Games, computing, and the mind: How search algorithms reflect game playing

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IMAGE: Illustration of PPN and CNS as search indicators, applied to several two-person and single-player games. These indicators can bridge search algorithms and entertainment via the analogy of 'motion in mind'... view more  Credit: Hiroyuki Iida from JAIST. Iahikawa, Japan - Humans benefit from playing games more than some might realize. Games can be a relaxed approach to learning or honing our problem-solving skills while relieving stress. However, game playing generally carries a considerable amount of decision-making, involving mathematical and statistical considerations that we make to decide on what we think is the best move. Thus, games showcase many of the impressive faculties and inner workings of the human brain, which in turns makes them a great testbed and playground for research on artificial intelligence...

8 essential tech gadgets, gear and games for your kids this summer

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Kids around the world are looking forward to the summer of 2021 and here are a bevy of interesting tech games and gear that will keep them occupied throughout the months of freedom from schoolwork. Anticipation for summer this year has a decidedly different vibe, stemming from the anxiety-filled, pandemic-induced, sheltering- and schooling-from-home year. School attendance and schedules varied throughout the country, not just from state-to-state, but city-to-city and public or private. The inconsistencies have resulted in many districts considering adding days to the school year. Many children had difficulty adjusting to virtual school, so summer activities that add low-key learning are especially beneficial. Balance your summer activities. Be sure you have enough wind-down activities...