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Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology
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Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology

Businesses are tapping the gaming-engine software of "Fortnite" and other videogames for applications ranging from car design to drug discovery. \]

'Photo Wake-Up' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive
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'Photo Wake-Up' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive

A new software application can bring still images to "life."

DeepMind Can Now Beat Us at Multiplayer Games, Too
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DeepMind Can Now Beat Us at Multiplayer Games, Too

Researchers have developed automated "agents" that display humanlike behavior when playing in capture-the-flag mode in the Quake III multiplayer computer game. ...

How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game
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How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game

Amazon has developed a videogame-like competition aimed at making warehouse workers' jobs less tedious, in order to boost their productivity.

How Usable Is VR?
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How Usable Is VR?

Patrick Harms at the University of Gottingen in Germany has designed an automated process for evaluating the usability of virtual reality.

Article 13 Threatens Videogame Streamers in the EU: Survey
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Article 13 Threatens Videogame Streamers in the EU: Survey

Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive could have a drastic impact on video game streamers and their fans in Europe.

Lifelong Learning in Artificial Neural Networks
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Lifelong Learning in Artificial Neural Networks

New methods enable systems to rapidly, continuously adapt.

Dreams of Ubiquitous Social Robots Still Aren't Coming True
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Dreams of Ubiquitous Social Robots Still Aren't Coming True

The closure of consumer robotics firms previously considered potentially game-changing has diminished industry prospects of social robots eventually achieving mainstream...

They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.
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They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.

Design firm AKQA used artificial intelligence to create a new game that combines elements of rugby, croquet, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee.

Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic
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Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic

A new video game simulation uses a three-dimensional model of Salt Lake City and data about planned drone paths to determine potential problems.

Exhibition Explores Human Connection in a Virtual World
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Exhibition Explores Human Connection in a Virtual World

The University of Alberta has launched a multimedia art exhibit called "Dyscorpia: Future Intersections of the Body and Technology."

Drone Racing Fans Have Some Questions: Where's the Drone? Who's Winning?
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Drone Racing Fans Have Some Questions: Where's the Drone? Who's Winning?

With drone racing becoming more popular, spectators and commentators need better ways of seeing which drones are ahead and which are falling behind.

Through Hip-Hop and Dance, This Nonprofit Teaches Girls of Color How to Code
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Through Hip-Hop and Dance, This Nonprofit Teaches Girls of Color How to Code

Weekly danceLogic classes offered by Philadelphia’s West Park Cultural Center include one hour of dance instruction and practice, followed by an hour of coding....

China's Virtual Reality Arcades Aim for Real-World Success
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China's Virtual Reality Arcades Aim for Real-World Success

China holds great market potential for virtual reality and augmented reality.

Why the Card Game Hanabi Is Next Big Hurdle for AI
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Why the Card Game Hanabi Is Next Big Hurdle for AI

Researchers hope to train artificial intelligence to master Hanabi, a card game in which everyone wins or loses depending on how well they communicate.

VR Experience Takes Audience Back to 10,000 BC at This Year's Tribeca Film Festival
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VR Experience Takes Audience Back to 10,000 BC at This Year's Tribeca Film Festival

CAVE, a shared virtual reality experience that transports audiences back to 10,000 BC, will debut April 24 at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

New Davis Cup Goes Virtual to Increase Sponsorship Revenue
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New Davis Cup Goes Virtual to Increase Sponsorship Revenue

The Davis Cup tennis tournament is being revamped to incorporate virtual replacement advertising during broadcasts at the inaugural game in Madrid, Spain.

DJs of the Future Don't Spin Records--They Write Code
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DJs of the Future Don't Spin Records--They Write Code

Artists in the underground electronic music culture are performing live-coding shows or "algoraves," in which they program software algorithms to create new forms...

Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.
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Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.

In the next two weeks, Russia is planning to attempt something no other country has tried before. It's going to test whether it can disconnect from the rest of...

The Future of Data Storage
From Communications of the ACM

The Future of Data Storage

Research into next-generation storage techniques marches forward, yet tape remains the most viable, dependable medium.
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