If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
No one should have to guess what's going on in that dark scene of The Handmaid's Tale. Since 2020, TV manufacturers have been pumping out large, affordable 4K panels at a wicked pace -- which means watching your favorite content with punchy colors, decipherable shadows, and smooth transitions doesn't have to be reserved for the movie theater. Each weekend, we'll be compiling a list of our favorite 4K and QLED TV deals from Samsung, LG, Sony, and more. Upgrading to 4K isn't as exciting when you've been watching a dated 4K TV for the past few years. The combo of accurate black uniformity, precise local dimming, crisp upscaling monitored by artificial intelligence, and robust brightness scale make this a one-of-a-kind watch experience that you won't get with 4K.
This handy development in TV picture processing is able to take content of a lower resolution than your TV's own panel and optimize it to look better, sharper, and more detailed. It may sound a lot like regular old upscaling, and you'd be right – the'AI' part just means the upscaling happens with a greater awareness of context. That's because Al upscaling involves creating new pixels of image information to add detail where there wasn't any before, filling in the gaps to recreate a higher-resolution image, all the while using machine learning to improve the result. Handle this badly and it can look like overcooked picture sharpening, a feature seen in the menus of most TVs, and which we usually advise turning all the way down. But top TV brands – as well as Nvidia, maker of PC graphics hardware – now have compelling 4K and 8K AI upscaling techniques that elevate'AI upscaling' beyond the meaningless marketing buzzword it might have been.
Apple, Microsoft, Sony and Google have all tried to create a "Netflix for games", offering unlimited access to a library of titles for a flat monthly fee. But a growing number of reports suggest they may be about to face stiff competition from the streaming company itself. Netflix has been approaching senior game industry executives about joining it to lead the creation of a subscription games service, according to reports from the tech news site the Information and Reuters. Video games are not completely alien to the streaming service. It has licensed some of its in-house properties, including Stranger Things and The Dark Crystal, to developers to create tie-in games in the past.
Japan is prepping an unusual robot to explore the Moon -- and it's clearly influenced by the country's tech industry. The Byte reports that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has teamed up with Sony, Doshisha University and toy maker Tomy on a ball-shaped transforming robot to study the lunar soil ahead of a crewed rover due in 2029. The 8.8oz bot will arrive in a compact ball that will help the private robotics company Ispace carry the machine aboard its lunar lander. This will also make the robot useful for future missions, JAXA said. Sony (which knows a thing about rolling robots) provided the control technology for the robot, while Tomy and Doshisha helped miniaturize the design.
At long last, Apple has addressed the remote for its set-top box. I can only assume we'll eventually see a documentary investigation and several conspiracy theories about why the old, easily-lost Apple TV remote stuck around for so long, but that's a question for another day. Now the new Apple TV 4K is here and you should read Devindra Hardawar's review. Not so much for the box itself, as upgrades for the processor, smart home integration and HDMI 2.1 are more about future proofing than current capability, but to dig into the qualities of the Siri Remote. The only thing it's apparently missing is some way to find it when it's missing, plus you can use it with older Apple TVs.
Have I Been Pwned is already a vital resource you can use to know if/when your data and passwords are exposed in a breach, but now it's getting some key improvements. Creator Troy Hunt has open-sourced the project, giving others a way to "roll their own" service and hopefully increase the availability of this tool. If you haven't already signed up, you simply input your email address or phone number, and if it's spotted in information dumped by hackers that could be used against you, then you get an alert. Combined with a password manager to enable unique passwords everywhere, as well as things like using two-factor authentication, it can help make your online experience more secure. The other way it's getting an upgrade is a new arrangement with the FBI so that when they find compromised passwords as part of their investigations, the data goes into HIBP and account owners are alerted.
The Epic v. Apple trial may have come to an end, but it certainly won't be the last of large, attention-grabbing antitrust suits in the video games industry: Sony is facing a federal antitrust class-action suit in California filed May 7 for allegedly overcharging on PlayStation 5 games. That case could take years to make it through court to be potentially decided by a jury. The plaintiff's lawyer, Joseph Saveri, said on the phone, "We think this is a case involving serious anticompetitive activity and economic harm.
Meet Moxie, a companion robot made specifically for children to play with every day. As Devindra Hardawar notes, the idea of an R2-D2 of your own is interesting, until it gets dystopian. So which side of the line does this bot fall? According to company co-founder Paolo Pirjanian, two months after launch, customers are averaging 25 minutes of engagement every day -- although that the company knows that isn't exactly encouraging. Devindra's kid is (wisely) robot-averse, so he tried it himself for a few weeks and was surprised by how well the conversations flowed.
If you are among the lucky video game fans to snag a PlayStation 5, you can soon add controllers in different colors to your collection. Sony announced it will launch versions of its DualSense controller for the video game console in "cosmic red" and "midnight black." The new controllers will be available at participating retailers next month, said Sony, which provided no specific launch dates but noted availability windows would vary by location. PlayStation's website lists the black controller for $69.99 (the same price as the stock white model), and the red controller for $74.99. The DualSense controller has received rave reviews since launching with the console last November.
By the time Sony's first 360 Reality Audio speakers were available to the masses, it had been over two years since the company first introduced the platform. Although the immersive audio format has been part of streaming libraries since fall 2019, Sony initially relied on third-party speakers to evangelize the public. The company eventually added 360RA supports to its headphones, but until this spring, it didn't have any compatible speakers. At CES 2021, the company officially announced the SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000 (after two years of teasing). The SRS-RA5000 is the larger and more powerful of the duo -- and it's the more expensive.