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PC Magazine

October 2020

PC Magazine provides lab-tested reviews, detailed tips and how-tos, insightful feature stories, expert commentary, and the latest tech trends to help you at work, at home, and on the road. And for a limited time, we're offering a copy of Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation with new subscriptions. This brand-new book is all about what made Atari's computers great: excellent graphics and sound, flexible programming environment, and wide support.

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consoles, mobile, and pcs have merged: the gaming singularity is here

Nothing screams dystopia more than two massive corporations conscripting their massive audiences into a petty legal war. No viewer should care which studio controls which Marvel movie rights. No consumer should take a side in the ongoing war between Apple and Epic Games over Fortnite direct payments. And yet here we are, sighing while Epic adds Marvel characters to Fortnite to rub iOS players’ noses in what they are missing due to Apple’s stubbornness. #FreeFortnite. Despite its cynical strategy, Epic’s stance is closer to the honest future of gaming, at least philosophically. Apple is the champion of the closed platform. But as walls collapse and platforms blur together, the path forward becomes a path we all share. The gaming singularity has nearly arrived. TEAR DOWN THIS WALL Consider how Fortnite, battle royales, and…

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this technology could transform humanity, if silicon valley doesn’t ruin it

A recent article in The Guardian stirred up a lot of excitement—and a little fear—on social media. The reason: The initial draft was reportedly written by GPT-3, OpenAI’s new text generator. Since its beta release, GPT-3, an artificial intelligence system that takes a cue and generates text, has captivated the tech community and the media. Developers and computer scientists have been using it to write articles, website markup, and even software code. Some entrepreneurs are contemplating creating new products on GPT-3. While flawed in fundamental ways, GPT-3 still shows how far advances in natural language processing have come. This is by far the largest and most coherent text-generation algorithm ever created. But it also highlights some of the problems the AI research community faces, including its growing dependence on the wealth of large…

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