Booming Ethereum Price Good for Ecosystem: Founder Vitalik Buterin

Ethereum Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin was live from New York on Wednesday night. He was spotlighted in a live-stream interview with Laura Shin for the crypto journalist’s Unchained podcast, a sold-out event that was held at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Buterin remained diplomatic with his responses, even inserting bits of humor and moxie where appropriate. The blockchain pioneer fielded questions on everything from the Ethereum (ETH) price to regulation to ICOs to Satoshi Nakamoto.   Buterin on Price Buterin was candid about the importance of the ETH price, tipping his hand to the logic behind “some of the earlier

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Cryptocurrency Will Save Countries from Financial Crises in ‘Affirmative’ Future: Chicago Mayor

According to a report in Forbes, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel – formerly Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama – told one-time CCN writer Benjamin Pirus that the future for cryptocurrency is “affirmative.” “The Trend Lines Are Affirmative” Emmanuel spoke to the potential for cryptocurrency to play a serious role in debt markets as well as in third world countries, where currencies can be unreliable. Despite having a full grasp of how crypto works, Emmanuel feels positive that it will reshape the financial aspects of society. He said: “The trend lines are affirmative for its future. I don’t know if

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Intel Spotlights PC Gaming Innovation at 2019 Game Developers Conference

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 20, 2019 – At the Game Developers Conference (GDC), Intel showcased a new graphics application, community program and technology demonstrations that enable the game development community to make the PC the best place to play. As a technology leader with a deep history of innovation in gaming, the company also announced new initiatives that support game developers and foster growth of gaming on the PC platform.

Here are top five advancements for gaming that Intel showcased at the event:

9th Gen Intel® Core™ high-performance mobile processors: Intel technology has set the pace for gaming and content creation innovation, and Intel will continue its product innovations in PC gaming with the introduction of the new 9th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile (H-series) processors in the second quarter of this year, including the new Intel® Core™ i9 processor. This portfolio of high-performance mobile processors will power the ultimate laptops for gamers and creators. It has the premium performance gamers need to play and compete with seamless AAA game play while also recording and streaming without compromise. With Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (Gig+) delivering the latest Wi-Fi technology for fast, low-latency wire-free gaming and Intel® Optane™ memory enabling large capacity and amazing system performance and responsiveness in even thinner systems, Intel is providing a comprehensive mobile gaming platform. More details to come when we launch in 2019’s second quarter.

Improved graphics experience: Intel is on a journey to improve the graphics experience for over a billion consumers worldwide by working closely with our partners and customers, and bringing the gaming community along every step of the way. The company provided updates at GDC on improving the graphics experiences, including:

  • Intel® Graphics Command Center: The Intel® Graphics Command Center is an application that helps consumers optimize their experience with Intel Graphics. Built from the ground up and based on community feedback, the Intel Graphics Command Center is designed for simplicity and ease of use with a modern user interface, automatic game detection and one-click game optimization. Additionally, the Intel Graphics Command Center helps consumers understand settings with simple explanations and before-and-after images to recognize how each setting will affect their hardware. The application is now in early access. » Download
  • The Odyssey: Intel hosted the inaugural event for members of its new enthusiast program, The Odyssey. The Odyssey is a dedicated program for Intel to listen, engage and bring along the enthusiast community on a journey to a better visual experience. Participants learned about the latest advancements in hardware and software platform technologies for visual computing, community beta programs and industry collaborations that will enhance content creation and gaming experiences.

Intel® GameDev Boost: Intel announced the Intel GameDev Boost marketing program aimed at supporting the game development community, from indies to major studios, to help them access Intel’s 1 billion PC gaming systems across more than 175 countries. Join the Intel® Game Dev Program to learn more about the program, the Runs Great on Intel® technology certification, tools and tutorials to help plan and design games, free libraries, performance analyzers, tools to help code more efficiently plus optimizations for improved performance on Intel® architecture.

Anti-toxicity efforts: Intel recognizes that toxicity in gaming is a problem for players and a barrier to growth. At GDC, Intel and Spirit AI* explored how technology can play a role in addressing this complex problem by collaborating on research and development to add voice detection to its existing moderator tools. A demo of the integrated Intel and Spirit AI tools for content moderators was shown at GDC to determine whether the research and development effort can address toxicity in voice chat in games.

At Intel’s booth and during Intel-sponsored talks at GDC, leading technology and gaming companies will showcase the latest in PC gaming innovation. Topics include a conversation on the future of cloud gaming with Tencent*, a presentation on multi-core optimization for game developers and customers with Creative Assembly*, and discussions on 3D graphics software architecture, interactive ray tracing, the state of virtual reality, and machine learning solutions for reducing online harassment and cheating.

For more information on Intel in gaming, visit Intel’s Gaming PC Performance page.

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Binance Supports First Live Property Auction Using BTC and BNB

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance is partnering with real estate auctioneer James Pratt Auctions (JPA) to launch a live property auction using bitcoin and Binance Coin (BNB). On April 8, buyers can bid on – and buy – a futuristic-looking, luxury, beach-front mansion nicknamed ‘The Jetsons” in Casuarina, New South Wales, using BTC or BNB. The auction follows a partnership between Binance, JPA and NuYen Exchange. It also represents another step towards greater adoption of digital currencies. CEO of JPA and head auctioneer James Pratt said his company is excited to embrace cryptocurrency: This process gives the consumer another option to consider

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Jamie Dimon: U.S. Economy Has Failed Minorities and the Poor

CEO of JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon believes the U.S. economy systemically rolls over ethnic minority groups and economically disadvantaged people, making it difficult or impossible for them to gain economic footholds and compete fairly. Speaking with CNN Money, Dimon refused to say whether this makes the U.S. institutionally racist, but he revealed that JPMorgan is developing a series of initiatives to tackle the problems raised by systemic inequality. Dimon says a problem facing such groups is that the economy is structured to be “fundamentally anti-poor,” making it hard for people to develop the skills they need to work. To this

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Volkswagen Faces SEC Lawsuit Over “Dieselgate” Scandal

German automaker Volkswagen is facing a lawsuit filed over its actions toward investors during the so-called “Dieselgate” scandal. Filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the lawsuit alleges that the automaker allowed investors to buy $13 billion worth of company bonds despite being aware of a growing scandal involving illegal software used to manipulate emissions’ testing results. The “Dieselgate” scandal of September 2015 revealed that Volkswagen cheated emissions tests on its diesel cars by installing illegal software to give them lower pollution readings. Since then, it has snowballed into an expensive global fiasco, costing the company more than $30

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Home Helper: Startup’s Robot Can Tidy Up a Messy House

The robot rolls up to a towel, drops an arm to grasp it and then scoots along to release it in a laundry bin. It zips up to pens scattered across the floor to grab and then place them into a box.

Take a break, Roomba. Preferred Networks has been developing this home cleaning robot since early last year, and it’s moving us closer to a reality of robots as home helpers.

The company’s goal is to create intuitive and interactive personal robots capable of multiple tasks. It aims to launch them for consumers in Japan by 2023 and would like to be in the U.S. after that..

Tokyo-based Preferred Networks — Japan’s largest startup by valuation — this week discussed its home cleaning robot aimed at consumers at the GPU Technology Conference.

And it’s got skills.

The Preferred Networks home robot can take cleaning commands, understand hand gestures and recognize more than 300 objects.

It can map locations of objects in a room using object detection from convolutional neural networks the company developed. Plus, it can place items back where they belong and even tell forgetful humans where objects are located.

“We’re focusing on personal robots, allowing the robots to work in a home environment or maybe an office environment or maybe some restaurants or bars,” said Jun Hatori, a software engineer at Preferred Networks.

The robots were built on Toyota’s HSR platform for robotics and runs with a computer with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.


Beefy Vision Brains

Its robot packs powerful object detection. The developers used the Open Images Detection Dataset Version 4, which included 1.7 million annotated images with 12 million bounding boxes.

Its base convolutional neural network model was trained using 512 NVIDIA V100 GPUs and won second prize at the Google AI Open Images Challenge in the object detection track in 2018.

But it still has training to do.

For that, they use the same  512 NVIDIA GPU cluster used in the Google competition — whose nodes are interconnected by Mellanox technology. For object detection, they use the ImageNet dataset. They collected domain-specific data for the robot’s room setting and the objects, which were used to do the data tuning on top of the base network.

“We only support 300 objects so far, and that’s not enough. The system needs to be able to recognize almost everything at home,” said Hatori.

Chatty Plus Helpful

The Preferred Networks robot can speak a reply to many commands. It can connect a human command to objects mapped out in a room as well. For example, the system can map a spoken question like “Where is the striped shirt?” and tell the user where it’s located in the room.

Developers have encoded the spoken commands with LSTM and mapped them to real-world objects in the mapped room.

The system combines language interpretation with gesture. Users can point to a location in the room and give a command like “put that there.” Then the system can incorporate the user’s gesture with the spoken command.

It’s just the start.

“We’d like to do more than the simple tidying up, probably much more — some other kinds of home chores as well,” Hatori said.


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