For many gamers, E3 2021 hasn't churned out as many big announcements as expected. Many would say it was a disappointment so far, but Nintendo changed that with a bevy of game reveals and updates that was enough to satisfy fans. No, Nintendo didn't reveal an updated Switch as many predicted; instead, they surprised fans with the announcement of "Metroid Dread," a remake of its "Advance Wars" series, a new "WarioWare" entry and a Game & Watch for "The Legend of Zelda's" 35th anniversary. Oh, franchise supervisor Eiji Aonuma also showed off clips from a "Breath of the Wild" sequel. "Metroid Dread" was the biggest piece of news coming from the showcase -- While everyone was predicting a "Mario Kart 9" or "Pikmin 4," few were expecting a return of the the classic "Metroid" 2D gameplay.
In his recent book The Myth of Artificial Intelligence: Why Computers Can't Think the Way We Do, AI researcher Erik J. Larson defends the claim that, as things stand today, there's no plausible approach in AI research that can lead to generalized, human-like intelligence. It's important to understand what the author is claiming- and what he's not claiming. He's not claiming that computers can never think like humans, as some philosophers of mind have claimed. Rather, his position is- if there's indeed a way to make computers think like humans, we haven't the foggiest what that is. Our current approaches- no matter how promising they might seem- are all dead ends. He contrasts this with the prevailing optimism about AI: the perception that current approaches are on the path to generalized intelligence, and the problems of this approach are, at least in theory, solvable. Thought this way, human-like computers seem just a matter of time. Larson, on the other hand, argues that even the fundamental theoretical principles of current AI approaches are non-starters. All of the current approaches in AI (or at least the most promising ones) are based on a certain model of thinking: inductive inference.
Amazon's Prime Day has grown into one of the biggest online shopping holidays of the year, thanks to the tech and retail giant's massive commercial reach (which is also cause for concern). Rival sales from other retailers are plentiful now too. As we have for many years, members of the WIRED Gear Team are sorting through hundreds of thousands of deals, cross-checking our "Best of" guides, and debating what the absolute greatest Prime Day deals are right now. Below you'll find our top picks. If you're new to this shopping holiday, be sure to check our Prime Day shopping tips before you start clicking. Note: We regularly update articles and strike through items that sell out or rise in price as of publishing, and we mark discounts based on recent product pricing or average price, not MSRP. Be sure to check discounts for yourself. Our picks come from research and our extensive experience reviewing products. You'll need an Amazon Prime subscription to get most of these deals. Updated: We've added deals for the Kitchenaid Professional Stand Mixer, Colgate Hum electric toothbrush, Native Union Dock Wireless Charger, and Moment phone lenses and cases. We've also updated pricing throughout.
Let's make the relevant question more personal: will machines replace me? I'm a mathematician; my profession is often seen from the outside as a very complicated but ultimately purely mechanical game played with fixed rules, like checkers, chess, or Go. These are activities in which machines have already demonstrated superhuman ability. But for me, math is different: it is a creative pursuit that calls on our intuition as much as our ability to compute.
The game's ambitions, even in its (technical) infancy, are evident. Riot's biggest title, "League of Legends," is undeniably the premier esport, and the company aspires to a similar trajectory for "Valorant." Updates are released at a steady clip, often dramatically changing how the game is played and drip-feeding snippets of lore that hint at a broader universe and underlying narrative. With just one global competition in the books, story lines have emerged around players, teams and regions. And coinciding with the game's first anniversary, Riot announced that a long-rumored mobile port of the game was in development.
In the war to prove who's better at high-resolution gaming performance, Nvidia on Monday added three more allies: Rust, Doom Eternal and Lego Builder's Journey are joining the more than 55 other games to support its DLSS technology. The company also said Linux gamers would soon get access to DLSS through Proton for Vulkan. DLSS, or Deep Learning Super Sampling, taps the AI Tensor cores on Nvidia's 2000- and 3000-series GPUs to render games at a lower resolution, with comparable visual quality when increased to a higher resolution. We've tried DLSS, and it's like black magic. The company said that starting June 22, Linux gamers can download the Nvidia Linux Driver and enable Proton by going into steam to get DLSS in such games as Doom Eternal, No Man's Sky and Wolfenstein Youngblood.
Prime Day is always a great time for gaming deals, and this year is especially good due to the bevy of new consoles and next-gen games we got late last year. We picked out the best deals for you so it's not as stressful to wade through Amazon discounts all day. Fair warning: If you're looking to pick up a new console like the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, you're probably going to have a hard time and are better off waiting until after Prime Day for restocks. The Xbox Series S is currently in stock at Amazon, but at a bit of a higher price because it's through a third-party seller -- so if you don't mind the price hike, pick one up while you can. Below are the best gaming deals we've found so far during Prime Day.
"What I cannot create, I do not understand," said the famous writing on Dr. Feynman's blackboard. The ability to create or to change objects requires us to understand their structure and factors of variation. For example, to draw a face an artist is required to know its composition and have a good command of drawing skills (the latter is particularly challenging for the presenter). The animation additionally requires the knowledge of rigid and non-rigid motion patterns of the object. This talk shows that generation, manipulation, and animation skills of deep generative models substantially benefit from such understanding.
The term Artificial Intelligence was coined 70 years ago as the stuff of fantasy fiction and about 50 years post that nothing much moved. Then, in 1997 like a bolt from the blue, IBM's Deep Blue defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov 4-2 in a six game series. Since then, machines have beaten humans at far more complex games – Go, Poker, Dota 2. Computing power grew over a trillion times in the last 50 years. Can you name any industry/trend that has evolved by this order of magnitude? The computer that helped navigate Apollo 11's moon landing had the power of two Nintendo consoles. You have a lot more power in your smartphone today.