Chess


Reclaim Internet Greatness

Communications of the ACM

His concern is warranted and will require us to strike a balance between protecting the democratic and egalitarian values that made the Internet great to begin with while ensuring those values are used for good. The fundamental issue, then, in creating a 21st-century Internet becomes what changes are warranted and who will be responsible for defining and administering them. On the technology dimension, computer scientists and engineers must develop smarter systems for detecting, addressing, and preventing malicious content on the Web. Cerf's argument on behalf of user training is helpful but will not ultimately solve the problem of an untrustworthy, ungovernable, potentially malicious network. I myself recently fell for a phishing attack, which only proves that today's attacks can fool even savvy, experienced users.


Dem Sen. Menendez faces unexpected danger in deep-blue New Jersey

FOX News

Republican Bob Hugin is hoping to upset Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez in New Jersey's Senate race. New Jersey hasn't elected a Republican to the Senate in 46 years. But this fall, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is facing an unexpectedly strong and well-funded challenge from a Republican nominee named Bob Hugin, who is spending millions on negative ads reminding voters of Menendez's past ethics troubles. Menendez went on trial in federal court last year, accused of illegally accepting gifts from a wealthy donor. A mistrial was declared after the jury failed to reach a verdict, but later, the Senate Ethics Committee "severely admonished" Menendez.


AI and esports

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Gamers have been pitting their wits and skill against computers since the earliest days of video games. The levels of difficulty were pre-programmed, and at a certain point in the game, the computer was simply unbeatable by all but the most gifted gamers. Over time, the concept of difficulty levels evolved. For example, "Madden" NFL Football games have four different levels (ranging from Rookie to All-Madden) that make running plays more difficult, while first-person shooter (FPS) games like "Duke Nukem 3D" follow the same type of tiered difficulty (ranging from Piece of Cake to Damn, I'm Good) that makes it tougher to stay alive and kill enemies. While creating different difficulty experiences has long been a discussion topic, something new happened in 2000 when "Perfect Dark" was released for the Nintendo 64.


Artificial Stupidity - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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I learned a few things from reading an excerpt from Yuval Noah Harari's book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, published in the October issue of The Atlantic. One is that it took a Google machine-learning program just four hours to teach itself and master chess, once the pinnacle of centuries of human intellectual effort, easily defeating the top-ranked computer chess engine in the world. Another is that artificial intelligence systems may be inherently anti-democratic and anti-human. New heights of computing power and data processing make it more efficient to centralize systems in authoritarian governments, Harari says, and will render humans increasingly irrelevant. "By 2050," he writes, "a useless class might emerge, the result not only of a shortage of jobs or a lack of relevant education but also of insufficient mental stamina to continue learning new skills."


The Box That AI Lives In

Slate

Listen to Secret History of the Future via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play. It's 1783, and Paris is gripped by the prospect of a chess match. One of the contestants is François-André Philidor, who is considered the greatest chess player in Paris, and possibly the world. Everyone is so excited because Philidor is about to go head-to-head with the other biggest sensation in the chess world at the time. This story may sound a lot like Garry Kasparov taking on Deep Blue, IBM's chess-playing supercomputer.


This Is What Artificial Intelligence Is. And It's NOT What You Think... - Altucher Confidential

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Artificial intelligence is not "intelligence". Everyone is afraid that AI will suddenly wake up, get upset and take over the world. Or that AI will wake up and take all of our jobs. Below I describe what real AI is. Then, if you are at a cocktail party and someone says, "But what if robots are intelligent?", Statistics is at the heart of most AI programs.


North Carolina Acts Deep Blue With State Worker Minimum Wage

U.S. News

Republicans embraced the "living wage" phrase despite sharing little with the "Fight for 15" movement that started in 2012. Since then more than 20 states and 40 cities have raised their minimum wages for millions of state and nongovernment workers, according to the National Employment Law Project. San Francisco became the first major city last month to reach $15.


Opinion Retooling time for Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has come a long way since Alan Turing proposed the Turing test in 1950. In last few years, the field of AI has taken some spectacular strides forward, from IBM's Deep Blue computer defeating Gary Kasparov in 1997 to the myriad autonomous cars currently being tested. The major advantages of Deep Blue lay in its memory and computation powers. It could compute faster and thereby it could analyse potential positions more accurately than a human. But this computer could not learn anything by itself.


The Real Payoff From Artificial Intelligence Is Still a Decade Off

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It has been 21 years since IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer checkmated chess champion Garry Kasparov, marking a historic moment in the development of artificial intelligence technologies. Since then, artificial intelligence has invaded everyday objects, such as cell phones, cars, fridges, and televisions. But the world economy seems to have little to show for the proliferation of smartness. Among advanced economies, productivity growth is slower now than at any time in the past five decades. National GDPs and standards of living, meanwhile, have been relatively stagnant for years.


The Real Payoff From Artificial Intelligence Is Still a Decade Off

#artificialintelligence

It has been 21 years since IBM's Deep Blue supercomputer checkmated chess champion Garry Kasparov, marking a historic moment in the development of artificial intelligence technologies. Since then, artificial intelligence has invaded everyday objects, such as cell phones, cars, fridges, and televisions. But the world economy seems to have little to show for the proliferation of smartness. Among advanced economies, productivity growth is slower now than at any time in the past five decades. National GDPs and standards of living, meanwhile, have been relatively stagnant for years.