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Batman is here to help us understand what's going on in 'Fortnite'

Washington Post - Technology News

Batman wakes up time and time again in 22-minute loops, progressively trying to unlock the secret of his situation. He starts writing notes on himself, like "This has happened before," a touch inspired by Christopher Nolan's "Memento." The Dark Knight realizes that some objects retain their permanency. He may not remember who he is or what even happened 22 minutes ago, but like other "Fortnite" participants who retain their skills, he's still the world's greatest detective and he's going to figure it out. He doesn't know who Bruce Wayne is, but he's still got Bruce Wayne's smarts and muscle memory.


Google Search turns Pac-Man and Hello Kitty into interactive AR objects

Engadget

Google is putting a bunch of iconic Japanese characters in Search as augmented reality objects you can interact with. The tech giant is giving you the chance to bring 14 familiar characters from anime, video games and TV shows into your environment, including Pac-Man and Hello Kitty. Apparently, Pac-Man remains the most-searched animated icon on Google, especially (for some reason) in Peru. Its worldwide search interest more than doubles the second-most searched character, Hello Kitty. Aside from those two, you'll also be able to summon Ultraman, Evangelion and Gundam robots, as well as Little Twin Stars characters into your space.


Scientists create AI Albert Einstein who chats and answers questions about the famed theories

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The late theoretical physicist Albert Einstein has been brought back to life with a digital human platform that recreated the famous scientist's look and voice. Digital Einstein was developed to'put a friendly and well-known face on digital human technology' face between machines and humans.' Complete with the German accent, the digital copy speaks in a soft, friendly tone and is programmed with the same dry sense of humor as the real Einstein was said to have. Users can participate in daily quizzes and ask the AI-powered character questions about science, his life and work. Digital Einstein was developed to'put a friendly and well-known face on digital human technology' face between machines and humans' Einstein is well-known for his work in physics, specifically for the theory of relativity that changed the understanding of space time, gravity and the universe.


Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang Talks The Powers Of Automation

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It's not altogether surprising that a company earning billions of dollars a year making the chips that power today's hyperrealistic video games has a business plan inspired by a science-fiction novel. Jensen Huang, the CEO of Nvidia, the nation's most valuable semiconductor company, with a stock price of $645 a share and a market cap of $400 billion, is out to create the metaverse, what Huang describes "a virtual world that is a digital twin of ours." Huang credits author Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, filled with collectives of shared 3-D spaces and virtually enhanced physical spaces that are extensions of the Internet, for conjuring the metaverse. This is already playing out with the massively popular online games like Fortnite and Minecraft, where users create richly imagined virtual worlds. Now the concept is being put to work by Nvidia and others.


Understanding the AI alignment problem

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Welcome to AI book reviews, a series of posts that explore the latest literature on artificial intelligence. For decades, we've been trying to develop artificial intelligence in our own image. And at every step of the way, we've managed to create machines that can perform marvelous feats and at the same time make surprisingly dumb mistakes. After six decades of research and development, aligning AI systems with our goals, intents, and values continues to remain an elusive objective. Every major field of AI seems to solve part of the problem of replicating human intelligence while leaving out holes in critical areas.


Create 3D Models from Images! AI and Game Development, Design…

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What you see below is someone carefully creating a scene for a video game. It takes many hours of work by a professional just for a single object like this one. How cool would it be to take a picture of an object on the internet, let's say a car, and automatically have the 3D object in less than a second ready to insert in your game? Well, imagine that within a few seconds, you can even animate this car, making the wheels turn, flashing the lights, etc. Would you believe me if I told you that an AI could already do that? If video games weren't enough, this new application works for any 3D scene you are working on, illustrations, movies, architecture, design, and more!


Learn to build video games with this stacked training bundle

Mashable

TL;DR: The 2021 Complete Learn to Code by Making Games in Unity Bundle is on sale for £29.01 as of April 18, saving you 97% on list price. Want to start learning how to code your own video games? Consider the Complete Learn to Code By Making Games in Unity Bundle. This collection of classes includes eight courses and over 900 lessons on coding, machine learning, Construct 3, and more. You'll start by learning how to use Construct 3 to create your own computer games by building simple pixel art animations.


Amazon doesn't 'get' gaming. A canned Lord of the Rings is only the latest example.

Mashable

Maybe it's time for Amazon to take the'L' on trying to build a thriving video game business before more jobs are affected? The latest misstep for Amazon's stumbling efforts to build and release its own video games is also a story about The Lord of the Rings. In 2019, the company announced plans "to develop and publish a free-to-play massively multiplayer online (MMO) game" -- think World of Warcraft -- based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved fantasy series. Now, almost two years later and with nary a trailer, screenshot, or fact sheet released about the game, that project is canceled. Amazon confirmed as much in a report from Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, who first heard the news from anonymous sources.


Unreal Engine C++ Developer: Learn C++ and Make Video Games

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This "critically-acclaimed" and "insanely successful" Unreal Engine course was created in collaboration with Epic Games. The course has been fully updated and remastered to Unreal Engine 4.22 . Existing students get all the new material for free. Get plugged into our communities of amazing developers on Facebook (nearly 20k), in our own TA-curated Community (17k views/day), and our student chat group (10k live at any one time). This course started as a runaway success on Kickstarter.


We're still spending record amounts on gaming, a year into the pandemic

Engadget

Video game sales are still smashing records roughly a year after the COVID-19 pandemic led many people to stay indoors. The NPD Group has determined that video game spending in the US surged 18 percent in March 2021 compared to a year earlier, hitting a new record of $5.6 billion. Hardware sales in particular jumped 47 percent to $680 million, breaking a March record that hasn't been touched since 2008 -- yes, the heyday of the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360. It won't surprise you to hear that new consoles helped fuel the hardware surge, but it wasn't all up to the new models. The PlayStation 5 is the fastest-selling console in US history both in dollars and units, NPD said. However, it wasn't the strongest seller in March -- that honor went to the four-year-old Nintendo Switch, which outperformed the PS5 in sheer volume.