Microsoft's social media experiment, an artificial intelligence (AI) Twitter chatbot called Tay has been taken down barely 24 hours after it was activated. After taking it down, the company also issued an apology for the "racist" and "sexist" tweets the chatbot churned out. According to a report in The Guardian, Microsoft said that they are "deeply sorry" after the chatbot went on to say that feminism was like cancer and that the Holocaust was "made up" and did not happen.
Tay, the Twitter chatbot, was launched by Microsoft last Wednesday. According to another report in The Verge, this is not the company's first try with this kind of technology, having launched a chatbot called XiaoIce in China which was eventually used by over 40 million users in the country. While XiaoIce was a successful experiment, this was not the case with the Tay AI.
Tay AI was designed by Microsoft to learn and "become smarter" through its interaction with other users. In this case however, the Guardian report cited that the bot did learn something but instead of learning something useful, it learned anti-feminist and anti-Semitic language which was apparently fed to it by actual Twitter users. Early on, Microsoft noticed these developments but came to the defense of the bot, saying that it was a "learning machine." Later on, when the bot started targeting a particular user with sexist remarks, it became clear to the Microsoft that the experiment had gone awry. more >>
The E3 2016 is a few months away and this year is looking to be a big year in gaming, especially with the release of several virtual reality headsets. Despite VR technology, however, old-fashioned gaming through the use of gaming console remains to be the popular choice among casual and serious gamers. Between the two choices, Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4, a Tech Times report looked at how each console fared in terms of console-exclusive games that are for release this year.
The Sony PlayStation 4 remains to be the popular choice, with over 36 million units sold. According to the Tech Times report, there are quite a number of games that are set for release this year. These include the action platformer game "Ratchet and Clank" developed by Insomniac Games arriving on April 12 and "Uncharted 4: A Thief's End," the action-adventure title by Naughty Dog arriving on April 26. . The huge open-world space exploration game, "No Man's Sky" is also up for release on June 21, while the lesser known platform game, "Shadow of the Beast" will be coming on May 17. There 21 other games lined up in 2016, but sadly not all of them have definite release dates. Three games: "EVE: Valkyrie," "The Tomorrow Children," and "Umbrella Corps" have a release window of spring 2016, and "Star Ocean 5" has a release window of fall 2016.
The Xbox One compared to the PS4, does not have as many exclusives up for release this year. The only game that has a definite release date of April 12 is Remedy's "Quantum Break," a third-person shooter video game. According to the report, there are only eight games lined up for the Xbox One. Only four of these have release windows: "Below" and "Crackdown 3" will be out by summer 2016, while "Gears of War 4" and "Halo Wars 2" have a fall 2016 window. more >>
A recent forecast released by the Federal Aviation Administration exposes an intriguing reality – America will see its skies dominated by small unmanned aircraft commonly referred to as drones. The projected number is in itself staggering, even outrageous, which according to the FAA, will reach more than 7 million by the year 2020.
These drones will either be already sold in stores or delivered in homes in the U.S, but the expected effect of these drones flying over homes and neighborhoods is still subject for debate and personal opinion. Meanwhile, the FAA's Aerospace Forecast for the years 2016 up to 2036 says that 2.5 million of that number is expected to happen this year.
A small unmanned aircraft is described as something that weighs from 0.55 up to 55 pounds. Although drones are originally built and designed for military surveillance, it has become quite a trend for civilian use. Various industries are using it for different purposes. According to the same forecast, hobbyists will account for about 4.3 million of those unmanned aircraft while commercial owners will own 2.7 million. more >>
The Pokemon Company shared an interesting piece of news recently – unfortunately, it did not include the release date of the company's augmented reality game, "Pokemon GO." Instead, it shared a few screenshots of the much-awaited game, giving fans a more concrete idea about what the game will look like.
According to the Niantic Labs blog, the game will combine augmented reality, which the developer pioneered with an earlier game called "Ingress," with mobile location technology that is commonly found in mobile phones. By doing this, players are not limited to playing on their mobile phones, but will be forced to interact with their environment.
"Pokemon GO" players need to look for pocket monsters that can be found in the real world. They must catch, collect and train these Pokemon through the game on their mobile phones. Battles between Pokemon can happen at designated Gyms and players can also cooperate with their team members. There are also designated PokeStops, where players can get eggs, Poke Balls and other items. more >>
Microsoft is bringing an update to the Xbox One that will make it much easier for owners of the current generation console to buy and download Xbox 360 backwards compatible games on their consoles directly, according to a report in Tech Times. This feature is one of the new ones that the latest update will be providing on the Xbox One. The update will be arriving on March 30.
According to a blog post by Major Nelson, Microsoft has heard its Xbox gamers who have been requesting that they should be able to purchase Xbox 360 Backward Compatible games directly on their Xbox Ones. When Microsoft's Backward Compatibility program, Xbox One owners are only able to get Xbox 360 games through the web, through an Xbox 360 console, or when they already have a physical copy of the game. This new update makes it easier for Xbox One owners to buy the Xbox 360 games that they have always wanted to get.
Major Nelson said in his blog post, "Find and purchase Xbox 360 Backward Compatible games the same way you would Xbox One titles, and once purchase, Xbox 360 Backward Compatible content will automatically download to your Xbox One and be ready to play!" more >>
When "Syndrome" was announced in September 2015, it was described by developer Camel 101 as a space survival horror video game that is set in a spaceship that is aimlessly drifting in space. The player gets to control the lone survivor in the spaceship, a character that has just awakened from a deep cryosleep. The game has released a new trailer, showing just how scary it can be to be trapped in a spaceship with dead crew members and something else that is deadly.
The trailer has a character named Captain Marius speaking about the crew's important mission, how capable its crew is, how the ship is the most advanced of its kind and how it is aided by the best worker droids. His speech however is set against gameplay video clips that show dark spaceship corridors with dangers lurking in the shadows, as well as clips of what looked like dead crew members.
This trailer confirms that the game is a first-person survival horror game, with the player controlling the ship's lone surviving crew member. According to a report in Tech Times, the player will have access to limited ammunition and other supplies that are needed to survive. These limited resources need to be used judiciously as the player does not know what is out there and what kind of creatures he needs to defend himself against. The game's main mission is to find out what happened to the ship while at the same time trying to stay alive. more >>