Last week, the gaming industry received news that Microsoft had been working on a new controller. Unlike all previous controllers, this one was something quite different. No, there wasn’t just a rubber grip on the back of a standard Xbox controller; nor was there a new clicking mechanism in the buttons. Instead, Microsoft have taken the first steps as a big distributor of video game hardware to open the market up. They introduced their Adaptive Controller, which was met with huge fanfare! Finally, a huge console manufacturer has started to cater for those with disabilities – But that isn’t the true limit of this hardwares capabilities.
As we all know, Minecraft was a pretty big deal when it first got it’s official release. When version 1.0 came out, it was go time and it was already viral at that point. Filling up shop spaces, making merchandise and Mojang getting some incredible office space in the process, the voxel-based builder game was an internet phenom. It knew no bounds in terms of sales and then at the end of 2014, something happened we did not expect. Mojang was bought by Microsoft – and many people, myself included, were sceptical about the choice. We thought that was the end of Minecraft… And how very wrong we were.
I have already told you what a VM (Virtual Machine) is and how to go about making one of your own. I also mentioned something called Vagrant which allows you to easily download images made by other people to hopefully speed up your development process. Well, you probably already know that technology does not really sit still for very long and so today we talk about a new Visualisation engine that has been kicking up a bit of a storm. Docker. It is still is a virtual machine but instead of one machine that provides your application, database and storage with Docker you may end up deploying several machines, one for each purpose.
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
These are the laws that may one day save us from a Matrix/Terminator style situation, the rules that all artificial intelligence must be bound to, with some possible extra stipulations to prevent I.Robot happening too. Despite the fears of luddites who still beat their phones with rocks hoping for the fire that might cook their freshly slain microwavable pasta, science marches on with an army of entirely hypothetical robots at its back with only the purpose of discovery, and also having a cool butler who makes drinks and you don’t even have to pay him. (more…)
The media was abuzz for approximately 24 hours when Microsoft released a Twitter bot and then subsequently shut it down. What a quick turn of events this was, but hey – If you take everything with a pinch of salt, it’s amusing yet somewhat disturbing all at the same time. Join Timlah as we look through what Microsoft did, all in the name of a fictional teenage girl they called Tay.
No, this week really wasn’t that eventful for us, however the show must go on and we have found out a few interesting tidbits just for you!
We’ve got you some interesting tech news and some of us are using the force in our cinematic experiences, so let’s take you back through The Week In Geek.