Kamis, 16 Oktober 2014

IBM Watch : The making of a champion: Deep Blue

Interesting brief column on chess, Garry Kasparov, and IBM's Deep Blue computer.

IBM Watch : The making of a champion: Deep Blue: "The making of a champion: Deep Blue
IBM is a vast subject, and even an expert is bound to have a gap or two in his or her knowledge of the company. One of such gaps for me was in just how the so-called "Deep Blue" computer was programmed with the necessary expertise to beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov.

During a recent visit to IBM's Somers, New York, offices, I met with Bill Pulleyblank, vice-president of the center for business optimization for IBM Global Services. His job is to make connections between IBM Global Services and its clients, and IBM research.

Before he took his present position, Pulleyblank was the brains behind Deep Blue, if that's the right way of putting it. And to hear him talk about it is to understand that computers are the object of passion in their creators in much the way that sportscars are in theirs.

Pulleyblank recounted how Kasparov beat Deep Blue in their first match. The computers' designers took the lessons of the defeat back to their workshop and made some crucial tweaks."


CUSTOMER SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT... It's now something like 12 hours until I arrive in Canada to take up a job opportunity over the summer months. The last couple of days have been very hectic and a bit stressful (how exactly do you pack enough clothes for a 20-week period and yet manage to stay within the baggage allowances imposed by airlines?), and I've also been doing a few rounds of farewells to family and friends.

And now it's the turn of my cypberspace family.

I've had great fun going TVV since last October, and am proud that I've managed to post on average, 6 days out of every 7. But......I have no idea just yet if I'm going to be able to keep thing going over on the western side of the big pond.

I clearly cannot take any of the vinyl with me, and the USB turntable will be left to gather dust in my absence (Mrs V is strictly a CD/i-pod sort of rock-chick). I have however, purchased a portable back-up memory for the PC and transferred the best part of 12,000 mp3 tracks onto it, and am hopeful that it will all be compatible with the laptop that my new employer will be providing for me.

But it may take a few days to all sort itself out, so this may be the last posting for a wee while. So...taking my lead from Comrade Colin, I've posted a bunch of tracks to keep you all going. (Put together they could fit on a CD....but I'm not encouraging that sort of behaviour)

Some have obvious Canadian connections, while others are just songs I've been listening to in recent days. They'll be up until at least my next posting, but I must warn you that it won't be too long before the band-with limit for the month is reached (you've all seemingly enjoyed recent tracks going by the number of downloads there has been).

mp3 : Cornershop - Heavy Soup
mp3 : The Weather Prophets - Well Done Sonny
mp3 : Malcolm Middleton - A Brighter Beat
mp3 : Elizabeth - (Dance) Into The Heart Of Your Enemy
mp3 : Billy Bragg - Ontario, Quebec & amp; Me (live)
mp3 : Prefab Sprout - Goodbye Lucille #1
mp3 : The Breeders - Safari
mp3 : Arcade Fire - Wake Up
mp3 : Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
mp3 : St Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart
mp3 : Martin Stephenson & amp; The Daintees - In The Heal Of The Night
mp3 : British Sea Power - Remember Me
mp3 : The Lilac Time - The Girl Who Waves At Trains
mp3 : St Vincent - Now. Now.
mp3 : I Am Kloot - Over My Shoulder
mp3 : Neil Young - After The Goldrush
mp3 : Edwyn Collins - Don't Shilly Shally
mp3 : The Wedding Present - It's For You
mp3 : The Trash Can Sinatras - Only Tongue Can Tell
mp3 : Martha Wainwright - Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole
mp3 : The Wannadies - Hit
mp3 : Grinderman - Love Bomb

If you like any of the above tracks, please go out and buy the single or albums from whenceforth they come. See you in a bit.

Oh....and in case it is a bit longer than I anticipated, good luck to Ed over at 17 Seconds on his forthcoming marriage, and to Toad at Sing By Toad when he does the best man duties at his brother's wedding in the coming weeks.