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Are Crossword Solvers About to Go the Way of Chess Players?

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Nearly 1,300 people spent this past weekend racing to fill little boxes inside larger boxes, ever mindful of spelling, trivia, wordplay, and a ticking clock. They were competitors--newcomers, ardent hobbyists, and elite speed solvers--in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, the pastime's most prestigious competition. And most of them got creamed by some software. The annual event, normally set in a packed hotel ballroom with solvers separated by yellow dividers, was virtual this year, pencils swapped for keyboards. After millions of little boxes had been filled, a computer program topped the leaderboard for the first time.


Collective Intelligence Is About To Disrupt Your Strategy: Are You Ready?

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A landmark battle raged in New York City on May 11, 1997. This contest was dubbed the brain's last stand and considered the proverbial human-versus-machine duel. In the end, IBM's Deep Blue routed the World Chess Champion at the time, Garry Kasparov. It changed the way humans looked at Artificial Intelligence (AI). Over the next two decades, AI has grown a lot smarter.


Are Crossword Solvers About to Go the Way of Chess Players?

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Nearly 1,300 people spent this past weekend racing to fill little boxes inside larger boxes, ever mindful of spelling, trivia, wordplay, and a ticking clock. They were competitors--newcomers, ardent hobbyists, and elite speed solvers--in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, the pastime's most prestigious competition. And most of them got creamed by some software. The annual event, normally set in a packed hotel ballroom with solvers separated by yellow dividers, was virtual this year, pencils swapped for keyboards. After millions of little boxes had been filled, a computer program topped the leaderboard for the first time.


Artificial intelligence and the future of warfare

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Artificial intelligence is changing the world we live in. It will redefine the workplace and have significant implications for everything we do, probably by the end of this decade. Some AI applications are already a part of our everyday lives, such as intelligent car navigation systems. So, what is artificial intelligence? AI can be defined as'the ability of machines to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence'. AI has in fact been around for several decades.


Ghost in the Shell: Will AI Ever Be Conscious?

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Imagine you undergo a procedure in which every neuron in your brain is gradually replaced by functionally-equivalent electronic components. Let's say the replacement occurs a single neuron at a time, and that behaviorally, nothing about you changes. From the outside, you are still "you," even to your closest friends and loved ones. What would happen to your consciousness? Would it incrementally disappear, one neuron at a time?


AI Is Not Actually an Existential Threat to Humanity, Scientists Say

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We encounter artificial intelligence (AI) every day. AI describes computer systems that are able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. When you search something on the internet, the top results you see are decided by AI. Any recommendations you get from your favorite shopping or streaming websites will also be based on an AI algorithm. These algorithms use your browser history to find things you might be interested in.


Take your chess skills to new heights with an AI-powered board

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As of April 15, get it for $399.99 -- a 10% savings. The Square Off is an electronic chessboard powered by artificial intelligence. Forget playing the computer on your smartphone or laptop -- you can make that happen IRL with this device. The board has 20 difficulty levels, so you can always count on it to be a worthy opponent. A game with Square Off won't be a walk in the park.


Portfolio Optimization using Reinforcement Learning

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Reinforcement learning is arguably the coolest branch of artificial intelligence. It has already proven its prowess: stunning the world, beating the world champions in games of Chess, Go, and even DotA 2. Using RL for stock trading has always been a holy grail among data scientists. Stock trading has drawn our imaginations because of its ease of access and to misquote Cardi B, we like diamond and we like dollars . There are several ways of using Machine Learning for stock trading. One approach is to use forecasting techniques to predict the movement of the stock and build some heuristic based bot that uses the prediction to make decisions.


AI 101: All The Ways AI Could Make or Break the Future

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In December 2017, AlphaZero, a chess-playing, artificial intelligence (AI) developed by Google, defeated Stockfish 8, the reigning world champion program at that time. AlphaZero calculates around 80,000 moves per second, according to The Guardian. Yet, out of 100 matches, AlphaZero won 28 and tied 72. Stockfish's open-source algorithm has been continually tweaked by human input over the years. The New Yorker reports that coders suggest an idea to update the algorithm, and the two versions are then pitted against each other for thousands of matches to see which comes out on top. Google claims that AlphaZero's machine learning algorithm had no human input beyond the programming of the basic rules of chess.


You need to Know about the History of Artificial Intelligence

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In the article, Turing--known for cracking the ENIGMA code of Nazi society during the Second World War--proposes to respond to the question'do machines think?" and implements the Turing Test (link exists outside of IBM), which would decide if a robot can show the same intellect as the human. Since then, the importance of the Turing test has been discussed.