Friday, July 10, 2020

A.I. VS Regular Program

Regular programs are on their way out and in its wake will come A.I.. After all, why wouldn't you want every facet of technology to be able to learn and determine the best courses of action for each scenario? Why wouldn't you want a piece of software that becomes better, without changing the code, over time?

The first thing that is important for us to understand is the difference between a "regular" program and an A.I.. A program is code with a verify specific purpose. The code will never do things it wasn't design to be doing. 
The A.I. also is designed with a purpose in mind but it gets to make its own decisions based on its experience. The more experience it as, the better it will be at making the decisions related to his purpose.

The biggest strength, and also the biggest weakness, of A.I. is in its data set. The bigger it is, the more scenarios it has, the better it becomes at the task at hand.

How much data does an A.I. require in order to become proficient at something depends on what that "something" is. Alphago, the A.I. developed by Deepmind to play the Go strategy game, had hundred of thousands of professional games in its data set before it could start beating the top professionals Go players Xray4all, an A.I. designed to figure out diseases from X Ray pictures, only needed a few thousand X Rays of a disease before it could start identifying it in new pictures.

Some A.I. companies, like Deepmind, have found ways to create A.I. that are not dependent on existing dataset. AlphaGo Zero is the successor of AlphaGo and learned the Go game via trial and errors instead of through analysis of thousands of games.

The problem with the "rise of the A.I." is that changes are occurring faster than we can process it. Those technological companies are building A.I. that doesn't consider a user's privacy and some of them are just now paying for it. As I mentioned before, the more data an A.I. has the better it is and there doesn't seem to be much limit of the type of data those big tech companies are allowed to store on us.

While many countries are in on the A.I. race I think it's safe to say that countries with a Dictatorships form of Government, such as China, have an edge over countries where the populace have rights. The reason being is that privacy policies, in Countries like China, are non-existence which gives tech companies the green-light to do what ever they want with the data they gather and they can accumulate a lot of it.

The future is in A.I. and I just hope that we won't become one of those dystopian societies so often depicted in science fiction.

Friday, June 26, 2020

I Hate Subscriptions

I recently started playing the board game of "Go" (if you haven't tried then you should it's a nice strategy game) and was looking to get an app for it. There's a fairly limited selection of apps, at least on IOS, which is kind of a bummer. One of the best "free-ish" one that I found is called "BadukPop" and while it is free there are many things stuck behind a paywall. The paywall, in this case, is a subscription.

I hate subscriptions to anything whether it be a magazine, insurance, streaming service, game ... hate them. I hate the idea that I only have access to the service for as long as I pay for it. In some instances, like maybe insurance, it makes sense but for games I'm just not used to it nor do I wish to get use to it.

Sure, the monthly fees are usually manageable but it's easy to forget that you end up quite a lot when you've been subscribed for a number of months/years. I have friend, for example, who's been playing WOW since the original (that's 15+/month for a lot of years). He loves the game but I can't help to feel like the money could of been used better elsewhere. How much money would he been able to make if he would of put 15$/month in retirement savings?

I'm cheap - I won't my entertainment to cost as little (but still legal) as possible hence why I usually get my games on special months, sometime years, after the original releases.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Club House Games is a Must Buy

Club House Games 51 worldwide classics, on the switch, is a must buy game. No other game on the market offers such a wide range of board games with the ability to play either solo or against other players. Chances are high that you'll find games that you've never played before and for me that came in the form of a little game called "Mancala".

My only complain with the game is that it should of included more than 51 games and they should of stick to board games. Pool, mini golf, bowling... are all okay but it would of been nice to be able to play "Go" on the switch. See here for complete list of games.

The game was created by Nintendo and doesn't disappoint in term of aesthetic. The user interface is simple and clean and include music that fits well with the board feel.

If you're looking for a new game on switch then give Club House Games 51 Worldwide classics a try.