If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
The chaotic mini-game series is making a really welcome return, this time featuring two-player co-op. The new vignette challenges range from avoiding bird plops to tweaking someone's nipple hair. The first 2D adventure for Samus in a long time, and a game that's been on Nintendo's to-do list for 15 years. Set after the events of Metroid Fusion, the game pits you against invulnerable EMMI robots that can only be beaten with stealth and strategy and new tech including the Phantom Cloak, which offers timed invisibility. Nintendo showed a luscious new trailer for its big sequel, revealing how Link will now be able to explore floating sky islands as well as a larger version of the Hyrule landscape.
After nearly six years in development, Aliens: Fireteam finally has a release date. Now known as Aliens: Fireteam Elite, it's coming out on August 24th on Steam, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. Like in Valve's Left 4 Dead series, you'll embark on a variety of repeatable missions where you'll need to use teamwork and communication to take on the challenges before you. In all, there'll be 20 different Xenomorphs, Weyland-Yutani synthetics and other enemies, each with their own AI systems, for you and your friends to take on. Each time you jump into a mission, two other Colonial Marines will support you, and they can be played by both humans and AI bots.
Players can levitate and throw rocks, ice sculptures, bicycles, cars -- you name it -- against hordes of foes. To spice things up, each platoon (whether it's Yuito's or Kasane's) has special abilities that can be borrowed by the player. Kasane, for instance, can use her teammate Kagero's invisibility power to sneak behind enemies and backstab them; Yuito can borrow his pal Gemma's damage negating power to block attacks. As friendships deepen, these powers only grow stronger, giving players real incentives to get to know their teammates. Not only will they unlock more stories, but they'll also gain more abilities.
It was the company's last cartridge-based home console before the switch to optical discs and it introduced players to the joys of awkwardly-placed joysticks. And of course there were the games: the jump to a 64-bit CPU meant you could now experience the worlds of Hyrule and the Mushroom Kingdom in glorious 3D. However, while Super Mario 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and GoldenEye 007 might be the go-to titles when talking about the Nintendo 64, the tastes of the Engadget crew run a little more off the beaten path, as evidenced by the memories our staff shared below. If there's one Nintendo 64 title I wish would make a comeback on the Switch, it's Diddy Kong Racing. I spent hours of my childhood on this game and, to this day, it's the one title that gets me to dust off my Jungle Green N64 and sit too close to the TV.
If you've been anywhere near the internet in the past few days, you've likely heard there's a sequel coming for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Nintendo dropped a 1.5-minute trailer for the game during last week's E3, and as soon as it hit, everyone on Twitter seemed to be talking about exactly the same thing. Gamers immediately started picking apart each scene for clues and debating what they might mean. It was fun, and then it was done. Once it's over there's nothing to do but cool your heels until the game's release.
Of all LucasArts' memorable, quip-fuelled point and click adventures – from dark afterlife comedy Grim Fandango to the surrealist Day of the Tentacle – it's Monkey Island 2 that gets the most love nowadays, and justifiably so. The puzzles were just on the right side of deliberately obscure, the characters were strange and colourful, and the music unforgettable. And that ending still sparks discussion, 30 years on. Although Ridge Racer and Daytona USA were vital in introducing the world to 32-bit, textured, 3D visuals, it is Polyphony Digital's painstakingly authentic racing game that deserves a place here. With its exhaustive range of accurately modelled cars, its complex handling model and its emphasis on improving the player's driving skills through a range of licence tests, Gran Turismo radically altered the course of console racing game design for ever.
Not content to be merely a Hollywood movie star, Sega's Sonic is making his way to Minecraft. Just in time for the hedgehog's 30th birthday on June 23rd, Mojang is releasing Sonic-themed DLC for its immensely popular sandbox title. The downloadable content includes a bit of everything. Fan-favorite Sonic levels like the Green Hills Zone have gotten a blocky makeover, turning them into infinite runners you can play through with your friends. Naturally, they'll be rings along the way for you and your buddies to collect as you race one another.
If you're new to the series, I would not recommend playing the Nintendo original, available free as long as you're a paying Nintendo Switch online subscriber. While it was a milestone, it hasn't aged as well as Nintendo's other titles, like the first Mario or Zelda games. If you insist on starting in chronological order, then you should hunt down the 2004 remake for the Game Boy Advance, "Metroid: Zero Mission." Without a Game Boy Advance, you can buy the game off the Wii U shop. "Zero Mission" is a reimagining and streamlining of the first game, and has become a staple in speedrunning competitions over the years, thanks to many deliberate new design changes.
Just a decade ago, you would gloss through a TV Guide or ask a friend to recommend a new series worth watching. Cut to today; Over-the-top (OTT) platforms are equipped with a lot more data mining and understanding of viewers' preferences to make personalized show recommendations. AI-led recommendation engines have truly revolutionized how we consume content, and OTT is not the only segment that has undergone such a transformation. With its far-reaching impact across industry segments, AI has unleashed the Fourth Industrial Revolution and is changing business processes as well as how industries reimagine their customer's preferences. Many AI companies have been at the forefront of this transformation, making an impact on clients' businesses and processes.
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