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Comment: Re:Is playing a game Artificial Intelligence? (Score 1) 65 65

I think computers CAN do the equivalent of understanding social and psychological aspects. They don't have to 'feel' it to perform it.

Simple call pre-flop. Flop comes 773.

Human player (KJ). My opponent is quite conservative. He is unlikely to have a 7 and will probably even fold a 3 with a medium kicker if I bet big enough. I don't want to bet too high though, in case he DOES have a 7 (and if I did have a 7 I'd most likely bet about the same amount, so opponent cannot tell the difference from my behaviour). I'll bet 5 x big blind. If I'm called he probably has a 7 and is slow-playing, to extract the maximum from me, so I'll tone it down if he calls. If he re-raises I cannot call.

Computer (KJ) Figures the odds (easy) having 7 and of having a 3, and maybe an A. Uses game theory to semi-randomly choose between checking and raising. The bet amount is also chosen using game theory and some randomisation. The effect of this ends up being very similar to a good human player.

Comment: Life of Author Plus 70 Years? (Score 1) 301 301

Isn't that the length of copyright under the Berne convention? If so, the copyright for the last diary entries expires this year. The term used to be life of author plus 50 years, and I think that was in effect when the document was written, so copyright has probably expired already.

Also, I think the copyright belongs to the estate, not the person that purchased the dairies unless copyright was explicitly transferred with that purchase.

Comment: Re:The only thing Google has violated is ... (Score 1) 245 245

But Google's "monopoly" is simply down to them being the best at search. It doesn't use its "size" - that concept doesn't really work for internet services - it uses its better quality. If you agree with me so far, it is hard to see how Google could reasonably be requested to accommodate competitors. Should it try to reduce the quality of its service? No, that's just weird.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Overrun by Luddite Barbarians (Score 1) 163 163

If it was just about a child having a doll respond to them then we'd have no problems. The issues are :

a) The child's voice (and background sounds) are sent over the internet to the manufacturer and will very likely be available to three-letter-agencies and to creepy employees.

b) Paid promotions are likely. "Here Mattel, have $100,000 if your doll suggests having McNuggets twice a day"

c) Security is likely to be lousy and hacks will follow. "Barbie thinks Mommy is a dirty slut". "Mommy .... what's a dirty slut?"

Maybe we're all cynical, but we've been conditioned to be that way by repeated disappointment.

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