Goodness is adorable, and it is immortal. When it is trodden down into the earth it springs up again, and human beings scrabble in the dust to find the first green seedling of its return. The stock cannot survive save by the mutual kindness of men and women, of old and young, of state and individual. Hatred comes before love, and gives the hater strange and delicious pleasures, but its works are short-lived; the head is cut from the body before the time of natural death, the lie is told to frustrate the other rogue’s plan before it comes to fruit. Sooner or later society tires of making a mosaic of these evil fragments; and even if the rule of hatred lasts some centuries it occupies no place in real time, it is a hiatus in reality, and not the vastest material thefts, not world wide raids on mines and granaries, can give it substance.
Yesterday, after 20 days of play at a casino in Pittsburgh, an AI built by two Carnegie Mellon researchers officially defeated four top players at no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em—a particularly complex form of poker that relies heavily on longterm betting strategies and game theory. Over the past twenty years, machines have topped the best humans at checkers, chess, Scrabble, Jeopardy!, and even the ancient game of Go. But no AI had ever beaten the best at such an extreme game of “imperfect information,” a game where certain elements, such as the cards on the table, are hidden. Among humans, no-limit Hold ‘Em requires a certain degree of intuition, not to mention luck.
This is what my group of friends did for the senior panoramic picture. It spells “Find us @ the table,” which is what we’ve called our friend headquarters, so to speak, since the sixth grade. If any one of us needed to meet we’d just say, ‘yeah, I’ll be at the table!’ or something along those lines, and maybe its become a sentimental thing. We’ve lost some table members, as well as gained some along the way… Tyler, Sasha and I were planning on saying the year they joined the table…but…then we ran out of paint.
…we then proceeded to play human scrabble.
(note! Not everyone who sits at our table regularly is in the picture. Ex, people from other grades, this was just the senior picture, and some people who wanted to do things with other groups. yeah.)