Choose Your Own Sociocultural Training Adventure

first_img Riedl’s training-generation system is called “Scheherazade” after the queen in One Thousand and One Nights who saved her life by telling stories. In response to a user-provided topic, Scheherazade uses crowd sourcing technology to capture stories about a topic from multiple individuals and combines the stories into an integrated situational model that allows the user to make decisions and explore outcomes. Mark Riedl, a 2011 YFA recipient, is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology who specializes in the intersection of artificial intelligence, virtual worlds and storytelling. As director of the university’s Entertainment Intelligence Lab, he researches narrative intelligence: the ability to organize and explain the world in terms of stories. Narrative intelligence is crucial for people to tell and understand stories, learn from experiences and operate effectively in the real world. Computers with narrative intelligence could theoretically educate, train, entertain and generally interact with humans the way people naturally interact with each other. “One of DARPA’s goals with the Young Faculty Awards program is to find common ground between university-led basic research and defense needs. The approach Mark is taking with crowdsourcing narratives could help DoD to better leverage the experiences of its warfighters in developing new training tools,” said William Casebeer, DARPA program manager. “Narratives can contain a great deal of collective wisdom about how events unfold and how you can shape the course of the story with your actions and reactions. Being able to tap that collective wisdom using crowdsourcing with those who have important training and operational experiences is critical.” Riedl used the hypothetical scenario of a bank robbery as a test case for collecting stories and generating a plot graph. In the example, a would-be bank robber named John (1) drives to the bank, (2) enters the bank, and then, (3) faced with a plot decision, either sees Sally (the bank teller), waits in line or scans the bank. At such decision points, the narrative can split based on which actions the contributors agreed would follow as a result of the player’s choice. John and Sally’s interactions unfold through a series of such decision points until, as all of the narrative lines agree, John ultimately leaves the bank, at which point he is either arrested or gets away, and the story concludes. Riedl has focused his research on understanding basic, cultural situations, such as going to a restaurant, going to a movie theater, or catching an airplane. These scenarios are currently presented to users as a series of text-based questions and sets of answers. In the future, he envisions rapidly constructing training simulations for complex, mission-oriented scenarios, presented as three-dimensional visualizations. Participating warfighters could record their stories into the system within days or even hours after the experience. Their collective knowledge could benefit, for example, a soldier on foot patrol in an unfamiliar culture. Narratives detailing common mistakes in social interaction could prevent that soldier from misinterpreting intent in a tense situation. A branch in such a narrative might detail the unintended consequences—such as a failure to collect important information that might save lives later—stemming from an unintended social slight. To help overcome these challenges and improve the viability of online cultural training, one of the academic researchers receiving mentorship and funding through DARPA’s Young Faculty Awards (YFA) program has developed a computer system that can automatically parse and aggregate people’s stories about a given topic and reconstruct variations of those experiences. The outputs are interactive training simulations similar to role-playing videogames or choose-your-own-adventure books. center_img By Dialogo June 19, 2013 Scheherazade works by collecting human experiences on a specific topic in linear narrative form and building a generalized model about the topic domain using plot graphs. It can handle any topic for which people generally agree on the main events that should occur, although not necessarily on the specific sequence of events. The system instructs contributors to segment their narratives to avoid complex linguistic structures, and form sentences that contain only one event and one verb. The system then analyzes the narrative examples to identify consensus among primitive plot points, and clusters them based on semantic similarity to create plot events that unfold sequentially until a decision point is reached, at which point a new line of plot events and decision points is triggered. The process is described in detail in Riedl’s paper on “Story Generation with Crowdsourced Plot Graphs.” The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq demonstrate the strategic significance of tactical actions by junior and noncommissioned officers who interact with local populations. This kind of interaction benefits from extensive cultural training, but opportunities for such training are limited by the compression of the Department of Defense’s force-generation cycles. Virtual training simulations provide a partial solution by offering warfighters on-demand, computer-based training, but creating such tools currently requires substantial investments of time, money and skilled personnel. Because some plot events cannot logically co-occur in a single narrative, the system identifies mutual exclusion between plot events. In the bank robbery scenario, mutual exclusions include pulling a gun versus handing a note, using a bag versus handling money directly, or escaping versus being caught. last_img read more

Other Sports Saina Nehwal, Sameer Verma Exit Hong Kong Open Badminton Tournament

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Hong Kong: Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma were ousted from the Hong Kong Open after suffering contrasting defeats in the opening round of the USD 400,000 event in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Eighth seed Saina, who claimed the Indonesia Masters in January this year, suffered her fifth first-round loss in the last six tournaments, going down 13-21 20-22 to China’s Cai Yan Yan for the second successive time. She had lost to Cai at China Open last week. World no.16 Sameer fought for 54 minutes before going to Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei 11-21 21-13 8-21 in the opening match. It was his third successive loss in the opening round. Saina and Sameer are both scheduled to play Gwangju Korea Masters Super 300 tournament next week.Saina lacked the wherewithal to put up a fight against Cai in the opening game and fell behind from the very start. She couldn’t catch up with the Chinese, who moved to a comfortable 11-4 lead at the break and kept surging ahead to win the first game. In the second game, Saina was 3-0 up initially but Cai reeled off seven straight points at 2-4 to jump to a 9-4 advantage. The Indian narrowed the gap but Cai was ahead 11-9 at the breather. After the interval, the Chinese jumped to a 17-11 advantage. However, Saina managed to fight back and grab a game point at 20-19 but the Chinese once again managed to nose ahead.Also Read | Saina Nehwal Out Of Paris Open, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty Enter SemisSameer, on the other hand, managed to take one game away from the world no.26 Wang after meekly surrendering the opening game. Wang was 7-4 up and then surged to 15-5 in a jiffy to eventually close the opening game. In the second game, Wang led 3-0 early on but this time Sameer put up a fierce fight to open up a slender 11-10 lead, which he capitalised to roar back into the contest. However, Sameer was completely blown away by Wang in the decider. The Taiwanese shuttler zoomed to an 8-0 lead and then grabbed a 15-2 advantage, a gap which the Indian failed to bridge in the end.last_img read more

New Champs to crowned in Linden Guinness Greatest of the Streets

first_imgA new champion will be crowned in the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Linden Championship, as holders Silver Bullets went down to High Rollers in the semi-final round at the Mackenzie Market Tarmac.A large crowd was on hand to witness the unlikely result, as the youthful High Rollers outfit prevailed 1-0 on penalty kicks, after regulation and extra time finished scoreless, in the process sealing their first ever appearance in the final.Talisman Omar Brewley was the difference on the night, netting from the distance, after both Silver Bullets players Robin Adams and Jermaine Samuels missed from distance, alongside a failure from team-mate Jonah Simon.With the win, High Rollers setup a meeting with fellow first time finalist Amazings, who also prevailed via the penalty shoot-out route.Amazings were perfect from the distance, defeating Capital Storm 2-1 on penalty kicks, after regulation and extra time ended scoreless. The two losers will face-off in the third place playoff.In the earlier quarterfinal round, High Rollers upset highly touted Swag Entertainment 2-1. First half goals from Jehu Regis and Shane Haynes in the fifth and eighth minute each secured the win.For the loser, Colwyn Drakes found the back of the net in the 13th minute. On the other hand, Amazings edged Coomacka 2-1 on penalty kicks, after normal time ended 0-0.Meanwhile, Silver Bullets crushed Wisroc 4-0. Damion Williams recorded a hat-trick, opening his account in the 11th minute, before registering a ‘Guinness Goal’ [GG] [a goal scored in the final three minutes counts as two] in the 20th minute.Assisting with a third minute conversion was Jermaine Samuels. On the other hand, Capitol Storm edged Quiet Storm 2-1. An 18th minute [GG] from Oral Peters sealed the win. For the loser, Kellon Adams netted in the sixth minute.last_img read more

Eurobet scores SOCCERBET deal

first_img Share Marek Suchar: “As esports betting grows, we will no longer speak about it as one sport” June 18, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Highlight Games goes global with ComeOn deal June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Highlight Games, the specialist games developer who are 38% owned by Swedish gambling firm Cherry AB, has announced an agreement to integrate its flagship SOCCERBET product with Eurobet.Tim Green, Highlight Games Chief Executive Officer, commented: “SOCCERBET represents an exciting evolution of the virtual sports formula, and we are delighted to extend its reach with an operator as large and respected as Eurobet. “Italy is a nation of football lovers, and we are certain that our unique and exciting game featuring the biggest stars and best action from Serie A will strike a chord with Eurobet players across the country.”SOCCERBET Italia, which is to harness years of real life Serie A action, will be made available to customers of the Italian operator across retail, online, and mobile channels.The product is currently undergoing ‘extensive’ player testing to optimise the full product launch, with it scheduled to be rolled out in mid 2018.Carlo di Maio, Sportsbook Director at Eurobet, added: “SOCCERBET Italia is a revolutionary new video rich virtual product, and we are excited to be at the forefront of its launch in our home market.“Being able to provide our customers with real action footage of their favourite Italian sides is a huge step forward, and we look forward to enjoying a rewarding relationship with Highlight Games.”An innovative take on virtual sports, SOCCERBET combines six ten second clips from football fixtures across several seasons, and presents the minute long package as an individual game.Stating that it is ‘capable of slotting seamlessly into an operator’s omni-channel offering, the game offers all the betting markets that sports fans have come to expect from the modern-day betting experience.’last_img read more