Archive for the ‘entertainment’ category: Page 98

Feb 25, 2016

The Video Game that Made Elon Musk Question Whether Our Reality is a Simulation

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, entertainment, physics, robotics/AI, space

In June, a team of programmers will release a ground-breaking new video game called No Man’s Sky, which uses artificial intelligence and procedural generation to self-create an entire cosmos full of planets. Running off 600,000 lines of code, the game creates an artificial galaxy populated by 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 unique planets that you can travel to and explore.

Though this artificial universe is realistic down to the dimensions of a blade of grass, faster than light-speed travel is available in order for players to bridge the unfathomable distances between stars.

Chief architect Sean Murray says No Man’s Sky is different than most games because the landscapes and distances aren’t faked. While most space-based games utilize a skybox that simply rotates between different modalities, No Man’s Sky is virtually limitless and employs real physics.

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Feb 22, 2016

This Room-Size VR Game Makes You Into an Actual Action Hero

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

Thanks to “room-scale” VR, full-body gaming is coming. WIRED’s Peter Rubin tries out “Raw Data,” a first-person shooter that turns players into jumping, shooting, crouching, katana-slicing action heroes. Your living room will never be the same again.

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Feb 21, 2016

Lady Gaga’s robotic keyboard had some help from NASA

Posted by in categories: entertainment, robotics/AI

Gaga has gone gaga over robotic arms for her keyboard.

“You have to institute and build a robotic system that would be ready to perform in six minutes in front of millions of people on national television.”

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Feb 21, 2016

PlayStation VR Will Launch In Fall 2016, Says GameStop CEO During Live TV Interview

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

It’s looking like 2016 will be the year virtual reality hits the mainstream now that Oculus Rift is on the brink of shipping and Google Cardboard is into the millions of units sold. Now, we finally know when Sony is releasing its new VR headset too. GameStop CEO Paul Raines revealed the PlayStation VR will launch in the third quarter of this year during a live television interview.

“We will launch the Sony product this fall,” said Raines, “and we’re in discussions with the other two players.” Shortly after blurting out the PlayStation VR release date, Raines redirected the conversation to GameStop’s dominance in gaming hardware sales. To watch the flub, jump to the 2:40 mark in the clip below:

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Feb 20, 2016

Is Your COUCH Smart Enough? Enter the Immersit

Posted by in categories: entertainment, habitats, mobile phones

Smartphone meet the Smartcouch.…-20160220#

I’m reporting this news now from my couch and I must admit that after months of immersion in the Smart Home world, I’ve never once considered if my sofa was on the list of home products needing to be upgraded. Until, I suppose…today. Welcome to the Immersit, the new device which might have you never looking at your La-Z-Boy the same way again. Or, if you’re like me … wondering if the product will work, destroy your sofa, or frighten the heck out of your pet.

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Feb 20, 2016

A Scientist Fulfills a Promise To His Dead Wife In Short Film Goldilocks

Posted by in categories: entertainment, space

In this intriguing short film, Goldilocks, Earth has been devastated by solar storms, prompting a search for another home planet for humanity. In orbit, a scientist named Kharon is working hard to adapt plants to a new world, fulfilling a promise to his long-dead wife.

There’s some hints of 2001: A Space Odyssey here, and this is an interesting short film with some striking visuals. There’s some stretches of the imagination here, starting with the very notion of a space station being a bit more secure for research in orbit than on Earth (you know, with a magnetic field to protect you), but we’ll let it slide.

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Feb 20, 2016

Gaming Chip Is Helping Raise Your Computer’s IQ

Posted by in categories: computing, entertainment, mobile phones, robotics/AI

Using gaming chips to read people’s images, etc. definitely makes sense especially as we move more and more in the AI connected experience.

Facebook, Google and Microsoft are tapping the power of a vintage computer gaming chip to raise your smartphone’s IQ with artificially intelligent programs that recognize faces and voices, translate conversations on the fly and make searches faster and more accurate.

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Feb 19, 2016

Google’s Upcoming Virtual Reality Headset Will Be Wireless, No Need For Smartphone Or PC

Posted by in categories: entertainment, mobile phones, virtual reality

Google’s forthcoming wireless virtual reality headset is purportedly in the works. With this new VR headset, users will no longer need a smartphone, PC or gaming console for it to provide a VR experience. (Photo : Justin Sullivan | Getty Images)

Google is reportedly developing a wireless virtual reality headset. The more advanced form of the company’s cardboard viewer will soon not rely on a smartphone, PC or gaming console to make it work – this makes it the first of its kind in the VR field.

The Wall Street Journal, citing its unnamed sources familiar with this matter, says that the company is currently working on an all-in-one VR headset which could likely come out before the year ends.

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Feb 19, 2016

Virtual Reality Visionary Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs Selected To Join Mobile World Congress ‘Entertainment Showcase’

Posted by in categories: entertainment, media & arts, virtual reality

Could VR give Hollywood a new boost? Looks like it. Imagine you can be part of the Bond or MI experience instead of sitting an watching it.

On Latest Stop in Global Campaign to Be Elected The World’s First “President of VR” Debuts “I AM MY AVATAR” Campaign Music Video

Honoring Late ‘Motorhead’ Founder Lemmy Kilmister on the Heels of Emotional Grammy© Awards Tribute

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Feb 18, 2016

This New Artificial Intelligence Script-Reading Program Could Find Your Next Oscar Role (Exclusive)

Posted by in categories: entertainment, information science, robotics/AI

Actors and Actresses will never have to worry about reading through pages of scripts to decide whether or not the role is worth their time; AI will do the work for you.

A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

During his 12 years in UTA’s story department, Scott Foster estimates he read about 5,500 screenplays. “Even if it was the worst script ever, I had to read it cover to cover,” he says. So when Foster left the agency in 2013, he teamed with Portland, Ore.-based techie Brian Austin to create ScriptHop, an artificial intelligence system that manages the volume of screenplays that every agency and studio houses. “When I took over [at UTA], we were managing hundreds of thousands of scripts on a Word document,” says Foster, who also worked at Endeavor and Handprint before UTA. “The program began to eat itself and become corrupt because there was too much information to handle.” ScriptHop can read a script and do a complete character breakdown in four seconds, versus the roughly four man hours required of a reader. The tool, which launches Feb. 16 is free, and is a sample of the overall platform coming later in 2016 that will recommend screenplays as well as store and manage a company’s library for a subscription fee of $29.99 a month per user.

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