We are excited to feature our 2012-2013 Science Expo Ambassadors as guest bloggers over the next few weeks leading up to the 2013 Science Expo Conference. During November and December, they held regional Fall Info Nights from the Greater Toronto Area all the way to Windsor, Ontario to inspire interest in STEM, highlight upcoming STEM opportunities, showcase local involvement in extracurricular STEM and promote the 2013 Science Expo Conference. Ambassadors will be sharing their stories on their ambassador experience, their Fall Info Night, STEM topics and life-changing STEM opportunities that they have participated in.
Team Markham- Richmond Hill
Edward Zhou, Michelle Li, Ashley Ma, Matthew Du
After 18 years of effort, computers have finally completely conquered the game of draughts (Checkers). Even though Checkers is simple in terms of rules, there are over 500 billion billion (yes that’s 5 followed by 20 zeros) possible play positions. Each possible play position comprises of a possible situation of where pieces may be. To “beat the game”, each one of these possible play positions had to be sifted through by computers to find the best move to make in each situation. It took hundreds of computers running for 18 years to complete this task and to write the program. The program they created, Chinook, contains an artificial intelligence that can choose the best move in each situation; even the best opponents can only play it to a draw. It is an example of artificial intelligence in which “rules” by which an AI (artificial intelligence) operates are replaced with cold, hard facts and perfect knowledge. (more…)