2017

AlphaZero generalized to learn more games by itself

From this Cornell University page, Google’s AlphaZero algorithm has been generalized to learn new games given only the game rules: “In this paper, we generalise this approach into a single AlphaZero algorithm that can achieve, tabula rasa, superhuman performance in many challenging domains.

“I’m trying to save my marriage”

A few days ago I ran into a woman who seemed very stressed out. I had a conversation with her that went like this:

Me: You seem to be feeling a lot of stress, may I ask why?

Her: Yada yada yada ... I’m trying to save my marriage! (Said loudly, with a lot of emotion.) (She starts crying.)

Me: Why?

Her: What?

Me: For as long as I’ve known you, you’ve said that you’re not happy, and now you seem very stressed out. So I’m wondering why you’re trying to save your marriage?

Her: ...

I thought it was a simple question — I thought she might say that she still loved the guy — but it turns out she had no answer for it.

She was crying, and tired of crying, so we talked about something else for a while. Then out of the blue she said, “I think I’m trying to save it because I always thought it was the right thing to do. Or maybe I never wanted to be divorced. But those aren’t very good reasons, are they? He really is a mean, selfish jerk, and he’s making my life miserable.”

Jonathan Ive focused on design, again

As I’ve written about before, I assumed that Apple’s Jonathan Ive had his hands full with the completion of the design of Apple Park, and that was affecting the design and quality of Apple’s recent product offerings. This quote comes from bloomberg.com: “With the completion of Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design,” Amy Bessette, a company spokeswoman, said Friday in a statement.

Third proof of Functional Programming, Simplified alvin December 7, 2017 - 5:08pm

I like the cover so much, I’m now up to three copies of Functional Programming, Simplified.

A little more seriously, I’ll be reviewing the third proof tonight. If all goes well, the book will be available on Amazon.com this weekend.

Functional Programming, Simplified: Print version, coming soon alvin December 4, 2017 - 11:40am

This is the second proof of the print/paperback version of Functional Programming, Simplified. It should be ready for release by December 10, 2017.