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Enhanced Games: Redefining Sports with Science

The Enhanced Games: A New Era of Athletic Performance In a bold move that challenges the long-standing traditions of the sporting world, a new organization called the Enhanced Games is set to debut at the upcoming Paris Olympics. Backed by tech billionaire Peter Thiel, this initiative seeks to redefine the boundaries of human potential by allowing athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs under clinical supervision. This provocative approach raises significant questions about the future of sports, the ethics of competition, and the very essence of athletic achievement. The Vision Behind the Enhanced Games Leading the Charge Aron D Souza, a lawyer known for his legal battles, notably against Gawker Media, stands at the helm of this revolutionary concept. He asserts that science should not be an outcast in sports , arguing for its integration to unlock unparalleled human capabilities. The aim is to “end the oppression of science in sports,” as D Souza emphasized in an intervie

Epic Games Battles Racist AI Images in Fortnite

Epic Games Takes Action Against Racist AI Generated Images in Fortnite

In response to player outcry, Epic Games has taken steps to address the presence of racist AI generated images uploaded by users to its popular battle royale game Fortnite, as reported by Kotaku. The ability for users to create and share their own maps in Fortnite has been a key feature that contributed to its success, but it also opened the door for potentially problematic content to surface.

Key Points:

  • Users noticed island maps with racist AI generated images perpetuating stereotypes, such as Middle Eastern men holding bombs and Black men eating fried chicken.
  • Examples of maps included names like “Arab Zonewars,” “Nigerian Zonewars,” and “China Zonewars.”
  • Despite small server populations on most maps, one map titled “Jamaica Zonewars” saw over 35,000 active players earlier this month.
  • Epic Games has already removed many of the offending islands and taken action against the creators, stating that discriminatory content violates their island creator rules.
  • The company emphasized that their human moderation team reviews all content before publication and is updating island creator rules and moderation training programs to prevent violating maps from reaching players.
  • User-created islands are reviewed by moderators before publishing, but Epic Games takes a lenient approach to assume good intent, sometimes resulting in inadvertently published offensive content that is promptly removed.
  • Creators found in violation of creator rules face enforcement actions, including permanent bans on publishing and monetization.
  • Epic Games is working on enhancing its island creator rules and moderation training programs to address these issues effectively.

As the gaming industry embraces generative AI, Epic Games Store began allowing games with AI art submissions in September, in contrast to Steam’s initial stance against such content. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney emphasized the importance of not banning games for utilizing new technologies and highlighted the company’s commitment to self-publishing opportunities.

Despite efforts by AI developers to remove offensive images from their models, users have managed to exploit the technology, as seen with viral instances of AI generated images depicting characters like SpongeBob SquarePants and Nintendo’s Kirby engaged in troubling scenarios. Epic Games continues to navigate the complexities of moderating user-generated content while adapting to advancements in generative AI technology.

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