NVIDIA Edge Program Highlights – Celebrating 6 Months | Unreal Engine

The NVIDIA Edge Program provides high-end hardware to teams and individuals creating fantastic content with Unreal Engine. Epic awards each winning project an NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti. Visit http://unrealengine.com/nvidiaedge for more information

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Dark Souls 2 Offline Mod

Mod that allows for persistent offline play.

A Very simple “mod” that allows for persistent offline play, without having to go offline on Steam, or disabling network adapters, etc.

In short, it works by intercepting the socket API used by the game and prevents it from initializing. It does not modify any existing game files.

Comes in the form of a GUI app, that lets you install/uninstall easily.

**Supports Dark Souls 2 (including Scholar of the First Sin).

Requirements

Usage

  1. Exit the game (if running).
  2. The app should have detected the Steam path. If not, just browse to it manually. (This is the base Steam folder, which contains “Steam.exe”)
  3. Select version of Dark Souls 2.
  4. Hit the Install/Uninstall button.
  5. If successful, you can simply close the app and play the game offline. App doesn’t need to be running.

 

Download

From Nexus Mods: https://www.nexusmods.com/darksouls2/mods/773

The Four Emerging AI Trends to Watch in 2018

Thanks to the driving momentum of modern tech innovators seeking to carve a new path forward enhanced by adaptive algorithms, the capabilities of Artificial Intelligence have grown exponentially in recent decades. Much of what once seemed implausible in the realm of AI is now a reality, and the still-emerging use cases for this technology continue to astound.

AI developments shift and change like our technology-infused world itself, but recent breakthroughs show huge potential for the not-too-distant future in this burgeoning space. If you’re intrigued by the possibilities, here are four hot AI-related trends to watch closely in 2018.

1. Autonomous vehicles hit the streets

Easily one of the most talked-about innovations in-development, self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles remain big news. While it may be a few years before fully autonomous rides hit the market, major car manufacturers and tech companies alike are working overtime to make this a reality.

By using simulation to speed up the validation, training, and testing process, real-time technology has been a big boon to the self-driving car industry. From auto giants like Ford to newer tech startups like Zoox and 51VR, Unreal Engine is used heavily by major companies in the automotive and tech industry for running virtual simulation and AI training used in autonomous cars. It’s a lot cheaper (and safer) to train a virtual car in a world created with Unreal Engine.

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51VR is one of many innovative companies using Unreal Engine to create photorealistic virtual worlds for training the future of autonomous vehicle AI.

 

2. Enterprise gets on-board with AI

Artificial Intelligence can be used in a wide range of applications and technologies. As it matures and evolve into greater capabilities, AI is being used by more and more companies in the Enterprise space, and that’s only going to grow in the future.

Automation has already been proven to be a powerful asset to big business, but experimenting with the many other ways AI can be incorporated into business assets is also becoming more popular and widespread. Facebook, for example, is using AI and machine learning to teach its chatbots how to be more human. Machine learning and AI-powered processes can also save tremendous time, making them an alluring asset for data and analytics-heavy business.

In much the same way we’re seeing Enterprise clients get on-board with using Unreal Engine and Unreal Studio for diverse industries like architectural visualization, product design, aerospace, manufacturing, and more, we expect AI to eventually grow and become a more integral part of these industries further down the road.

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A growing number of Enterprise clients are using Unreal Engine for everything from architectural design visualization to virtual AI training and simulation.

3. Robotics takes off

On a basic level, robots have been around for a long time now, though AI advancements are making them more adaptable and interactive than ever. Each year, more exciting new robot prototypes emerge, as the latest “droids” in development showcase great potential for the future of robotics as a more integral part of our modern society.

DARPA and Boston Dynamics have built some promising robots for future defense and military applications, with robots capable of doing backflips, navigating unstable terrain, and even recovering when knocked off balance. Amazon already uses small worker robots to sort, route, and store packages at some of its warehouses. Other companies are working to lower the barrier to making robotics more accessible to the masses. NVIDIA, for example, built its Isaac robotics platform on Unreal Engine, which lets developers use high-fidelity simulation environments to test virtual robots that can be transferred to physical robots.

It won’t be long before we begin seeing more robotics integrated into everyday life in fascinating new ways.

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NVIDIA’s Isaac robotics platform is built on Unreal Engine and empowers engineers to test and experiment with their creations in the safety of a virtual environment before proceeding to real-world tests.

4. Content creators turn to AI

By its very nature, the act of creating unique content feels intrinsically human, yet artificial intelligence is proving itself very capable when it comes to quasi-artistic expression or creating diverse forms of content. Artistic-minded robots are surprisingly common in the computing world, with models designed with complex AI algorithms that let them make decisions and express themselves through different styles of painting and drawing.

Beyond the realm of art, content creation is getting a fascinating boost from AI in other areas, too. Marketing and social media is one avenue seeing some interesting use of AI for content generation. Some brands and companies are tapping into the power of machine learning to create custom videos, written copy, images, social media posts, and more — all created through artificial intelligence. AI driven content will likely never replace the nuance of the human touch, but it’s interesting to see the unfolding potential here.

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Unreal Engine is used extensively across many creative, tech, and design-driven industries to train AI and power robotics for a broad range of clients.
Try Unreal Engine and Unreal Studio for free and see why it’s so popular among developers in the AI space!
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Where is Captain America’s Shield?

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WARNING: This article contains potential SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War

Captain America‘s new shield is getting an upgrade for Infinity War, and will have Black Panther to thank for it. It’s a theory we’ve been building since Steve Rogers showed up with a beard, darker suit, and grimmer demeanour than usual in The Avengers: Infinity War‘s first trailer. To some, the fact that Cap is without his signature shield may be a strong thematic layering, representing his heightened vulnerability now that he has only a handful of Avengers allies left. Or, perhaps a sign that Thanos has weakened Earth’s superheroes before his coming assault. While others…. just really want Cap to get his shield back.

 

For those who may not remember, Steve Rogers didn’t technically “lose” his shield, despite the past visions of seeing it shattered (and him along with it). Instead, it was surrendered. After deciding that Earth’s heroes should follow their own orders, and not be made subject to the greed, politics, or inaction of world governments, he became a fugitive. It led to some headaches in Captain America: Civil War, but the film’s climax actually had little to do with that ideology. Once his battle with Tony Stark became entirely personal, and Steve defended his brainwashed best friend, Tony decided to put his armored foot down.

The first Avengers Infinity War trailer was just amazing. It has shattered the previous records of the most viewed trailer in first 24 hours. The trailer finally showed The Mad Titan, Thanos, coming to Earth and starting his assault on the heroes along with his Black Order and the army of aliens.

The Infinity gems/stones are the most powerful objects in the entire MCU. The Mad Titan will locate all the Infinity gems, assemble them and create an all-powerful Infinity gauntlet, cause a world-wide catastrophe that will force Team Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy to join forces and fight against the mad Titan.

Although the Infinity war cast is stacked up with superhero heavy-weights, but the most important comic-book character is Thanos. Till now, he has been teased in Marvel movies in post-credits of Phase 2, 3 films, but Infinity war will be the first major project where he is going to be the central antagonist pursuing his sinister ends.

In the trailer, we see Nomad Cap leading his new team of superheroes and warriors at Wakanda to prevent Black Order (Children of Thanos) from possibly getting their hands on the sixth Infinity Gem. Iron Man is seen in the Hulkbuster suit, Spiderman donning Iron Spider suit, Thor meets Guardians of the Galaxy for the first time and Thanos is stealing Infinity stones one by one and is preparing for an all-out assault.

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There were many breath-taking moments in the trailer but after watching the trailer multiple times, a particular scene caught our attention and it has everything to do with Captain America who is featuring a new look and new weapon for combat, his new shield.

Steve Rogers dropped his shield when Iron Man says, “You don’t deserve it; my father made that shield” and walks away with Winter Soldier at the end of Captain America: Civil War. But the upcoming movie is all set to give him a new shield and it won’t be a typical circular shield like before.

A few weeks ago, the poster of Avengers Infinity War showed Steve Rogers sporting a beard and he is not in his usual attire of Captain America, instead, he is wearing Nomad suit from comics. Russo Brothers told Huffington Post that dropping his shield “is him letting go of that identity. It’s him admitting that the identity of Captain America was in conflict with the very personal choice that he was making.”

So how will the Super Soldier fight the Mad Titan? Well, according to the poster, he will take on the new alias Nomad which he adopted during 1970’s in Marvel comics. So yes, he will be fighting against Thanos and his ruthless alien invaders but as someone else.

We saw king T’Challa ordering his loyal soldiers to “Evacuate the city, engage all defenses and get this man a shield.” The man referred in here gotta be Steve Rogers as he is the one who uses the shield while fighting.

Later in the trailer, we saw two armies marching towards each other. One of Thanos’ aliens and the other Wakandan army joined by Black Panther, The Hulk, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, Falcon, War Machine and Captain America who is in the middle and what’s easily missed here was the thing on Captain America’s wrist. He is wearing some kind of gauntlet on each forearm which appears triangular in shape.

This is a new type of shield that Captain America is wearing that can be modified into a triangular shield if you pair both of them together. It’s the same kind of shield that was featured in the Captain America: Steve Rogers where Steve Rogers regains his super-soldier serum after the events of “Avengers: Standoff” and gives his circular shield to Sam Wilson. While he adopts a new one which can be separated into two pieces.

There is no doubt that if Black Panther has ordered his men to forge a new shield and they don’t make it. And a country full of rare Vibranium metal, it’s just a normal thing to see another shield being made in no time.

While we didn’t see any more visuals of him wearing those gauntlets, we hope to see him using his new shield in the next trailer.

 

Hubbl’es 28Tth Birthday Picture: The Lagoon Nebula

  • Title Hubble’s 28th birthday picture: The Lagoon Nebula
  • Released 19/04/2018 4:00 pm
  • Copyright NASA, ESA, STScI, CC BY 4.0

To celebrate its 28th anniversary in space the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took this amazing and colourful image of the Lagoon Nebula. The whole nebula, about 4000 light-years away, is an incredible 55 light-years wide and 20 light-years tall. This image shows only a small part of this turbulent star-formation region, about four light-years across.

This stunning nebula was first catalogued in 1654 by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Battista Hodierna, who sought to record nebulous objects in the night sky so they would not be mistaken for comets. Since Hodierna’s observations, the Lagoon Nebula has been photographed and analysed by many telescopes and astronomers all over the world.

The observations were taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 between 12 February and 18 February 2018.

Sail across the Lagoon Nebula here.

 

Credit: ESA

Caffeine.tv – Stream with One Click Review

I am very much of a BIG coffee drinker, and when it comes to watching live streams or streaming myself, I am all in!

The other day I came across a Stella Chuu (@stellachuuuuu) Instagram post that caught my attention. It was Caffeine. I clicked on it, hit the LIKE button, and visited the website that she linked. What I came across was a gem that I never thought would appear to exist. As an aspiring streamer, I get excited about a site based on their design, concept, and function. In which Caffeine delivered to my eyes. As I proceed to click on the site, I ended up turning into a stream that got my attention, and immediately I started to ask questions about what is Caffeine and how it works.

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Caffeine.tv is the new kid on the block and it is amazing! Caffeine is a video game streaming platform that focuses on being simple and easy to use. No need for streaming software like OBS to get started. Just simply download Caffeine onto your PC and stream away in real-time! Yes, it is that simple. I did not believe it myself until I did it myself.

One thing I have always struggled when wanting to stream to Twitch and other platforms is making sure all the settings on my PC and OBS were at the “just right” level of performance, for a decent streaming experience that would not affect my gaming performance. OBS is a very big resource hog and that is one of the biggest let downs for me when I felt motivated to stream.

Caffeine.tv is as simple as it sounds and looks. It even has some unique features that the other veteran platforms don’t have. When you launch Caffeine from your desktop, name your stream, and click “Start Stream”, you will see a non-disruptive overlay on top of your gameplay. This overlay displays a live indicator of your stream when a viewer (by their username) has joined the stream when a user has become a follower, and also how many viewers are tuned in. Nothing too complex. Just simplicity at its finest.

From the viewer’s perspective, whether on the website or the Caffeine.tv app on iOS, you are able to chat like any standard streaming service, but what makes Caffeine different from the vets in this aspect is the ability to customize how you want your message to be displayed. From gradients to pixelation, textures, and GIFs. If you like to spice things up randomly, there is a shuffle mode for the way you want your messages to be displayed as well. One thing to note, is that the streamer will not be able to see your messages in this format unless they are running the iOS app or via a second display with the web version loaded up.

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Overall, the Caffeine UI is simple and straight to the point. Also, very responsive! One of my favourite features from the web version of Caffeine is the ability to move around the streamer’s webcam feed and show/hide the webcam feed. Very convenient, if you want to concentrate more on the gameplay or see something in specific on-screen. On the mobile app, if you are in vertical mode and there is a webcam feed, it will split view the cam (can’t show/hide or move it around) above the gameplay and allow you to chat it up below. In horizontal view mode, the gameplay will fill up your iPhone’s display and you will be able to move the cam feed around, but won’t be able to chat unless you are in vertical mode.

There is so much I would love to say about Caffeine.tv but I will leave that for the full review of the platform.

Caffeine.tv is still a growing platform and they are always looking for feedback to make it better. Caffeine.tv is only exclusive to streaming PC games. There is also a list of specific titles that are compatible with the platform’s streaming service like; Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds, League of Legends, and many more. If you want to view the stream, it can only be viewed on a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and the Caffeine.tv iOS app.

Sign Up Today & Get to Streaming!

Be sure to check out the streams of some friends we made on Day #1:

My Stream: https://www.caffeine.tv/RedRum69/profile 

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The P Versus NP Problem Is One of Computer Science’s Biggest Unsolved Problems

 

In the world of theoretical computer science, P vs. NP is something of a mythical unicorn. It’s become notorious, since it remains an unsolved problem. It basically asks this: If it is easy to check that a solution to a problem is correct, is it also easy to solve that problem? Get back to us when you have an answer. (http://www.claymath.org/millennium-problems)

Why Is This So Hard?

In the P vs. NP problem (http://news.mit.edu/2009/explainer-pnp), the P stands for polynomial and the NP stands for nondeterministic polynomial time. Did we lose you? Let’s back up. In simpler terms, P stands for problems that are easy for computers to solve, and NP stands for problems that are not easy for computers to solve, but are easy for them to check. Here’s when an example might be helpful: “A farmer wants to take 100 watermelons of different masses to the market. She needs to pack the watermelons into boxes. Each box can only hold 20 kilograms without breaking. The farmer needs to know if 10 boxes will be enough for her to carry all 100 watermelons to market.” (https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/P_versus_NP)


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This sample problem is not easy to solve; it requires you to go through every dang possible combination. Checking the final answer, however, is pretty easy. All P problems are also NP problems (if a computer can easily solve it, the computer can also easily check it). The question remains open: Are P problems and NP problems the same type of problem? Or, are there are some problems that are easily verified but not easily solved?

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire—From Math?

You may be wondering who really cares about this sort of thing. Well, if someone could show that P is equal to NP, it would make difficult real-world problems a piece of cake for computers to solve. Oh, and the person who solves this problem would also get $1 million from the Clay Mathematics Institute. The P vs. NP Problem is one of six unsolved Millennium Problems that hold a million-dollar prize for whoever cracks it.

Want to dive even further into the world's toughest math problems? Check out "The Millennium Problems: The Seven Greatest Unsolved Mathematical Puzzles Of Our Time" by Keith J. Devlin. We handpick reading recommendations we think you may like. If you choose to make a purchase, Curiosity will get a share of the sale.

Watch And Learn:
Why is P vs NP Important?

In this video,He explain perhaps the most famous problem in all of Computer Science. Does P = NP? He define the terms and give examples of each. We also programmatically go through the traveling salesman problem. He experiment with a little bit of mixed reality in this video as well.


Sources and References:https://curiosity.com/topics/the-p-versus-np-problem-is-one-of-computer-sciences-biggest-unsolved-problems-curiosity/
https://madatgravity96.wordpress.com/
http://www.claymath.org/millennium-problems

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Retrograde Orbits

(note: This animation has no audio track.) – The Open University

Although many moons in the Solar System follow prograde orbits, there are some notable exceptions. The gas giant planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune have several small outer moons that follow retrograde orbits; this means that they orbit their planet in the opposite direction to the planet’s rotation. In a retrograde orbit, a moon revolves in its orbit in the opposite direction from that in which the planet rotates about its axis.

Video by The Open University.

More information at https://www.futurelearn.com

Solving the Assessment Puzzle — Open Matters

By Sarah Hansen, OCW Educator Project Manager Assessing students’ learning is one of the most important things we do as educators. It’s also one of the most complicated. There’s a lot to consider: When will assessment happen? (Along the way? At the end of the course?) How will we collect useful information about student learning? […]

via Solving the Assessment Puzzle — Open Matters

Tesla Orbiting Earth

Credit: SpaceX.

Explanation: Last week, a Tesla orbited the Earth. The car, created by humans and robots on the Earth, was launched by the SpaceX Company to demonstrate the ability of its Falcon Heavy Rocket to place spacecraft out in the Solar System. Purposely fashioned to be whimsical, the iconic car was thought a better demonstration object than concrete blocks. A mannequin clad in a spacesuit — dubbed the Starman — sits in the driver’s seat. The featured image is a frame from a video taken by one of three cameras mounted on the car. These cameras, connected to the car’s battery, are now out of power. The car, attached to a second stage booster, soon left Earth orbit and will orbit the Sun between Earth and the asteroid belt indefinitely — perhaps until billions of years from now when our Sun expands into a Red Giant. If ever recovered, what’s left of the car may become a unique window into technologies developed on Earth in the 20th and early 21st centuries.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/spacex/
http://www.spacex.com/falcon-heavy
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