After a weeklong whirlwind of talks, demonstrations, spotlight sessions, and posters, the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) — one of the largest artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning conferences of the year — is coming to a close, and it was a smashing success by any measure. There were an estimated 8,300 registered attendees at the Palais des Congres de Montréal, where much of this week’s action took place. This year’s program featured 42 workshops and nine tutorials, and approximately 4,854 papers were submitted for consideration, 1,010 of which were accepted. That’s all despite a bit of a preconference kerfuffle that led to the NeurIPS board changing the conference’s acronym from “NIPS,” which some attendees and sponsors had protested for its potentially offensive connotations. So what where this year’s highlights? Well, Intel open-sourced a useful tool — HE-Transformer — … [Read more...] about AI Weekly: 8 takeaways from NeurIPS 2018
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Google's DeepMind—the group that brought you the champion game-playing AIs AlphaGo and AlphaGoZero—is back with a new, improved, and more-generalized version. Dubbed AlphaZero, this program taught itself to play three different board games (chess, Go, and shoji, a Japanese form of chess) in just three days, with no human intervention. A paper describing the achievement was just published in Science. "Starting from totally random play, AlphaZero gradually learns what good play looks like and forms its own evaluations about the game," said Demis Hassabis, CEO and co-founder of DeepMind. "In that sense, it is free from the constraints of the way humans think about the game." Chess has long been an ideal testing ground for game-playing computers and the development of AI. The very first chess computer program was written in the 1950s at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and in the late 1960s, Richard D. Greenblatt's Mac Hack IV program was the first to play in a human chess … [Read more...] about Move over AlphaGo: AlphaZero taught itself to play three different games
Home News Technology Daily news 6 December 2018 DeepMind’s AI Go master has taught itself new tricks. The latest version of the machine learning software, dubbed AlphaZero, can now also beat the world’s best at chess and shogi – a Japanese game that is similar to chess but played on a bigger board with more pieces. DeepMind, a sister company to Google, claims that it is the first machine-learning system that can learn to do more than one task with superhuman ability. AlphaGo made headlines in 2016 when it beat the world’s best players at a game long thought too hard for computers to crack. Then came AlphaGo Zero, which not only out-played AlphaGo but taught itself to do so without ever having seen a human play the game. Advertisement Ready player one Instead of learning how to play by analysing millions of games played by humans, as AlphaGo had, AlphaGo Zero did without human input. It was essentially given the … [Read more...] about DeepMind’s Go playing software can now beat you at two more games
A loss for humanity! Man succumbs to machine! If you heard about AlphaGo’s latest exploits last week — crushing the world’s best Go player and confirming that artificial intelligence had mastered the ancient Chinese board game — you may have heard the news delivered in doomsday terms. There was a certain melancholy to Ke Jie’s capitulation, to be sure. The 19-year-old Chinese prodigy declared he would never lose to an AI following AlphaGo’s earthshaking victory over Lee Se-dol last year. To see him onstage last week, nearly bent double over the Go board and fidgeting with his hair, was to see a man comprehensively put in his place. But focusing on that would miss the point. DeepMind, the Google-owned company that developed AlphaGo, isn’t attempting to crush humanity — after all, the company is made up of humans itself. AlphaGo represents a major human achievement and the takeaway shouldn’t be that AI is surpassing our abilities, … [Read more...] about AI, the humanity!
Best free iPad games So you've got an iPad, but have come to the dawning realisation that you've got no cash left to buy any games for it.Have no fear, because the App Store offers plenty of iPad gaming goodness for the (unintentional or otherwise) skinflint.Haven't bought an iPad yet and not sure which is best? We've got them listed on our best iPad ranking - or you can check out the best tablets list to see the full range available now.Our updated pick of the best free iPad games are listed right here.New this week: Turn Undead: Monster HunterTurn Undead: Monster Hunter is a spooky run-and-gun platformer, in the same territory as arcade classic Ghosts ’n Goblins. Hordes of zombies, vampires and werewolves need offing by way of your trusty supply of stakes, before you make for an exit – and a few moments of feeling smug.But Turn Undead has another trick up its sleeve: it’s turn-based. This means time only moves on when you do, which upends everything you thought you … [Read more...] about Best free iPad games 2018