Discord, Snapchat, and more are down following Google Cloud incident
Multiple online services are experiencing outages and slow responses today due to a problem with Google’s Cloud platform. The company has confirmed that it is having issues with many of the tools that websites and services like Discord, Spotify, and Snapchat rely on to function. In a note on its status page, Google said it […]
The Discord Store is still in a limited soft launch in Canada, but developer Hero Blocks is already planning to bring its upcoming robotic-sports sim Mad Machines to that service as part of its First On Discord program. As Discord expands its service from communications to also selling games, it announced that it will help […]
Half the fun of baseball is yelling at the umpire when you disagree with his calls of balls versus strikes. In fact, baseball games would be quiet places without fans hollering “What are you, blind?” after every swing.
Now some fans and even players are calling for a new way to solve the problem of bad umpire calls–give them a little help from machines. There’s a growing movement, led by Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist, to turn those baseball rulings over to software.
Technology Review lays out a pretty compelling case, noting that the tennis world has managed to embrace robot judges–or at least robot-assisted judges–through the “Hawk-Eye” program, which has final say when it comes to deciding whether a ball is in or out. Perhaps baseball will be next, although it would ruin the fun of hollering at the umpire, since robots don’t really care if you yell at them.
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