Archive for January, 2006

Deep Blue, Deep Blitz, what’s next ?

People seem to still want to make big computers to beat chess masters, while Kasparov has been beaten by the upgraded Deep Blue, then nicknamed Deeper Blue, in 1997. But actually, what’s the point ?
I mean, all it demonstrates is that brutal brute force is better than human. And now human has been beaten, what’s the challenge ?

So, let’s move on a bit and go for a real challenge : beat human at Go. You know, this simple game with simple rules but for which no computer has yet beaten average players. I’m not even saying advanced or masters, because computers are so boring and lame that strong players prefer to play humans.

And if they happen to want to use the brute force as they did for chess, well, they’d need a computer to which Deep(er) Blue would be an abacus.

More seriously, though, why isn’t there more IA research on Go, now that Chess is more or less mastered ? Another thing that puzzles me is how come gnugo is so good compared to other Go programs, while free software Chess programs are so lame ?

2006-01-27 19:54:28+0100

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What is your Perfect Major ?

You scored as Engineering. You should be an Engineering major!

Engineering

92%

Chemistry

75%

Mathematics

75%

Philosophy

67%

Linguistics

67%

Psychology

67%

Sociology

58%

Biology

58%

Theater

42%

English

42%

Anthropology

33%

Art

33%

Journalism

25%

Dance

17%

What is your Perfect Major?
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2006-01-13 18:09:41+0100

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Meme time


Your Inner European is French!



Smart and sophisticated.

You have the best of everything – at least, *you* think so.

Who’s Your Inner European?

2006-01-13 18:04:17+0100

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Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0

How can you tell the difference ? Here is the answer.

2006-01-01 08:52:27+0100

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Quote of the day

If you’re selling anything, there are three kinds of people out there: those who will buy from you, those who might buy from you, and those who will never buy from you. It’s not cost-effective to try to shut down the third group, and there’s a word for unpaid use by the second group: “marketing”.

From On Selling Art, by Tim Bray.

2006-01-01 08:45:44+0100

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Happy New Year !

Bonne Année !
明けましておめでとう!
Feliz año nuevo !
Feliç any nou !

2006-01-01 07:59:10+0100

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