The US Army’s Plan to Conquer the Moon

“Project Horizon” was the US Army’s secret attempt in the 1960s to come up with a viable plan for long-term American colonization of the Moon. But with the Soviet Union already ahead in the space race, the hundreds of pages of classified reports also had to consider what would happen if a lunar base was […]

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AI Reinforcement Learning

Multi-Armed Bandits: A Cartoon Introduction – DCBA #1

Academic Gamer provides this introduction to Multi-Armed Bandits, an exciting field of AI research that aims to address the exploration/exploitation dilemma. We discuss the problem formulation, popular strategies for addressing it (epsilon-first, epsilon-greedy, and UCB1), and several of the variations on the MAB problem currently pursued in research.

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In 1964 Arthur C Clarke Predicted the Future. How Did He Do?

“The only thing we can be sure of about the future, is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So, if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I will have failed completely.” – Arthur C Clarke. The science-fiction writer and futurist Arthur C Clarke undertakes that most impossible and unrewarding […]

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