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Artificial intelligence: Activating humanity's god mode

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The heyday of World of Warcraft saw online players interacting together and forming guilds. Today, artificial intelligence is sophisticated enough that computers are beginning to fill that role instead. Kumi Taguchi sits down with experts at the cutting-edge of AI, gaming and the religious experience. In this episode: Artificial intelligence is a rapidly advancing field. Robots can now cook, teach children and help care for patients with dementia, making them more and more human-like.


OpenAI Five

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Our team of five neural networks, OpenAI Five, has started to defeat amateur human teams at Dota 2. While today we play with restrictions, we aim to beat a team of top professionals at The International in August subject only to a limited set of heroes. We may not succeed: Dota 2 is one of the most popular and complex esports games in the world, with creative and motivated professionals who train year-round to earn part of Dota's annual $40M prize pool (the largest of any esports game). OpenAI Five plays 180 years worth of games against itself every day, learning via self-play. It trains using a scaled-up version of Proximal Policy Optimization running on 256 GPUs and 128,000 CPU cores -- a larger-scale version of the system we built to play the much-simpler solo variant of the game last year. Using a separate LSTM for each hero and no human data, it learns recognizable strategies.


Become a mother of dragons in the adorable new game from 'Harvest Moon' creator

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For as long as I can remember, I've had the dream of becoming a mother... to a pet dragon. And there is perhaps no game designer more equipped to turn my dreams of fantastical motherhood into a reality than the creator of the beloved Harvest Moon, Yasuhiro Wada. After playing the first thirty minutes of Wada's new upcoming game, Little Dragons Cafe, we spoke to the man largely credited for fathering the now popularized genre of farm and life simulation games. When asked to describe what set his games apart from all the others, Wada replied with a simple but powerful answer: "Heart. That sense of warmth, home, and human relationships defined Harvest Moon.


Where To Search Between An Oasis, Rock Archway And Dinosaurs In 'Fortnite: Battle Royale'

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Here's where to search between an Oasis, Rock Arch and Dinosaurs in Fortnite: Battle Royale.Credit: Epic / Erik Kain Fortnite's Season 5, Week 2 challenges are live. Once again, players are tasked with searching between three points---this time in the new desert zone that replaced Moisty Mires. This week's challenge asks players to search between an oasis, a rock archway and dinosaurs. All of these can be found just to the south and west of Paradise Palms, one of the Fortnite: Battle Royale's newest locales. Uncovering the hidden Battle Star will net you an entire Season 5 Battle Pass tier, getting you that much closer to Tier 100 and the Ragnarok outfit.


'All-new Xbox hardware' to be announced soon, teases Microsoft

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Microsoft is set to launch "all-new Xbox hardware", the company has announced. It has revealed little more other than the fact that the announcements will made at Gamescom, the major industry event next month. It is unlikely that the announcement refers to a new console: the Xbox One X was only released in November, and the next full new version of the Xbox is not expected until 2020. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


Evolutionary algorithm outperforms deep-learning machines at video games

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With all the excitement over neural networks and deep-learning techniques, it's easy to imagine that the world of computer science consists of little else. Neural networks, after all, have begun to outperform humans in tasks such as object and face recognition and in games such as chess, Go, and various arcade video games. These networks are based on the way the human brain works. Nothing could have more potential than that, right? An entirely different type of computing has the potential to be significantly more powerful than neural networks and deep learning.


The Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield and the future of video game giant Bethesda

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In the early 2000s, game publisher Bethesda was best known for its Elder Scrolls series of technologically ambitious fantasy games. In the last 15 years, however, it has expanded greatly, snapping up several legendary video game franchises as well as starting an original series of its own. The company now produces the Fallout post-apocalyptic role-playing games; the iconic, hellish shooter Doom; tongue-in-cheek Nazi-killing romp Wolfenstein; supernatural steampunk assassin sim Dishonoured; and Rage, a Mad Max-style romp around a devastated world. At its E3 press conference last month, after showing new Doom, Rage, Fallout and Wolfenstein titles, Bethesda teased the next entry in its Elder Scrolls series as well as a new sci-fi role-playing game called Starfield. For both, 100 hours is a conservative playtime estimate.


Amazon Prime Day 2018 Is Here: Don't Miss Out On These Amazing Deals

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Prime Day deals featured in this post may change or sell out. We will continue to update this post with new deals and updated pricing. The first few hours of Amazon's Prime Day is in the books! It's a day Amazon Prime members have been waiting for all year, but it didn't come without major issues. The giant online retailer's website began to crash as soon as the shopping event kicked off, and over the next few hours.


Walmart and Target are getting in on the action for Prime Day

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Amazon Prime Day is finally here, y'all -- and to honor Amazon's self-proclaimed holiday and let them have their spot on the internet for a day and a half, their main online competitors have respectfully taken a step back. Walmart and Target are getting in on the Prime Day action with a ton of similar deals on similar products. They're here to make money, not here to make friends. But, I mean, if they can give us different sale items that Amazon doesn't have, a better deal than Amazon is offering, or if they have something in stock when it's already sold out on Amazon, we're not gonna complain. Walmart has stepped it up in the 4K smart TV department, while Target is giving us insane deals in the kitchen appliance arena.


How Technology Can Help Recruit The Best Job Candidates

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This article is part of our June series about the future of work. Advancements in recruitment technology have forever changed the relationship between organizations and job candidates. As Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays, pointed out, the historic "advertise-and-apply" model, where job seekers simply apply to advertised vacancies, is now being replaced by a "find-and-engage" approach in which organizations seek out workers. So how does this approach work? In 2018, employers are using advanced tactics such as artificial intelligence, mobile apps, and gamification to examine larger candidate pools so they can shortlist the most suitable candidates more rapidly.