Gamers get a chance to battle an AI on the QT. Plus: Robo-marines, and fisticuffs over facial recognition in Detroit | 7/14/2019 | Staff
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Roundup Hello, here’s a few announcements from the world of machine learning beyond what we’ve already covered this week.

AlphaStar is coming out to play: AlphaStar, the StarCraft II-playing bot built by DeepMind researchers, will be facing human players in a series of 1v1 games online.

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StarCraft II players can enter the open competition league set up by Blizzard Entertainment, the creators of the popular battle strategy game, and opt-in to play against AlphaStar. But nobody will know if they’re facing the bot, however, because it’ll be entering the matches anonymously.

Characters in the StarCraft II are from three species: Terran, Zerg or Protoss. AlphaStar will be able to play as and against players from these species, and will only dip in for a small number of games. DeepMind want to see how its agent fares against other players for research purposes, and is expected to post the results in a research paper in the future.

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AlphaStar played and won against two top human players earlier this year. But it’s not invincible, just uses weird strategies that have probably never been seen before. The games played will not be used to train AlphaStar further, it’s more for testing.

Only players based in Europe will be allowed to against AlphaStar for this experiment.

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Yikes, this facial recog meeting got out of hand: A police commissioner was thrown out and arrested during a facial recognition hearing held by the Board of Police Commissioners in Detroit this week.

The footage captured by The Detroit News shows an argument unfolding between police commissioner Willie Brown and Lisa Carter, who had just been sworn in as the new chairwoman of the board at the meeting.

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Brown, apparently, asked Carter what she would do differently compared to the previous leader of the Board of Police Commissioners, and was told he was “out of order”....
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