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Meet White Castle's new robot chef, Flippy


Move over human grill cooks, White Castle is teaming up with Miso Robotics to test an automated sous-chef. The aptly named Flippy--an AI-enabled kitchen assistant--is set to join the staff at a Chicago-area burger joint for a trial run that could usher in a new era of robot hash slingers. Since its unveiling in 2018, Flippy has cooked more than 40,000 pounds of fried food--including 9,000 sandwiches at LA's Dodger Stadium, the Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field, and two CaliBurger locations, where it works alongside humans to increase productivity and consistency. "I think automation is here to stay and this is the first example of a really large credible player starting down that journey," Miso Robotics CEO Buck Jordan told TechCrunch of the White Castle collab. Engineers are working to install the latest version of Flippy at an undisclosed location in Chicago, where the mechanical fry cook will be integrated into the restaurant's point-of-sale system, allowing it to get to work as soon as an order is placed.

Evil Geniuses' new mastermind must reckon with the past to chart a future course

Washington Post - Technology News

Internet lore dates the name "Evil Geniuses" back to a Canadian gaming clan that formed around the new millennium. But this isn't the same team that played Quake in British Columbia and it's not the dominant esports organization that courted sponsors while fielding top-tier teams in the early-to-mid 2010′s. Nearly all the players and staff from those days are long gone, aside from Ricki Ortiz, a top-tier fighting games professional who's been with Evil Geniuses for nearly a decade.

The Morning After: Lego's NES replica comes with a 'playable' Mario game


This console generation is on its way out, but Andrew Tarantola believes one of the PS4's best games ever is about to appear. That game, of course, is Ghost of Tsushima, which takes place during the Mongol invasion of Tsushima Island in the 13th century. It's not breaking a lot of new ground gameplay-wise, though, with elements cribbed from other third-person Sony games you've played before, like Horizon: Zero Dawn and Uncharted, as well as third-party titles like Batman Arkham and Sekiro. Still, he said that "Sucker Punch has managed to seamlessly meld them together, hone and polish the overarching gameplay experience into something truly phenomenal," so I guess there's one good reason to give your PS4 another go before it's replaced this fall. Just as we were getting used to the Lego Super Mario kits, the company has officially unveiled a brick-based replica of an entire Nintendo Entertainment System (which just so happened to turn 37 today).

Scientists discover details of vision vary from person to person

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Two people looking at the exact same scene before them may perceive it differently as a result of a so-called'fingerprint of misperception'. Researchers at the University of California Berkeley found natural variation in the inherent visual ability to pinpoint the exact location and size of objects. A series of experiments on nine individuals found'dramatic differences' in the ability to resolve fine details as well as discrepancies in judging location and size. The differences are due to how the brain processes visual stimuli, the academics believe, but the exact neural network responsible for the variation remains unknown. 'We assume our perception is a perfect reflection of the physical world around us, but this study shows that each of us has a unique visual fingerprint,' study lead author Miss Zixuan Wang, a UC Berkeley doctoral student in psychology, told Berkeley News.

Artificial Intelligence in Video Games Market Is Booming Worldwide


Our analysts monitoring the situation around the Globe explain that after COVID-19 crisis the market will generate remunerative prospects for producers. The goal of the report is to provide a further illustration of the current scenario, economic slowdown and effect of COVID-19 on the industry as a whole. A new Profession Intelligence Report released by Stats and Reports with the title Global Artificial Intelligence in Video Games Market "can grow into the most important market in the world that has played an important role in making progressive impacts on the global economy. Global Artificial Intelligence in Video Games Market Report presents a dynamic vision to conclude and research market size, market hope and competitive environment. The study is derived from primary and secondary statistical data and consists of qualitative and numerical analysis.

em Palm Springs /em ' Theoretical Physicist on the Science Behind the Movie's Twists


This interview contains spoilers for Palm Springs, including the ending. There are plenty of romantic comedies in which a couple gets a second chance at love--but what about a million chances? In Palm Springs, two wedding guests played by Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti find themselves stuck in a temporal rut, reliving the same day over and over again, and having company on their endless journey doesn't always make the going easier. Viewers raised on Groundhog Day will expect that the story is building towards a karmic out, but extricating themselves turns out to involve a dose of hard science, provided courtesy of science advisor Clifford Johnson. Johnson, a PhD who teaches at the University of Southern California, helped fine-tune the time-travel mechanics of Avengers: Endgame, and he's also written and drawn a nonfiction graphic novel, The Dialogues, that features "conversations about the nature of the universe."

Use Machine Learning to Predict Horse Racing


I am a part-time student of master of computer science at HKU. After last semester exams, I was thinking it would be fun and cool to apply machine learning on a real world dataset. It took me no time to find out the great website for machine learning, Kaggle. Kaggle has a lot of interesting datasets for data science students and professionals. I searched for "Hong Kong" because I would like to find a dataset that is close/related to me, and I got the dataset for Horse Racing in HK.

Inside academia's growing interest in 'Animal Crossing'

Washington Post - Technology News

"The release of New Horizons was just a very exciting moment for a lot of gamers and scholars," said Dr. Emily Flynn-Jones, a former postdoctoral research fellow at York University and now creative director of KILLJOY Games, a boutique, independent games studio. She is also the editor of this summer's forthcoming issue of Loading … The Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association, which will feature scholarly articles devoted entirely to the "Animal Crossing" series. The papers will all have been peer reviewed for quality of research and editorial standards by a group of game studies academics.

Rare Super Mario becomes highest-selling video game

BBC News

A rare version of the classic 1985 Super Mario Bros has sold at auction for $114,000 (£90,000), the most ever paid for a video game. The cartridge, still in its original packaging, sold to an anonymous bidder. And the US auctioneer said demand "was extremely high", partly because this particular packaging had been used for a short while only. The previous record for an auctioned game was $100,000 - for a different copy of Super Mario. "If any lot in the sale could hit a number like that, it was going to be that one," Heritage Auctions video games director Valarie McLeckie said.

Facebook uses Amazon EC2 to evaluate the Deepfake Detection Challenge


In October 2019, AWS announced that it was working with Facebook, Microsoft, and the Partnership on AI on the first Deepfake Detection Challenge. Deepfake algorithms are the same as the underlying technology that has given us realistic animation effects in movies and video games. Unfortunately, those same algorithms have been used by bad actors to blur the distinction between reality and fiction. Deepfake videos result from using artificial intelligence to manipulate audio and video to make it appear as though someone did or said something they didn't. For more information about deepfake content, see The Partnership on AI Steering Committee on AI and Media Integrity.