Atari has decentralized gaming for 45 years. Now it’s creating altcoins.


Atari recently announced the development of two new cryptocurrencies, Atari Token and Pong Token. If you’re too young to remember the company, the important thing to know is that it was part of a movement to decentralize arcade games. It succeeded then; will it now? The company announced a partnership with blockchain pro Infinity Networks to create tokens as part of an investment deal. According to a French press release, the Atari Token is specifically for entertainment: The company is developing a decentralized platform giving access to any form of digital entertainment,that is to say a very wide offer ranging…

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Twitter discontinues its Mac desktop app after years of spotty support

Twitter’s erratic support for its dedicated desktop Mac application is coming to an end, with the company announcing today that it’s pulled the application from the web and from Apple’s App Store. Support for Twitter for Mac will end in 30 days, the company adds.

The app, before Twitter pulled it, had an average user rating on the App Store of 1.7 out of 5. That’s an accurate approximation of most people’s attitude toward the software, which has never quite been as robust as third-party clients like Tweetbot or even in-house services like Tweetdeck.

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You’ll Be Watching NBA Game On a Magic Leap Headset Within Five Years

Since is formation in 2010, Magic Leap has emerged as one of the most promising companies working with augmented reality – despite showing very little of its technology to the public. Now, its CEO, Rony Abovitz, has indicated that the AR Magic Leap headset might be on track to launch sooner rather than later.

Abovitz appeared at Recode’s Code Media conference alongside NBA commissioner Adam Silver to announce that live basketball games will be streamed to the company’s headset. Play will be captured as volumetric video, giving viewers the ability to move around the court and choose whatever viewing angle they like.

The Magic Leap headset. Image Credit: Magic Leap

The presentation even included a video of retired NBA player and current basketball analyst Shaquille O’Neal, who showed off his own Magic Leap headset and enthused about his own experience watching games on the glasses, calling it “the most amazing thing.”

In a follow-up interview with The Verge, Abovitz stated that this method of streaming live NBA games will be available within the next two to five years.

Volumetric video uses multiple cameras to produce an image with depth, which isn’t too far removed from the standard broadcasting set-up at a sporting event. This could make NBA games a perfect proving ground for Magic Leap’s technology.

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The “Father of Artificial Intelligence” Says Singularity Is 30 Years Away

You’ve probably been told that the singularity is coming. It is that long-awaited point in time — likely, a point in our very near future — when advances in artificial intelligence lead to the creation of a machine (a technological form of life?) smarter than humans.

If Ray Kurzweil is to be believed, the singularity will happen in 2045. If we throw our hats in with Louis Rosenberg, then the day will be arriving a little sooner, likely sometime in 2030. MIT’s Patrick Winston would have you believe that it will likely be a little closer to Kurzweil’s prediction, though he puts the date at 2040, specifically.

But what difference does it make? We are talking about a difference of just 15 years. The real question is, is the singularity actually on its way?

At the World Government Summit in Dubai, I spoke with Jürgen Schmidhuber, who is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at AI company NNAISENSE, Director of the Swiss AI lab IDSIA, and heralded by some as the “father of artificial intelligence” to find out.

He is confident that the singularity “is just 30 years away, if the trend doesn’t break, and there will be rather cheap computational devices that have as many connections as your brain but are much faster,” he said.

Imagine a cheap little device that can compute as much data as all human brains taken together. Well, this may become a reality in just 50 years from now. “And there will be many, many of those. There is no doubt in my mind that AIs are going to become super smart,” Schmidhuber says.

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Today, the world faces a number of hugely complex challenges, from global warming, to the refugee crisis. These are all problems that, over time, will affect everyone on the planet, deeply and irreversibly. But the real seismic change, one that will influence the way we respond to each one of those crises, will happen elsewhere.

“It is much more than just another industrial revolution. It is something that transcends humankind and life itself.”

“All of this complexity pales against this truly important development of our century, which is much more than just another industrial revolution.” Schmidhuber says. “It is something that transcends humankind and life itself.”

When biological life emerged from chemical evolution, 3.5 billion years ago, a random combination of simple, lifeless elements kickstarted the explosion of species populating the planet today. Something of comparable magnitude may be about to happen. “Now the universe is making a similar step forward from lower complexity to higher complexity,” Schmidhuber beams. “And it’s going to be awesome.”

Like with biological life, there will be an element of randomness to that crucial leap between a powerful machine and artificial life. And while we may not be able to predict exactly when, all evidence points to the fact that the singularity will happen.

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Magic Leap promises live-streamed holograms within five years

Yesterday, Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz and NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced plans to eventually bring Turner-owned NBA content to Magic Leap’s elusive AR goggles, by casting virtual screens in front of a wearer’s face through the goggles. It wasn’t an earth-shattering announcement, but it was an indication that Magic Leap’s tech could be more than billion-dollar vaporware, and that the company is thinking about the kind of content needed to convince people to wear light-field face computers.

What’s more interesting is that Abovitz believes volumetric video — a way of capturing video as 3D objects and scenes — will be live-streamed to people’s faces within a relatively short period of time, and that the kind of cameras used to make…

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