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'Lost Ark,' a years-old South Korean video game, is 2022′s surprise big hit

Washington Post - Technology News

"Lost Ark" has silly quests that add levity. Like many multiplayer games, it has a quest introducing pets to players. The game has fun with it, asking you to pick up loot (grains and rice) by hand until you acquire a pet that can pick up loot for you. Another quest entails obtaining carrots and herbs to woo a character who is a terrible cook. After you try her cooking, you must decide to lie to her or tell her the truth.


South Korea's Pearl Abyss wants to make games for the whole world. It's not easy.

Washington Post - Technology News

Though I believe more players in younger generations are looking at PC and consoles, the market is still dominated by mobile,


An Artist Was Targeted in a Hate Crime--So She Designed a Game

WIRED

For many Asians, heightened xenophobia and the rise in hate crimes during 2020, and now through 2021, added extra stress and trauma to their everyday lives. In a now too-familiar story, Chanhee Choi, a South Korean student at the University of Washington, was attacked in downtown Seattle by a racist assailant, ranting about Chinese people and the coronavirus. Afterward, she decided to do something that only she could have done to bring awareness to the issue. She decided to make a game about it. "It was around the beginning of the pandemic, in 2020," said Choi. "I was walking down the street in downtown Seattle. At the moment I was just back from a trip home to see my family. There, everyone was wearing masks, but here, nobody did it. I was the only one wearing a mask because I just came from South Korea, so I was worried about being around others, if it was possible to get coronavirus. I was just protecting myself, but I didn't expect that someone could judge me or have a problem, or think wearing a mask makes me look like I'm sick. Suddenly one guy started yelling at me like, 'Are you Chinese? He raised his fist to my face. I looked around for help and everyone turned away, like they didn't want to see me. I felt like I was the only Asian in the city, even though Seattle has so many. I was there by myself, knowing what he was doing to me. I had never felt this kind of fear in the United States. Since that happened, I don't go downtown alone now. At the time I noticed that every time Trump was on the news, he mentioned the China virus. But why did that happen to me? That was my first question. I wanted to share this kind of feeling and sadness, so others could try to understand the experience that I had."


What's on TV this week: 'Saved by the Bell'

Engadget

This week we'll celebrate Thanksgiving in the US, and nostalgia will be all over TV screens and Peacock resurrects Saved by the Bell with a cast that includes new younger actors and several of the stars from the original show. Other throwbacks include Mad Max on Ultra HD Blu-ray and a Buck Rogers box set, but for something newer you can check out Peninsula, a sequel to the excellent Korean zombie movie Train to Busan as it arrives on Ultra HD Blu-ray. Netflix's latest feature film is Mosul, along with its Hillbilly Elegy movie. Criterion is also releasing a special edition of Netflix's Martin Scorsese feature The Irishman, however it's sadly only available in 1080p Blu-ray without the benefit of 4K and Dolby Vision HDR. For an all-new option, try Superintelligence on HBO Max, where Melissa McCarthy stars as a woman chosen by an all-powerful AI for surveillance via her various connected devices.


'Swapping bodies' changes a person's personality, study reveals

The Independent - Tech

Swapping bodies with another person would have a profound effect on the subject's behaviour and even their personality, a new study has revealed. Scientists at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden discovered a way to allow people to experience the effect of swapping bodies, through a perceptual illusion, in order to understand the relationship between a person's psychological and physical sense of self. They found that when pairs of friends "switched bodies", each friend's personality became more like the other. "Body swapping is not a domain reserved for science fiction anymore," said Pawel Tacikowski, a postdoctoral researcher at the institute and lead author of the study. In order to create the illusion that the study's subjects had switched bodies, Dr Tacikowski and his team fitted them with virtual reality goggles showing live feeds of the other person's body from a first-person perspective.


Cloud gaming hits Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th

Engadget

Microsoft's video game streaming technology, Project xCloud, will come to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th, at no additional cost to members. The initial rollout covers 22 countries across North America, Europe and South Korea, and gives players access to more than 100 games, including Destiny 2, Gears 5, Minecraft: Dungeons, The Outer Worlds, Sea of Thieves and Yakuza Kiwami 2. Microsoft revealed in July that xCloud would be rolled into Game Pass Ultimate in September, but didn't share an exact date or specific titles coming to the service. Today, Microsoft listed the names of 36 games heading to Game Pass Ultimate via xCloud, and we've published those at the end of the article. Project xCloud makes Xbox console games playable on Android smartphones and tablets, streamed in over WiFi or cellular data. It's been live in beta since October 2019, and it's proven to be one of the most consistent, steadily-growing streaming services out there.


6G will bring 'digital twins', Samsung says – and it's two years ahead of schedule

The Independent - Tech

Samsung has revealed its plans for 6G technology, outlining its vision for "digital twins" of our physical selves. In a research paper published on Wednesday, the South Korean smartphone giant stated that there will be three key 6G services: Immersive extended reality (XR); high-fidelity mobile hologram; and digital replicas. "With the help of advanced sensors, AI, and communication technologies, it will be possible to replicate physical entities, including people, devices, objects, systems, and even places, in a virtual world," the white paper states. "In a 6G environment, through digital twins, users will be able to explore and monitor the reality in a virtual world, without temporal or spatial constraints. Users will be able to observe changes or detect problems remotely through the representation offered by digital twins."


A Confidence-Calibrated MOBA Game Winner Predictor

arXiv.org Machine Learning

In this paper, we propose a confidence-calibration method for predicting the winner of a famous multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, League of Legends. In MOBA games, the dataset may contain a large amount of input-dependent noise; not all of such noise is observable. Hence, it is desirable to attempt a confidence-calibrated prediction. Unfortunately, most existing confidence calibration methods are pertaining to image and document classification tasks where consideration on uncertainty is not crucial. In this paper, we propose a novel calibration method that takes data uncertainty into consideration. The proposed method achieves an outstanding expected calibration error (ECE) (0.57%) mainly owing to data uncertainty consideration, compared to a conventional temperature scaling method of which ECE value is 1.11%.


An Introduction to Reinforcement Learning - Lex Fridman, MIT

#artificialintelligence

We were delighted to be joined by Lex Fridman at the San Francisco edition of the Deep Learning Summit, taking part in both a'Deep Dive' session, allowing for a great amount of attendee interaction and collaboration, alongside a fireside chat with OpenAI Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Ilya Sutskever. The MIT Researcher shared his thoughts on recent developments in AI and its current standing, highlighting its growth in recent years. Lex then referenced, Lee Sedol, the South Korean 9th Dan GO player, whom at this time is the only human to ever beat AI at a video game, which has since become somewhat of an impossible task, describing this feat as a seminal moment and one which changed the course of not only deep learning but also reinforcement learning, increasing the social belief in the subsection of AI. Since then, of course, we have seen video games and tactically based games, including Starcraft become imperative in the development of AI. The comparison of Reinforcement Learning to Human Learning is something which we often come across, referenced by Lex as something which needed addressing, with humans seemingly learning through "very few examples" as opposed to the heavy data sets needed in AI, but why is that?


Virgin internet down: Wifi and network connections stop working amid major outage

The Independent - Tech

Virgin internet has stopped working amid what appears to be a major network outage. Vast numbers of people reported issues with their wifi connections, which appeared to begin just before 10am UK time. Virgin Media's service status page, which allows users to check whether they are affected by any given outage, also appeared to be offline, according to various customers who tried to use it. Problems were reported right across the UK, according to tracking website Down Detector. But Virgin Media said the issue was affecting some parts of London, though not everyone.