DailyDirt: Winning Isn't Everything
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Not that long ago, we mentioned that progress towards an algorithm that could play the game of Go better than humans was on the horizon. It looks like our wetware shouldn’t be too smug about being able to play Go now, but we can still have fun playing, right? And it’ll still take a while before robots are any good at (non-contact) sports. Ping pong, FTW!
- Google has announced that its machine learning system AlphaGo has beaten a human expert in 5 games. That’s impressive, considering that all other attempts haven’t been able to reliably defeat amateur players. In March, AlphaGo is scheduled to play a top player in the world, Lee Sedol, to really test its abilities. And hopefully, this time the human player will lose more gracefully without accusing the computer’s side of cheating. [url]
- There are some games that you can play to win, but it’s not a very fun experience. Try playing Monopoly ruthlessly. If you played Monopoly as a kid, you probably didn’t learn the rules correctly. And you probably up-ended the board to end the game. [url]
- Ideally, we humans should take advances in machine learning as an opportunity for more human-machine cooperation to solve the world’s most dire problems. Together, machines and people should be able to solve the “wicked” hard problems of poverty, pollution, diseases and more. Maybe we can convince the robots to help us. [url]
- Oh. And Facebook’s effort to get a computer playing Go that can beat humans is “getting close” — but maybe it can get exponentially better by March? The guy sitting a few feet from Mark has a bit of time to really get his algorithms working. Or maybe it should challenge Alphago to a match to see how the two compare. [url]
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Comments on “DailyDirt: Winning Isn't Everything”
Ain't it the truth
Nearly all board games in our family ended when someone kicked the board across the room. ESPECIALLY The Game of Life.
I had a version of Monopoly on my old phone and learned to use all those strategies very effectively. Especially the part about getting the light blue properties and building houses fast. It allows you to get a lot of cash flow quickly.
Just the beginning
That’s just the beginning for cut-throat Monopoly. Remember, if the rules don’t forbid it, it’s legal! I like purchasing/selling options, “free” lands, rent discounts, futures, etc. make it as complicated as real investing!
Re: Just the beginning
Have tried combining 4 different sets and running it as a cloverleaf?
Re: Just the beginning
I used to form alliances with weaker players, to try and bankrupt the stronger ones.
I’d always end up losing…