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War Stories: How Forza learned to love neural nets to train AI drivers

Produced by Justin Wolfson, edited by Shandor Garrison. Click here for transcript. Once an upstart, the Forza franchise is now firmly established within the pantheon of great racing games. The first installment was created as the Xbox’s answer to Gran Turismo, but with a healthy helping of online multiplayer racing, too. Since then, it has …

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AI ruined chess. Now it’s making the game beautiful again

Enlarge Dimitri Otis | Getty Images Chess has a reputation for cold logic, but Vladimir Kramnik loves the game for its beauty. “It’s a kind of creation,” he says. His passion for the artistry of minds clashing over the board, trading complex but elegant provocations and counters, helped him dethrone Garry Kasparov in 2000 and …

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Cornell’s VibroSense makes appliances ‘smart’ by tracking their vibrations

Choreograph via Getty Images We’ve all been there at some point: you forget to go to the dryer when it completes a cycle, letting your clothes sit and collect wrinkles. That’s just one example of inefficient home appliance use, and it’s probably one that most people would like to avoid if they could. A new …

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Google Magenta’s Lo-Fi Player is an AI-based virtual music studio

Google Magenta / MIT Tech Review Lo-Fi Player, a new project out of Google Magenta, wants to help people play around with music creation — no experience necessary. Lo-Fi Player is a pixelated, 2D virtual room that runs in a web browser. It lets you mix lo-fi hip hop tracks by clicking on different objects …

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Google offers to help others with the tricky ethics of AI

Enlarge Yuchiro Chino | Getty Images Companies play cloud computing providers like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google big money to avoid operating their own digital infrastructure. Google’s cloud division will soon invite customers to outsource something less tangible than CPUs and disk drives—the rights and wrongs of using artificial intelligence. The company plans to launch new …

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Heron Systems’ AI pilot just beat a human in a simulated dogfight

The final round of DARPA’s AlphaDogfight Trial is complete, and once again, the winning AI pilot celebrated its victory against a field of virtual contenders by going on to defeat a human F-16 pilot. An AI pilot developed by Heron Systems won the shootout, defeating a fellow AI from Lockheed. All of the simulated fighter …

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Facebook’s AI can generate MRI images in minutes instead of an hour

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has been providing physicians with vital insights into patients’ insides since their development in the 1970s. However, the machines operate at a glacially slow pace and require the patient remain perfectly still. This makes them ill-suited for use with small children (who’d have to be sedated) and people experiencing time-critical medical …

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Blockchain Investments Fell 63% Due to Pandemic

Professional services firm KPMG has published a report predicting that blockchain will be one of five emerging technology sectors to see increased investment from enterprises over the next 12 months. Titled Enterprise Reboot, the report was compiled by KPMG International and HFS Research. It draws on a survey of 900 executives from organisations on the …

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Watch AI-controlled virtual fighters take on an Air Force pilot August 18th

TebNad via Getty Images Due to the coronavirus pandemic, DARPA will no longer hold an in-person event for its third and final AlphaDogfight Trial that’s scheduled to take place from August 18th to the 20th. It’ll be held virtually instead, and both participants and viewers alike can watch online as artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms control …

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