This sounds like a science fiction movie: it throws artificial intelligence against human pilots. (In fact, it is finally done already.)
Sadly, DARPA will no longer hold a personal event for AlphaDogfight’s third and final Trial. Rather, it will happen practically, with participants and viewers browsing the internet as control of AI algorithms simulated F-16 fighter jets in aerial combat. By the end of the three-day event, viewers will witness a match between senior AI and an experienced Air Force fighter pilot, who will also control a virtual F-16.
If you are interested, you must register in advance to tune in. If you are in the US, you must register by August 17th, while everyone else has until August 11th. As long as the human race does not fall, it should be quite cute.
Amazon can turn JCPenney and Sears stores into warehouses
Recovered from one of the things that killed them?
Wall Street JournalSources al claim that Amazon is in talks with mall owner Simon Property Group to turn some of its store space into malls. The retailer is said to be looking either to enter the empty JCPenney and Sears stores or to purchase locations still in use. At the same time, Amazon is also in discussions with numerous mall owners about setting up future low-cost grocery stores on the premises of the former JCPenney. Keep reading.
WarnerMedia shakes itself to focus on HBO Max
And it focuses on its global ambitions.
WarnerMedia has gone through a management shock under new CEO Jason Kilar, and this is part of its efforts to make HBO Max the company’s top priority. Kilar announced the restructuring in an email to employees. He stressed how important it was to act urgently because of the “economic pressures and the acceleration of direct adoption to the consumer” caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In short, people’s behaviors are changing, and now is the time for change.
The new structure consolidates all WarnerMedia production operations – Warner Bros., HBO, HBO Max, TNT, TBS and TruTV – under (thankfully) a single studio and networking network led by Warner Bros. Keep reading.
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Toshiba officially ceases laptop business
Sharp owns what is left of the Toshiba computer lineup.
Toshiba has quietly sold 19.9 percent of the remaining shares in the Dynabook laptop brand in Sharp, officially exiting the laptop business and business in general. The company hadn’t been a major name on PC for a while (it sold most of Sharp business in 2018), but that’s still evident – the end of a 35-year period. Toshiba was a pioneer in the early days of mobile computers, but struggled in the modern era of ultraportables and sleek models. Keep reading.