Computer Go player ‘AlphaGo’ defeats pro in even game for first time – challenges Lee Sedol next

Source: Computer Go player ‘AlphaGo’ defeats pro in even game for first time – challenges Lee Sedol next and Nature

Big news in gaming– a Google-affiliated company has apparently designed the strongest Go-playing computer yet.  It’s already beaten a top European professional, but the program may need some tweaking before it can beat Korea’s Lee Sedol, probably the best living human Go-player.  This AI goes beyond raw computing power, and seems to have accessed an ability that at least approximates what many professional players refer to as aesthetic judgements of game positions.  Fascinating!

Is Google Like Gas or Like Steel? – NYTimes.com

Is Google Like Gas or Like Steel? – NYTimes.com.

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The above image, attributed to “Hieronymus,” appeared in the online NYTimes today.  It caught my attention, not only because of the message it is I think trying to convey, but also because of its format– the jumpy animation, which mimics a Google search bar’s auto-complete function.  It’s the first such animation I’ve seen attached to a NYTimes article.  I’m not sure if it is actually the first such animation that has appeared on the Times’ website.  But I’d be willing to wager that it’s the most relevant to the content of the article it’s been attached to.

Hopefully I’ll have more time to write and publish in the blog in the coming weeks.  We shall see.