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Philippe Beaudoin
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I just started watching this analysis of the AlphaGo games by 9p Myungwan Kim. From the intro it already looks very interesting. His feeling is that "She plays just like a human, in a very japanese style, maybe because of biases in the training data" -- he uses "she" because her style is gentle, which is reminiscent of female go players. It sounds a tad sexist, but mostly it feels like he's totally anthropomorphized the AI. It reminded me of the relationship between the protagonist and the AI in the movie "Her". I wonder if he's in love? ;) Anyway, I'm going to watch the rest of it now.
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Merci Philippe! C'est même un véritable retour de l'Histoire!!! Rappelons qu'en 1969, Minsky et Papert avaient démontré que l'ancêtre des réseaux neuronaux moderne, le perceptron monocouche, était incapable d'exécuter un simple « Ou exclusif » (XOR). Certains prétendent que leur article fut responsable de la concentration des efforts de recherche sur «l'IA symbolique». Ironiquement, la même année en 1969, Bryson et Ho ont découvert l'algorithme de rétropropagation (backpropagation) qui était capable d'entraîner des réseaux de neurones multicouches qui ont conduit à l'apprentissage en profondeur d'aujourd'hui et au programme de Go de Google... En fait le billet de Gary Marcus est plus nuancé car il souligne que AlphaGo est un système hybride alliant symbolique et statistique.
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A computer that can finally play go well?
Deep-learning software defeats human professional for first time.
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If you're interested in the games, they are in the paper: https://storage.googleapis.com/deepmind-data/assets/papers/deepmind-mastering-go.pdf
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Here's a parlor trick to multiply numbers from 5 to 9 given you know your multiplication tables up to 5 * 5.

Use your hands to represent the numbers
Say you want to multiply A and B (both between 5 an 9). On your left hand raise 1 finger if A is 6, 2 fingers if it's 7, 3 if it's 8, etc. If A is 5, don't raise any finger. Do the same on your right hand for B.

To compute the result
1) Count 10 for each raised finger on both hands.
2) Then, multiply the number of bent fingers on your left hand by the number of bent finger on your right hand and add that to the previous number.
That's your result!

Example
6 * 8 ==>
   Left hand = 1 raised fingers, 4 bent fingers (7)
   Right hand = 3 raised finger 2 bent fingers (8)

1) A total of 4 raised fingers, so 40.
2) Plus 4*2=8. Hence 48.

Homework
Prove it always works.
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Using your hands for such frequent operations doesn't seem efficient enough. Also, it only saves you from memorizing 10 numbers (6*6, 6*7, ... , 9*9). Can it be useful as a mental proxy for memorizing these numbers? Probably. I guess the danger is to rely too much on the proxy and not memorize the products themselves.

But truth is, even today I sometimes rely on a proxy for most product: x times 10, x and append a 0. X times 9: (x-1) append (10-x). Sometimes I decompose non-primes into their factors, etc.

I guess I don't have an answer. I've showed it to my daughter for the novelty factor, but after she memorized her tables...
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"So here we have a milk manufacturer working in partnership with the University of Maryland to fund a sloppy study, and the university then blasts the results, persuading schools and the press that this milk works wonders on students' brains."
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Star Wars ships, drawn as monsters: http://imgur.com/gallery/9mGZj
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Go out on a Saturday night? When the Internet has stuff like this?
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I hate listening to people who shame YouTube watchers. This one makes a very different point though.
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Stop dehumanizing Hitler just so you can reassure yourself that "normal" humans aren't capable of doing bad things.

This is important to remember. There's no "monster gene". The most horrific actions are performed by human beings.
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Beautiful quote. Never read this book. Loved Ivan Denisovich.
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Excellent cheat sheet of common biases.

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Pithy and very good
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Occupation
Software developer
Skills
programming, boardgame design
Employment
  • Google
    Software developer, 2011 - present
  • BookedIn
    Lead developer, 2010 - 2011
  • ArcBees
    CTO, 2010 - 2011
  • University of British Columbia
    Postdoc, 2008 - 2010
  • Digital Fiction
    Software developer, 2001 - 2003
  • Matrox
    ASIC Architect, 2000 - 2001
  • Neo Dimensions
    CEO, 1999 - 2000
  • Université de Montréal
    Research and teching assistant, 1997 - 1998
  • Nortel
    Intern, 1996 - 1996
  • NetCorp
    Intern, 1995 - 1995
  • Teleglobe Canada
    Intern, 1993 - 1993
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Ville Mont-Royal
Previously
Trois-Rivières - Montréal - Vancouver
Story
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Code + Boardgames
Introduction
I stayed in school too long, they gave me a PhD for it. Then I created two popular open source projects, gwt-platform and jukito. In June 2011 I joined Google as a software developer on Chrome.

I also play and design boardgames, Quebec is my first published design.

Moderation style
I like Google+ more than any other social network because the discussions I have here are more substantial, more polite, and more interesting than anywhere else on the Net. However, to maintain that level of quality, I will sometimes (very rarely) delete comments that I feel throw the conversation in undesirable directions. It does not mean I do not welcome opinions that differ from mine. However, if:
  • you attack someone else personally,
  • you propose an outrageous claim without any backing evidence,
  • you are too agressive,
it is very likely that I will delete your comment.

Fortunately, this happens so seldom that I can take the time to contact people whose comments I delete. You're always welcome to come back and voice your opinion in a more polite way, or with stronger evidence. Naturally, you're also welcome to reshare my post and comment in any way you like on your own stream.

Disclaimer! Although I work for Google, I use Google+ to publish my personal opinions. Any views I express here are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.

Bragging rights
Gave a talk at Google I/O before I was a googler.
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Education
  • University of British Columbia
    2011
  • Université de Montréal
  • École Polytechnique
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Stopped here for lunch twice. Very good family-style italian menu. The menu isn't particularly original but the execution is perfect and the ambiance is great. Perfect for a lunch meeting.
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Excellent food with some original choices. Great ambiance.
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