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How would Senk and Nack do today?

Posted By: Timothy Chow
Date: Friday, 13 June 2014, at 8:22 p.m.

In Response To: How would Senk and Nack do today? (Stick)

The technique of exploiting Jellyfish via "dishonest backgammon" might not have been so well known back then.

In any case, back then, a tacit goal may have been to demonstrate what a huge leap forward it was to use neural nets for playing backgammon. If that were the goal then would make sense to demand "honest backgammon."

Today, perhaps the goal is to demonstrate how the bots pwn the humans. In that case it would seem that any human strategy is fair game.

My main concern about a present-day showdown, from the point of view of publicity, is that it might obscure the fact that it's still easy to set up props that the computers don't understand. If something like this is actually carried out in a high-profile setting, then my preference would be for there to be two sessions, one consisting of regular backgammon and one consisting of a prop of the human's choice. That might help attract new programmers to plug the known holes in the bot's game.

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