hi all, it was a very big week for AI news. google deepmind published a paper in Nature demonstrating world competitive level performance in the game of Go.[a] there were several articles and an excellent/ cool 7 minute video produced by the site. experts thought this could be ~5-10 years away. the google team was relatively small with only 15 employees. however, their combined salaries were surely not that low, could that figure probably easily approach over a million dollars annually? (we are talking about silicon valley rates here.)
google will be challenging the top world player in march for $1M, Lee Sedol. more edge-of-seat excitement!
so, this is a great excuse or milestone to write up my last batch of links. and boy is it a big pile. its only been ~½ yr since last writing on this subject.
and am going to take some big credit here. (along with wired) pointed myself to the game of Go as a ripe terra incognita for new algorithms and development. maybe a few people really do actually read this blog, eh? and this breakthru also cuts across many categories long covered on this blog.
another big cybersynchronicity, AI pioneer and near-gadfly Minsky died this week.[b]
also since the last post, Musk announced a billion dollar AI fund and they are also committed to an open source approach.[d]
google announced open sourcing its AI engine, TensorFlow.[l]
there are dramatic weekly, nearly daily advances in the field.[g] eg emotion recognition on faces etc.[i] vision algorithms are continuing to evolve rapidly and getting very sophisticated.[k]
a brilliant book by the brilliant Domingos on “the master algorithm” was released and made some media waves.[e] there actually have been a plethora of AI books at the bookstores within the last few years & am planning on reviewing about 5 of them soon. (the google Go breakthrough caught me in the middle of that.)