A critical look at artificial and augmented intelligence
By John Borthwick
Artificial intelligence is back. Whether in the dystopian portrayals of recent movies or the utopian singularities dreamed of in the tech world, the general agreement is that we are on the path to thinking machines. But as fun, twisted and thought-provoking as the dystopian show Black Mirror is, I don’t believe machines are going to think or achieve a human level of consciousness any time soon.
It's been a busy week for Epic at this year's GDC.
First, it announced that starting immediately, Unreal Engine 4 would move from the very popular subscription model introduced last year — which was so successful that CEO Tim Sweeney said "our Unreal Engine community has grown 25-fold" — to completely free, with royalty fees to kick in after sales of $3,000 or more per financial quarter.
Epic has also worked in collaboration with Weta Digital to show off the capabilities of Unreal Engine 4 in VR, courtesy of a scene from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, all using a just-announced Nvidia GPU.