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Comment Distant Oort Cloud? (Score 1) 154

Phsaw. Object 2014 FE72 in the TFA is stated as being at 3000 AU. The Oort cloud barely begins at 2000 AU and may go out as far as 50,000 or even 200,000 AU. Granted these figures are more conjecture than precise measurements, but if even approximate, the object 2014 FE72 barely grazes the innermost edge of the Oort cloud, much less qualify as a "distant" Oort could object.

Submission + - After Go, the next frontier in Artificail Intelligence is Starcraft (

braindrainbahrain writes: Having conquered checkers, chess, and more recently Go, artificial intelligence research now looks at the next frontier: the popular real-time strategy game of Starcraft. Deep Mind, the Google company that defeated the Go champoin, is now considering the game which would require the AI to deal with hidden information and player bluffing..

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

I feel the same way I felt after Watson won Jeopardy. I happened to be in my graduate AI class at the time and Watson was all the rage, subject to many class discussions. Every single one of us, teacher included, were really excited for what the future might hold.

Does anyone remember that commercial with all the kids saying "I am Tiger Woods"? Today, just like at the time Watson triumphed, I like all others in my class at that time, feel like chanting with pride "I am an AI researcher!".

Comment Re:Milestone (Score 1) 338

Agreed. Even better is when the computer learns to master a gameon its own without being imparted with any human knowledge of the game (except for the rules).

See "Evolving neural networks to play checkers without expert knowledge", K. Chellapilla and D. Fogel, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 1382 – 1391, 1999.

Comment Winning conditions undefined (Score 2) 18

The competition rules are beyond ambiguous, arbitrary, and subjective. According to the TFA, " past competitions, the X Prize Foundation typically laid out specific goals or requirements that had to be met. That's not the case this time around, because X Prize is allowing teams to define their own challenges." AI has plenty of competitions, some more or less formal (Turing test) and some informal (bragging rights for winning Jeopardy or a Go grand master), but this competition is meaningless.

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