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…

Chatbot: Scholar Edition

Ok here’s one that could probably be built in Python in less than a day, especially by recycling some code from my man Hamilton Ulmer’s hilarious rhymeless poem generator.  Here’s the idea for the chatbot: I create a list of GChat friends to ‘prank chat’. When one of those friends updates his status message (to something…