Cat Litter Box with DRM

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A salutary tech tale (sorry about the lack of cats). Just how many electronic gadgets are we effectively renting, not owning? It isn’t necessarily a massive problem, but we should at least have a feeling for what the scale and shape of our ownership is. I bought a litter box and involuntarily signed up to a never ending subscription service. Source: …

Oh Go on

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More on AlphaGo. Such respect to Sedol for choosing to play the last match against what he views as the stronger incarnation of the machine. It didn’t help, of course. Fan Hui, the 3-time European champion has improved from number 600-ish in the world to be in the 300s while playing AlphaGo as part of its training. It’s been emotional, mostly sad, …

AlphaGo and cyborg rats

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So much sci-fi coming to earth this last week. AlphaGo beat Lee Sedol and convincingly. It’s important because the game was thought to be too “big” for traditional computer strategies based on simulating playing the game forward a few rounds and seeing what happens (like chess programs often do). Go has 10^761 possible games compared to the estimated 10^120 for chess. For me the most astonishing …

Go. Gone?

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Everyone expected computer domination of Go to be “ten years” away. It looks strongly like it’s nearly with us. A European master was defeated 5-0 and a match up with a world champion match is due in March. Once again, the human player described the computer as “a wall”: it doesn’t make mistakes and doesn’t spend too much time on particular …

Thought vectors

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More excellent mind-blowing thinking today. Google is taking the technology that it used to generate Google Translate (which doesn’t really understand languages) and applying it to thoughts. “If you take the vector for Paris and subtract the vector for France and add Italy, you get Rome,” he said. “It’s quite remarkable.” Source: Google Is Working On A New Algorithm – …