July 12, 2019

News ⚡ — Friday, July 12

Legal cannabis appears to boost snack sales. AI destroys 5 poker champs simultaneously. Gucci pivots to gaming with new arcade-based gaming app.

1. ? Not surprising: legal cannabis looks to be boosting snack sales
Nielsen data shows that over the past 52 weeks (ending April 27, 2019), salty snacks reached sales of $29.9 billion and sweet snacks reached $6.5 billion.” Calories.

2. ? AI smokes 5 poker champs at a time in no-limit Hold’em with ‘relentless consistency’
Pluribus was trained, like many game-playing AI agents these days, not by studying how humans play but by playing against itself and weighing other ways it could have played after playing a hand. Monte Carlo tree.

3. ?️ Gucci pivots to gaming with new Arcade app that includes two titles
Gucci Bee is a Gucci-clad Pac-Man-lookalike bee, while Gucci Ace sees the player traversing a trio of levels that skip through gaming history from the early 8-bit days to the mobile-dominated present. Fashion and gaming are arguably two important facets of culture today, making this a fascinating development. Quirky.

4. ? NBA partners with game-changing HomeCourt AI training app
The game-like app is backed by the likes of Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin, and Joe Harris, as well as Alibaba, Mark Cuban, and is meant to help with scouting talent. This could open the doors for passionate individuals who may lack the initial coaching to advance to the next level. Gamify-ified.

5. ? The Sigma fp is the ‘world’s smallest’ full-frame mirrorless camera
The camera still offers features that you’d expect from a full-frame camera such as 3.2-inch touchscreen, an SD card slot, HDMI port, and support for external flash sync, mic, headphone, and remote shutter. Scalable.

6. ? This Hello Kitty-inspired art exhibition celebrating her 45th anniversary promises to be the most adorable show of the summer
In honor of her birthday, the Los Angeles-based Corey Helford Gallery has invited more than 100 artists to contribute to a group show dedicated to the beloved mouthless cat. Are these licensed/brand-driven shows interesting or lazy? Adorbs.

7. ? A look inside SCAD’s 2019 grad show
The show focused on new design solutions with this year’s projects including toys that teach death, furniture made from motorcycle parts and modular ballet shoes. Whoa.

8. ? IBM patents smartwatch that folds out into a smartphone and tablet
Filed for a patent back in 2016, the wearable device features a total of eight unfolding displays, each one measuring 2 x 3 inches. Multitask.

9. ??‍♂️ Nike Air Manufacturing Innovation expands to Arizona with new facility
Located in the city of Goodyear, the expansion is expected to generate more than 500 full-time jobs and result in an investment of at least $184 million. It’s to be seen how proximity to R&D between Portland’s HQ and the new facility will change how products are made. Domestic production.

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