Google’s Deepmind AI learns to be your ultimate video game ally

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AI models that play games go back decades, but they generally specialize in one game and always play to win. From this data — and the annotations provided by data labelers — the model learns to associate certain visual representations of actions, objects, and interactions. AI agents trained on multiple games performed better on games they hadn’t been exposed to. But of course many games involve specific and unique mechanics or terms that will stymie the best-prepared AI. And simple improvised actions or interactions are also being simulated and tracked by AI in some really interesting research into agents.

Upcoming Reddit IPO May Provide Incentives for Influential Users

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“Fandime NFTs: The Ultimate Reward for AR Platform Users, Unlocking Exclusive Movie-Related Content”

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The company also announced today it’s expanding its AR collectible tickets to cinema partners in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, Korea, Australia, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Each Fandime gets a unique Blockchain-based ID and is minted on Avalanche’s blockchain network and stored in a user’s Really account. Users can redeem Fandime for digital rewards, movie-related AR content, exclusive opportunities, “AR trophies and wearable face filters,” the company explained. If we combine those two things today, which Really is doing, we believe we are ahead of the game,” Really AR founder and CEO James Andrew Felts told TechCrunch. In the long term, Really plans to create original AR content and branch out to other areas besides the entertainment industry, Felts revealed to us.

“Revolutionizing Social Networking: Claim Secures $4M to Empower Users with Rewards and Trading Opportunities”

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Claim, a platform that is both a rewards app and a social network, has raised $4 million in a seed funding round led by Sequoia Capital. With Claim, users and their friends can earn cash back, exchange rewards and even redeem them together. The platform is a social network that aims to focus on real-world value and communal experiences rather than manufactured content and reposts. “We started Claim because we were really interested in what it meant to own something online,” Stephenson told TechCrunch in an interview. They then decided that users should be able to use the rewards with their friends or exchange them.