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How keeping 'Guardians of the Galaxy' as a solo story has already helped the game

Washington Post - Technology News

From a lengthy gameplay demonstration during Square Enix's E3 presentation, Peter Quill already displayed a varied moveset, and players are able to command the rest of the team to join an attack, or support Quill in other ways. The Guardians can look coordinated in ways that's hard to recreate with the unaccountable, unpredictable chaos of a multiplayer game. It can remind one of the team-based attacks of "Final Fantasy 15," or even the "extreme attack" joint efforts found in the "Marvel Ultimate Alliance" series.

A new wave of indie games: Deal death, chill out and rock out with these video game adventures

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Blockbuster video game releases announced at Summer Game Fest and the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo may get much of the hype and the attention. But smaller, independently produced games are gaming's lifeblood. Here's a look at several games featured during the Day of the Devs, part of the game fest. Many games in the works deliver a new twist on classic game genres. For instance, when you think of animals that can take on heroic roles in games, you may think of Donkey Kong, Crash Bandicoot or Star Fox.

Apple overhauls Siri to address privacy concerns and improve performance

The Guardian

Apple will no longer send Siri requests to its servers, the company has announced, in a move to substantially speed up the voice assistant's operation and address privacy concerns. The new feature comes two years after the Guardian revealed that Apple staff regularly heard confidential details while carrying out quality control for the feature. Apple's worldwide developers conference (WWDC) was told on Monday that, from this autumn onwards, when new versions of the company's operating systems are released, Siri will process audio "on device" โ€“ meaning that, for the majority of queries, no recording will need to be uploaded to Apple's servers. "With on-device speech recognition, the audio of users' requests is processed right on their iPhone or iPad by default," an Apple spokesperson said. "This addresses one of the biggest privacy concerns for voice assistants, which is unwanted audio recording. For many requests, Siri processing is also moving on device, enabling requests to be processed without an internet connection, such as launching apps, setting timers and alarms, changing settings or controlling music."

Avengers Campus preview shows off web slinging Spider-Man, Dr Strange and more ahead of opening

FOX News

FOX's Ashley Dvorkin gives Marvel fans a look at the rides and entertainment in store. It's time to trade face masks for superhero masks. After facing a significant delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, Disneyland in California is preparing to open its newest land. Based on the popular Marvel superheroes and Avengers franchise, Avengers Campus is ready to open on June 4th. Fox News was able to attend a preview event that showcased the new land and many of its features.

Human-like robot creates creepy self-portraits


The world's first robotic self-portraits, painted by an android called Ai-Da, have been unveiled at a new art exhibit in London, despite the "artist" not having a "self" to portray. The surprisingly accurate images question the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in human society and challenge the idea that art is exclusively a human trait, according to her creators. Ai-Da is a life-size android artist powered by AI -- computer algorithms that mimic the intelligence of humans -- that can paint, sculpt, gesture, blink and talk. Ai-Da is designed to look and act like a human woman with a female voice. Her head and torso looks like a mannequin's and she wears a variety of different dresses and wigs, although a pair of exposed mechanical arms do give her away as robotic.

Nobel Prize Economist Tells The Guardian, AI Will Win


Swayed by IBM's Watson boasts, McKinsey predicted a 30โ€“50 percent productivity improvement for nurses, a 5โ€“9 percent reduction in health care costs, and health care savings in developed countries equal to up to 2 percent of GDP. The Wall Street Journal published a cautionary article in 2017, and soon others were questioning the hype. A 2019 article in IEEE Spectrum concluded that Watson had "overpromised and underdelivered." Soon afterward, IBM pulled Watson from drug discovery, and media enthusiasm waned as bad news about A.I. health care accumulated. For example, a 2020 Mayo Clinic and Harvard survey of clinical staff who were using A.I.-based clinical decision support to improve glycemic control in patients with diabetes gave the program a median score of 11 on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 14 percent saying that they would recommend the system to other clinics.

Nobel Winner: Artificial Intelligence Will Crush Humans, "It's Not Even Close"


It's common knowledge, at this point, that artificial intelligence will soon be capable of outworking humans -- if not entirely outmoding them -- in plenty of areas. How much we'll be outworked and outmoded, and on what scale, is still up for debate. But in a new interview published by The Guardian over the weekend, Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman had a fairly hot take on the matter: In the battle between AI and humans, he said, it's going to be an absolute blowout -- and humans are going to get creamed. "Clearly AI is going to win [against human intelligence]. It's not even close," Kahneman told the paper.

Council Post: Protecting Rainforests With Big Data And AI: Four Key Lessons For The Enterprise


As CEO of Hitachi Vantara, Gajen helps solve clients' problems by bringing to bear Hitachi's unrivaled industrial expertise across sectors. You might not think saving the world's tropical rainforests is a data challenge, but the urgent task of protecting the last remaining two million square miles of forest is precisely that. What is more, the challenge holds vital lessons for anyone tackling a data project with seemingly insurmountable odds. Logging, much of it illegal, strips the planet of more than 32 million acres of natural forest every year. If you ever imagined literally trying to find a needle in a haystack, then you might be able to contemplate what it is like to find a chainsaw in forested areas the size of Australia.

'Colette' Oscar win is a first for the video game industry


The documentary short Colette won an Oscar last night, a first for the video game industry, and it took an unusual route to get there. The film was originally produced by Oculus Studios and EA's Respawn Entertainment as part of the first-person shooter VR game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond. In keeping with Medal of Honor's historical accuracy aims, players can unlock short "Gallery" films (in a regular 2D format) about real-life WW II veterans as they progress through the game. Among those is a 24-minute piece on Colette Marin-Catherine. Directed by Anthony Giacchino, the film tells the story of Colette, who is now 90 years old and one of the last surviving French Resistance members.

An Oscar for a video game? Short WWII documentary in 'Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond' could win an Academy Award

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

This year's Oscar hopefuls include some names you might not expect among the nominees: Respawn Entertainment and Oculus Studios. No, the publisher of video games "Titanfall" and "Apex Legends," and Facebook's virtual reality studio are not nominated for best visual effects. "Colette," a short film the companies co-produced along with the U.K. media outlet The Guardian, is nominated for best short documentary at the Academy Awards, being doled out Sunday. The 25-minute film tells the story of Colette Marin-Catherine, 92, who was part of the French resistance during World War II. Along with French history student Lucie Fouble, she visits the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp in Germany where her brother Jean-Pierre had died in 1945, three weeks before allied troops freed prisoners there.