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Mar 3, 2017

Poker-playing AI beats pros using ‘intuition,’ study finds

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Computer researchers are betting they can take on the house after designing a new artificial intelligence program that has beat professional poker players.

Researchers from University of Alberta, Czech Technical University and Charles University in Prague developed the “DeepStack” program as a way to build artificial intelligence capable of playing a complex kind of poker. Creating an AI program that can win against a human player in a no-limit poker game has long been a goal of researchers due to the complexity of the game.

Michael Bowling, a professor in the Department of Computing Science in the University of Alberta, explained that computers have been able to win at “perfect” games such as chess or Go, in which all the information is available to both players, but that “imperfect” games like poker have been much harder to program for.

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Mar 3, 2017

Our free interstellar magazine “Principium” N°16 is out now!

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The cover features an AI interstellar probe, beautifully illustrated by concept artist Efflam Mercier. Here is the download link:

This issue covers the following topics:

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Feb 13, 2017

A Sci-Fi Short Film HD: “At the End”

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Enjoy this Sci-Fi short film created by the talented Jason J. Whitmore! Earth’s days are numbered when a nearby star goes supernova. Seizing the opportunity, an alien race has offered humanity a deal: Be our slaves or be left to die. As one couple struggles toward the last escaping ship, they grapple with the cost of sacrificing their freedom for their survival.

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Feb 13, 2017

Google’s “DeepMind‘ AI Understands The Benefits Of Betrayal

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It’s looking increasingly likely that artificial intelligence (AI) will be the harbinger of the next technological revolution. When it develops to the point wherein it is able to learn, think, and even “feel” without the input of a human – a truly “smart” AI – then everything we know will change, almost overnight.

That’s why it’s so interesting to keep track of major milestones in the development of AIs that exist today, including that of Google’s DeepMind neural network. It’s already besting humanity in the gaming world, and a new in-house study reveals that Google is decidedly unsure whether or not the AI tends to prefer cooperative behaviors over aggressive, competitive ones.

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Feb 5, 2017

Could We Bring The Technology in Mass Effect to Life?

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In Brief

  • The game designers for Mass Effect have gone all out for scientifically accurate weapons.
  • From rail guns to “element 0,” this science fiction game mirrors reality.

From the astoundingly stiff weaponry of 1995’s GoldenEye to the alien arsenal of the Halo franchise, video games haven’t always had the most realistic arms. But, in Bioware’s Mass Effect franchise, the game designers opted for scientifically accurate weapons.

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Feb 2, 2017

World’s First Gaming Hotel in Amsterdam To Reopen In May 2017

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If I dare show this to my nephews, we will never see them again.

When the Arcade Hotel Amsterdam opened last year, owner Daniel Salmanovich couldn’t help but smile when his hotel had people wanting what is known as the world’s first gaming hotel. It has its doors closed now until it will reopen in May for a much bigger expansion.

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Feb 1, 2017

Are we simulated beings living in a simulated universe?

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment

Considering how far technology has come in recent years, the idea that we may all just be simulated beings in a simulated game may not be too far off. And microchips might soon become so powerful they can simulate something as complex as the cosmos.

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Jan 21, 2017

What if we could live in the Matrix?

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Virtual Reality is not a new technology, it’s been around in various forms for decades, but enthusiasts believe it’s now on the cusp of a golden age. Driven by an increase in research money and significant advances in picture resolution and technical functionality, interest in the potential of VR is going well beyond the games and entertainment industry. The pairing of these developments with an exponential growth in certain technology sectors evokes scenarios of the future taken from the pages of sci-fi literature. VR pioneer Cosmo Scharf will paint his vision of our shared future.

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Jan 4, 2017

DeepMind and Blizzard to release StarCraft II as an AI research environment

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Announcing DeepMind’s collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment to open up StarCraft II to AI and ML researchers around the world.

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Jan 4, 2017

Real ‘Jurassic World’ Scientist Says We Could Bring Back Dinosaurs As Pets

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, entertainment

Paleontologist Jack Horner participates in a “Jurassic World” Q&A at the Natural History Museum.

Here at Popular Science, we can’t wait to see Jurassic World, which opens in theaters nationwide today. I mean, who can resist velociraptor biker gangs:

But we were also curious about the real scientific research that inspired the movie. So we talked with Jack Horner, a noted paleontologist who has consulted on the entire Jurassic Park movie franchise, including Jurassic World.

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