This story is already doing the rounds but is still very interesting - Machine Learning research from Georgia Tech manages to clone game design from a video recording. The top GIF is the reconstructed clone, the bottom gif is from the video recording: Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new approach using an artificial intelligence to learn a complete game engine, the basic software of a game that governs everything from character movement to rendering graphics.Their AI system watches less than two minutes of gameplay video and then builds its own model of how the game operates by studying the frames and making predictions of future events, such as what path a character will choose or how enemies might react.To get their AI agent to create an accurate predictive model that could account for all the physics of a 2D platform-style game, the team trained the AI on a single “speedrunner” video, where a player heads straight for the goal.
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The internet of things is here, but the rules to run it are notThe first murder through the internet of things will likely take place in 2014, police service Europol warned this month. The crime could be carried out by a pacemaker, an insulin dosage device, a hacked brake pedal or myriad others objects that control life-and-death functions and are now connected to the internet. In control of a malicious hacker, any of these devices could give “killer app” a whole new meaning. “We’re used to having our computers networked, we’re not used to having everything networked …[But] we all know that any information system is hackable,” Kraig Baker, an attorney and technology expert, said at law firm Davis Wright Tremaine’s Download event in New York last week. Murder, of course, is a dramatic example of how the internet of things could go awry — though the threat is real enough for former Vice-President Dick Cheney to have removed the WiFi from his pacemaker. Sensors and the trouble with “wear your own device” day Objects behaving badly: who’s to blame?
Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis TertiusTlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges I I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia. The mirror troubled the depths of a corridor in a country house on Gaona Street in Ramos Mejia; the encyclopedia is fallaciously called The Anglo-American Cyclopaedia (New York, 1917) and is a literal but delinquent reprint of the Encyclopedia Britannica of 1902. The event took place some five years ago. Bioy Casares had had dinner with me that evening and we became lengthily engaged in a vast polemic concerning the composition of a novel in the first person, whose narrator would omit or disfigure the facts and indulge in various contradictions which would permit a few readers - very few readers - to perceive an atrocious or banal reality. From the remote depths of the corridor, the mirror spied upon us.
BBC Radio 4's Digital HumanFor Todd Matthews, it all started with a ghost story shared among teenagers. It was Halloween night 1987. A 17-year-old Matthews listened as friends tried to spook each other with scary tales – but one story told was true. Lori Riddle, the woman who would become Matthews’ wife within a year, spoke of the dead body her father stumbled upon in Scott County, Kentucky in the spring of 1968. “It was a strange story. Investigators were unable to identify the murdered woman, making her one of the estimated 40,000 nameless people laying dead in the medical examiners’ and coroner’s offices across the country. “I thought there was one. For 30 years the slain woman was known as “Tent Girl” – a reference to the tent bag that held her decomposed body. “It was a name on a grave, but it was ‘Tent Girl,’ not her real name,” he said. Her death stirred memories of his brother and sister who passed away as infants. “She was no different from my siblings,” he said. Read more:
Humans in DesignA classic nudge - a tiny behavioural intervention that leads people to a particular behaviour but doesn’t force it - is the placement of graphs on power bills. Specifically graphs that compare your current rate of use to your neighbours and, sometimes, yourself. But can a tiny graph really work? Yes it can. This little intervention has been proven to lead to a decrease in power use that is at least somewhat sustained over time. The psychological reason that this works is multifaceted, but the main explanations I saw was the impact of social heuristics; specifically the imitate-the-majority (follow the herd) and imitate-the-successful heuristic (follow the leader). So, knowing about this, I thought it was cool when a couple of years ago I saw graphs appearing on my utility bills in Australia. Things got interesting to me when we moved to from Brisbane to Melbourne. This got me thinking of the current intellectual debate on what drives behaviour. So what’s the lesson here?
Knight Science Journalism Program at MITPhilip J. Hilts, the director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT and a former science reporter for The New York Times and The Washington Post, has announced that he will retire at the end of June. Hilts, who took over the program in 2008, expanded its international reach and added training in video and audio storytelling. And under his leadership, the number of applicants for the year-long Knight Science Journalism fellowships for science reporters grew from about 80 per year to about 150 per year. "The Knight Program has been a tremendous asset to MIT, and a powerful resource for our understanding of the relationship between science and technology and the public," said Deborah Fitzgerald, the Kenan Sahin Dean at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. "I am...
Why technology and content are inseparable at NetflixNeil Hunt is the chief product officer at Netflix, and his job entails a lot more than it might sound like. The end product at Netflix is the video streaming through our iPads or smart televisions, but what we’re watching and we’re seeing it is result of a lot of work. Netflix is well known for the algorithms that recommend content to viewers, for example, but less is known about its resilient cloud computing architecture and the myriad considerations that come along with delivering and pricing new types of video formats. In a recent interview, Hunt explained how Netflix approaches all of these things and where it sees opportunities to improve. First things first: The recommendations Believe it or not, Hunt thinks the importance of Netflix’s recommendation engine is actually underestimated. And Netflix is just scratching the surface on improving productivity. Neil Hunt. So Netflix now gives a lot more weight to customers’ actual viewing behavior. Amazon Web Services’ “Cloud Heroes.”
Kenneth R. ShouldersKenneth Radford Shoulders (1927 – June 7, 2013) was an experimental physicist and inventor. He is known for various work related to the field of energy and has also been credited as an early pioneer of electron beam lithography, which has become a key mask-making technology for modern microelectronics. He has additionally been attributed the title, ‘Father of Vacuum of Microelctronics’ and been known as a founder of microelectronic field emission devices. Career In the 1980s, Shoulders moved to Austin, Texas to work at Jupiter Technologies as Chief Inventor and focusing on electron condensed charge technology (referred to as EV's) along with Hal Puthoff. In 2000, Shoulders' work related to high energy electron charge clusters was incorporated into a Future Energy Technologies briefing presented to The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Selected Bibliography D.A. US Patents: External links Jaehnig, Kenton G. References
Hi, I’m Claire Barratt | Claire Barrattyou may remember me from such projects as…. Salvage Squad, C4 (3 series x 10 x 60 minutes of 8pm engineering then repeated endlessly on Discovery) An eccentric mix of hard-core engineering, dusty archive and hands-on greasy good fun. 30 projects each got an hour to strut their stuff so we managed to cover an awful lot. Salvage Squad was really all about the people who had fallen in love with the machines and convincing the audience to love them too. History really roared to life as neglected classic vehicles were restored to their former glory. The Spotter’s Guide to Urban Engineering, various publishers – UK, USA, Australia Infrastructure and Technology in the Modern Landscape. Britain’s Secret Treasures, ITV (6 x 60 minutes) A top 50 countdown of archaeological discoveries made by the British public. As an Industrial Archaeologist I’d rather be tackling a blast furnace than digging around in the dirt for pot shards but this was pretty good. History Detectives, BBC Two (6 x 60 minutes)