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Humanist Archives: July 7, 2019, 5:49 p.m. Humanist 33.121 - learning from Alpha Go Zero

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 121.
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        Date: 2019-07-05 19:09:49+00:00
        From: Bill Benzon 
        Subject: The new and improved Magnus Carlsen - Marginal REVOLUTION

Hi Willard,

While chess master Magnus Carlson (currently #1 in the world) hasn't entered
into the kind of ethnographic interview you propose in your wild thought article
[1] it seems that he IS learning from AlphaZero, which, as you indicate in your
article, plays a different style of chess from that of the humans it beats. See
this post by Tyler Cowen:


Surely that counts as meaningful dialog, and certainly more interesting than
talk with chatbots (as in the old ELIZA program, which you cite.

[1] Willard McCarty, "Modeling, ontology and wild thought: Toward an
anthropology of the artificially intelligent," HAU: Journal of Ethnographic
Theory 9, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 147-161.

Bill Benzon





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