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New Studies Illustrate How Gamers Get Good
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New Studies Illustrate How Gamers Get Good

A new study followed players of the computer games "Halo: Reach" and "StarCraft 2" to learn how they acquired and maintained their skill level.

AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game
From ACM TechNews

AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to play Nintendo's "Super Smash Bros. Melee" using deep-learning algorithms, and then challenged and defeated...

GameSpace Offers a Playable Visualization of 16,000 Videogames
From ACM TechNews

GameSpace Offers a Playable Visualization of 16,000 Videogames

Researchers have created a playable visualization of 16,000 video games grouped according to shared commonalities such as gameplay, cultural reactions, and game...

Holograms From Sci-Fi Movies May Soon Become Reality
From ACM TechNews

Holograms From Sci-Fi Movies May Soon Become Reality

Researchers say they have developed a device that could generate the highest-quality holographic images ever produced and may lead to imaging technologies similar...

Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker
From ACM News

Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker

Four of the best professional poker players in the world spent most of January holed up at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, losing.

After First Week, AI System Is Beating Human Poker Players
From ACM TechNews

After First Week, AI System Is Beating Human Poker Players

An artificial intelligence system called Libratus has gained the upper hand against human poker players in the first week of a 20-day tournament in Pittsburgh. ...

Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87
From ACM News

Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87

A former world champion of correspondence chess who later helped develop game-playing computers, Hans Berliner died on Friday in Riviera Beach, FL, at the age of 87...

He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now
From ACM Opinion

He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

Trucks that can drive themselves along delivery routes. Computers capable of defeating world champions in a notoriously complex game. Apps that can translate sentences...

Taking Graphics Cards Beyond Gaming
From ACM TechNews

Taking Graphics Cards Beyond Gaming

A new mathematical solver enables the graphics cards found in gaming computers to solve computationally intensive mathematical problems.

UCLA Mathematicians Bring Ocean to Life for Disney's 'Moana'
From ACM TechNews

UCLA Mathematicians Bring Ocean to Life for Disney's 'Moana'

University of California, Los Angeles researchers applied their knowledge of math, physics, and computer science to help animate "Moana," a three-dimensional computer...

Man vs. AI Machine in Texas Hold'em Matchup
From ACM TechNews

Man vs. AI Machine in Texas Hold'em Matchup

Four top professional poker players will challenge an artificial intelligence system in a 20-day Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold'em poker tournament billed as an "epic...

A Digital Portrayal of James Joyce's 'Portrait'
From ACM TechNews

A Digital Portrayal of James Joyce's 'Portrait'

Computer scientists and literature scholars at University College Dublin in Ireland have teamed up to create a multimedia version of James Joyce's novel "A Portrait...

Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents
From ACM News

Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents

Apple's iPhone is a technological marvel.

U.S. Government Begins Asking Foreign Travelers about Social Media
From ACM News

U.S. Government Begins Asking Foreign Travelers about Social Media

The U.S. government quietly began requesting that select foreign visitors provide their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts upon arriving in the country...

A Level Playing Field: Lab Adapts Toys for Disabled Children
From ACM TechNews

A Level Playing Field: Lab Adapts Toys for Disabled Children

A University of North Florida program is now in its third year of adapting toys from store shelves for disabled children.

Swearing Dolls, Other IoT Intrusions Threaten Children's Well-being, Privacy, Data
From ACM News

Swearing Dolls, Other IoT Intrusions Threaten Children's Well-being, Privacy, Data

The Internet of Playthings is not necessarily a safe place.

Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More VR Sickness Than Men
From ACM TechNews

Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More VR Sickness Than Men

New studies explore why women experience more motion sickness than men while using virtual reality.

Google's Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR
From ACM News

Google's Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR

Let a thousand virtual worlds rain down from the clouds. Or rather, the cloud.

Is Your Favorite Ballplayer Hitting When It Matters, or Just Padding His Stats?
From ACM TechNews

Is Your Favorite Ballplayer Hitting When It Matters, or Just Padding His Stats?

Researchers have added to the field of baseball statistics with the first analysis of hitters' performance when their team is either almost guaranteed to win, or...

A Handful of Photos Yields a Mouthful of (Digital) Teeth
From ACM TechNews

A Handful of Photos Yields a Mouthful of (Digital) Teeth

Disney researchers have developed a model-based method of realistically reconstructing teeth for digital actors and for medical applications.
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