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Bernard Vatant
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After Go and Chess, AI has mastered Poker. Important news, meaning that it can now handle imperfect information situations.

"In a 20-day competition involving 120,000 hands at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh during January 2017, Libratus became the first AI to defeat top human players at head's up no-limit Texas Hold'em—the primary benchmark and long-standing challenge problem for imperfect-information game-solving by AIs."

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"The biggest factor behind much of the rise in the devastation caused by these fires: all the houses were built near wild, fire-prone areas.

According to the International Code Council's Report on Wildland-Urban Interface, since 1990, 60 per cent of new construction in the U.S. has occurred close to wilderness."

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Un excellent article illustrant l'aberration environnementale que représentent les canons à neige et au-delà l'industrie des sports d'hiver. Particulièrement d'actualité chez nous dans les Alpes du Sud, où la sécheresse se prolonge. Personnellement il y a longtemps que j'ai choisi entre boire ou skier.
L'eau utilisée par les canons à neige sur l'année pour l'ensemble du domaine skiable français représente la consommation moyenne d'une ville de plus de 500 000 habitants. Sans compter le coût énergétique. Au-dessus de chez moi, la station de Risoul pompe l'eau pour ses canons à neige dans la nappe de la Durance vers 950m d'altitude pour la remonter sur un domaine dont le bas des pistes est à 1850m d'altitude. Cherchez l'erreur...

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One recent article, published in the journal Environment and Behaviour, says those who identify themselves as conscious consumers use more energy and carbon than those who do not.

Why? Because environmental awareness tends to be higher among wealthy people. It is not attitudes that govern our impact on the planet but income. The richer we are, the bigger our footprint, regardless of our good intentions. Those who see themselves as green consumers, the research found, mainly focused on behaviours that had “relatively small benefits”.

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Don't be afraid. WOTF will do their best to keep AI God open source. So you can trust Her/Him/It.
Not sure this is really a joke. Whether Levandowski really believes or not what he says is not important. True believers will follow, I'm pretty sure.

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A challenging reading (180 pages), looking at the Web from many aspects, technical, social, philosophical, moral ...

From a footnote in the introduction :

"It is perhaps more appropriate to see the Web as a socio-technical phenomenon, rather than a purely social or technological one. From the perspective of Web Science,the Web is typically conceived as a socio-technical system: one that features complex forms of interaction and inter-dependence between individuals, technology and society. Web Science recognizes that technological innovation on the Web may impact society, perhaps giving rise to new forms of social interaction and engagement. However, it also recognizes that technological innovation occurs against a sociological and psychological backdrop: a backdrop that includes, among other things, moral and ethical codes, legal constraints, social conventions and human cognitive capabilities."

Just started reading, but certainly worth taking the time to go throughout.

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Not so good news.
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