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Comment Re:Expert Systems (Score 1) 370

Expert systems work very well for well defined problems where experts can analyze their own reasoning without resorting to gut feeling.

In Go playing there was some tentative to create expert systems to reduce the size of the tree but it failed because all of the best Go players were unable to explain why they played this move more than any other move without saying that they feel it was the best move to do excepted for 'technical' move where the complete sequence could be calculated and every variation eliminated like for Tesuji and Yose. The best Go (AlphaGo) program doesn't use expert system but neural networks.

Comment Re:More probable cause to break down your door (Score 1) 187

Go study ergonomics. Go measure your biometrics. Go compute the load factors and necessary structural supports. Go design the contours and material attachments required to make something that is perfectly comfortable for you, rather than just cribbing someone else's work.

I have build my own bed. The only thing I have measured is the bedspring I was reusing from my old bed. For the rest, I have put together some plank in a way the my bed look like a japanese bed. (eg: no mine, but similar). What is its load factor? I really don't know, I just put some wood plank together. What where the structural support needed? I really don't know, I just put thing in a way that everything stuck together thank to gravity and need no nails or screws.

Then if it happens to look like a commercial design, you have a nice solid legal ground to stand on and say "I made this on my own".

My bed look like any commercial design of japanese bed for sure. If a company come after me saying I have stolen their design, I still can say "I made it on my own", but if I need to prove that I am fucked up because the only proof I have is my own saying and that will not stand before a court.

Comment Re:People are buying this stuff (Score 1) 268

I did felt for this kind of trap myself. I did bough a netatmo thermostat for my home. I though it was some kind of home thermostat with an integrated web server for use with my tablet. But actually that thing connect to the internet to the netatmo servers :-( I tried to ask on the netatmo forum for information about their politic about the EOL of their products but got no response from them. I really hate that. I am looking how I can revert my mistake (searching for any current reverse engineering project or to scrap the components and its bow (I really like the design) to make my own one)...

Comment Re:Stupid Idea (Score 1) 400

Well, say that to the Brussels politicians :) They are able to fit bus lane in 1 way streets in some place of the city :-( Brussels is the worst European city when it come to driving and the politician have that capability to make it worst without proposing better public transport :-(

Comment Re:Impressive and somewhat sad (Score 1) 111

I didn't felt the same this time as in 1997 because this time I was really betting on the computer to win. It is true that most professional didn't have imagined 1/10th of a second that the human will lose any match against AlphaGo due that the state of the art until now in Go AI were at most 1dan AI and it is hard to imagine a leap from 1dan to 9dan overnight. I really enjoyed seeing these games and thank Sedol for the great job he did under such circumstances. And if he think he failed me he is completely wrong, he even surpassed my expectation by beating AlphaGo in the 4th match. There are so much AI actually used in industry that beat humans by some margin in a lot of topics that I couldn't expect that there will be not AI to beat any human at Go.

Comment Re:Misuse of word, 'creativity' (Score 1) 111

You clearly never played Go.

It is not because you can 'solve' a problem by throwing some machine learning and tree search that this problem doesn't need some creativity to be solved by a human. The human has a very good machine learning capability, but I should say a very limited tree search capability. The human compensate that tree search capability deficiency by its very good machine learning capability and a touch of creativity. I dare you to do an extensive search like deepblue did 20 years ago with your puny grey sponge in between your ears for its first move outside its opening move library and by realizing this feat demonstrate that you don't need any creativity to play any game (in this case the 'more simple' game of chess).

Comment Re:Still a meaningless stunt (Score 2) 111

It is not because you are completely uninterested by a subject that advancements in that subject have less "creativity" than in other subjects. I could reverse your 'demonstration' by saying that Einstein did get lucky that some of his results were proved true. He has been proved wrong about quantum entanglement. Should I compare him to Leonardo Da Vinci who was a genius painter, a great engineer and an anatomist and made great advance and publication in these subjects but was also interested in invention, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, literature, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

AlphaGo in its matches against Lee Sedol showed 3 interesting moves who will certainly be studied and played by all the professional Go players around the world for the next years. It is not because you limit yourself to a certain set of problems with the objective to excel at it that you are a lesser being that someone else.

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