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Stream's first digital tabletop festival kicks off this month

Engadget

Valve is launching a new Steam event tabletop gaming fans might love, especially now it's not wise to play in person with a bunch of people. The first ever Steam Digital Tabletop Fest, a joint project between Valve and Auroch Digital, centers around games that "run across the lines between digital and physical." By that, they mean its featured titles will include digital ports of physical games and digital games that have produced physical versions. They also include digital games that simulate the physical play experience and those that feature aesthetics inspired by tabletop games. Valve and Auroch are still in the midst of finalizing the panels and talks for the event, but they listed a few of their planned activities to give fans an idea of what they can expect.


Google's new machine learning tool turns your awful humming into a beautiful violin solo

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Google's machine learning algorithm will convert that tune into a digital signal, and then you can convert it into a tune with Flute, Saxophone, Violin, …


Can Artificial Intelligence Win Olympics ?

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Data scientists are trying to build an AI system that can win a gold medal at the world's premier math competition Indeed, researchers view the IMO as the ideal proving ground for machines designed to think like humans. If an AI system can excel here, it will have matched an important dimension of human cognition. "The IMO, to me, represents the hardest class of problems that smart people can be taught to solve somewhat reliably," said Daniel Selsam of Microsoft Research. Selsam is a founder of the IMO Grand Challenge, whose goal is to train an AI system to win a gold medal at the world's premier math competition. The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is a mathematical olympiad for pre-college students, and is the oldest of the International Science Olympiads.


Why Chromecast is the most interesting of Google's new products

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

For the past several years, two of the hottest products during the holidays have been low-cost streaming devices from Amazon and Roku, often discounted down to around $25 for end of the year sales. And often left out of the party was Google, which first launched its own unit in 2013, Chromecast, initially selling for $35, a product aimed at early adopters and serious tech nerds. Which is why Google's announcement Wednesday of a new $49.99 Chromecast (available by Oct. 15) was hands down the most interesting of its presentation, and the one most likely to end up in more consumers homes. Also announced were two new smartphones ($499 and $699) and a redesigned Google Home smart speaker with better sound, selling for $99. Help:Blur your home on Maps and erase your data to remove your life from Google's grip With the new Chromecast, Google can now compete in streaming effectively on the same playing field as Amazon and Roku, which each tout having 40 million customers each for their streaming services.


NIST is crowdsourcing differential privacy techniques for public safety datasets

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is launching the Differential Privacy Temporal Map Challenge. It's a set of contests, with cash prizes attached, that's intended to crowdsource new ways of handling personally identifiable information (PII) in public safety datasets. The problem is that although rich, detailed data is valuable for researchers and for building AI models -- in this case, in the areas of emergency planning and epidemiology -- it raises serious and potentially dangerous data privacy and rights issues. Even if datasets are kept under proverbial lock and key, malicious actors can, based on just a few data points, re-infer sensitive information about people. The solution is to de-identify the data such that it remains useful without compromising individuals' privacy.


As AI chips improve, is TOPS the best way to measure their power?

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Once in a while, a young company will claim it has more experience than would be logical -- a just-opened law firm might tout 60 years of legal experience, but actually consist of three people who have each practiced law for 20 years. The number "60" catches your eye and summarizes something, yet might leave you wondering whether to prefer one lawyer with 60 years of experience. There's actually no universally correct answer; your choice should be based on the type of services you're looking for. A single lawyer might be superb at certain tasks and not great at others, while three lawyers with solid experience could canvas a wider collection of subjects. If you understand that example, you also understand the challenge of evaluating AI chip performance using "TOPS," a metric that means trillions of operations per second, or "tera operations per second."


What our staff bought in September

Mashable

If you follow Mashable Shopping's coverage, you know that we live to bring you the best product recommendations we can find based on countless hours of online research. But, what about the stuff that we buy for ourselves? The stuff that made it into our shopping carts? Well, we're here to tell you about those things, and we'll be back every month to do so again. Here's what the staff bought in September 2020.


'Genshin Impact' tries an interesting live service trick: Make a good game at launch

Washington Post - Technology News

Otherwise, the characters are all fleshed out. The plot starts out simple: After wandering the strange new land in search of your sister, you stumble upon a kingdom besieged by a dragon, among other bad things happening. The story doesn't overwhelm you with new jargon like most role-playing games do, and it's not only easy to follow, but fleshed out. The more attractive the characters are in looks and personality, the more players will want to spend money to roll for a chance to earn them to play in the game.


Robot named 'Curly' uses AI to beat one of the world's best curling teams at their own game

Daily Mail - Science & tech

An artificial intelligence equipped robot named'Curly' beat one of the world's best curling teams by quickly adapting to changes in the ice, its developers claim. The sport of curling involves constantly changing and uncontrollable environmental conditions - providing the perfect'test bed' for an AI-driven robot. Curly, who delivers the stone but doesn't sweep, won three out of four official matches against the Korean Olympic silver-medal winning women's team. The robot was developed by researchers from Korea University, who said this development narrows the gap between computer simulators and the real world. It's hoped the deep learning techniques developed for Curly could be applied to other robots that need to work'in the real world' and adapt to changing conditions.


Learn how to build a video game by recreating 'The Legend of Zelda'

Mashable

TL;DR: Create your own game with the Build The Legend of Zelda Clone in Unity3D and Blender course for $35, an 82% savings as of Sept. 30. If you're curious to know what makes Zelda a hit among gamers, you may want to consider finding out how it was created in the first place. The Build The Legend of Zelda Clone in Unity3D and Blender course will show what makes a game like Zelda tick, and give you an intro to game development and design to boot. You'll get a shot at recreating The Legend of Zelda -- a Nintendo classic. Taught by John Bura, a seasoned game programmer and educator, this course is designed to help you develop a game from scratch using Unity (a game engine) and Blender (an open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset).