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July 27 in Vermont History 📅

Big flood throughout New England; bridges out all over Vermont, many drown, 1830

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Back when computer chess artificial opponents were just about at the same level as my father, an International Master with a PhD in Machine Intelligence, in the mid 1990s, he would play moves to take them "out of book" in the opening. You see, computer chess programs have an opening book, which is basically a list of structurally sound opening positions and the moves you should play in response ("without thinking") to a given opening position to keep the position structurally sound. By having instant responses to a position in the opening, the computer opponent could save some clock time for later in the game. By taking it out of book, the human opponent could work on more of a level playing field. Computer opponents of the time also were very materialistic. They would understand tactical decisions to gain a piece advantage, but did not analyze thoroughly for strategic and positional advantages.

Being unpredictable in a measured, strategic way can be a great boon when facing a machine opponent or a classically trained human opponent in any game. Instead of just skating to where the puck is going, sometimes you should pick the puck up and walk out of the rink. Machines only understand what they've been programmed to understand. Humans who have been doing things the same way forever, often have trouble wrapping their minds around alternative ways of proceeding.

Dave (@davekopec)

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The discovery that mass changes with velocity, a discovery made when minute bodies came under consideration, finally forced surrender of the notion that mass is a fixed and inalienable possession of ultimate elements or individuals, so that time is now considered to be their fourth dimension.

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