The Linux Users' Group of Davis
is a 501(c)(7) non-profit computer club serving the
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
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
(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
AlphaGo – Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning|
In March 2016, the computer program
cracked the game of
Go, an ancient
strategy board game with ~2.082 ⨉
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
AlphaGo is a computer program developed by
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.
a London-basedartificial intelligence
company founded in 2010, and acquired by Google in 2014.
They famously developed a
that learns how to play video games in a fashion similar to that of
DeepMind Masters Atari Games", Forbes, Feb. 2015).
DeepMind has released their flagship product,
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
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