Steam Explorer Program, Google WiFi, Deepstack AI beats Poker Pros

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Valve has been having problems with Steam—is a sentence that we often say on this show- and it is true once again. This time, it has to do with fake games, or games that are created solely from assets found on the Unity Engine store and earn profit from the sale of trading cards. See, it’s difficult to distinguish between these fake games and actually legitimate ones, so, Valve has met with two YouTubers, Jim Sterling and John ‘TotalBiscuit’ Bain who have been critics of this flaw and filed them in on how they plan to fix this problem. According to videos from these YouTubers since the meeting, Valve wants the average Steam user to separate good games from the bad. They’ll be doing this is through the Explorer Program. Wow, that sounds fun. Steam Explorers will be recruited by Steam to play through queues of Steam games that haven’t been selling well, giving them the chance to flag promising titles. The more flags a game gets, the more visible it will be on the platform. The Explorer Program will also come with changes from Steam’s current Curator system that was introduced in 2014. It will give give curators the ability to embed videos, make smaller lists, and let users sort game selections by different metrics. Curators will also be told how their lists will impact sales and it’s possible they could be paid by Valve for their contributions, which sounds kind of sketchy. Anyways, Jim Sterling and John ‘TotalBiscuit’ have long videos explaining the whole thing, so if you’re intrigued, check those out in the sources below.


So, Google has these two things, Google Home and Google WiFi. They had this whole plan to put Google Home boxes, a Google Assistant voice appliance and speaker, in every room in your house. Also, they want you to put multiple Google WiFi boxes around your house for a strong Wi-Fi signal throughout your house. Then, they realized, ‘oh, we should just combine those two things, so there can be less boxes to set up in your house.’ So, according to reports, that’s what they’re doing. You’ll be able to have the speaker, voice-command system, and Wi-Fi router all in one box, which would make life a bit easier. The Google WiFi and Home are currently $130 each with the WiFi coming in a three-pack bundle. Who knows how much it will cost when they’re together, but this combo might give it a one-up over the Amazon Echo.


And scientists from the University of Alberta’s Computer Poker Research Group have created an AI called DeepStack that can beat professional poker players in heads-up No Limit texas Hold-em. DeepStack is powered by an NVIDIA GPU and can apparently run on a gaming laptop with a GTX 1080. This is particularly impressive because other games, that AIs have beat humans in, like chess, draughts, or go, all have pieces that can be seen on the board, but poker has a lot of unknown elements. So, this AI could have a lot of benefits for areas outside of games where there is imperfect information. Deepstack’s rival AI for Texas Hold’em is a supercomputer called Libratus that is powered by a ‘thousand CPUs, costs nearly $10 million, and is half as fast as Deepstack in gaming decisions. You think if I went to a casino and brought out my gaming laptop onto the table, it would arouse suspicion? I guess I’ll have to find out.


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It’s been a while since smartwatch company, Pebble was bought by Fitbit when the company announced that they would continue support for Pebble owners through 2017. But now, Pebble has released an update for plans beyond 2017, if you really want to keep that Pebble memorabilia. The update will decouple the smartwatches from depending on cloud services. So, when the Pebble servers do shut down, users will still be able to sideload apps and new firmware for their smartwatches.


We talked about YouTube TV fairly recently. Well it’s now available in 5 US States, offering live streams from CBS, Fox, NBC, ABC, and others,  and I don’t want to talk about it anymore because I want this, but we can’t have it in Canada. Leave me alone ok?


And this is fun, A swedish startup called epicenter has started implanting employees with NFC microchip capsules in their hands. It is voluntary, but the co-founder of the company has said that it’s just for convenience. You know, might as well, right? Yes, instead of using cards, keys, or cash, a worker with the implanted microchip can open doors, operate printers, faxes and copiers, and buy drinks just by waving their hand. I’ve consumed too much dystopian media to ever be ok with something like that.


I talked about the crazy animation in Mass Effect last week, saying that Bioware soon has a patch in the works. Well, it looks like this patch 1.05 will be rolling out as early as tomorrow and all these weird animation mishaps will be fixed in the next few months.


And Apple is going to redesign the Mac Pro in 2018 and it’s expected to be modular, but this year they’re launching a new all-in-one iMac all-in-one. So, if you like Apple, you’ll love this! Because you have no other choice.


Sources for all of today’s news stories can be found in the ncix forum post linked in the description.


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