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Google’s DeepMind goes undercover to battle gamers

Google’s DeepMind goes undercover to battle gamers

Technology
Gamers in Europe are being invited to take on a bot developed by some of the world's leading artificial intelligence researchers.But there's a twist: players will not be told when they have been pitted against it.The tests are being carried out by DeepMind, the London-based AI company that previously created a program that defeated the world's top Go players.In this case, the challenge involves the sci-fi video game Starcraft II.It is seen as being a more complex task, since players can only get a partial overview of what their opponent is doing, unlike the Chinese board game Go where all the pieces are on show.In addition, both Starcraft players move their armies about simultaneously rather than by taking turns.DeepMind - which ...
Woodford fund goes into second month of suspension

Woodford fund goes into second month of suspension

Business
By Wale Azeez, business reporter Fund manager Neil Woodford will keep his flagship £3.7bn fund frozen for at least another month, leaving thousands of investors without access to their money.Mr Woodford, one of Britain's best known money managers, released a video - the second since the Woodford Equity Income Fund was suspended on 3 June - in which he said there was "no prescribed time limit" on how long it could cease trading for. However, the fund's authorised corporate director Link Fund Solutions said in a letter to investors posted on its website that it remained in the "best interests of all investors" to continue the suspension.Link is required to give an update on the suspension at least every 28 days.It said it expected to provide another upda
Stockpicking: What goes up may go down

Stockpicking: What goes up may go down

Business
If what goes up, must come down, it stands to reason that a professional stockpicker can't get it right all the time.Sooner or later, the fairy dust evaporates, as Neil Woodford found out this week when he was forced to suspend his flagship fund. A stockpicker, or fund manager, analyses the potential of different shares to see if they will make a good investment.Investors, like big institutions such as pension funds, put money into funds run by these stockpickers, hoping the savings will grow. What makes Mr Woodford's travails so startling is that he was one of a very small group of fund managers able to attract investors on the strength of his name alone.Powered by glittering success in the past, Mr Woodford's troubles show that...
UK goes record week without using any coal power

UK goes record week without using any coal power

Technology
By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter The UK has gone seven days without burning any coal to generate electricity - the longest stretch without the fossil fuel since the Industrial Revolution.According to the National Grid, as of 1pm today the UK had been producing energy for 167 hours without coal power plants supplying any at all. Instead, the majority of the country's power has come from combined cycle gas turbines, with renewable, nuclear, and solar power also contributing significantly to meeting the demand.The breakdown is: The UK has gone a week without burning coal to generate electricity - the longest stretch since the Industrial Revolution. Power instead came from:🔥 Gas 45%⚛ Nuclear 21%🌬 Wind 11%🚛 Imports 10%🌲 Biomass