Bob Hearn writes "History was made today at the U.S. Go Congress, where the go program MoGo, running on an 800-core supercomputer, beat 8-dan professional go player Myungwan Kim in a 9-stone handicap game. Computers are still a long way from beating the best human players in an even game; nevertheless, today's performance represents a huge stride forward. In the last such high-profile matchup, in 1997, Janice Kim (then 1-dan professional) beat then-champion program Handtalk with a 25-stone handicap. In fact, most of the improvement in the level of computer-go play has happened in just the past few years. Today's top programs, including MoGo, use a Monte Carlo approach: they simulate thousands of random continuations per second from the current position to the end of the game, accumulating statistics in a tree on which moves lead to wins most often. One of the strengths of this approach is that it is highly amenable to parallelization. Thus, today's 800-core incarnation of MoGo is by far the strongest go computer that has yet existed. After the game Myungwan Kim estimated the strength of MoGo as "two or maybe three dan", corresponding to a reasonably strong amateur player. (Professional dan ranks are at a much higher level than amateur dan ranks.) "Congratulations on making history today," game organizer Peter Drake told both Kim and Olivier Teytaud, one of MoGo's programmers, who participated in a brief online chat after the game.
I was in attendance at the match, and most in the audience were shocked at the computer's performance; it was naturally assumed that the computer would be slaughtered, as usual. Go is often seen as the last bastion of human superiority over computers in the domain of board games. But if Moore's law continues to hold up, today's result suggests that the days of human superiority may be numbered." Link to Original Source top
Bob Hearn writes "With the introduction of iWork '08, which includes the new Numbers spreadsheet, it appears that ClarisWorks, aka AppleWorks, is finally dead. There has been no official cancellation announcement, but AppleWorks no longer shows up under the list of software titles on the online Apple Store, and perhaps more significantly, http://www.apple.com/appleworks now redirects to http://www.apple.com/iwork. Active development on AppleWorks evidently ceased some years ago, but the program continued to be sold. No longer, it seems.
If you are historically inclined, here is a history of the development of ClarisWorks that I wrote four and a half years ago. RIP ClarisWorks, 1991-2007."