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An AI Was Taught to Play the World's Hardest Video Game and Still Couldn't Set a New Record


What's the hardest video game you've ever played? If it wasn't QWOP then let me tell you right know that you don't know how truly difficult a game can be. The deceptively simple running game is so challenging to master that even an AI trained using machine learning still only mustered a top 10 score instead of shattering the record. If you've never played QWOP before, you owe it to yourself to give it a try and see if you can even get your sprinter off the starting line. Developed by Bennett Foddy back in 2008, QWOP was inspired by an '80s arcade game called Track & Field that requires players to mindlessly mashing buttons to win a race.

MeInGame: A deep learning method to create videogame characters that look like real people


In recent years, videogame developers and computer scientists have been trying to devise techniques that can make gaming experiences increasingly immersive, engaging and realistic. These include methods to automatically create videogame characters inspired by real people. Most existing methods to create and customize videogame characters require players to adjust the features of their character's face manually, in order to recreate their own face or the faces of other people. More recently, some developers have tried to develop methods that can automatically customize a character's face by analyzing images of real people's faces. However, these methods are not always effective and do not always reproduce the faces they analyze in realistic ways.

A New Artificial Intelligence Makes Mistakes--on Purpose - AI Summary


The AI chess program, known as Maia, uses the kind of cutting-edge AI behind the best superhuman chess-playing programs. Alpha Zero broke from conventional AI chess programs by having computers learn, independent of any human instruction, how to play the game expertly. For chess, Alpha Zero is fed board positions and moves generated in practice games, and it tunes its neurons' firing to favor winning moves, an approach known as reinforcement learning . The result is a chess program capable of playing in a more human way. Well before that, AI that can predict and mimic human behavior could have immediate applications in chess and other games.

Talking Tech: If you are TV shopping, you need to know the facts about these buying myths

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Having a new television to play video games on or stream Netflix, Disney and the new Paramount service on is great. But buying a new TV, that can be a hassle. Because your eyes for a larger TV may be bigger than your budget allows. However, most say opt for larger if you can afford it – I've never heard anyone say, "Gee, I wish my TV was smaller." But there are other issues to consider when you are buying a TV, our tech columnist colleague Marc Saltzman says.

New Pokémon Game Goes Off The Beaten Path

NPR Technology

Pokémon Legends: Arceus lets players hunt the tiny monsters in a new, open-world setting. Pokémon Legends: Arceus lets players hunt the tiny monsters in a new, open-world setting. From cartoons to trading cards to toys, Pokémon has been a succesful media franchise for 25 years, with tons of fans from all over the world. But fans of the Pokémon video games have been begging for a major shake-up to the series -- and now, with the announcement of the new Pokémon Legends: Arceus, they may get one. Earlier this month, Pokémon player ChocolateKieran -- who asked us to refer to him by his username for privacy and safety reasons -- was watching the company's 25th anniversary live stream with his followers on Twitch.

Screen time is up--here's how to refocus on reading

National Geographic

Marisa Johnson's six-year-old daughter was just learning to read independently when her Alameda, California, school shut down last year. Without solid literacy skills and lots of time stuck at home, the tot is spending much more time playing video games and watching shows than reading books. "She's definitely reading less," Johnson says. "The only way we can be alone among ourselves is with screens." As many parents know, screen time has ballooned during the pandemic.

Pokémon Goes In A New Direction With Open-World Video Game

NPR Technology

For years, open-world video games, where players can explore all around the map rather than following a set path, have been hugely popular. The Pokémon franchise is finally catching up.

From Star Wars to Marvel, licensed video games are becoming more ambitious. Here's why.

Washington Post - Technology News

Rather than forcing a game development team to use certain assets from the Marvel Cinematic Universe or from the original looks of the comics, for example, those have now become open discussions for what fits best for each game. This gave Insomniac Games, the developer behind "Marvel's Spider-Man" and "Miles Morales," the freedom to design their own Spider-Man suits, and Crystal Dynamics, who made "Marvel's Avengers," the choice to place Ms. Marvel (also known as Kamala Khan) front-and-center in the story. But Marvel is more strict about principles relating to their worlds and characters. Among the most important for Spider-Man is that he does not kill.

What are the Applications of Python?


Hey guys, in this module, we are going to talk about What are the Applications of Python? We have already seen the Future of Python in our previous module and know already how python is ruling today's industry and how it is becoming famous. So, let's focus on some of the applications in this module. Let's dive into the depth of this module. Since we know what python is and how one can start his/her career in the same, so, let's see applications of the python that in what manner python is useful or what all things can be constructed or built from python.

A Deep Dive into Artificial Intelligence and How It's Applied in the Modern World


There haven't been many technological breakthroughs in recent history that are as significant and as impactful as artificial intelligence. Gone are the days wherein robots and machine learning were only ideas to be found in science fiction novels. Not only has artificial intelligence made some really great strides as a discipline, but more and more members of the masses have adopted artificial intelligence into their everyday life. In the past, everyone would think of movies like the Terminator or iRobot when it came to talks of artificial intelligence. But now, sophisticated AI software can be found in the everyday devices that we use. Now, you might be curious how AI is applied in the modern world these days.