Milos wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:53 pm
I can be ofc wrong.
I happen to have worked for both NVIDIA and Google, and I can confirm that neither knows much more about upcoming hardware from their competitors before release than the general public. If it was so common you wouldn't have Intel releasing a chip in a big event tauting it as the highest core count workstation chip (and heavily highlighting that part), only for AMD to release an even bigger chip a few days later. If you were the PR person at Intel, and you had that information, would you have done what Intel did? They probably would have done something different much earlier, too (moving their mainstream chips to 6 or 8 cores) if they knew Zen chips were going to be so strong back in 2015-2016.
Is there a super secret industrial espionage and infiltration team within Google that knows those things? If there is one I and everyone on the AZ team have certainly not heard of it.
Decision to write and release the paper had absolutely nothing to do with what NVIDIA was doing. Knowing how NVIDIA works, back when we wrote the paper, probably even NVIDIA themselves didn't know how fast those chips are because they probably wouldn't even have taped out by then. Or if it was, it probably was still so bug-ridden that it wouldn't be able to finish any reasonably complex benchmark.
I have avoided replying to your comments because I actually have a lot of interesting science that still needs to be done, and couldn't really care less if you just hate Google and wants to throw as much dirt as possible on whatever they do and call everyone at Google liars (by the way, we are under Alphabet, but we are not even Google). Ok I really should get back to work...
If you hate Google so much, write your own program that can beat Stockfish with a bigger margin than AZ. Or beat them in something else you care about. Do something useful for this world.
Disclosure: I work for DeepMind on the AlphaZero project, but everything I say here is personal opinion and does not reflect the views of DeepMind / Alphabet.