AIs are better gamers than us, but that’s OK “Just a few weeks ago, OpenAI announced that it had created a simple MMO specifically for AI to play among themselves. It has procedurally generated terrain, a foraging system that encourages competition for resources and a basic combat system with three classes of characters. The goal of the MMO is to create a sufficiently complex world with short-term and long-term pressures and observe how reinforcement learning works when survival is the only driver.” I want to see an AI trained on Roller Coaster Tycoon.
Stadia is about the future of YouTube, not gaming “Gaming is a conduit or a vehicle, drawing you to YouTube as the important destination. Now, I’m not dismissing the obvious motivation of wanting to be in early on an exciting new development in tech and gaming, but my impression is that YouTube is the overriding priority for Google… look at the unique buttons the company has put on the top: one is for Google Assistant and the other is for screen capture. Those are your Google priorities printed in crisp white iconography atop a smooth black surface. The capture button is there to make sharing to YouTube as effortless and frictionless as possible, while the Assistant’s inclusion is there to help gamers stuck on a level find guides or tips on YouTube without having to leave their gaming session.” On the nose.
Society Desperately Needs an Alternative Web A good read and I think the good news — beyond just the existence and availability of new decentralized technologies — is that the web overall is constantly shifting. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say there will be many competing web alternatives in the next 10 years.