The Imperfect-Information Edition Sunday, February 5, 2017

Inside The 20-Year Quest To Build Computers That Play Poker, by Joshua Brustein, Bloomberg

Experts in artificial intelligence have always used games as a way to develop and test their creations. Computers have surpassed the best human players at chess, checkers, backgammon, and go. Poker is a distinct challenge because of the element of chance, and because the players don’t know what cards their opponents are holding. So-called imperfect information games require the sort of human intelligence — like deceiving an opponent and sensing when she’s deceiving you— that computers lack.

“No limit hold’em is the game you see in tournaments, and it has the reputation of being more of an art than a science,” said Adam Kucharski, author of The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling. “There was the idea that this game would be safer for much longer from these machines.”

5 Reasons Why The New GarageBand For iOS Needs Your Attention, by Craig Grannell, Stuff

Maybe you once tried GarageBand for iOS and dismissed it as a toy. Perhaps you were miffed at the paucity of effects and somewhat cheesy synth sounds. Or, as a newcomer, you might have felt limited by the small number of smart instruments.

But avoid GarageBand no longer, because Apple’s crafted a major update into being.

Naturally, the app isn’t Logic Pro X for iPad and iPhone - at least, not just yet. But GarageBand is in many ways now even more suited to pros, as well as wannabe pop stars more prone to key mashing than ivory tinkling.

4 Free iPhone Apps For Doodling On Photos, by Amy-Mae Turner, Mashable

A picture may already speak a thousand words, but sometimes it might just benefit from something extra. With this in mind, we've taken a look at iPhone apps that let you doodle and write on your images.

We've tried and tested four free options that will help you get creative with your iPhone photos. Take a look through our selection and you'll be sketching on your best snapshots in no time.

Runkeeper: The Best Apple Watch Running App Sent The Garmin Fenix 3 To A Drawer, by Matthew Miller, ZDNet

The Apple Watch may not be the next iPhone, but it is an excellent GPS sports watch for many of us.

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Has anybody built an AI machine that plays Mahjong? (The four-person game, not the solitaire game.) I'm pretty sure the AI can already win the game -- after all, the machines can definitely keep track of where each of the 144 tiles went during the shuffling, right?


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