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January 19, 2020


Friedrich Nietzsche

“[…] in unserm überlegenden Bewußtsein treten vor einer Tat der Reihe nach die Folgen verschiedener Taten hervor, welche alle wir meinen tun zu können, und wir vergleichen diese Folgen. Wir meinen, zu einer Tat entschieden zu sein, wenn wir festgestellt haben, daß ihre Folgen die überwiegend günstigeren sein werden; ehe es zu diesem Abschluß unserer Erwägung kommt, quälen wir uns oft redlich, wegen der großen Schwierigkeit, die Folgen zu erraten, sie in ihrer ganzen Stärke zu sehen und zwar alle, ohne Fehler der Auslassung zu machen: wobei die Rechnung überdies noch mit dem Zufalle dividiert werden muß.”

(Morgenröte, Zweites Buch, 129. Der angebliche Kampf der Motive, 1881)

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[…] in our meditative consciousness, the consequences of different actions which we think we are able to carry out present themselves successively, one after the other, and we compare these consequences in our mind. We think we have come to a decision concerning an action after we have established to our own satisfaction that the consequences of this action will be favourable. Before we arrive at this conclusion, however, we often seriously worry because of the great difficulties we experience in guessing what the consequences are likely to be, and in seeing them in their full importance, without exception — and, after all this, we must reckon up any fortuitous elements that are likely to arise.

(The Dawn of Day, Book II, 129. The alleged combat of motives, 1881)

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

How to become a problem-solving leader?

July 28, 2019


(Gerald M. Weinberg at the BizConf in August 21, 2009, by Carl-Johan Kihlbom)

“Problem-solving leaders have one thing in common: a faith that there’s always a better way.”

Gerald Weinberg, American computer scientist (1933-2018)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Access all monthly problems.

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A Belgian daisy middlegame: Aba-Pro level 10 (Black) vs. Human (White).

I can hardly imagine that Aba-Pro level 10 really played this last move oÔ

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Quiescence

January 13, 2019


A set of Abalone marbles thrown on an Abalone board:
no past, but many possible futures…

“Quiescence is only a self-contained movement,
often more uncanny than movement itself.”

(WHAT IS A THING?, Winter 1935-1936,
A. Various Ways of Questioning About the Thing,
10. The Historicity (Geschichtlichkeit) of the Definition of the Thing)
[translated by W.B. Barton, Jr. and Vera Deutsch]

Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (1889-1976)

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Who starts? With which colour? The choice is yours!

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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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