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Literature / Re: 13 Classic Science Fiction Books Everyone Should Read
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:05:33 pm »
I haven't read three - The Martian Chronicles, Kindred, and Dhalgren

Literature / Re: Best SFF 2017
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:02:30 pm »
Ooh, fancy.

Literature / Re: Best SFF 2017
« on: December 08, 2017, 01:55:45 pm »

General Misc. / Re: Video Game Thread! What are you playing?
« on: December 08, 2017, 01:11:16 pm »
I really don't play many video games anymore and haven't for years. Recently, as time allows, I sometimes play random RTS games with some high school friends one night every couple of months or the knock-off emulator hardware (Arcade/Atari/NES) the SO got a couple months back - the most modern game I play is COD Zombies with the SO's kids or my nephew and that happens fairly infrequently.

Unnecessary preamble aside (I just like to wax about playing retro games), The Game Awards just aired and there are some damn cool trailers - specific to fans of DS on SA, Shadows Die Twice. Though, I'll also mention the Kojima silliness because the MGS is probably my all time favorite video game narrative ever.

Philosophy & Science / On the Indeterminacy of the Meter
« on: December 08, 2017, 01:50:31 am »

Philosophy & Science / Re: AlphaZero "Learns Chess" in Four Hours
« on: December 08, 2017, 01:48:20 am »
Mastering Chess and Shogi by Self-Play with a General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm

I was reading more about it, apparently, AlphaZero beat AlphaGo in four more hours after the initial four (the latter adapted to play chess instead of GO).

In one of the second or third articles I was reading about it tonight, there was an impressive seeming anecdote about AlphaZero blowing through the entire 1,400 years history (which isn't accurate but whatever) of human Chess development.

Literature / Best SFF 2017
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:53:00 pm »
The Guardian's Best SFF 2017.

EDIT: Changed the thread title to add another link rather than make a new thread.


I'm in it for The Bad Batch and Life. Colossal was alright and I've heard great things about Okja.

Philosophy & Science / Lost Einsteins: The Innovations We’re Missing
« on: December 07, 2017, 04:17:02 am »

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