Kentucky banned 'Fortnite' from esports because of guns but swords and lasers are fine

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LOUISVILLE – Even after Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett sent out an email notifying school officials that esports teams may not participate in the video game "Fortnite," there was nothing to be done among schools here. That's because "Fortnite," an online video game developed by Epic Games and released in 2017, was never included among the games played by Kentucky students in high school competitions. "Fortnite" is a third-person shooter game that doesn't include any blood, injuries or dead bodies, but nevertheless was given a Teen rating for violence by the Entertainment Software Rating Board. Epic Games and PlayVS, a software company that provides a platform for competitive esports, last week announced last Wednesday a partnership to introduce a competitive league for "Fortnite" across high schools and colleges. "There is no place for shooter games in our schools," Tackett said, adding that the KHSAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations had no knowledge that "Fortnite" was being added as part of the competition platform and are "strongly against it."

Watch Out Finance, Business, Tech Workers. Artificial Intelligence Is Coming.


Artificial intelligence is coming for America's high-paid professions as it creates winners and losers across the labor market like never before. White-collar jobs and better-educated occupations along with production workers are among the most susceptible to AI's spread into the economy, according to a Brookings Institution report Wednesday that draws on a new analysis of patent data by Stanford University graduate student Michael Webb. "Webb's modeling suggests that just as the impacts of robotics and software tend to be sizable and negative on exposed middle- and low-skill occupations, so AI's inroads are projected to negatively impact higher-skill occupations," researchers Mark Muro, Jacob Whiton and Robert Maxim wrote, noting that their analysis shows potential impacts can be both positive and negative. Workers with graduate or professional degrees will be almost four times as exposed to AI as workers with just a high school degree, the report showed. The researchers also concluded that AI appears most likely to affect men, prime-age and white and Asian American workers.

Scientists hope to digitally unravel scrolls charred by Vesuvius with light 10 billion times brighter than the sun


Scientists from the University of Kentucky say they're working to perfect a technique to digitally unravel fragile ancient texts that haven't been read in nearly 2,000 years. W. Brent Seales, who heads the University of Kentucky's Digital Restoration Initiative, told CNN he and his research team just returned from a trip to England where they took detailed images of the scrolls from the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum, using a facility called a synchotron. This synchotron, the Diamond Light Source, accelerates electrons to nearly the speed of light, so that they emit light 10 billion times brighter than the sun. The synchotron tunes energy to be "very focused, like a laser," Seales said. "The waves go right through very quickly."

Kentucky eyes AI to slash thousands of service desk requests


Artificial intelligence could change the way Kentucky runs its service desk, the state's CIO says. "We're actually looking at AI to help us with our service desk. We run about 16,000 trouble tickets a month -- 42 percent of those are literally password resets," Chuck Grindle, Kentucky's chief information officer, says in a video interview. "Can we implement artificial intelligence and allow that to occur automatically?" Automating that piece of the service desk would free up employees to tackle more complex requests, and ultimately, make the state's investment in information technology go further, Grindle says. That efficiency builds on the work the state is already doing in modernization.

Kentucky Is Turning to Drones to Fix Its Unsolved-Murder Crisis

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Keith Allen Bledsoe, the sixth teenage homicide victim in Lexington, Kentucky, this year, died as the other five had: by gunshot. On June 26, Lexington police found the 17-year-old Bledsoe's body in the streets of Harris Court, a cul-de-sac near I-64. If confrontation or argument had preceded Bledsoe's murder, none of the neighbors reported hearing it to police. If they heard gunshots, seemingly no one peered outside to investigate them. Officers reported no suspects or relevant witnesses, only shell casings and the gunshot wound to Bledsoe's head.

Champions declared in worldwide robotics contest


Every year, tens of thousands of the brightest engineering minds from middle schools, high schools, and universities in 45 countries enter a massive tournament known as the VEX Robotics Competition. Comprising more than 900 individual robotics tournaments worldwide, the competition pits teams against one another in a skills-based slugfest to determine who can build the best robot for a prescribed set of tasks. It all culminates in the world championships, which just wrapped up in Louisville, Kentucky. Out of more than 11,000 teams to participate in the overall competition, 1,600 of them (accounting for 30,000 overall students from 30 nations) were selected to make the trip to Louisville. A handful walked away with top honors.

TOP 25 REWIND: UNC, Kentucky, Miami Learning From Losses

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The Tar Heels (11-2) were coming off last weekend's win at No. 21 Tennessee when they turned in a clunker of a performance against the Terriers, from being sloppy with the ball to struggling for consistent defensive stops and offensive flow. It was a performance that left coach Roy Williams criticizing "bad movement, bad defense, bad coaching" for a team he described as "fat and happy" -- and it overshadowed the good news that Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson finally made his season debut after missing the first 11 games because of injuries.

Artificial intelligence is now part of our daily life. Are we too dependent on it?


I don't know if this has ever happened to you, but trust me, if you rely on your phone to help you navigate, it just might someday. My wife and I were en route from Raleigh to St. Louis, having enjoyed crossing the Smokies and the Cumberlands and just coming up on Paducah, Kentucky. Having been routed around a massive traffic jam in Knoxville by my phone, I was much pleased with it, and so listened carefully when it described a similar problem ahead in Paducah. The result: Following my phone's directions, I pulled off the interstate and began taking a series of roads through Paducah, just as I had done in Knoxville. My phone kept sending me down smaller and smaller roads, and soon we were out in the country, presumably bypassing the massive interstate jam ahead.

Chief digital officers emerge in business transformation efforts


Chief digital officers are increasingly driving business transformation efforts, but chief information and technology officers lead the pack, according to a Constellation Research's list of 150 influential executives. Constellation Research compiled a list of 150 executives leading the business transformation charge across a variety of sectors. The Business Transformation 150 aims to find executives able to help companies navigate various disruptive technologies and shifts. What jumped out was the popularity of chief digital officer (CDO) as a title. CDOs surfaced a few years ago, but there was a good bit of debate about whether the title would stick.

High-Res Satellites Want to Track Human Activity From Space


Hopkinsville, Kentucky, is normally a mid-size town, home to 32,000 people and a big bowling ball manufacturer. But on August 21, its human density more than tripled, as around 100,000 people swarmed toward the total solar eclipse. Hundreds of miles above the crowd, high-resolution satellites stared down, snapping images of the sprawl. These satellites belong to a company called DigitalGlobe, and their cameras are sharp enough to capture a book on a coffee table. And a lot can happen between brunch and dinner.