Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is still coming — but not this year

Electronic Arts still hasn’t revealed Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, and that’s for a reason. The publisher originally planned to launch the remastered trilogy, that I first reported on back in May, with an October reveal and release. But now EA and developer BioWare are pushing that release into early 2021, according to people familiar with […]

Allen Institute researchers find pervasive toxicity in popular language models

Researchers at the Allen Institute for AI have created a data set — RealToxicityPrompts — that attempts to elicit racist, sexist, or otherwise toxic responses from AI language models, as a way of measuring the models’ preferences for these responses. In experiments, they claim to have found that no current machine learning technique sufficiently protects […]

The RetroBeat: Can Microsoft save Quake?

With Microsoft’s $7.5 billion purchase of Bethesda, everyone is buzzing about how the Xbox brand now owns huge franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Doom. But I’m just sitting over here thinking about Quake. Quake is one of the most important first-person shooter franchises ever. It’s from Id Software, the same studio that created […]

The Coalition for App Fairness formed to counter Apple App Store practices

The independent nonprofit Coalition for App Fairness was formed to promote competition and to protect innovation on digital platforms by providing a roadmap of acceptable practices for operators of the most popular platforms. “As enforcers, regulators, and legislators around the world investigate Apple for its anti-competitive behavior, The Coalition for App Fairness will be the […]

Google launches AI Platform Prediction in general availability

Google today launched AI Platform Prediction in general availability, a service that lets developers prep, build, run, and share machine learning models in the cloud. It’s based on a Google Kubernetes Engine backend and features an architecture designed for high reliability, flexibility, and low overhead latency. IDC predicts that worldwide spending on cognitive and AI systems will […]

Contact-tracing app: First version worked on more phones

By Rory Cellan-JonesTechnology correspondent Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic image captionThe original contact-tracing app was shelved after its trial on the Isle of Wight, but its creators have continued to work on it The original NHS Covid-19 app, which was shelved, would have worked on a larger number of handsets than the app which launched in […]

These weird, unsettling photos show that AI is getting smarter

Of all the AI models in the world, OpenAI’s GPT-3 has most captured the public’s imagination. It can spew poems, short stories, and songs with little prompting, and has been demonstrated to fool people into thinking its outputs were written by a human. But its eloquence is more of a parlor trick, not to be […]

Facebook takes a shot at Apple over stance on paid online events for game creators

Facebook and Apple aren’t getting along, and the social network is taking yet another shot at Apple today. This dispute is over paid online events, and it seems to be a sign of deteriorating relations among the tech giants. In August, Facebook introduced paid online events. It let Facebook Page owners create an online event, […]

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting Halloween fun and reprinted Amiibo cards

Nintendo announced today that Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ Halloween event will start September 30 via a free update. It’ll also be reprinting more of those elusive Amiibo cards. New Horizons has been Nintendo’s big hit of the year. Since releasing for Switch in March, the social simulator has sold over 22 million copies. Free updates […]