Chess

While browsing YouTube videos late one evening a few months ago, I happened upon a presentation about the Google "Alpha Zero" project. If you've not heard of it, it's a Google artificial intelligence project investigating machine learning techniques, and used chess as an example. Cutting a long story short, the system learned to play chess …

Sixteen Thousand Steps

Sixteen thousand steps. That's what the Apple Health app tells me, on the shiny new iPhone that's been in my pocket all day long. Nearly thirteen kilometres. That's about the size of a day out and about with my younger children. And you wonder why I'm not overweight, given that I typically sit at a …

The Day Vanishes

Do you ever have days when you wonder what you did - where the day went? I know I spent quite some time signing my younger daughters up for XBox Live accounts - and then trying to make head or tail of some sort of team building thing in FIFA 17 for them. I think …

Interactive Fiction

You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.So begins the text adventure game "Zork", written by Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels, and Dave Lebling between 1977 and 1979. Although not the first computer game (Spacewar almost certainly claims that …

Washington Square Park

While skimming updates posted to the social internet by far flung friends earlier this evening, I got sucked into reading a post recalling somebody's formative years - and how many of their favourite memories were attached to Washington Square Park. I stopped in my tracks, opened a chat window, and asked the author directly:"Is that …