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Learn with Google AI: Making ML education available to everyone

During college, while doing a geophysics internship aboard an oil rig, I realized that software was the future—so I switched my major to computer science. After more than a decade working at Google, I had a similar moment where I realized that AI is the future of computer science. Today, I lead Google’s machine learning education effort, in the hope of making AI and its benefits accessible to everyone.

AI can solve complex problems and has the potential to transform entire industries, which means it’s crucial that AI reflect a diverse range of human perspectives and needs. That’s why part of Google AI’s mission is to help anyone interested in machine learning succeed—from researchers, to developers and companies, to students like Abu.

To help everyone understand how AI can solve challenging problems, we’ve created a resource called Learn with Google AI. This site provides ways to learn about core ML concepts, develop and hone your ML skills, and apply ML to real-world problems. From deep learning experts looking for advanced tutorials and materials on TensorFlow, to “curious cats” who want to take their first steps with AI, anyone looking for educational content from ML experts at Google can find it here.

Learn with Google AI also features a new, free course called Machine Learning Crash Course (MLCC). The course provides exercises, interactive visualizations, and instructional videos that anyone can use to learn and practice ML concepts.

Our engineering education team originally developed this fast-paced, practical introduction to ML fundamentals for Googlers. So far, more than 18,000 Googlers have enrolled in MLCC, applying lessons from the course to enhance camera calibration for Daydream devices, build virtual reality for Google Earth, and improve streaming quality at YouTube. MLCC’s success at Google inspired us to make it available to everyone.

There’s more to come from Learn with Google AI, including additional courses and documentation. We’re excited to help everyone learn more about AI.

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Survival arena brawler ‘Darwin Project’ launches March 9th

Been waiting for Scavengers Studio’s Darwin Project ever since it stole the spotlight at last year’s Microsoft E3 conference? Don’t worry: your wait is almost over. The early access version of the Hunger Games-style battle royale title will be available for purchase on Windows 10 and Xbox Game Preview, the platform’s pre-release program for Xbox One, on March 9th. Darwin Project is a multiplayer game that combines various aspects of popular titles in the genre, such as Don’t Starve and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. In our previous write-up, Engadget Senior Reporter Jessica Conditt described the game as “Katniss Everdeen running around Pochinki Hill, chopping down trees like Wilson the Gentleman Scientist.”

While you can play as one of the ten contestants fighting in an arena to be the only one left standing, Darwin Project also allows you to take on the Show Director’s role. When you play as the Director, you’ll be able to see everything happening in the arena from aboard a drone and will have the power to unleash gravity storms, blow up areas with nukes and put up zone closures to make things harder for the contestants. If you’d rather take on a more passive role, though, you can also just watch streams of ongoing games through platforms like Mixer. As a spectator, you’ll be able to vote on what disaster to unleash and who to target if the Show Director asks.

Scavengers Studio’s Jessica Beaudoin says they’re collecting feedback from the early release to be able to fine-tune the game over the next few months. You can buy the early access version of the Darwin Project, featuring a snowy arena where you’ll have to withstand extreme cold and darkness, for $15

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Xbox One tests spring update with controller sharing via Mixer

The next big Xbox One software update is closing in, and as Microsoft rolled it out to Preview Update testers, the company also explained what to expect. Once the Spring update arrives, gamers can check out a new 1440p option that fits in between 1080p and 4K displays to make it just right for anyone using a quad HD monitor. It’s also adding an algorithmic “What’s Hot” feed for club posts that should make things more like Reddit (or Facebook), and a Top Posts option that shows which ones are the most popular of all time.

The other highlight feature lets Mixer streamers share access to their controller with viewers via an on-screen gamepad or by plugging a controller into their own PC — we assume its low-latency streams come in handy here. A few other tweaks mean Xbox One streamers no longer come to a full stop while switching games or going to the dash, and they can start streams at any time.

The built-in Microsoft Edge browser is apparently more controller-friendly (also it can upload or download files now), and there’s an option to change the balance between in-game audio and background music in the guide so you can substitute your own Spotify, SoundCloud or MP3-based soundtracks. Clubs can filter invitation requests to keep riffraff out based on criteria like Gamerscore for a particular game, and it’s easier to join tournaments.

Separately, Major Nelson also noted three new security features on the Xbox One that make it easier to recover your account if someone has taken it over maliciously, find an account name or update your account recovery info from the console itself.

The first 1804.180227-1801 preview alpha is already going out and there’s a list of known issues here.

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Nike teams up with Headspace for ‘mindful’ guided runs

Nike has joined forces with meditation app Headspace to provide you with a different kind of audio-guided runs: one that works your body and calms your mind. Starting today, you’ll find the first three Headspace audio-guided “mindful” runs on Nike’s Run Club (NRC) app. Like the other guides on NRC, they feature coaches and athletes speaking into your ear and giving you running instructions. But according to Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe, they also blend “technical and motivational components,” making them sort of like a more “active and upbeat [type of] meditation.”

Nike says the Headspace guides will help you feel in control and will stop your thoughts from drifting to your to-do lists or your unanswered work emails. The hope is for you to reach your running goals and be at peace after every run without those distractions clouding your mind. “When we are running mindfully,” according to Puddicombe, “we are actively creating the conditions for that sense of flow, meaning everything is enhanced, from technique and motivation to focus and recovery.”

If you’re more of a gym person than a runner, you’ll benefit more from Headspace’s workout tips on Nike’s Training Club (NTC) app. Like the audio-guided runs, they can also help you tune out distracting thoughts, so you can focus on your workout and improve your performance. You’ll find new Headspace workout stories and tips on your NTC feed and Collection workouts every Monday.

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Facebook will stream The Oscars red carpet this weekend

The Academy Awards take place this Sunday and if you’re an Oscar fan who can’t get enough behind-the-scenes looks, Facebook has you covered. As Variety reports, Facebook will once again be the only social network to live-stream “The Oscars: All Access,” which includes red carpet and backstage views as well as interviews with presenters, nominees and performers. The show will begin at 6:30 PM Eastern/3:30 PM Pacific and will stream on the Facebook pages of both ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. You can also catch it on Oscar.com and ABCNews.com.

Sofia Carson (Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, Descendants), Wesam Keesh (For the People, Awkward.) and commentators Chris Connelly, Ben Lyons and Adnan Virk will host “The Oscars: All Access.” You can also check out more coverage over on Instagram where Tom Holland (Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Homecoming) will be taking over Stories on Instagram’s official account and the Academy will share content via Stories and Instagram Live.

Facebook has done this before. It played host to “The Oscars: All Access” last year as well and streamed content during the Emmy Awards in September. Following last year’s Academy Awards, Facebook said Oscar-related videos on its site garnered over 112 million views.

The Academy Awards air this Sunday at 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific on ABC.

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