The Starcraft AI Contest

I don’t usually post non-original work, but this was too good not to share.  A group from Berkeley won the Starcraft AI contest by building a truly formidable computer player – one with some absurd tactics.  Here’s my favorite video from their post: Sparky the Wonder-Drone (the lone purple drone played by Berkeley’s ‘Overmind’ AI)…

The Watson Challenge

The NetFlix Challenge has forever become part of machine learning lore.  In exchange for giving data gurus a smidgeon of anonymized user data and $1 million, NetFlix received not only an incredible set of recommendation algorithms from the winning team: they also earned the reverence of every AI and data mining guru out there, for…

Why I Stopped Using Hotmail: Spam

My generation grew up with Hotmail.  Back in the late 1990’s when I was in junior high, an @hotmail.com email address was way cooler than an AOL account (since that was what most teenagers’ parents used).  Hotmail was great – fast, easy, and generous with space (for that time anyway), it was my first venture…