New research suggests deep learning could improve AI in video games

North Carolina State researchers built a deep learning system that was able to predict players’ goals in an open-ended video game nearly 63 percent of time. It’s not perfect and it’s not proof of a gaming revolution, but it’s a big improvement and a good start.

The National Science Foundation thinks scientists need their own clouds

The National Science Foundation is giving a combined $20 million to two projects that are building cloud computing testbeds for scientists. They’ll features a wide variety of processor, storage and networking options so researchers can test their workloads against new architectures.

European privacy regulators examine Facebook emotion manipulation study

Facebook(s fb)’s emotional manipulation study has shocked many people for its apparent breach of research ethics (700,000 subjects had no idea they were being manipulated), and it has raised the alarm among Europe’s privacy regulators too. As The Register first reported on Tuesday (and I confirmed on Wednesday morning), the UK Information Commissioner intends to speak with Facebook about it, and will also be liaising with his Irish counterpart, who has jurisdiction over Facebook’s activities across Europe. The Irish Data Protection Commissioner said he is awaiting a “comprehensive report” from the social network over privacy issues relating to the study, including consent.