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|Jan-20-16|| ||zanzibar: <<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>|
186,000 miles per second.
Not just a good idea... it's the law!
|Jan-20-16|| ||TheFocus: My girlfriend's nose is shaped like a triangle. The first time I met her I told her she had acute nose.|
|Jan-20-16|| ||zanzibar: Given all this voting business...
I figured <Stumpers> is the right place for this:
Make your vote count!
Maybe the BBC pinched the idea from here though:
|Jan-21-16|| ||TheFocus: How many hard-of-hearing people does it take to screw in a light bulb?|
|Jan-22-16|| ||WannaBe: http://www.sciencealert.com/physici...|
Obviously none of the physicists were a boy scout. Had to get a Ph.D. to learn how to tie a knot. Very, very sad.
|Jan-22-16|| ||zanzibar: I still don't know how to tie a tie. Does that count?|
|Jan-22-16|| ||zanzibar: It's a little funny, but I think this 1944 book is the authoritative handbook used by mathematicians to categorize their knots:|
<The Ashley Book of Knots is an encyclopedia of knots written and illustrated by the American artist Clifford W. Ashley. First published in 1944, it was the culmination of over 11 years of work. The book contains more than 3800 numbered entries and an estimated 7000 illustrations. The entries include knot instructions, uses, and some histories, categorized by type or function. It remains one of the most important and comprehensive books on knots.>
Ashley was an old New Englander...
<Clifford Warren Ashley (December 18, 1881 – September 18, 1947) was an American artist, author, sailor, and knot expert. He was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, son of Abiel Davis Ashley and Caroline Morse. >
whose book supposedly took 11 years to write.
|Jan-22-16|| ||WannaBe: Too bad none of them physicists heard of that book. Coulda saved them a lot of time.|
|Jan-22-16|| ||zanzibar: <WannaBe> you're tying me up in knots!|
|Jan-24-16|| ||TheFocus: I like the book <What Knot?> by Budworth and Hopkins.|
|Jan-25-16|| ||PinnedPiece: Famous Knot quotes:
Rick is thinking of tying up loose ends and says "Maybe knot today, Maybe knot tomorrow.."
Question: When did he actually tie the knot? And with whom?
(HINT: "Louis, I think this is the beginning of....")
|Jan-27-16|| ||al wazir: <PinnedPiece>: I think that was a dénouement, an *un*knotting. If they had actually tied the knot it would have been considered naughty at the time, though maybe not now.|
|Jan-28-16|| ||WannaBe: Did y'all read about Google's AlphaGo program that defeated human player?|
|Jan-28-16|| ||Sneaky: I did read that. It says it involves a "Monte Carlo simulation" — that's very interesting. |
I bet it works kind of like this: The program has a "bad" algorithm which is good enough to give it some reasonable alternatives, but it can't tell which one is really best. So given the choice between a couple of viable moves, play out thousands (millions?) of entire games starting from those positions and keep careful count.
We may find that like chess, Go is not a particularly useful milestone of artificial intelligence.
|Jan-28-16|| ||alexmagnus: <We may find that like chess, Go is not a particularly useful milestone of artificial intelligence.>|
Way may one day find that there is no such thing as intelligence. A computer with a "dumb" agorithm will be able to perform anything a human ever could with what he used to call intelligence. Actually, I think we humans are not that different from dumb machines than we like to think - most of "intelligence" is nothing but pattern recognition, in each field.
|Jan-28-16|| ||alexmagnus: By the way, it's not "just" Monte Carlo. It also mentions reinforcement learning.|
|Jan-28-16|| ||alexmagnus: See also https://googleblog.blogspot.de/2016...|
|Feb-02-16|| ||Tiggler: <alexmagnus> Artificial intelligence is the wrong model for machine learning. They don't need to copy intelligence, just make it obsolete.|
|Feb-02-16|| ||Tiggler: <TheFocus: I like the book <What Knot?> by Budworth and Hopkins.>|
I like Ronnie Laing's Knots:
Anyone familiar with those?
|Feb-04-16|| ||TheFocus: People who confuse the metaphorical and the factual make my head literally explode.|
|Feb-06-16|| ||TheFocus: What if I never learn to use rhetorical questions?|
|Feb-07-16|| ||TheFocus: How did it ever cross the scarecrow's mind that he didn't have a brain?|
|Feb-08-16|| ||TheFocus: How come Mario can smash through bricks, yet he dies when he touches a turtle?|
|Feb-08-16|| ||TheFocus: It wasn't a bad idea to do trigonometry in the sun. I got a tan.|
|Feb-08-16|| ||TheFocus: Men have a basic understanding of complex ideas.
Women have a complex understanding of basic ideas.
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