You have to appreciate the SNES style for this to work—the SN30 Pro’s “dog bone” shape is virtually identical to the original SNES pad, so it’s significantly smaller than modern gamepads, and its lack of handles makes it less comfortable to grip over extended periods. But if you’re still bought in, 8BitDo has made this design about as polished and responsive as it could be. The trigger buttons are smaller than I’d prefer, but they are defined clearly enough to make avoiding accidental presses easy. The four face buttons have just the right amount of travel, while the d-pad is neither too firm nor too mushy. The joysticks are clickable and smooth to rotate. They don’t get in the way of the traditional SNES-style elements, even for those with larger hands like myself. The start and select buttons have nifty + and - symbols next to them to indicate their use on the Switch, and there are still Home and screenshot buttons onboard. Motion … [Read more...] about Guidemaster: The best Nintendo Switch accessories you can buy in 2019
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The device doesn’t have a main menu to control things like, say, the sound. Instead, you flip it on or off through a combination of holding and pressing buttons. The process isn’t an intuitive one or even a quiet one. As I fervently tapped around in search of menu options, a co-worker a few desks away gently informed me that the device’s incessant beeping was loud — really loud. I realized there was no obvious button to silence my Tamagotchi; we spent the next five minutes scanning the internet for directions before I remembered my new pet came with specific instructions for logistics and care. … [Read more...] about The Tamagotchi is back, but does it need to be?
Rich Caruana, a computer scientist at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, knows that lack of trust firsthand. As a graduate student in the 1990s at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he joined a team trying to see whether machine learning could guide the treatment of pneumonia patients. In general, sending the hale and hearty home is best, so they can avoid picking up other infections in the hospital. But some patients, especially those with complicating factors such as asthma, should be admitted immediately. Caruana applied a neural network to a data set of symptoms and outcomes provided by 78 hospitals. It seemed to work well. But disturbingly, he saw that a simpler, transparent model trained on the same records suggested sending asthmatic patients home, indicating some flaw in the data. And he had no easy way of knowing whether his neural net had picked up the same bad lesson. “Fear of a neural net is completely justified,” he says. … [Read more...] about How AI detectives are cracking open the black box of deep learning