lawn Tennis Club knew that 2016 would feature unusually fierce competition for attention, with the Tour de France and Euro 2016 taking place alongside Wimbledon. More than ever before, social media was going to be a vital tool in directing that conversation, and directing attention to SW19. Wimbledon's "Cognitive Command Centre" – powered by Watson's intelligence running on a hybrid, IBM-managed cloud - scanned social media for emerging news and trends.


What's on TV this week: 'Mass Effect,' 'Love, Death & Robots' and 'Castlevania'

Engadget

This week viewers can pick up some catalog titles in 4K, like Saw, as well as 20th Anniversary Edition versions of Shrek and the first Fast and the Furious movie. But the major launch this week is Bioware's remastered version of the Mass Effect trilogy, now available across console generations and on PC, with improved graphics, gameplay and almost all of the content ever released for the games. Otherwise, Netflix has the final season of Castlevania, as well as a new round of episodes in the Love Death & Robots anthology. HBO's feature film release of the week is Those Who Wish Me Dead, and if you're looking for something a little different then try Intergalactic, a sci-fi prison break series from the UK that's streaming on Peacock. Look below to check out each day's highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed). Let's Be Real, Fox, 9:30 PM Everything's Gonna Be Okay, Freeform, 10 PM All times listed are ET.


Senior/Principal Machine Learning Engineer - Game Engine Security

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You'll need industry experience working on leveraging machine learning, data regression and rules based models to apply these skills to solve some of the security problems we have on Roblox game engine. You need to be an expert in C, data structures, algorithms and networking. You should have a lot of interest in designing and building ML based security into the systems and software.


Building a Rock Paper Scissors AI

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In this article, I'll walk you through my process of building a full stack python Flask artificial intelligence project capable of beating the human user over 60% of the time using a custom scoring system to ensemble six models (naïve logic-based, decision tree, neural network) trained on both game-level and stored historical data in AWS RDS Cloud SQL database. Rock Paper Scissors caught my attention for an AI project because, on the surface, it seems impossible to get an edge in the game. These days, it is easy to assume that a computer can beat you in chess, because it can harness all of its computing power to see all possible outcomes and choose the ones that benefit it. Rock Paper Scissors, on the other hand, is commonly used in place of a coin toss to solve disputes because the winner seems random. My theory though, was that humans can't actually make random decisions, and that if an AI could learn to understand the ways in which humans make their choices over the course of a series of matches, even if the human was trying to behave randomly, then the AI would be able to significantly exceed 33% accuracy in guessing the player's decisions.


Sony reportedly warns PlayStation 5 supply could stay tight through next year

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The struggles to find a PlayStation 5 won't appear to end any time soon. Sony warned analysts its popular video game console will remain under tight supply constraints through 2022, said a report from Bloomberg. The report, which cites several unnamed sources who attended a briefing between Sony and analysts, said Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki told analysts demand has been so strong for the PS5 that "even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn't be able to catch up." Sony could not be immediately reached for comment. Both the PS5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X have been difficult to find at retailers because of insatiable demand and a global semiconductor shortage.


In 'Twelve Minutes,' former Ubisoft and Rockstar developer plays with the concept of time

Washington Post - Technology News

Players move their character around the rooms of the apartment, adorned with various paintings for atmosphere, by point and click, or by using the controller if you're on Xbox. A core feature of the gameplay is being able to retain items outside of the time loop to "progress" the character forward, even when the day resets. I found a mug that I had nervously chucked into my character's inventory was still on him after the loop reset. It wasn't the most useful item when the cop was arresting my character's wife, but it made me curious about what other items I could try to store next time around.


Bracing For Change In The Era Of The Augmented Workforce

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As a reader of this column, you probably know I am releasing a new book, The Augmented Workforce: How AR, AI, and 5G Will Impact Every Dollar You Make on May 25 with my co-author, John Buzzell. For the next four weeks, I'll be sharing excerpts from the book as columns to help brands, businesses and professionals prepare and understand what the era of the augmented workforce holds, how to prepare and how to leverage the changes to stay relevant in the future. Dearly disrupted we are gathered here to talk about the future spaces we will inhabit. We are living through a period of rapid change, possibly beyond society's capacity to keep up. Various emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and 5G, along with dozens of devices that work together (Internet of Things), have helped to create an environment in which new inventions, possibilities, and learning curves change weekly. According to Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, authors of The Future Is Faster Than You Think, "Moore's Law is the reason the smartphone in your pocket is a thousand times smaller, a thousand times cheaper, and a million times more powerful than a supercomputer from the 1970s. In 2023 the average thousand-dollar laptop will have the same computing power as a human brain (roughly 1016 cycles per second). Twenty-five years after that, that same average laptop will have the power of all the human brains currently on Earth."


Pay what you want for this stacked video game development bundle

Mashable

TL;DR: As of May 10, you can pay what you want for the Hardcore Game Developer Certification Bundle. Learning to develop your own games isn't just a way to dive deeper into your gaming obsession. It could potentially guide you to a new career path. With this nine-course Hardcore Game Developer Bundle, you'll be well on your way toward becoming a multi-platform professional. This training includes nine different courses that cover mobile game development, Python foundations, Shader Graph, and Unity.


Artificial Intelligence Develops an Ear for Birdsong

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We can learn a lot from nature if we listen to it more--and scientists around the world are trying to do just that. From mountain peaks to ocean depths, biologists are increasingly planting audio recorders to unobtrusively eavesdrop on the groans, shrieks, whistles and songs of whales, elephants, bats and especially birds. This summer, for example, more than 2,000 electronic ears will record the soundscape of California's Sierra Nevada mountain range, generating nearly a million hours of audio. To avoid spending multiple human lifetimes decoding it, researchers are relying on artificial intelligence. Such recordings can create valuable snapshots of animal communities and help conservationists understand, in vivid detail, how policies and management practices affect an entire population.


AI is turning us into de facto cyborgs

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Progress in technology and increased levels of private investment in startup AI companies is accelerating, according to the 2021 AI Index, an annual study of AI impact and progress developed by an interdisciplinary team at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. Indeed, AI is showing up just about everywhere. In recent weeks, there have been stories of how AI is used to monitor the emotional state of cows and pigs, dodge space junk in orbit, teach American Sign Language, speed up assembly lines, win elite crossword puzzle tournaments, assist fry cooks with hamburgers, and enable "hyperautomation." Soon there will be little left for humans to do beyond writing long-form journalism -- until that, too, is replaced by AI. The text generation engine GPT-3 from OpenAI is potentially revolutionary in this regard, leading a New Yorker essay to claim: "Whatever field you are in, if it uses language, it is about to be transformed." AI is marching forward, and its wonders are increasingly evident and applied.