Archive for December 10th, 2017

Spotify has a nice 2017 Top 100 playlist, and I was wondering if you would like to share yours in the comments. As much as I love Spotify’s discovering algorithms, I still miss pure random suggestions.

“As you can see in the top left, against the white background, every set of lines has the same shape (a sine curve). But when viewed against the gray background, the lines where the top curve is black and the bottom curve is white still look rounded, while the lines where each curve is half-black and half-white look like sharp angles.”

Researcher Kohske Takahashi discovers Curvature Blindness, a new type of optical illusion.

(via MeFi)

Sun 10 Dec 2017

Crowd action game coming next year looks like Lemmings on steroids.

(via RPS)

“After reading the paper but especially seeing the games I thought, well, I always wondered how it would be if a superior species landed on earth and showed us how they play chess. I feel now I know.”

– Chess Grandmaster Peter Heine Nielsen

It took AlphaZero only four hours to “learn” chess from scracth and beat in a 100-game match Stockfish – the top players go-to preparation engine – with 28 wins, 72 draws, and zero losses. Full paper here

Link: Google’s AlphaZero Destroys Stockfish

Sun 10 Dec 2017

A mashup print of pop culture and news from 2017.
All references here

Link: Here’s to 2017