October 11, 2017
One of the weirder areas in cybernetics is the area of artificial intelligence. As researchers and programmers have sought to replicate the way that the brain works, a number of interesting oddities have come up as the logical realm of computers meets the sometimes irrational realm of the human mind. However, this is nowhere more obvious than in the realm of gaming, where the ability of a non-player character to make its own decisions while following the directives of story and programming
While most of the characterization is no doubt due the voice acting, the characters still need to behave correctly during play, this is where having intelligent characters. Originally one of the problems with character behavior is that characters tended to take their directions extremely literally, which led to a number of problems where characters committed de facto suicide; it was not uncommon for the characters to follow directions to “go that way” right over a cliff. Even otherwise intelligent characters would engage in monsters in combat sometimes even before they could receive instructions from the player. Suffice to say that this caused innumerable problems.
Handling these problems actually ended up helping in other fields. The “go that way” problem was solved by establishing parameter where the computerized characters had limits on where they could go, and they got better at stopping before encountering danger. This ability was translated to electronic explorers, giving them a chance at survival as they had to debate their odds of survival. Figuring out how to make characters obey commands better allowed better use of intelligence to be used by battlefield robots to better follow the squads they were attached to and enabled them to help in the defense of those squads.
One of the most interesting developments was actually in chess. A chess computer in 1983 apparently began cheating and the programmers could not figure out the problem. Then, they had a chess player look at the recorded games, and they were able to ascertain that the first person to cheat was a person, possibly a player making a move in error. In order to save memory the programmers had neglected to install a move-checking sub-routine on the assumption that the grandmasters they were using would never cheat or make a wrong move. A wrong move was made and the program caught it, and learned from it. It was soon making mistakes on purpose, which quickly caused some of the grandmasters to complain about it cheating. Installing a move-checker stopped the cheating.
It has been used in other games for other functions. The Anki racing system establishes a course for the cars that they must stick to in order to win. The system uses a relatively simple piece of software to adjust the speed of the racers so as to ensure that they can handle the turns and overtake the lead vehicle when possible. The software even simulates cars following each other even though there is no real advantage at that scale. Artificial intelligence has been able to be used in games to make them more challenging, and in some cases has been in used in other fields, making life both easier and more fun for all involved.
September 11, 2017
There are numerous benefits to having a line of credit, and anyone who does will attest to that fact. No matter what the reason, an individual can reach into that credit line and borrow from it, without answering any questions and without any delays. It is much like having a safety net for any rainy day, perhaps.
Of course, a line of credit can take on numerous forms, as below.
For example, you might request overdraft protection from your bank to protect you from exceeding the funds in your checking account. It is an excellent way to protect your credit from being destroyed or even minimally hurt should your account go into the red. With everything being automated these days, even a few cents below the actual funds in your account can hurt your credit score. It can also save you from an NSF charge when writing checks to a landlord or what have you.
These credit lines are not reserved for individuals as they may be extended to businesses and even governments. The bottom line is that these are sources of funds easily accessible at the person’s or business’s discretion. What’s more is that, even though you have access to this money, you will never have to pay any interest on it, unless you have actually borrowed from it. When you withdraw any funds from this credit line, that is the only time you will be charged interest. In some instances, depending on the institution offering such products, a customer may have to pay a fee to have this safety net.
More often than not, in order to have a credit line, banks will require some form of collateral. For those who are credit-worthy customers, collateral may not be required. In the latter instance, one would have to have an exceptional credit score. Each financial institution has its own terms and regulations regarding the way in which such a product is used and repaid.
Most people do find this form of source of funding to be exceptionally helpful and give them peace of mind should they have to deal with unexpected costs, like having to replace the roof, medical bills, and the like. To benefit from a financial product like this, it is important to talk to your bank representative to understand what they offer and what expectations they may have. Take some time to study their proposal and do the math before signing on and using this service.
July 13, 2015
If you are worried about your online reputation, which most businesses are, then it is important for you to learn more about online reputation management. Most agencies that provide SEO services typically offer some form of online reputation management which can help. Improving your reputation online is not always the easiest thing in the world, but there are certain things that you can do to help you out. You not only have to build a good reputation, but you have to stomp out the negativity about your company.
Lets face it, from time to time every company will have a negative review, but some will have many more than they would like. These negative reviews always seem to pop up when people search for you, and it is hard to avoid this. The key is to make sure that you are looking for ways to ensure that every customer leaves your business completely satisfied, so there will be no room for negativity.
If you do find a negative comment, you should try to get it taken care of right away. Some are unavoidable, and most people understand that, but then ones that you can do something about- you should get on it right away. This helps to show your customers and potential customers that you are serious when it comes to customer satisfaction- which helps to build your reputation in a positive way.
If you are having a hard time with your reputation, you will need to make sure that you talk to a professional online reputation management company. There are many out there for you to choose from, and it is very likely that you will be able to find someone that will be able to take care of the issues that you are having. They have been there before, and they know how to handle most situations . It may be something that can be fixed by simply stepping up your online presence, or it may take some more involved steps.
As you are well aware, your reputation is very important. More and more people are using the web to research businesses before they decide to go with them, and that is a smart thing for them to do. This just makes it to where businesses must be on top of things in order to ensure that they don’t run business away with a bad online reputation that could have been corrected easily. Don’t let your business go under just because you don’t know how to handle your online reputation management properly!
July 13, 2015
Bitcoin is a type of currency that a lot of people are becoming familiar with. Most investors have found it to be one of the most innovative changes that have been made to the investing world. It is determined by an algorithm, and it isn’t governed by an agency- unlike many of the other types of currency out there. It isn’t widely used, but lets take a closer look at how it can affect investors.
Bitcoin actually has a lot of people who really care about it, and a lot of support. This is perhaps why it hasn’t gone anywhere as of yet. It isn’t just a fad that is here today, gone tomorrow. It seems to be here to stay. So, what does that mean? People are beginning to invest in the BItcoin system, because they find that it is a great way to invest their money and see a good return. It is more stable than other systems.
It is highly possible, that after some time the bitcoin will actually begin to become one of the most prominent types of currency. While it may not be the most traditional currency, that doesn’t mean that things can’t change in the blink of an eye. Take for instance, the fact that it is possible for the American dollar to just collapse one day. That is the most widely used currency, but it can change in a flash.
There are a lot of great advantages that you will notice when investing in Bitcoin. You will find that it can be broken down into parts- unlike many of the other currency types around the world. You will also find that your return on investment can be higher- at least for now while it is still in the initial phases. It is a risk, but a risk that you may want to consider taking.
As you can see, Bitcoin can actually make a huge impact on society. It may be time for you to take a closer look into the idea, and it may be something that you could benefit from. It is definitely worth your time to research and find out more about it. When doing this, you can make an informed decision about it- meaning that you won’t be taking as much of a financial risk when buying into it. It can really be a win-win situation if you will let it.
July 13, 2015
This day and age, people use their Smartphones for anything and everything- including receiving and making payments. There are mobile payment processors out there that will allow you to process your payments directly from your mobile device, making it easier than ever for you to take payments. One thing that you will have to do is choose the provider that you wish to do business with, and that may be easier said than done. There are a few things to consider.
First, you need to consider whether or not they charge a fee. Most of the companies will charge some type of fee for you to accept credit card payments with your phone. Sometimes, this fee will be as low as 1.5%, and sometimes it may be as high as 5%. The key is to make sure that you are well aware of any hidden costs and fees that are charged by the mobile payment processors companies.
Next, you will want to make sure that you learn about the length of the contract. Most of the companies will require you to sign a contract with them. If you choose to cancel this contract early, they may charge a very high early termination fee, which can prove to be quite costly for you. The key is to make sure that you choose one that is going to work with you for the long haul, and be able to adapt when you do.
Another factor that you need to consider when choosing mobile payment processors is whether or not you need to rent or buy the equipment that is needed. Most of the time, people choose to simply buy the attachment for their mobile device, but some people want to have the actual terminal- which can be quite expensive.
Finally, make sure that you learn all about their terms and conditions. Most of the mobile payment processors out there will actually give you a copy of their terms and conditions when you sign a contract with them. You should definitely read this information, because ‘I didn’t know’ is never a good excuse if a problem were to arise.
Make sure that you take your time to ensure that you are able to choose the right processing company to meet your needs. You may find that some are much better than others, so reading some reviews about them may be a good idea as well.
July 13, 2015
If you have been watching the news lately, then you have definitely heard about the Bitcoin. This is a type of currency that is considered to be a digital currency, and it is not really owned by the government, and they don’t have any say so over it. It really is crazy to think about, because everyone is used to the government controlling all types of currency. It’s like a computer company in New Jersey for the people by the people.
The Bitcoin was first introduced back in 2009, and it was actually introduced to be less expensive to manage, transferable without fees, offered in fixed quantities, and it can really be very valuable over time- if used the right way. So, just how can you use this type of currency?
Bitcoin is not a currency that is widely used, well- not yet at least! So many people have found that bitcoin is a good way to invest their money, because it is new and different, and it seems to be really making its mark. The problem is that there are still a lot of risks involved. IT isn’t likely that you will be able to go into your favorite restaurant any time soon and pay with your BItcoins, so why get them?
Most people see Bitcoin as something that will only begin to increase in popularity. If this is the case, then it would really be beneficial for you to stock up on them now while they are offered at such a low cost. As with any form of currency, the value of the bitcoin can change from day to day depending on the supply and demand.
If you don’t know anything about the bitcoin currency system, you will probably find it to be pretty complicated. It really takes some study for you to completely understand how the system works. Once you find out more about how it works and how it can be used, you may find that it is going to be the next big thing in the financial world!
Bitcoin is sure to impress some people, especially those that are into the new high tech life that we live. The good news is that you can often times jump on the bandwagon early and save yourself some hassle down the road. This is especially true if the Bitcoin takes off soaring and it becomes one of the most widely used currencies in the world, which is what many financial advisors are predicting to happen.
July 13, 2015
The darling of the tech industry, Oculus, was bought by Facebook and that gave it the needed boost to be able to announce the release of their consumer RIFT model. This virtual reality headset has been featured at several trade shows but applications for it were missing. A surprise move on the part of advertising for Oculus and Facebook to announce a partnership with Microsoft through their Xbox has solved that issue.
Xbox is also on the move with heavy marketing, making 2016 a year that Microsoft dominates
The recent E3 press conferences have all but solely focused on the release of Halo 5. This is the game updated that could revive the Xbox and make Microsoft a relevant name in entertainment products again. Halo 5 and the new Xbox releases are generating enough notice on their own with what it could mean for home entertainment that when you add in the Oculus partnership announcement – the potential for the future of home gaming becomes exciting.
RIFT may be much more than a headset
Right now, Oculus RIFT is a VR headset that uses a conventional controller for Xbox games. Brendan Iribe is firm on that fact that a new joystick controller and motion control camera detector will be in place by the time RIFT is released for Xbox. Both of these could transform the VR experience from simulated 3D to near total immersion in a game. The motion cameras are used to translate the angle and motion of your body into the game so the game environment responds, creating the impression of total immersion. The joystick controllers that Oculus is currently developing will do away with buttons and use a joystick with rings to make hand control more natural.
What this could mean for games
No one is talking about business or social application of the RIFT now, but they are sure to come. Right now the focus is on establishing Microsoft and Oculus as the kings of the home entertainment venue. The RIFT could be what pulls it off, if they can work out the control issues so that there is a full range of game experience offered, not just Halo styled games.
It’s coming soon, so save up now
One of the initial pushes of the home entertainment VR movement was to deliver headsets that were affordable for the average consumer. On its first release, it is looking like just the RIFT headset is going to cost $1500 with an Xbox bundle. While first releases are always more expensive, the RIFT is in danger of becoming the next Google Glass if Iribe can’t find a way to lower that price. The reality is still months away, but you can bet that first adopters are racing to try and insure they get the Xbox RIFT as soon as it is released.