Demon’s Souls review – A stunning, player-punishing PS5 powerhouse

Demon’s Souls review – A stunning, player-punishing PS5 powerhouse

The first thing that strikes you in Demon’s Souls isn’t the business end of a bastard sword, but the PlayStation 5 launch title’s stunning visual presentation. You might not expect a cursed kingdom consumed in thick fog to be the ideal showcase for the new system’s graphical prowess, but I’d argue its default murkiness makes…

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This is how we’ll merge with AI

This is how we’ll merge with AI

The relationship between humans and AI is something of a dance. We and AI come close together operating collaboratively, then are pushed away by the impossibility, only to stumble but return attracted by the potential. It is perhaps fitting that the dance community is beginning to embrace robots, with AI helping to create new movements…

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Training AI algorithms on mostly smiling faces reduces accuracy and introduces bias, according to research

Training AI algorithms on mostly smiling faces reduces accuracy and introduces bias, according to research

Facial recognition systems are problematic for a number of reasons, not least of which they tend to exhibit prejudice against certain demographic groups and genders. But a new study from researchers affiliated with MIT, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Barcelona, and the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid explores another problematic aspect that’s received less attention…

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ Ion Hazzikostas interview: Directing launch crowding and communications

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ Ion Hazzikostas interview: Directing launch crowding and communications

Today’s hotly anticipated World of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion launch will have all players questing in exactly the same place at exactly the same time for the first moment in many expansions. Blizzard Entertainment has avoided that approach since launch-day issues in Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor. Game director Ion Hazzikostas told us that…

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Quick-start guide to building a design-first company

Quick-start guide to building a design-first company

In an age where user experience (UX) is key to a business’s success and differentiation, innovative teams know they have to prioritize UX from day one. Regardless of your company or industry, better design creates an improved user experience and drives customer excitement for your product. Zealous customers become early adopters, and in optimal scenarios,…

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Monash University and The Alfred to develop AI-based superbug detection system

Monash University and The Alfred to develop AI-based superbug detection system

Monash University and Alfred Hospital are developing an artificial intelligence-based system to improve the way superbugs are diagnosed, treated, and prevented.    According to Monash University professor of digital health Christopher Bain, infections from superbugs kill 700,000 people every year and by 2050, the world could see 10 million deaths annually from previously treatable diseases.…

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New Australian domain rules see Webcentral flog off drop catching business

New Australian domain rules see Webcentral flog off drop catching business

The fallout from the new rules surrounding Australian domain names has already started, even though the rules do not begin until April. Webcentral announced on Friday it was exiting its Netalliance “drop catching” business, which it described as “the purchasing of domains if they are not renewed by the domain owner and then on selling…

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E-commerce retailers in Australia voluntarily pledge to improve product safety online

E-commerce retailers in Australia voluntarily pledge to improve product safety online

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Monday announced that four of Australia’s e-commerce businesses have voluntarily committed to protecting consumers from unsafe goods sold online after signing the Australian Product Safety Pledge. The voluntary initiative signed by Amazon Australia, eBay Australia, Catch.com.au, and AliExpress will see all four e-commerce retailers go beyond what…

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Living with COVID-19 creates a privacy dilemma for us all

Living with COVID-19 creates a privacy dilemma for us all

Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto This piece comes to you from the mostly coronavirus-free shores of Australia. But the virus is still not eliminated; various places can have an extended run of virus-free days, which can then turn into weeks and months, before the virus suddenly comes back. There is no better example of this than the reemergence…

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