DailyDirt: Computers Like To Sit In Front Of Computers And Play Games All Day, Too

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Artificial intelligence software has been getting better and better over the years at beating humans at their own games. Games like Connect Four and Checkers are already solved, and while we humans might like to point out that there are games like Othello, Go, Diplomacy and Calvinball that still favor human players, it may only be a matter of time before computers outwit us at those games, too. Check out a few more games that algorithms are learning to play better than human brains. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 14 Jan 2015 @ 5:22pm

    To make move decisions, advanced Go AI programs play randomized simulations of entire games to try to pick between move options.

    Hey, that sounds a lot like last week's episode of Person of Interest! :P

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      Mason Wheeler (profile), 14 Jan 2015 @ 5:28pm

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      And from the article:
      the status of one group can affect that of its neighbors—like a cowboy who points a revolver at another cowboy, only to find himself covered by a rifleman on a roof.


      Yeah, Person of Interest did that (it actually involved 4 levels, and the people in question were operatives, not cowboys, but still) in the episode from two weeks ago.

      There was no Go involved, but the show is about AIs. Kinda makes you wonder...

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    Bruce Webster (profile), 14 Jan 2015 @ 6:53pm

    Crossing paths

    Years (well, a few decades) ago, when I was much better at Go than I am now and computers were much worse, I used to give the computer a big handicap and still spank it handily. Nowadays, the Go program on my iPhone easily humiliates me when I have the nerve to actually play it -- and I'm the one who needs the handicap.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2015 @ 8:13am

    Try chinese checkers...

    ...and tell the computer to play all 6 positions. Sit back and watch. More often than not you will get the last 2 moves to be infinate loops!

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    nasch (profile), 15 Jan 2015 @ 8:28am

    Take home lesson

    Never play heads up limit Hold 'Em for real money online.

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