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Demis Hassabis CBE FRS FREng FRSA is a British artificial intelligence researcher, neuroscientist, video game designer, entrepreneur, and five times winner of the Pentamind board games championship. He is the founder and CEO of DeepMind
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Game Changer
AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI
Matthew Sadler - 2019-03-01
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Discover the fascinating story of AlphaZero, the artificial intelligence system that stunned the world with its incredible chess skills. Game Changer takes you behind the scenes with insider access to AlphaZero's development team and over 2,000 previously unpublished games. Learn how AlphaZero's self-learning process allowed it to play with brilliant and risky style, beating the world's strongest chess engine without losing a single game. With stunning discoveries in opening preparation, piece mobility, attacking techniques, and more, even professionals will improve their game. Plus, insights into the broader impact of Artificial Intelligence in society. This book features a foreword by Garry Kasparov and an introduction by DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis.
Demis Hassabis
Congratulations to all of the authors on this year’s shortlist for @ecfchess book of the year, including @gmmds & @NatashaRegan123 for Game Changer, their brilliant book about #AlphaZero      source
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Berci Meskó
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Creativity, Inc.
Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Ed Catmull - 2014-04-08
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Learn the secrets to building a thriving creative culture in business with this insightful book by Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios. Creativity, Inc. takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the meetings, postmortems, and "Braintrust" sessions that have led to some of the most successful films in history. Through a series of philosophies that prioritize protecting the creative process and defying convention, Catmull reveals the ideals and techniques that have made Pixar both widely admired and wildly profitable. Managers looking to lead their team to new heights and anyone striving for originality will find this book an invaluable resource.
Demis Hassabis
Brilliant book      source
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Consider Phlebas
Iain M. Banks - 1988-04-14 (first published in 1987)
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In this seminal science fiction series, readers are introduced to a utopian conglomeration of human and alien races that explores the nature of war, morality, and the limitless bounds of mankind's imagination. As a galactic war rages, billions are doomed and principles are at stake. A fugitive Mind becomes the object of both sides' desires and only a motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries can find it. Will they save the world or find their own destruction?
Demis Hassabis
excited for this, Banks' Culture series is brilliant. Consider Phlebas is one of my favourite books, I read it back in the day when I was programming Theme Park, the cheat code for the game is 'Horza', the main character from the book...      source
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A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari - 2015-01-01 (first published in 2011)
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Discover the story of human history, from the first humans to walk the earth to today's modern society. Explore how we came to believe in gods, nations, and human rights, and how our societies were shaped by the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Sapiens covers it all, using insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics to challenge our beliefs about what it means to be human. Are we happier now than we were before? Can we change our behavior and influence the future? Dr. Yuval Noah Harari's provocative and wide-ranging book will challenge the way you think about our species and our place in the world.
Demis Hassabis
Really great book      source
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The Glass Bead Game
Hermann Hesse - 1998-12-05 (first published in 1943)
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In this classic work of modern literature, set in the future, we follow the story of Joseph Knecht, who is raised in a remote place for the intellectual elite to strive for personal and intellectual growth. From childhood, Knecht obsesses over mastering the Glass Bead Game, a blend of philosophy and aesthetics, eventually achieving the rank of Magister Ludi (Master of the Game). The Glass Bead Game offers a window into the complexity of modern life and is a must-read for lovers of the classics.
Demis Hassabis
Really reminds me of one of my favourite books of all-time: "The Glass Bead Game" by the incomparable Hermann Hesse      source
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Paul Stamets