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This is What Happens When You Teach an AI to Play Hide and Seek

The team at OpenAI observed agents discovering progressively more complex tool use while playing a simple game of hide-and-seek. Through training in their new simulated hide-and-seek environment, agents build a series of six distinct strategies and counterstrategies, some of which we did not know our environment supported. The self-supervised emergent complexity in this simple environment further suggests that multi-agent co-adaptation may one day produce extremely complex and intelligent behavior. You can find a detailed analysis and breakdown of this experiment at OpenAI Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/teaching-an-ai-to-play-hide-and-seek/

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The Monopoly Man Showed Up At Googles Congressional Hearing Today

The Monopoly Man aka Rich Uncle Pennybags aka Ian Madrigal in costume videobombed Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s congressional hearing today and the video and freeze frames are kind of hilarious. More seriously, lawmakers grilled Pichai on issues related to data privacy and anti-competitive market behavior as well as Google’s plans in China. Back to Madrigal, he actually took over the ‘Pennybags’ character from Amanda Werner, who is now a strategy director at Revolution Messaging and was often seen in Washington in the backgrounds of various trials and US political events.…

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Google will lose $50 million or more in 2018 from Fortnite bypassing the Play Store

When Fortnite Battle Royale launched on Android, it made an unusual choice: it bypassed Google Play in favor of offering the game directly from Epic Games’ own website. Most apps and games don’t have the luxury of making this choice – the built-in distribution Google Play offers is critical to their business. But Epic Games believes its game is popular enough and has a strong enough draw to bring players to its website for the Android download instead. In the process,  Unlike Apple, which only allows apps to be downloaded from…

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How to survive in Fortnite if you’re old and slow

Your reflexes are shot and your hand-eye coordination is dodgy so how do you keep up with the kids in the worlds biggest video game? Here are the 13 rules of survival Your kids are playing it, your friends are complaining about their kids playing it, and the tabloid press are telling you no one should be playing it because its evil. But the fact is, Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/games/2018/may/29/fortnite-rules-of-survival-tips-games

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SeungBeom Cho Breaks Rubiks Cube World Record with 4.591-Second Solve

Korean speedcuber, SeungBeom Cho, set the Rubik’s cube world record this past weekend in Chicago at the World Cube Association’s ChicaGhosts 2017. The 23-year-old solved the traditional 3×3 cube in a blistering 4.591 seconds, besting the previous world record time of 4.69 seconds, set last month by Patrick Ponce. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/seungbeom-cho-sets-rubiks-cube-world-record/

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Cards Against Humanity has a special holiday surprise for Donald Trump and his border wall

The dirty and sometimes downright offensive game Cards Against Humanity is back with another stunt, and this time they’re taking aim at one of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises. The company announced its holiday promotion on Tuesday, called Cards Against Humanity Saves America. Essentially, the company purchased a plot of vacant land on the border of the United States and Mexico, making it extremely difficult for Trump to build his expensive border wall which the U.S. taxpayers will inevitably pay for. SEE ALSO: This new party game will definitely confuse…

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Twitch expands game sales to more streamers

In March, video game streaming site Twitch introduced a new way for its streamers to make money: by selling games directly to their fans. Initially, however, that feature was only available to Twitchs Partners that is, the sites top-tier streamers with large audiences. Today, Twitch is adding game sales to its newly launched Twitch Affiliate program, as well. The affiliate program was introduced last month as a means of giving streamers who werent large enough to gain Partner status a way to make money from their efforts. At launch, Twitch…

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Treeos new social polling game lets you vote with emojis

A new social polling game calledthe tween and teen-friendly Wishboneis winning with its Treeo is similar in that respect. Like Wishbone, its taking the temperature of its user base on its pop culture-infused questions, but in a way that elicits a different set of answers. Its no longer a game of would you rather?,, but is instead, which is this? Indie developer Mike Rundle came up with the idea for Treeo after While the apps makersseed content in the seven main categories, anyone can create their own Treeo as these…

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Scanner Sombre arms you with lidar for a gorgeous, creepy explore-em-up

Something about the polychromatic pointillism ofScanner Sombre was announced today, and the general idea is that you find yourself in a cave in complete darkness, armed with just a lidar scanner and headset. By scanning your surroundings you can navigate and soon find that the cave is more than just a cave. And you may not be the only one in it Radioheads lidar-powered music video for House of Cards. I really wanted to recreate that visual style from the Radiohead video quite closely, complete with the rainbow colors and…

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