What will video games be like when they can truly harness the power of AI? If the machine learning-powered text adventure AI Dungeon 2is anything to go by, theyll be open-ended, ludicrously silly, and bags of fun to play.
AI Dungeon 2 isnt exactly a polished game, but more of a passion project from developer Nick Walton. Hes harnessed the power of a state-of-the-art, open-source text generation system built by OpenAI and fed it a bunch of texts in the style of Choose Your Own Adventure books. The result is a text adventure where, to modify a cliché, the only limit is the AIs imagination.
You can play AI Dungeon 2 for yourself here. Once youve gone through a bit of…
This genius combination of Christmas string lights and phone charger borders the line between kitschy and adorable, but I first saw it on Apartment Therapy, and I trust their judgment when it comes to cute items. Its a 50-inch USB cable that comes in a Lightning charger cable version for iPhones, Micro USB for Android phones, and USB-C.And it is freakin delightful.
Is it worth buying a $12 charger from a random Amazon store that describes itself as, Our brand name is: Cewuidy. Our sellers name is YAGE TALE .? Thats for you to decide, but for me, it is absolutely worth it. Reviewers say the lights wont get hot even after being plugged in for 12 hours, and that its not absolute garbage because it still works after a year! The…
Hackaday editors Mike Szczys and Elliot Williams talk over the last three weeks full of hacks. Our first “back to normal” podcast after Supercon turns out to still have a lot of Supercon references in it. We discuss Raspberry Pi 4’s HDMI interfering with its WiFi, learn the differences between …read more
On Star Trek, all Kirk and friends had to do was snap the button on the always conveniently located intercom panel, start talking, and the intended recipient would immediately respond no matter where they were in the ship. How did it work? Who knows. In spite of, or perhaps …read more
Google Assistant is getting a few new skills to make the virtual assistant more useful, adding the option to share photos directly through voice commands, search for podcasts based on a specific topic, and integrate with more note-keeping apps like Any.do, AnyList, and Bring.
Podcast search is the simplest addition. Just ask Assistant to find a podcast about holiday cooking or show me podcasts about New Years resolutions, and Google will suggest episodes for you to listen.
Photo sharing also works the way youd expect: you can pull up pictures by asking Google to show you a specific person or date, select your favorites, and then ask Google to send them to a friend. The new part here is the voice commands: instead of navigating the…
The Vergecast is back after a Thanksgiving break and our Pirate Radio series with a new tech news roundup for the week. This weeks theme: billionaires doing weird billionaire things.
Dieter Bohn, Casey Newton, Andrew Hawkins, and Paul Miller begin the show discussing Teslas event when it unveiled its new electric pickup truck the Cybertruck, as well as Ford revealing its first electric Mustang. Who among the crew is on board for this weird billionaire thing?
In the second half of the show, deputy editor Liz Lopatto joins us from Los Angeles where she is covering Elon Musks defamation trial regarding Musks bad tweets. Liz explains how this lawsuit came to be and what has happened at the trial so far.
When using Wix, when working with Corvid you dont need to deal with HTML/CSS when developing UI. Instead, you get a full-blown WYSIWYG editor, where you can create the UI for your application. Then, all thats left to do is write the application logic, which is really what we want to focus on when developing applications.
Most examples youll see today that connect application logic to the view are similar to old-style jQuery applications. You bind an event handler to UI elements, and in response to those events, you run some logic that updates other UI elements with the result.
If you have been following beginner or even intermediate guides on Python and are starting to feel the need for more advanced learning; this book may be the one you have been looking for.
According to the authors, this book was written for those who already know the basics of Python but want to deepen their knowledge and skills. While being targeted to people who already know the fundamentals of Python, it still includes a quick review in the first chapter. It briefly discusses fundamentals like variables, operators, data types, basic I/O, if/else, while, for, function definitions and arguments, lists, tuples, dictionaries, sets, and the distinction between global and local variables. This initial chapter is presented as being an optional reading, as its contents are pretty basic, but the authors recommend that the reader takes a minute or so on the last to pages, which cover the global statement.
This is the tutorial I wish I had around some years ago when I first tried to learn how to use Vim. If youre just beginning to know this amazing text editor, please keep reading; I am writing this tutorial right for you!
Whether you prefer to code in a simple steps editor or in a full-fledged IDE, the fact remains that a console-based text mode editor can be an invaluable tool for many purposes, from coding to remote system administration. VIM (Vi IMproved) is the most common version of a classic UNIX text editor named vi, which is currently available on almost any platform. Its one of the most useful and complex console tools you can find, and also one you can make use right away, no matter what you do for a living (everyone needs to write something, right?).
CVE-2019-5700 is a vulnerability in the Nvidia Tegra bootloader, discovered by [Ryan Grachek], and breaking first here at Hackaday. To understand the vulnerability, one first has to understand a bit about the Tegra boot process. When the device is powered on, a irom firmware loads the next stage of the …read more
The Mandalorian is an incredibly fun, well-crafted show on its own, and Baby Yoda is undeniably wholesome and adorable. Baby Yoda also happens to represent countless dollars in merchandise sales down the road, and The Mandalorian will soon include marketing for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Disney is partially using the show to do what it has always done best: market.
If a Disney property is really successful, it wont just make $1 billion at the box office, pull in millions of subscribers or viewers every week, and make…
Theres an inevitability to Marriage Story, a feeling of something like gravity: all-encompassing and firm, easy to forget its there as it slowly repels instead of attracts. Perhaps its due to director Noah Baumbachs intimate direction and script, which, despite its wrenching subject matter, plays like a rom-com. Theres sharp dialogue, rich with double entendre and implied history, thats delivered with an energy that makes it a real shame that its in the service of people falling apart, not coming together. Lines layer on top of and under one another, delivered with the easy rhythm of people who know each other intimately. The camera gets close, and we get to see them look at each other in ways that words fail to describe.
The Lixada LED Handheld Flashlight is a $9 stocking-stuffer ($29 for 4): a six-LED/36 lumen flashlight that clips directly over the terminals of a 9V battery, forming an easy flashlight rated for up to 10,000 hours (battery life depends on whether you’re switched to 6, 4 or 2 LEDs). One reviewer uses 9V batteries swapped out of smoke detectors as power-sources for these. (via Kottke)
Nobody games alone anymore. Thats never been strictly the case, anyway. Video games have always been relatively social, despite the old basement-dwelling, Cheeto-stained stereotypes. Its 2019: were all gamers now. Part of that is because video games are more accessible now than they ever have been smartphones are just tiny consoles! but another part of it is also that games are more visible now. They go viral just like everything else does. (Honk!) That second bit, however, is relatively new. Games are more visible because the way we share them with each other has changed. And a big reason for that is the PlayStation 4.
Streaming aggregator Reelgood capitalized on the overabundance of streaming services available today by offering consumers a universal dashboard where you can track what you’re watching and discover your next binge. It then translated the activity from its over 10 million users into data it licenses to major companies, including Roku, Microsoft, smart TV makers, NYPost, […]
Walk through any office, and you will likely spot a few bobbleheads. These wobbly figurines are great fun to have around, although most celebrate people we will never meet.
For something a little more personal, try Handmade Custom Bobbleheads. These mini caricatures are sculpted and painted by skilled artisans, based on any photo you provide. They make a great gift for family and friends, and a nice addition to your desk.
There is nothing wrong with owning figurines of your favorite athletes and movie characters. However, having an artist create a bobblehead from your likeness is infinitely cooler.
The process is pretty straightforward. You simply upload a photo of the person you want to see with a big, wobbly head, and choose a pose. This could be sitting behind a desk, standing proudly in superhero attire, or dressed ready for the catwalk.
The image is then passed to a skilled model maker, who crafts a 3D caricature. The likeness is usually spot on, albeit with a clay complexion. You should receive your bobblehead around 4 to 6 weeks after placing an order.
Lego already debuted its own take on the divisive Tesla Cybertruck design, but theirs was purely for the lols. This Lego Cybertruck, however, submitted to the official Lego Ideas crowdsourcing website, is actually a remarkably faithful representation, and comes completely with fully articulating tailgate and ‘frunk’ (front truck, for the uninitiated). The design, by Lego […]
Warning, Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass spoiler ahead.
It’s fascinating to follow explorers discovering the bizarre out of bounds landscapes of Red Dead Redemption 2, like the mysterious pyramids, and seams where the land meets unfinished low-res geography.
Although Mexico is seemingly not part of the game, dataminers say they have found models for familiar Mexico locations hidden in the PS4 version. Gamers have also discovered a hidden path into Mexico. As this video shows, you have to ride your horse into a canyon and then press through the strange barrier at the end. If successful, you emerge in Mexico. The land is almost entirely barren, aside for an abandoned fortress:
Ahh, seems so simple to create an entire Wizard and Glass campaign for the game.
Speaking of, the apparent Big Coffin Hunters in Amazon’s upcoming series look great: