US Army to study gamers’ brains to build AI military robots

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A group of experts wants to study the brain waves and eye movements of people playing a video game in order to build an advanced AI that could coordinate the actions of military robots.

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, awarded a team from the University of Buffalo’s Artificial Intelligence Institute a $316,000 grant for the study.

Although swarm robotics is inspired by many things, including ant colonies, researchers believe that humans have a lot of potential to improve AI learning systems. The study of 25 video game players will include real-time strategy games such as StarCraft, Stellaris and Company of Heroes.

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A third of gamers use real world money to buy virtual goods

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Visa-owned PlaySpan with research firm VGMarket have released a new study on how and what gamers are spending on virtual goods. Nearly one-third of the general gamer population has used real world money (as opposed to virtual currency) to purchase virtual goods, according to the study. Console games with online play account for the majority (51%) of virtual purchases using real world money, with social networking games (30%) coming in at second.

 

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Study: Video Games Make You Eat More

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Video games compel you to eat even when you aren’t hungry.

A study in Canada has offered up a new clue to the country’s obesity epidemic.  The study suggested that video-game use is not just a rampant and sedentary replacement for physical exertion, but actually compels players to eat more — even when they are not hungry.

 

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Pro Gamers Have Brains Like Fighter Pilots, Lungs Like Career Smokers

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Gamers are often unhealthy inside and out

Well, this isn’t really that surprising. It’s pretty much a natural progression from the lifestyle of a gamer. I still remember the amount of processing power (in my brain, you understand) involved in leading off a crossbow shot according to your ping in original Half-Life multiplayer, or how much precision it took to nail a flying light armor with the lazer in Tribes at 20x zoom. But I also remember the long hours spent achieving that level of brisk cognitive potential. Healthy hours they were not. Can you say tostitos?

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Will Video Games Come Alive In The Future?

Will Video Games Come Alive In The Future?

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Anyone who’s played through a game like Microsoft’s Fable II (who can forget your virtual dog?), BioWare’s Mass Effect (with its robust roster of non-playable characters) or seen Sony’s upcoming Heavy Rain (whose developer, Quantic Dream, promises a new type of relationship between player and character) may have wondered to themselves whether gaming, which is still in its infancy as an art form, is heading towards its inevitable Citizen Kane threshold. More than the graphics or surround sound, the latest game consoles’ processing power are bringing to life AI-controlled characters unlike anything experienced before.

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Zeemote – Bluetooth Controller For Mobile Phone Gamers

Zeemote - Bluetooth Controller For Mobile Phone Gamers 

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If those XL-sized fingers of yours have given you sores while gaming and forced you to tearfully bid farewell to this hobby, the Zeemote joystick could offer some respite. Designed specifically for mobile phone gamers, the Bluetooth-enabled controller offers you a “console-style gaming experience.” Ergonomically designed to snuggle into your closed palm, the Zeemote is ultra-light at 47g and measures just 95×35x20mm. The wireless controller is compatible with a wide range of mobile phones from all leading manufacturers.

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