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2016 saw the completion of a significant milestone for humanity: artificial intelligence (AI) beat the world champion in the Go game. For context, Go is a board game previously thought to require too much human intuition for a computer to succeed in, and as a result, it was a North Star for AI. 

For years, researchers tried and failed to create an AI system that could beat humans in the game. Until AlphaGo.

In 2016, AlphaGo, an AI system created by Google’s DeepMind, not only beat its champion human counterpart (Lee Sedol); it demonstrated that machines could find playing strategies that no human would come up with. AlphaGo shocked the world when it performed its unimaginable move #37. It was a move so counterintuitive and strange to human experts that after AlphaGo played it, it stunned and perplexed Lee and all the onlookers and world experts. It ultimately led to the technology’s triumph during that game.

AI vs. cancer: In search of Move 37

Beyond exemplifying AI’s potential in this context, the Go game demonstrated that AI could and should help humanity come up with the Move 37 for significant, real-world problems. Among these include fighting cancer. 

Like board games, there is a particular element of a game in the proverbial “contest” between the human immune system and cancer. If the immune system is the policeman guarding the health of the body, cancer is like a mobster that is trying to elude capture. While the “immune system police” search for harmful cancer cells, viruses, infections and any disorders, cancer is busy coming up with various tactics of subversion, deceit and destruction. 

Let data augment our intuition

Centuries ago, scientists and doctors operated largely in the dark when attempting to cure diseases and had to rely solely on their intuition. Today, however, humanity is uniquely positioned to fully utilize available resources with advancements in high throughput and measurement of biological data. We can now create AI models and use every bit of available data to allow these AIs to augment our innate intuition. 

To illustrate this concept more clearly, consider the case of CAR-T cells edited with CRISPR (a genetic editing technology) to create a promising therapeutic option in treating cancer. Many current and past approaches in the field relied on a single researcher or academic group’s intuition for prioritizing which genes to test edit. For example, some of the world’s experts in genetically engineered T cells came up with the idea of trying to knock out the PD1, which did not play out to improve patient outcomes. In this case, genes were not compared head-to-head, and a lot of human intuition was required to decide how to best proceed.

Recently, with advances in high-throughput single-cell CRISPR sequencing methods, we are nearing the possibility of simply testing all genes simultaneously on equal footing and in various experimental scenarios. This makes the data a better fit for AI and, in this case, we have the opportunity of letting AI help us decide on which genes look most promising to modify in patients to fight their cancer.

The ability to run extensive AI experiments and generate data for fighting cancer is a game-changer. Biology and disease are so complex that it is improbable that current and past strategies, driven largely by human intuition, are the best approaches. In fact, we predict that in the next 10 years, we will have an equivalent of a Move 37 against cancer: a therapy that at first may seem counterintuitive (and at which human intuition alone would not arrive) but that in the end, shocks us all and wins the game for patients.

Luis Voloch is CTO and cofounder of Immunai.

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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