The power of imagination

“L’imagination prend le pouvoir.”*

(Slogan de mai 68, rue de Seine, Paris, 3 mai 1968)

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* Imagination takes power.

(Parisian May 68 slogan, rue de Seine, Paris, France, May 3, 1968)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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A powerful opening for Black, played by MLA (IA) – max

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Is Artificial SuperIntelligence a threat to the human race?

April 22, 2018


Stephen Hawking, 75th birthday public symposium at Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge, UK (July 2, 2017).

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate… Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

(BBC interview, December 2014)

Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist (1942-2018)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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Freedom means responsibility.

March 4, 2018


Ursula K. Le Guin (the picture comes from here)

“What is an anarchist? One who, choosing, accepts the responsibility of choice.”

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, American novelist (1929-2018)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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(screenshot of the latest version of Laurent Pagli’s program ULA. Click to enlarge.)

You play Black. You must decide!

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This series of quotes is about Anarchy, Freedom, and disobedience to the arbitrary imposed rules.

See also : Sons of Strategy

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Problem of the month: April 2017

A previously unreleased endgame problem based on an online game.

Take the place of the machine

TURN: WHITE
LEVEL: FOR ADVANCED PLAYERS

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Once more this is a game between our friend boulet (Black) and Mogwai’s MLA program at its highest level (White). You can see this game 29001 on MiGs‘ history.

This is Black move 48, and MLA is currently 3-4 ahead. At this point, the program should have concluded quickly. However, the game will continue until move 62 and a 4-6 score.

With this situation, could you have done better than MLA and will you win with only a few moves?

What endgame(s) do you propose?

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Problem of the month: February 2017

A previously unreleased endgame problem based on an online game.

Better than a machine

TURN: BLACK
LEVEL: FOR ADVANCED PLAYERS

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This is the game 27418 from MiGs, white move 41. MLA at its highest level (Black) will win against our friend boulet (White), but only after 7 long moves (13 half moves).

You, who are more imaginative than a machine, will you able to do it in just 4 moves?
There are several possible solutions.

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