Pac-Man's creator Toru Iwatani shows his original notebook sketches from the iconic arcade game that turned 35 this year.
The day after Iawatani first showed these sketches publicly a few years ago, he received a certificate from Guinness World Records honoring Pac-Man's record of 293,822 machines installed around the world, the most of any coin-operated arcade machine.
This video illustrates “spherical geometry”, the peculiar phenomena observed when you simulate a world by raycasting within a spherical manifold instead of Euclidean space. Beyond a certain distance from the viewer, things start to appear larger the further away they are. A quick look at spherical geometry in 2 and 3 dimensions and why it […]
Minecraft worlds are procedurally generated from numbers and words known as seeds. A seed defines everything from the nearest blade of grass to the farthest mountain, and the most interesting seeds become challenges in themselves, shared by players and even aquiring fandoms of their own. The most intriguing seed in Minecraft, though, has only just […]
I installed the GPT-2 language model 0n my laptop last year and I’ve been fascinated by the text it produces from a prompt. Here’s an example. I entered the following as prompt: Pennsylvania is sometimes referred to as “East Utah” in regards to its legendarily restrictive alcohol laws. Where else in the United States were […]
It’s summer. And this year, Europe and Disney World just aren’t really all that feasible as part of your travel plans. Yet especially with the last few months we’ve all endured, the need to get away and experience something new is like a raging fire in many of us. So if you can’t be around […]
Where would we be without Alexa? Without Amazon’s virtual assistant, who would we ask to play back our favorite songs or tell us the weather or beatbox? No, seriously…ask Alexa to beatbox. Of course, Alexa does have her limitations. The biggest one being that she’s tethered to an electrical outlet. For the vastness of her […]
Learning a new language is like stepping up to the base of Mount Everest. You know you’ve got one heck of a climb ahead of you. But while the sheer magnitude of the task ahead scares away many climbers, the real trick is finding the path up that best fits with your skills and capabilities. […]