Gelman writes a useful overview on causality and statistical learning (caveat lector: I have only read through Angrist and Pischke’s book, among the three Gelman mentiones; that one is very well written, but aimed at junior graduate students at best: hence, the book’s tag “an empiricist’s companion” is overselling it; and that has nothing to do with Josh Angrist kindly “advising” me to change my PhD topic/focus, sometime in my beginning graduate years, because ‘nobody serious would be interested in structural modelling’ :-)).
First, the powerful Corus Chess tournament has started today (first game tomorrow) in Wijk aan Zee. Time for last year’s Group A winner, Magnus Carlsen, to really make history. Ivanchuk did quite well lately, but I still don’t see him with too many chances against the Viking Chessmaster, this time. → Read more
SciAm’s full coverage of the ’08 CES. From where surely you won’t miss the Bill Gates bits: Bill on the future of robotics; Bill giving a personal tour of MS’s new “surface”. And, of course, Bill’s last CES keynote address, fully available for instance on YouTube (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, plus of course, the end— where Bill has his Guitar Hero moment & Slash literally rocks). → Read more
I’ve always loved those ‘Transformer’ cartoons. Well, it seems that researchers affiliated with the ‘Information Sciences Institute’ at the University of Southern California are very close to designing some real-life Transformers. For now they are called SuperBots and they can already do an amazing range of things. → Read more
It’s all over, the human chess player lost the ultimate battle (little do the $500k that Kramnik would have gotten anyway confort the rest of the humankind). The king is dead, long live…Deep Fritz! 2 victories over Kramnik (see live last game or just its report), only one due to a surprinsing Kramnik blunder. → Read more