Sandbox VRs new Amber Sky 2088 is great scifi fun

first_img Video Games Comment 1 Do the robot! Sandbox VR Want to save the world as a robot hero alongside your friends? Sandbox VR’s new Amber Sky 2088 is here to make it happen.Working with your buddies in a team of four or six, you’re thrust into a world under attack by aliens as part of a robot squad out to save the planet from destruction. The 30-minute experience is mostly on rails, you’ll still get to roam around and blast aliens attacking from all directions.The game starts in New Hong Kong and has you escorting a package up the “Beanstalk” space elevator. You’re treated to an amazing view as you lift up to a sub-orbital station thanks to the game’s stunning graphics. And as the story progresses, you learn that the Beanstalk you’re on is the only one left.You play as either an attacker or defender. Attackers’ rifles have a special flamethrower secondary ability, while defenders get a shield to deflect attacks — they can toss it like Captain America to kill marauding alien monsters.screenshot-2019-01-22-at-16-43-02Defender robots can toss their shields like Captain America (and it’s super fun to do so). Sandbox VR Like other Sandbox VR games, the haptic vest helps add immersion, and lets you know when you’re being attacked. While you’re mostly standing on a platform in the game, you can move around that small space, helping your team fend off attacks from all directions (including above you). Other environment tricks include using fans to simulate explosion breezes, which helped sell the immersion.There are also epic boss fights that require you to dodge mega lasers or die in one hit. Some monsters attack with plasma orbs that defenders have to block, meanwhile attackers can use flamethrowers to burn eggs that hatch baby aliens. And, similar to the Alien movies, those hatched alien babies like to jump on your chest.img-3284VR games can be a ton of fun with a group of friends.  Aloysius Low/CNET Last time I played a Sandbox VR game, I killed the zombies of Deadwood Mansion alongside experienced gamers. This time around I brought newbies to see if they could do as well. Surprisingly, they did — but not without plenty of deaths. Fortunately you can revive a buddy by touching their shoulder.Still, my team had fun. That was a relief because I wasn’t sure how they’d take to VR, having never tried it before. But the session ended with big smiles and everyone wanted to try more games, so it appears that VR gaming has gained more converts.Sandbox VR’s rep told me that there are plans for more games coming this year, and they should rolling out to official Sandbox VR stores around the world, though franchises may not see the new game any time soon. If you’re keen, you can check out the Sandbox VR stores located around the world in Los Angeles, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore. A 30-minute session costs around S$32 (about $23, £20 or AU$35) per person.VR in 2019: Five years in, is it just a dream gathering dust?VR’s missing link: You likely haven’t bought a VR headset yet and it’s beginning to show. center_img Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

AI accuses Myanmar of imposing apartheid on Rohingyas

first_imgRohingya refugees walk towards a refugee camp after crossing the border in Anjuman Para near Cox`s Bazar. ReutersMyanmar’s suffocating control of its Rohingya population amounts to “apartheid”, Amnesty International said Tuesday in a probe into the root causes of a crisis that has sent 620,000 refugees fleeing to Bangladesh.Distressing scenes of dispossessed Rohingya in Bangladeshi camps have provoked outrage around the world, as people who have escaped Rakhine state since August recount tales of murder, rape and arson at the hands of Myanmar troops.Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed in principle to repatriate some Rohingya but disagree over the details, with Myanmar’s army chief saying last week that it was “not possible” to accept the number of refugees proposed by Dhaka.The Amnesty report, published Tuesday, details how years of persecution have curated the current crisis.A “state-sponsored” campaign has restricted virtually all aspects of Rohingyas’ lives, the Amnesty study says, confining them to what amounts to a “ghetto-like” existence in the mainly Buddhist country.The 100-page report, based on two years of research, says the web of controls meet the legal standard of the “crime against humanity of apartheid”.“Rakhine State is a crime scene. This was the case long before the vicious campaign of military violence of the last three months,” said Anna Neistat, Amnesty’s Senior Director for Research.Myanmar’s authorities “are keeping Rohingya women, men and children segregated and cowed in a dehumanising system of apartheid,” she added.The bedrock for the widespread hatred towards the Muslim group comes from a contentious 1982 Citizenship law.Enacted by the then junta, the law effectively rendered hundreds of thousands of Rohingya stateless.Since then, Amnesty says a “deliberate campaign” has been waged to erase Rohingya rights to live in Myanmar, where they are denigrated as “Bengalis” or illegal migrants from Bangladesh.A system of identification cards is central to those bureaucratic controls, and likely to form the basis of the decision on who will be allowed to return from Bangladesh.The latest wave of persecution has pushed more than half of the 1.1-million strong minority out of the country, with those left behind sequestered in increasingly isolated and vulnerable villages.Although the Rohingya have been victims of discrimination for decades, the report details how repression intensified after the outbreak of violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities in 2012.Long before the recent mass exodus of Rohingya from northern Rakhine state-now a virtual ghostland of torched villages and unharvested paddy fields-they were unable to travel freely, requiring special permits and facing arrest, abuse and harassment at numerous checkpoints.In central Rakhine state, Rohingya Muslims were driven out of urban areas after the 2012 violence.They remain completely segregated from the Buddhist community, confined by barbed wire and police checkpoints to camps that Amnesty calls an “open-air prison”.The Muslim community is widely denied access to medical care, their children are unable to attend government schools while many mosques have been sealed off.“Restoring the rights and legal status of Rohingya, and amending the country’s discriminatory citizenship laws is urgently needed,” said Anna Neistat.“Rohingya who have fled persecution in Myanmar cannot be asked to return to a system of apartheid.”last_img

Mountaineers bodies to be brought back

first_imgKolkata: The bodies of mountaineers Kuntal Karar and Biplab Baidya are expected to be brought to the base camp within a few days with the Sherpa team that had gone for the rescue operation after their bodies have been located. Both of them in an expedition to Kanchenjunga were feared dead since Thursday.”We have been able to locate the bodies of Kuntal and Biplab. We are taking all possible steps to bring down the bodies. It is a tough task but the Sherpas are trying their best. We are hopeful that we will be able to do it in a few days,” said Ujjal Ray, a member of the advisory committee of the state Youth Affairs department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn the other hand, the efforts to trace Dipankar Ghosh, another Bengal mountaineer who went missing while he was coming down after scaling Mount Makalu in Nepal on Friday, has been suspended at least till May 22 with forecast of inclement weather conditions. “We have to first locate the body and then plan accordingly on how to bring it down,” said an official of the Seven Summits agency which was overseeing Dipankar’s expedition. He had successfully scaled the fifth highest peak in the world but while descending to the base camp went missing. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA two-member team comprising an official from the state Youth Affairs department and mountaineer Debdas Adhikary has already reached Kathmandu and is supervising the search operation of Kuntal, Biplab as well as Dipankar. Mt. Makalu is considered amongst the most dangerous and challenging peaks to summit. Ramesh Ray and Rudraprasad Halder who fell sick during the Kanchenjunga expedition were airlifted and brought to the base camp on Thursday afternoon are presently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Nepal. Both of them are recovering.last_img read more

Enterprise Chatbots Platforms and the Future of Work

first_imgJuly 6, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 6 min read How Success Happens There has been a lot of hype surrounding consumer-based chatbots over the past 12 months. They’re now being adopted by a multitude of brands for customer care, marketing and sales purposes. However, with most businesses focused on consumer chatbots, many are missing the various other ways bots can be adopted. New conversational business platforms are making it easy for enterprises to adapt and change with enterprise chatbots. Chatbots for internal enterprise and business-to-business (B2B) applications are currently making strides to improve productivity and efficiency for numerous company activities. So that you don’t miss out, I’ve highlighted some of the most prominent ways enterprise chatbots could change the future of work for the better.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingAutomating TasksAutomating tasks is what the future of work is all about. Businesses of all kinds are looking for ways to automate their processes in order to better use their resources, thus increasing their return on investment (ROI).This new wave of automation is expected to take over certain tasks that many thought to be immune to technological advancements, such as administrative or office work. Enterprise chatbots will help streamline various projects by automating routine and repetitive tasks.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessInteracting with suppliers.Aside from helping automate certain internal and external tasks, enterprise chatbots have now been used to communicate directly with, and help suppliers and vendors. Organizations can train their new virtual assistants to do things like:Answer basic queriesGive information about invoicesShare payment details, such as dates, amounts, etc.Instead of investing time and money into training a separate customer care team, companies can allocate their human resources to other, more important tasks, leaving their chatbot to provide assistance to vendors, suppliers, as well as third parties.Related: 7 Ways Chatbots Can Benefit Your Marketing StrategyEngaging recruitsEnterprise chatbots are also proving to be a formidable tool for increasing recruitment opportunities. Using a combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP), you can:Vet job applicants based on qualifications and job criteriaAnswer applicant questionsFree up your human resources to complete projects, close deals, and finalize contractsAutomate your overall recruitment processesWhile complete automation will be challenging, as recruits do need to be examined by authoritative figures within your company, the help with this initial screening process will most likely significantly cut labor costs.Related: Top 7 Chatbot Monetization Strategies You Need to KnowServing internal users with HR needs.Human resources (HR) is an important department within every company, but some of your HR team’s processes could easily be automated with the help of a chatbot. Creating a virtual HR agent will help with answering employee questions regarding various HR programs, pay, and other benefits.Aside from answering questions, an enterprise chatbot could be a more productive way to distribute work schedules. You could also make it so employees are able to schedule time off as well as inform managers about sick leave or other unplanned days off.Related: 10 Metrics Your Chatbot Should Track to Optimize User ExperienceEmpowering financial departments.The amount of data that a chatbot can gather is still something most cannot comprehend. While analyzing said data is proving to still be challenging, enterprise chatbots are able to provide financial departments with algorithms that offer deeper insight into how the company is performing, from sales to expenses, and virtually everything in between.Not only this, the automation process is making financial reporting and accounting statement preparation increasingly easier, freeing up time to focus on more strategic progress in specific areas in accordance with the various algorithms created by the chatbot itself.  Related: How Chatbots Will Evolve In One Simple Flowchart (Infographic)Changing the traditional eight-hour work day.In addition to the above, enterprise chatbots are slowly redefining people’s jobs as a whole. The traditional eight-hour workday is expected to go through some serious changes. With the help of these machines, employees and company executives will no longer be confined to their cubicles and usual working hours.Enterprise chatbots are creating a new hyper-connected network whereby job descriptions are becoming more specific, and as a business leader, you need to be prepared to invest more into your learning programs in order to upskill your employees for maximum efficiency. I believe this new wave of work is likely to enable many to pursue various projects simultaneously, thus opening up new opportunities for entrepreneurship.Related: Pretty Soon, Chatbots Will Be Able to Understand How You’re FeelingServing as digital virtual assistants to employees.As we’ve now established, chatbots can be used for much more than improving communications with our customers. We can now use them to help our employees, which will, in turn, have a positive impact on company morale.Enterprise chatbots can be used as digital virtual assistants to help teams excel. Aside from being able to take on some of their workloads, the chatbot can use the data it gathers to evaluate productivity levels. These chatbots will bring individual contextualization to each team member which is likely to bring forward positive change by:Evaluating how each member’s time is spentMaking recommendations to improve productivity in specific areas of workSuggesting best practices for improving the quality of their workChoose the right enterprise chatbot-building platform.For an enterprise chatbot to be successful, it needs to be available across a multitude of channels and integrate with various business systems, for example, customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) systems.Luckily, today, you no longer have to have extensive coding or programming knowledge. Instead, you need to have a clear vision of the employee, vendor, supplier, and customer needs you want to address. From there, you can use a chatbot-building platform, to do all the groundwork.Finally…Enterprise chatbots are expected to have a significant impact on the future of work. While many are concerned about their jobs, chatbots are not here to take over the world. On the contrary, they’re here to make tasks easier. Businesses are embracing chatbots, and not just for customer care purposes. With this, I expect companies of all kinds to become more efficient, productive, and successful while enabling employees to thrive in ways we never knew possible…until now.  Listen Nowlast_img read more