Data-driven Decision Making

AlphaGo

AlphaGo vs. You: Not a Fair Fight

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What made move 37 so interesting is that no one expected it. It was early in game two of the million-dollar Google DeepMind Challenge Match, and AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence (AI) system developed by Google, placed its 19th stone on a part of the game board that no human Go master would have considered. Some called it a "mistake." Others called it "creative" and "unique." But considering that AlphaGo went on to win its third game in a row against one of the strongest Go players in the world, the move should probably have been called what it really was: "intuitive."

Disney Magic Bands

Data Mining Disney – A Magical Experience

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“Have a magical day!” is the way Disney cast members wish you farewell. They’re not kidding. The “happiest place on earth” does its best to make it so. The cast members (Disney-speak for employees) help, but Walt Disney World is well on its way to achieving consciousness. How? As Arthur C. Clarke so eloquently stated, […]

Data-Driven Thinking – A Zero-Sum Game

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We deal with trade-offs all the time. “You can have it good, fast or cheap... pick any two.” The implementation constraints for this decision tree are clear-cut and obvious. If you want it good and fast, it won't be cheap. If you want it fast and cheap, it won't be good. If you want it good and cheap, it won't be fast.