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The Linux Users' Group of Davis is a 501(c)(7) non-profit computer club serving the Sacramento region, consisting of hundreds of people who share an interested in the Linux® operating system, Free & Open Source software and other related topics — both technical and non-technical.

Our goals are to advocate the use of Linux and Open Source, to educate the community on these software alternatives, and to support and provide a social network for local Linux users.

LUGOD holds regular meetings twice a month. On the first Tuesday of each month, we hold a social gathering at a local restaurant or café, and on the third Monday of each month we meet at the Davis Public Library to listen to informative presentations by guest speakers. (Day, time and location subject to change!)

We also hold other events and workshops and maintain a number of active mailing lists (some with over 200 subscribers), an IRC channel for live chatting, and communities on social networks (Facebook and LinkedIn).

Our meetings, events and membership, are free and open to the general public. Join us!

Next LUGOD Meeting

Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 7:00pm

* AlphaGo – Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Presented by
Eric Rasmussen

In March 2016, the computer program AlphaGo cracked the game of Go, an ancient strategy board game with ~2.082 ⨉ 10170 legal positions (imagine a 2 followed by 170 zeroes). The complexity of Go has made it the subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI) research for decades, but until last year computer Go programs were no match for human intuition.

This talk will give a gentle introduction to the machine learning techniques that made the breakthrough possible, along with links and resources to open source machine learning libraries.

About AlphaGo:
AlphaGo is a computer program developed by Google DeepMind. Its algorithm uses a Monte Carlo tree search to find its moves based on knowledge previously "learned" by machine learning; specifically by an artificial neural network given extensive training, both from human and computer play.

About DeepMind:
Google DeepMind, a London-basedartificial intelligence company founded in 2010, and acquired by Google in 2014. They famously developed a neural network that learns how to play video games in a fashion similar to that of humans (see "Google's DeepMind Masters Atari Games", Forbes, Feb. 2015).

DeepMind has released their flagship product, DeepMind Lab, as open source software. Based on based on id Software's Quake III Arena, it is a fully 3D game-like platform tailored for agent-based AI research, and observed from a first-person viewpoint, through the eyes of the simulated agent.

About the speaker:
Eric Rasmussen is an avid Go player, functional programming evangelist, and Lead Software Developer at newcars.com.

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  AlphaGo and Kodi talks
Posted Fri. February 10, 10:15am
Join us this month (Feb. 20th) at Explorit for a talk on AlphaGo, Google DeepMind's aritificial neural network-based program that was the first to beat a professional Go player, and next month (March 20th) at the public library for a presentation on Kodi (previously Xbox Media Center (XBMC))! More details...
Treasurer and VP positions
Posted Wed. January 18, 7:55pm
Tim Thatcher, our treasurer, offered to nominate himself for the vacant vice president ("sys") position, if someone else would be willing to step in as treasurer ("/dev/null"). Will Marshall nominated himself at this week's general meeting, and both positions were accepted by those in attendance with no objection. (No vote was held, since both were running unopposed.) Congratulations and thanks!

That said, LUGOD is still in need of a president! If you're interested in nominating yourself or someone else, email typescript at lugod.org.
LUGOD site hosting has been migrated
Posted Fri. January 13, 10:25am
Thanks to Rod Roark of Sunset Systems for continuing to host our website and mailing lists. A few momembers ago, we migrated to a new VPS, and our DNS entries for *.lugod.org have been updated to point to it. All seems well so far, but let us know if you notice any quirks!
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