The Tao of Gaming

Boardgames and lesser pursuits

Follow up, links

Re: Alpha Zero — Thoughts from Ken Regan, including how this affects his thoughts that a perfect chess player would be rated ~3600 ELO, and how to generalize the algorithm to hard (non-game) problems by making the problem an opponent.

Re: Universal Paperclips — Ted Chiang (author of the story that became Arrival) on how the “Paperclip AI” that destroys the world by trying to maximize a single parameter already exists …. and is called ‘the corporation.’

As a Factorio player I’m not in much of a position to laugh at Minecraft …. (and the SouthPark episode “Informative Murder Porn” had some great Minecraft gags), but at least I can say that my game didn’t inspire a truly massive botnet that disrupted much of the US Internet last year.

And I’m taking a small bite-of-cake-sized break from Factorio to spend some time on a new game with an old friend. For Science. You Monster.

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Written by taogaming

December 20, 2017 at 7:09 pm

Posted in Linky Love

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  1. Thank you! Those were some great links!

    Tyson Stanek

    December 21, 2017 at 10:34 am

  2. Here’s a different analyst estimating that Alpha Zero’s chess ELO rating is above 4000 (in contrast with the 3600 that is estimated in the link from the post above.)

    Eric Brosius

    December 21, 2017 at 10:47 am

    • Eric Brosius

      December 21, 2017 at 10:47 am


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