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Microsoft Uses US Women's Soccer Team To Explain Why It Doesn't Hire More Women 212 212

theodp writes: "It is not surprising that the U.S. women have been dominant in the sport [of soccer] in recent years. The explanation for that success lies in the talent pipeline," writes General Manager of Citizenship & Public Affairs Lori Forte Harnick on The Official Microsoft Blog. "Said another way, many girls in the U.S. have the opportunity to learn how to play soccer and, as a result, they benefit from the teamwork, skill development and fun involved. That's the kind of opportunity I would like to see develop for the technology sector, which presents a different, yet perhaps even more significant, set of opportunities for girls and young women. Unfortunately, the strength in the talent pipeline that we see in female soccer today is not the reality for technology. The U.S. is facing a shortage of Computer Science (CS) graduates. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, every year there are close to 140,000 jobs requiring a CS degree, but only 40,000 U.S. college graduates major in CS, which means that 100,000 positions go unfilled by domestic talent." Going with the soccer analogy, one thing FIFA realized that Microsoft didn't is that if you want girls to play your sport, you don't take away their ball!

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.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.