Notes: A basic understanding of Texas hold’em is required.
It’s strange, Umi thinks. It’s fundamentally a game of chance. So why can’t she win a single hand of hold’em?
Honoka deals the cards amongst them. Umi
peeks under the expertly lifted corners of her cards. Pocket aces. She allows
herself the briefest of smirks before reprimanding herself and slipping into
her practiced, stoic mask. The other members laugh for some reason, causing her
to look up. How unseemly, Umi thinks. Have they never heard of the expression
‘poker face’? She turns her attention back to the cards.
Charming Greer Garson - The Irish actress with the red hair and green eyes is one of Hollywood’s loveliest newcomers. Firmly established in the hearts of movie goers as a result of her gentle performance of “Mrs. Chips” in “Goodbye, Mr. Chips,” Miss Garson is soon to be seen in her first American picture, “Remember,” Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer picture starring her opposite Robert Taylor, with Lew Ayres in a leading supporting role. In the film, she plays a modern girl, which she is, as this snapshot proves.
Something New Grows on Trees: Biodegradable Chips for Electronics
It was just a couple of weeks ago when we featured nanocellulose, a natural supermaterial derived from plants that is getting ready for the spotlight. Researchers are looking at it for durable, transparent composites because of its strength. Others are investigating its use in applications from biocompatible implants and flexible displays and solar panels to better bioplastics, cosmetics and concrete.
Now we hear from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory that scientists have demonstrated a new product for the nanoscopic fibers of cellulose, a carbohydrate that gives structure to plant cell walls. Turning the material into a film, they’ve been able to produce high-performance computer chips made almost entirely of wood.
By replacing the semiconducting foundation of modern chips with biodegradable nanocellulose, electronics could become significantly less of an environmental burden when they are discarded.
China’s new powerful processor brings Alpha Go to your doorstep
The Chinese Academy of Sciences recently released the world’s first neural network processor. This breakthrough, if put into industrial production, will enable wider application for artificial intelligence, such as payment and other personalized services with a facial scan, according to its developer.
The Google DeepMind’s Alpha Go program that recently sealed a 4-1 victory against top human Go player Lee Se-dol hit a milestone for the development of learning machines, but is still too distant for ordinary people, since the program requires thousands of current processors to run at the same time, said Chen Tianshi, a leading researcher in charge of the Cambrian processor development.
The more powerful Cambrian processor, however, will bring artificial intelligence into your home, Chen said. He made an analogy between the Alpha Go algorithm system and water, saying the Cambrian processor will be for Alpha Go like a “bowl large enough to contain the necessary water.” “Previously Google just got tiles that can hold little water,” Chen said.
Chen said his team has targeted three areas for application of the neural network processor: high-performance servers requested by enterprises and scientific institutes, high-performance terminal chips (for example, if your mobile terminal, or cellphone, is installed with the processing chip, you can let your phone know who you are and what you possibly want to search for simply by snapping a selfie), and robot intelligence chips.
Chen said they named the processor “Cambrian” for the biodiversity explosion during that period. “We hope artificial intelligence might explode like the Cambrian organisms,” Chen said.