Friday Five

Hayden Kyte Tech

I search through the web looking for impressive, fresh, feel-good stories that show how technology is used for good.

Here’s today’s top 5:

Google’s DeepMind Pits AI against AI to see if they fight or cooperate
The AI’s programs did both depending on the nature of the game. Interestingly (yet not surprisingly) they displayed ‘aggressive’ behaviour when put against each other.

Would you get into a self-driving car?
Self-driving cars have been gaining a lot of steam over the past few years. When will they be commonplace? That reality may be closer than you think.

Portal with Microsoft Hololens
The first-person puzzle-platform video game has been given an update thanks to augmented reality. Looks like fun!

Qatar Airways completes world’s longest flight
The longest commercial flight in the world took place on a Boeing 777-200LR that touched down on Monday after 15 hours and 40 minutes in the air. That’s enough time to watch all of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, with a five-and-a-half minute break between each movie.

Elton John, Quincy Jones to curate vinyl subscription service
For less than $30 a month, you can receive records curated by the artists you love. Elton John, Quincy Jones, George Clinton, Talib Kweli and Sean Lennon are some the artists who will be curating the subscription. A portion of the revenues will go towards the artists’ charities.