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Sony’s new AI agent achieves superhuman Gran Turismo Sport scores

One of the best things about computers is that they can learn just as much from a simulation as they can from so-called ‘real world’ experiences. That means, given the proper simulator, we can teach AI to drive cars without ever putting a single human in danger. Just about every AI company trains their driverless vehicle algorithms using simulations. Until now, the simulators themselves weren’t all that interesting. They’re mostly just physics engines designed to be interpreted by a neural network. But Sony just unveiled the most popular autonomous driving simulator ever: Gran Turismo Sport. In case you’re not a gamer: this isn’t advanced software designed to train AIs, it’s a game. And not just any game but the latest in one of the most beloved racing simulation series in history Researchers from the University of Zurich and Sony AI Zurich recently published a pre-print paper showcasing the development of an autonomous agent designed to beat the best human players at the game. Per the team: Among racing games, Gran Turismo Sport (GTS) is known as a highly realistic driving simulation, modelling phenomena, such as the influence of tires’ temperature and a car’s current fuel level on traction. Therefore, similarly to real-world racing, the optimal trajectory (i.e., the trajectory leading to the fastest lap time) for a car in GTS depends not only on the geometry and properties of the track, but also on various (a priori unknown) physical characteristics and states of the car. Due to its similarity to real…Continue readingSony’s new AI agent achieves superhuman Gran Turismo Sport scores

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Becoming a superhuman isn’t impossible. In fact, these five steps can be your fast track

TLDR: The Superhuman Lifetime Subscription Bundle is a five-app masterplan for honing your mind, body and soul. Right about now, we all wish we had a few aces up our sleeve to help get through the day. A few hidden skills and abilities that can make a difference for ourselves and those around us. We might not strap on a cape or fight crime, but developing some superpowers to give us an added edge here or there isn’t just comic book or Marvel movie talk. In fact, it’s actually entirely doable to start stacking up superpowers like DC stacks up movie flops. With the training in The Superhuman Lifetime Subscription Bundle ($79, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals), you can reshape your body, mind and will to turn yourself into a virtual superhuman at home or the office. Being able to learn and converse in another language is a superpower in itself — and with this uTalk subscription, you’ll be able to add two new languages to your skillset at your own pace. The uTalk process was created by scientists, researchers and linguists, who crafted an intensive, yet intuitive method for immersing learners with native speakers and a host of app-based tools to help language acquisition come quickly and naturally. Each of their 140 potential languages have up to 180 hours of training material behind them, so between lessons, games and vital assessments, you’ll be fluent in your new language in no time. Of course, one way to speed…Continue readingBecoming a superhuman isn’t impossible. In fact, these five steps can be your fast track