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by towforce
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX
Replies: 20
Views: 2635

Re: AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3995WX

Why would AMD sell their flagship CPU to computer manufacturers but not directly to the public?

A complete guess, but I wonder whether it's easy to break in the hands on a non-expert?
by towforce
Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: A Crossroad in Computer Chess; Or Desperate Flailing for Relevance
Replies: 152
Views: 21266

Re: A Crossroad in Computer Chess; Or Desperate Flailing for Relevance

Google has released Tensorflow under Apache 2.0, but that hasn't prevented it from making money off consulting businesses on the reuse of that lib and renting out TPUs, and indirectly off the reputation boost... I'm a fan of Google, and they have released a huge amount of code in many areas into op...
by towforce
Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: Google AI Introduces Menger
Replies: 1
Views: 1059

Re: Google AI Introduces Menger

Very interesting, and certainly looks as though it will be valuable for training large chess nets.
by towforce
Fri Oct 02, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: A Crossroad in Computer Chess; Or Desperate Flailing for Relevance
Replies: 152
Views: 21266

Re: A Crossroad in Computer Chess; Or Desperate Flailing for Relevance

That's a good suggestion. The catch is that Andrew will then need to pursue something very different. It will be hard to build a business around Ethereal unless Andrew manages to undo all the other contributors' commits and end up with a well-working engine that doesn't break others' GPL rights and...
by towforce
Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: A Crossroad in Computer Chess; Or Desperate Flailing for Relevance
Replies: 152
Views: 21266

Re: A Crossroad in Computer Chess; Or Desperate Flailing for Relevance

60 hrs a week are indeed too much to dedicate to a hobby, to my taste. Such dedication is fine on a vacation but not all year round. I disagree. For me, it's very impressive, and proves that he could start a new company while still working for his current employer. This is a rare and special situat...
by towforce
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: A Crossroad in Computer Chess; Or Desperate Flailing for Relevance
Replies: 152
Views: 21266

Re: A Crossroad in Computer Chess; Or Desperate Flailing for Relevance

I think, a general understanding of myself, is that I do things to satisfy competitive urges. I tend to pick one thing at a time in life, and ruthlessly dedicate myself to it. The major way to become successful right now is to pick something and apply AI to it. Whatever your next adventure, you sho...
by towforce
Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: General Topics
Topic: A Crossroad in Computer Chess; Or Desperate Flailing for Relevance
Replies: 152
Views: 21266

Re: A Crossroad in Computer Chess; Or Desperate Flailing for Relevance

At the same time, this is me jumping up and down, waving my hands, saying "Hey, I've been working on Ethereal for 60hrs a week for the last 6 years. I've done all this work, spent all this time and energy. But now if you want to play at Stockfish's level, you just need to download the training code...
by towforce
Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: In today's environment ...
Replies: 8
Views: 2033

Re: In today's environment ...

... is it really an advantage to do a positional evaluation all the way out at the leaves? Wouldn't it be more efficient to switch to a material only search at some point? At a certain point, chess authors found that it was worth their while to start removing knowledge from the eval because the siz...
by towforce
Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: How many Elo points is a book?
Replies: 11
Views: 3022

Re: How many Elo points is a book?

IIRC when CS-Tal came out, it had a revolutionary large and high quality opening book, and when it left the opening book, at that time (mid to late 90s), it used to be significantly ahead on evaluation score. This would be a good test of how good today's computers are (and IMO a test of how close th...
by towforce
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Computer Chess Club: Programming and Technical Discussions
Topic: evaluation idea
Replies: 13
Views: 2327

Re: evaluation idea

A player might think, "I play well in position type X, and my opponent tends to be weak in that type of position, so I'll play for that type of position." I you want a computer to play for position type X, then I would think that the obvious thing to do would be to change the evaluation function to...