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Google's Project Stream makes 'Assassin's Creed' playable in Chrome

Engadget

Project Stream promises to deliver the holy grail to video game fans around the globe -- the ability to play the latest AAA games on any laptop or PC via a stable, no-lag streaming service. Google is preparing to publicly test Project Stream with a "limited number of participants" on October 5th, letting them play Assassin's Creed Odyssey for free in the Chrome browser. That's the latest game in the Assassin's Creed series, and it's a massive open-world adventure packed with 4K-capable graphics. In a demo video, Google shows Assassin's Creed Odyssey streaming at 1080p and 60fps. If all goes to plan, the game should work on any laptop or PC, regardless of how recently you've updated the graphics card.


How AI Is Enhancing Advertising Innovation

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This article is part of our September 2018 series about the state of advertising. Artificial intelligence is being deployed far and wide in marketing and advertising. In fact, many of the tasks being handled by machine learning and other AI tools are making possible the kinds of user experiences that could not be possible even a couple of years ago. For example, AI is doing the heavy lifting to enable personalization and agile product development to meet the rising demands of consumers. "AI is doing way more than just housekeeping," said Keith Eadie, VP and GM of Adobe Advertising Cloud.


Making Magic in Media and Entertainment with Artificial Intelligence

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The Wizard of Oz movie is filled with classic quotes. One of them is simply, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!" That quote, of course, occurs when Dorothy's dog, Toto, pulls back a curtain to reveal a man at a control panel and microphone. Rather than the sought-after magical Wizard of Oz, the man is, at best, a wizard of special effects. Today, nearly 80 years after the first release of the movie version of Wizard of Oz, we live with a wizard of our own making who is now often behind the curtain in video games, movies and sporting events.


Neo4j 3.5 Poised to Power the Next Generation of AI & Machine Learning Systems

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Neo4j, the market leader in connected data, announced today the upcoming release of Neo4j 3.5, the native graph platform designed to drive the success and adoption of real-time business applications, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) systems. Neo4j customers – including eBay and Caterpillar – have demonstrated that connected graph datasets are a foundational element of enterprise AI applications. Graph-based data models provide the necessary context for AI applications by capturing facts related to and relationships among people, processes, applications, data and machines. Informed by successful AI customer deployments – including knowledge graphs, fraud detection, recommendation systems and conversation engines – Neo4j 3.5 delivers foundational features for AI-powered systems of connection to generate bottom-line business value. "The way we organize and represent knowledge in AI-powered systems has a profound effect on what and how they can learn," said Bowles.


NVIDIA's RTX speed claims fall short without game support

Engadget

At its big RTX event at Gamescom, NVIDIA made some bold claims about its new Turing RTX cards. First and foremost was that the GeForce RTX 2080 offered performance "six times faster" than current 1000-series Pascal-based GTX cards. That's in large part because of new ray-tracing tech that helps the GPUs calculate complex game lighting much more quickly. "This is a new computing model, so there's a new way to think about performance," said CEO Jensen Huang. The new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070 cards are quicker than ever, but the increase is not nearly as dramatic as the "six times" claim.


Future elections may be swayed by intelligent, weaponized chatbots

MIT Technology Review

The battle against propaganda bots is an arm's race for our democracy. It's one we may be about to lose. Bots--simple computer scripts--were originally designed to automate repetitive tasks like organizing content or conducting network maintenance, thus sparing humans hours of tedium. Companies and media outlets also use bots to operate social-media accounts, to instantly alert users of breaking news or promote newly published material. But they can also be used to operate large numbers of fake accounts, which makes them ideal for manipulating people.


Raising a child in the final season of Telltale's 'Walking Dead'

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When we we first met Clementine in Telltale's The Walking Dead, she was a scared eight-year old hiding in her tree house from the zombie hordes. Over time, she learned how to shoot, scavenge and survive as the world crumbled around her. Mostly, that was due to her great mentor: Lee, the first season's ex-convict lead. Now in The Walking Dead's final season, Clementine is a teenager with a young charge of her own. It's her job to keep him alive -- but also, to make sure he grows up properly. Welcome to parenthood in the zombie apocalypse.


From 2D to 3D Photo Editing – imgly

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Last November, we released Portrait, an iOS app that helps create amazing, stylized selfies and portraits instantly. With over a million downloads and many more portrait images created, we had a nice confirmation of our vision. The central component of Portrait is an AI that is trained to clip portraits from the background, a technique we are eager to further improve and refine. In fact, Portrait helped us to explore a novel technique for image editing, as we were able to leverage a new powerful data set in photography: depth data. We began feeding our AI models with the depth data from the iPhone Xs TrueDepth camera and had one goal in mind: to infer depth information for portrait imagery, or bringing three-dimensionality into a two-dimensional photo.


AWS takes DeepLens, a machine learning camera, GA ZDNet

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Amazon's DeepLens, a deep learning enabled video camera, is now generally available and hitting the market for $249. AWS DeepLens is designed to run models via TensorFlow and Caffe in less then 10 minute startup time for developers. The overall effort is to put more machine learning tool into the field and with developers. As for the hardware, DeepLens is a 4 megapixel camera with 1080P video, 2D microphone array, Intel Atom processor and 8GB of memory for models and code. The device runs Ubuntu 16.04, AWS Greengrass Core and optimized versions of MXNet and Intel clDNN libraries.


The State Of The ARt At AWE 18

Forbes Technology

The 9th annual Augmented World Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center, May 29th to June 1st, 2018, was a celebration of AR's progress. Watershed events, like the introduction of ARKit from Apple in September 2017, have spurred innovation. Mobile AR is very hot. Most of the glasses look dorky, though some are slimming down. The dorky ones were by far the most popular. The bigger story, however, is how fast the enterprise segment is growing as applications as straightforward as schematics on a head-mounted monocular microdisplay are transforming manufacturing, assembly, and warehousing. Tom Emrich, Programmer of AWE and a partner in Super Ventures, delivered his dramatic keynote AWE using motion capture technology. For AWE's co-founder and Executive Producer, Ori Inbar, the Conference was nothing less than a victory lap. With Microsoft and Qualcomm among the Gold Sponsors, there was a palpable smell of vindication in the air.