KRAKEN, a 17-year-old rollercoaster at SeaWorld Orlando, an amusement park in Florida, reopened in June after several months of refurbishment. That, in itself, is unusual.Read more
ABB Group, a large Swedish-Swiss firm specializing in industrial robotics, and Irisbond, a company developing eye tracking software from the Basque region of Spain, have teamed up to create, as a conceptual demonstration, an eye controlled robotic hand that helps paralyzed people play chess.Read more
Back in September Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told a developer conference: “We are not pursuing AI to beat humans at games.”
This week, we learned Redmond has done more or less that.Read more
Add Ms. Pac-Man to the growing list of games being mastered by artificial intelligence (AI).
An AI system from Microsoft set the all-time high score for Ms. Pac-Man with 999,990 points – the highest possible score in the game. The previous high score was 933,580 points set by Abdner Ashman, a human from New York.Read more
In the first game of his match with AlphaGo—the Go-playing machine built by Google’s DeepMind—Chinese grandmaster Ke Jie opened with a move straight from the playbook of his AI opponent. But the gambit didn’t work. After four hours and fifteen minutes of play, the 19-year-old grandmaster resigned, and AlphaGo grabbed a 1–0 lead in this best-of-three match.Read more
LAST year Artur Filipowicz, had a stop-sign problem. Dr Filipowicz is teaching cars how to see and interpret the world, with a view to them being able to drive themselves around unaided. One quality they will need is an ability to recognise stop signs.Read more
For the second time in 2017, poker-playing artificial intelligence crushed human poker players. “Lengpudashi” or “cold poker master” beat five Chinese poker players in a “landslide” over 36,000 hands to win the $290,000 winner-take-all prize.Read more
Playing a game of Tetris in the aftermath of a traumatic event can help alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
A team of researchers in the UK, Germany, and Sweden, say in their paper for the journal Molecular Psychiatry that when given the computer game to play in the hours following a serious auto accident, patients experienced fewer early symptoms associated with PTSD.Read more
A powerful algorithm known as DeepStack has refined its own strategy at heads-up Poker Hold’em to win against professional poker players at 10 times the rate of a human player. The core innovations demonstrated by the algorithm could find real-world applications where ‘intuition’ is prized.Read more
Technologists are still working to perfect A.I. and automation technologies that can accomplish one or two tasks in a very complex world. But it’s not hard to envision a future in which multiple computer agents will work together to solve even bigger problems. Alphabet Inc’s DeepMind team set out to illustrate how learning machines work together.Read more
FOR ALMOST THREE weeks, Dong Kim sat at a casino in Pittsburgh and played poker against a machine. But Kim wasn’t just any poker player. This wasn’t just any machine. And it wasn’t just any game of poker.Read more