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Steam Awards winners for 2018 revealed with few surprises

There were eight different categories in all, each with a number of different games in the running. Today, Valve revealed the winners of each category, and if they regularly peruse Steam's top sellers lists, they're probably going to win the games. That's because of the games that took home an award rank among Steam's most popular titles. Player of the …

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Boiling water causes serious injury in Chicago

Screenshot: CBS Chicago It's that time again when it's time to talk about the dangers of boiling water. At least eight people were treated for second and third place last week at Chicago's Loyola University Medical Center – combustion breaks due to failed attempts at the so-called "boiling-water challenge" during the polar vortex. Arthur Sanford, accident surgeon and fire specialist …

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Futuristic material adapts automatically to warm and cold temperatures

University of Maryland researchers have created a smart fabric that automatically adjusts its thermal properties to keep the wearer warm or cool in current conditions. In summer, for example, when the conditions are warm and humid, the fabric adapts to allow the infra-red radiation to pass through to keep the wearer cool. When it is drier and cooler, the fabric …

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UI + AI: Combine user experience design with machine learning to create smarter products

Machine Intelligence does not automatically lead to a smarter user experience when product designers and machine learning experts do not speak the same language. The language and concepts of machine learning are anything but intuitive. And user experience design requires an understanding of how people think and behave, while taking into account the irrationality of human behavior and the disorder …

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Children's reboot teases robot chucky doll with murderous AI

The popular horror film of the 80s Childer's Play reboots for the modern public with a possibly robotic version of the demented Chucky doll. The first trailer for the 2019 remake was released today by Orion Pictures, just months before the scheduled release on June 21. Although the details are still limited at this point, the trailer suggests that artificial …

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Voice marketing is an emerging opportunity, but not without pitfalls

The rise of language assistants has put a new, customer-focused channel on the map for marketers. The promise is clear: Speech-based devices work as a subtle blend of digital and physical realities, leaving room for truly context-sensitive interactions with users. However, with such young language technologies, it is still unclear whether the marketing toolkit can complement each other. Gartner predicted …

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