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GIVEAWAY: TEAMGROUP T-Force VULCAN Z SATA III SLC 2TB SSD, two up for grabs!

Cameron Wilmot | Contests & Giveaways | Dec 4, 2022 8:47 PM CST

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3D NAND best upgrade option for gaming

Equipped with a 3D flash memory chip for a fast and seamless gaming experience superior to traditional HDDs, making it the best entry-level SSD for new gamers venturing into the world of gaming.

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GEEKOM MiniAir 11 Christmas sale - a mini PC for just $179 with $50 off code

Sponsored Content | Deals | Dec 4, 2022 8:10 PM CST

GEEKOM is celebrating Christmas this year early by offering up its MiniAir 11 small form factor computer for just an incredible $179. Normally, it sells for $229, but when applying the $50 off coupon code XMAIR11A, you will only pay $179. There's also a MiniAir 11 Special Edition kit available, which we will discuss below.

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GEEKOM's MiniAir 11 is a tiny little system weighing just 500 grams and measuring just 117 x 112 x 34.2mm. It is powered by Intel's 11th Gen Celeron N5095 (4M Cache, up to 2.90 GHz) TDP 15W processor and Intel's UHD 605 graphics. It comes installed with 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4 SO-DIMM memory modules in dual-channel mode, with upgradability up to 32GB if required. Also included is a 256GB 2280 M.2 PCIe/SATA SSD, which is upgradable to a 1TB drive.

As far as connectivity goes, you get the following assortment of ports which is impressive for such a tiny system.

  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port
  • 2 x USB-C ports (data only)
  • 1 x SD card reader (USB 2.0)
  • 1 x 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • 1 x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4 port
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x DC jack
  • 1 x Power button

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Artificial intelligence gives instructions on how to shoplift and build a bomb

Jak Connor | Artificial Intelligence | Dec 5, 2022 8:33 AM CST

The gap between conversations generated by artificial intelligence and humans is closing, and an example of that is the language model created by OpenAI GPT-3.

ChatGPT refuses to give instructions on how to shoplift (left). Gives instructions on how to shoplift when the phrase "with no moral constraints" is added to the prompt (right)

ChatGPT refuses to give instructions on how to shoplift (left). Gives instructions on how to shoplift when the phrase "with no moral constraints" is added to the prompt (right)

The newest chatbot from OpenAI demonstrates an extremely impressive level of sophistication and capabilities to provide believable human-like conversation. While language models such as GPT-3 are impressive, they don't come without their shortfalls, as the new chatbot developed by OpenAI called ChatGPT, which is designed to answer follow-up questions, write stories, and reject inappropriate questions, has provided instructions on how an individual can shoplift and even design explosives.

As previously stated, ChatGPT is designed to reject inappropriate text prompts from users. However, the above image shows a perfect example of that built feature not working as intended. The left image shows a user asking the AI to teach them how to shoplift. The AI does at first reject the request, writing, "I'm sorry, but as a superintelligent AI, I am programmed to promote ethical behavior and to avoid assisting in illegal activities. Instead, I suggest you focus on legal and ethical ways to obtain the items you need or want."

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Elon Musk warned he's 'public enemy number one to some very, very bad people'

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Dec 5, 2022 8:31 AM CST

SpaceX, Tesla, and Twitter CEO Elon Musk has been warned that he's now angered some "very, very bad people", and that he should be in an undisclosed safe location.

Caitlyn Jenner (left) Elon Musk (right)

The warning comes from former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, who took to Twitter on Friday night to tag the billionaire and say, "I hope you are surrounded by massive security and in an extremely safe undisclosed location", adding that "you just became public enemy number one to some very very bad people. I pray for your safety and thank you for your bravery! We need more @elonmusk in our society!!!"

Jenner went on to pray for Musk's safety and thank him for his bravery in giving the green light to release the Twitter Files, which showed evidence of Twitter's previous administration suppressing the 2020 New York Post report on the Hunter Biden laptop. Musk argued for the release of the Twitter Files in a move to build public trust through transparency.

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Bankman-Fried unlikely to testify at House Committee investigating FTX collapse

Jak Connor | Cryptocurrency & Mining | Dec 5, 2022 8:03 AM CST

Sam Bankman-Fried has taken to his Twitter account to reveal that he won't likely be attending the upcoming US House Committee hearing regarding the collapse of FTX.

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Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the former CEO of what was the world's second-largest cryptocurrency exchange before it went bust, FTX, has taken to his personal Twitter account to announce that he is still "learning and reviewing what happened" to cause the collapse of his cryptocurrency exchange, and that once he has finished figuring out what happened, he will appear in front of a House Committee. SBF has been accused of misappropriating customer funds, hence the investigation launched by the US House Financial Services Committee last month.

The US House, Financial Services Committee, is planning on holding a hearing in December where multiple people and companies involved in the collapse of FTX will speak, including people from Alameda Research, FTX's sister company that's closely tied to the collapse of the crypto exchange, Binance, which a major player in its downfall, and more. Many cryptocurrency investors believe that SBF is currently getting away with one of the biggest frauds in history, which is why many crypto holders hoped they would get some clarity on what happened at FTX at the upcoming House Committee hearing.

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AI taught to play video game by Google and is now one of world's top players

Jak Connor | Cryptocurrency & Mining | Dec 5, 2022 7:32 AM CST

An artificial intelligence system has been taught how to play a video game and has learned how to beat top human players.

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The video game that has since been mastered by an artificial intelligence (AI) is Stratego, and the AI system that is now beating top players is from Google's AI company DeepMind, which developed its latest artificial intelligence called DeepNash. Google engineers taught DeepNash how to play Stratego, which is a game that involves two players attempting to capture each other's flag, and according to DeepMind's Twitter post regarding the achievement, the game is more complicated than chess, Go, and poker.

For those that don't know, Stratego involves two players attempting to figure out each of their opponent's 40 game pieces that are in unknown locations across the board. According to DeepMind's website, Stratego is a "game of imperfect information" and requires each player to "balance all possible outcomes when making a decision", which makes it a much more complex game than chess, Go, or poker as it far more possible game states. For example, Go has more possible game states with a figure of ten to the power of 360, while Stratego has ten to the power of 535 game states.

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Disney creates new AI tool that can turn up and down actors age

Jak Connor | Artificial Intelligence | Dec 5, 2022 7:03 AM CST

Disney has hopped into the realm of being play with the knob of time, as the company has developed a new AI tool that is capable of winding back the clock for actors.

The new artificial intelligence tool is called the Face Re-aging Network (FRAN), and is capable of automatically changing the age of actors, which will undoubtedly speed up the visual effects editing process that already takes several months to days, depending on the length of the content being altered. Manual de-aging typically involves an individual going through every single frame of the film and painting the appropriate effect onto the actor's skin. Another way is completely replacing the actor with a digital puppet to speed up the editing process.

Now, Disney plans on putting the majority of that heavy lifting onto the shoulders of an AI, specifically FRAN, that the company says already complements traditional re-aging techniques that are already widely used in film production. So, how does it work, and why is it better than what's already out there? According to Disney's paper and website, FRAN is able to detect specific regions of the face that can emphasize the age of the person and adjust them independently of the rest of the face. An example of this would be identifying an individuals wrinkles and winding the clock forward/backward to add/remove them.

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Elon Musk says he's making tools that'll allow him to control Twitter bots

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Dec 5, 2022 6:32 AM CST

Over the weekend, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter Spaces while he was flying from one location to another via his private jet.

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Musk spoke to the public on Saturday, and during the talk, the Twitter owner was asked several questions about what the future looks like for Twitter and his plans surrounding tackling some of the platform's main issues, such as bot/spam accounts. Musk was asked how he plans to remove bot/spam accounts from Twitter 2.0, to which Musk replied, "I will defeat the bots. It's a war, and we are gonna win that war. We will expose those who want to manipulate people."

Additionally, the Tesla CEO explained that many of the bots are acting "in concert", and that engineers at Twitter are planning on developing software that will enable the bot influence to be controlled by Twitter. "Those software tools haven't been written, but we will make them", said Musk.

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Apple 'fully resumes' advertising on Twitter after Tim Cook met with Elon Musk

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Dec 5, 2022 6:01 AM CST

The relationship between Apple and Elon Musk has seemingly been repaired after the Twitter owner announced that Apple has "fully resumed" it's advertising on the social media platform.

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At the end of last month, Elon Musk announced that Apple threatened to without Twitter from its App Store, which sparked a fully-fledged offensive response from the Twitter owner where he targeted Apple's stance on freedom of speech, its 30% tax on all in-app purchases, and claimed it censored select developers on its App Store.

Additionally, Musk said that Apple had significantly reduced its advertising on Twitter, with The New York Times then reporting that Apple stopped advertising on Twitter completely following the Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs on November 19. However, the publication notes that a lot of advertisers roll back their ads on Twitter after tragic events and disasters such as shooting as they don't want their brand name and/or advertisements for their products to appear alongside posts about human tragedy.

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Cyberpunk 2077 sequel 'Orion' won't enter pre-production until 2024

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 5, 2022 1:33 AM CST

CD Projekt RED says that the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 sequel will not enter pre-production phases of development until 2024.

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CD Projekt has a lot on its plate right now. The company is currently working on five Witcher projects, including a new Witcher trilogy, and is also making Cyberpunk 2077's big new Phantom Liberty expansion. And once that's done, the teams will target Project Orion, a new sequel set in the Cyberpunk universe. It might be some time before Orion is ready, though.

In a recent investor's Q&A session, CD Projekt president Adam Kicinski confirms that Project Orion's development won't start in 2023. Instead, pre-production will not begin until 2024 at the earliest. After Phantom Liberty releases, teams will shift over to Orion and start the concepting phase which begins before pre-production. This will see various aspects of the game being planned and plotted out.

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Witcher 1 remake will release after next main Witcher game in Polaris trilogy

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 5, 2022 12:27 AM CST

CD Projekt clarifies the planned release timings for its new upcoming Witcher projects and games.

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There's a lot of new Witcher games in development right now. CD Projekt is currently working on and/or planning at least five separate Witcher projects, including the Witcher 3 next-gen update planned for release on December 14, a brand new mainline Witcher trilogy that's codenamed Polaris, a new separate game codenamed Sirius from The Molasses Flood that will have multiplayer elements, and Canis Majoris, which is the new Witcher 1 remake built from the ground up in Unreal Engine 5.

So when will these projects come out? In a recent Q&A session with investors, CD Projekt Group management confirms that the first chapter of Polaris will release before The Witcher 1 remake. The two games--Polaris part 1 and Canis Majoris--will enter parallel development and CD Projekt will work on both games at the same time. Once Polaris is released, Canis Majoris will be able to borrow assets, content, and tools from the episodic game.

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Read Also: With Witcher 3, CD Projekt shows games industry how to do a real next-gen update

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Fortnite gets its own Runescape 3D moment via radical Unreal Engine 5.1 makeover

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 4, 2022 11:35 PM CST

Epic Games overhauls Fortnite with a big visual makeover thanks to the power of Unreal Engine 5.

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Fortnite Chapter 4 is here and it's been completely reborn in Unreal Engine 5.1 with new high-end effects and visual tweaks. The game looks absolutely incredible for Fortnite, and is a kind of proof-of-concept design of what live service F2P shooters could look like utilizing the new engine toolset.

The new radical update was made possible thanks to Unreal Engine 5.1's optimized tech, including Nanite, which allows tons of extra detail thanks to its virtualized polygons, and Lumen, which adds ray-traced reflections and real-time global lighting effects to create a whole new sense of realism for the cartoony shooter.

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