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Machine learning explores materials science questions and solves difficult search problems


Using computing resources at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have succeeded in exploring important materials science questions and demonstrated progress using machine learning to solve difficult search problems. By adapting a machine-learning algorithm from board games such as AlphaGo, the researchers developed force fields for nanoclusters of 54 elements across the periodic table, a dramatic leap toward understanding their unique properties and proof of concept for their search method. The team published its results in Nature Communications in January. Depending on their scale--bulk systems of 100 nanometers versus nanoclusters of less than 100 nanometers--materials can display dramatically different properties, including optical and magnetic properties, discrete energy levels, and enhanced photoluminescence. These properties may lend themselves to new scientific and industry applications, and scientists can learn about them by developing force fields--computational models that estimate the potential energies between atoms in a molecule and between molecules--for each element or compound.

Video game developers want fair online games. Some players really don't.

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Technical advancements make skill-based matchmaking techniques better every year, enticing average audiences to play more. But those same changes have also left a sour taste in some players' mouths who publishers have a vested interest in keeping happy -- their live streams help market games. Game companies have the seemingly impossible task of satisfying both sides; on one end, the massive player base of everyday gamers that define their bottom line and, on the other, the pros and content creators they use as for PR for those same audiences. But if these systems are indeed built to maximize players' enjoyment, it can sometimes seem like they're not working very well. Hate for skill-based matchmaking is hardly a phenomenon confined to top streamers or salty Call of Duty players. As awareness about these algorithms grows, communities in "Valorant," "Overwatch," "Apex Legends" and even more casual games like "FIFA" and "Dead by Daylight" have all, at one point or another, sharply criticized matchmaking for reducing their enjoyment of the game.

What the history of AI tells us about its future


Then Kasparov lurched out of his chair to walk toward the audience. At its finest moment, he later said, the machine "played like a god." For anyone interested in artificial intelligence, the grand master's defeat rang like a bell. Newsweek called the match "The Brain's Last Stand"; another headline dubbed Kasparov "the defender of humanity." If AI could beat the world's sharpest chess mind, it seemed that computers would soon trounce humans at everything--with IBM leading the way.

TSM finds 'no unlawful conduct' in investigation of CEO Andy Dinh

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Andy is not someone who I want to interact with, and he's definitely someone I'm actively trying to avoid, which feels a bit weird considering he's at the top of the food chain at my own company,

The 25 Best Memorial Day Sales on Tech, Games, and Outdoor Gear


Memorial Day is a major shopping holiday in the US, but nobody wants to spend their long weekend scrolling through marketing emails. Let us save you the trouble. We scoured the web to find actual deals on the gear WIRED reviewers recommend. Below, you'll find great sales on everything from video games to furniture. Don't forget to check back, as we'll be updating this story throughout the weekend.

Microsoft's Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers


Microsoft just showed how artificial intelligence could find its way into many software applications--by writing code on the fly. At the Microsoft Build developer conference today, the company's chief technology officer, Kevin Scott, demonstrated an AI helper for the game Minecraft. The non-player character within the game is powered by the same machine learning technology Microsoft has been testing for auto-generating software code. The feat hints at how recent advances in AI could change personal computing in years to come by replacing interfaces that you tap, type, and click to navigate into interfaces that you simply have a conversation with. The Minecraft agent responds appropriately to typed commands by converting them into working code behind the scenes using the software API for the game.

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Minecraft's big wilderness update arrives June 7th


It took several months, but Minecraft's The Wild Update is nearly here. Mojang and Microsoft are releasing The Wild across all platforms on June 7th, and it remains as expansive as promised. The refresh adds two biomes, a mangrove swamp as well as a "deep dark" that hides vicious mobs (such as the Shrieker and Warden) as well as special resources. You can also sail a boat with a chest, so you won't need to leave supplies behind if you're crossing a lake. The upgrade also adds a mud block (made with dirt and water, naturally), a crowd-voted item collector mob (the allay) and a frog that grows from tadpoles.

Is diversity the key to collaboration? New AI research suggests so


As artificial intelligence gets better at performing tasks once solely in the hands of humans, like driving cars, many see teaming intelligence as a next frontier. In this future, humans and AI are true partners in high-stakes jobs, such as performing complex surgery or defending from missiles. But before teaming intelligence can take off, researchers must overcome a problem that corrodes cooperation: humans often do not like or trust their AI partners. MIT Lincoln Laboratory researchers have found that training an AI model with mathematically "diverse" teammates improves its ability to collaborate with other AI it has never worked with before, in the card game Hanabi. Moreover, both Facebook and Google's DeepMind concurrently published independent work that also infused diversity into training to improve outcomes in human-AI collaborative games.

'Diablo Immortal' aims to be a breakthrough hit for AAA mobile games

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Since then, "Diablo Immortal" has boosted its reputation, as alpha and beta tests proved the game was a full-throated, classic Diablo experience. The Diablo series is one of the most influential in modern game design, popularizing gameplay loops that center acquiring randomized "loot" to make your role-playing character more powerful. "Diablo 2," which was recently remastered, cemented this loop, while "Diablo 3," which Cheng also worked on, streamlined and evolved it.