Thursday February 16, 2017

This is a little fun presentation for DC Hack and Tell on Thursday, February 16, 2017. (slides)


Hi! I'm Aaron. This is my blog and my twitter handle. You can get from one to the other. This presentation and a corresponding write-up (you're reading it) are on my blog (which you're on).


Here is a very serious logo.

(It's based on ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, if that wasn't clear.)

pi go wave

Here's what Go sometimes looked like in Pi.

pi go game

Go really looks more like this. It's a game, see?

game AIs on xkcd

xkcd had this cartoon about game AIs and Go was on it.

Go was supposed to be hard for computers to be good at.

alphago game

But... AlphaGo.


First technically interesting things, and then a personally interesting thing.


Neural nets! Policy networks! Value networks!

Interesting, but/and I do that kind of thing for work.

(Figure from the Nature article.)

youtube course

David Silver's reinforcement learning course.

tree search

Okay tree search is the part I'm interested in.

(Figure from the Nature article.)

me: 0

computer: ∞

The other thing is that I suck at Go, so I don't need/want a Go computer to be so spanking good.


Here is a very serious logo.


Talk about code here. It's on github.


Here is a very serious logo.


Demo that code from up there!


Thank you!


This is just me again.