recent posts related to technology in general
NPR reports that a new version of Google’s AlphaGo Zero software became a Go master by learning to play the game only by playing itself, i.e., only by using reinforcement learning (as opposed to supervised learning). Per the report in Nature.com, “AlphaGo Zero achieved superhuman performance, winning 100–0 against the previously published, champion-defeating AlphaGo.”
defenseone.com reports that the CIA has at least 137 AI “pilot projects” in the works.
As the business world keeps churning, Ikea bought TaskRabbit.
Almost every product on this 1991 Radio Shack ad is now on your cellphone (sans the scanner and radar detector).
Netflix movie recommendations often leave me scratching my head, but in this list of Christmas movie recommendations, one of these things is not like the others.
Facebook engineers shared this post about how they switched from InnoDB to MyRocks and successfully cut their storage usage in half.
With Twitter being Twitter, I saw this image there, and now I can’t find it again. But it shows that the new iPhone 8 is significantly faster at rendering a cnn.com page.
Actually, since I can’t find the original source, I don’t know if they both rendered mobile web pages, or whether they tried several times to make sure it wasn’t just a hiccup. But seeing that the architecture in a little phone can come anywhere near the performance of a desktop/laptop processor that’s still being sold makes one wonder about the future.
Update: I think this was the original source of the image.
*printer won’t print black text because yellow ink is low*
*Al throws printer off balcony*