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August 2009

Chess to Go

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 31, 2009  ·  Reflections

Screen shot 2009-08-30 at 18.12.27.png Go uses a 19 by 19 Grid, 181 black stones and 180 white stones. While the average number of legal moves in chess at any point is 37, in Go it's between 150 and 250 and rarely falls below 50. The most powerful computer around today would require 5 days to calculate all possible combinations of the next 8 moves (5.12 x 10²⁰ combinations). While computers can defeat the best human players, in Go they only manage an intermediate amateur level. The different values of chess pieces make it easier to calculate position, in Go it is far...

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Beach poems, patterns

By Patti Anklam  ·  August 28, 2009  · 

I took a day off to go to the beach with my friend Pam yesterday. We've been taking these days when we can align our busy schedules for many years now, always heading to Crane's Beach, one of the best in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. You approach the wide sandy beach via a boardwalk that carefully oversteps and protects the dunes.

On the risers of two of the boardwalks, and also on the cedar shingles of the snack bar and bath houses and the face of the arbor between, are stenciled the stanzas of a poem. On our approach, I...

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Horizontal knowledge sharing

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 28, 2009  ·  Musings

One of the things which is different about meeting organisations in South Africa is that you are never far from issues of social responsibility and the legacy of Apartheid. Senior executives in organisations that, in the UK or US would want to talk only about business issues, have firm opinions and commitments to issues around education, empowerment and social equality. I spent most of yesterday with my colleagues from The Narrative Lab and some senior executives talking about ways in which we could increase the completion rate of...

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Braai

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 27, 2009  ·  Musings
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I have been absent from the blogosphere for two weeks for which apologies, a combination of a punishing seven week schedule and a long period without any break or holiday. It looks like the best I will manage this year is some snatched weekends in between work. Some of that in interesting places, Halifax for instance in a few weeks time (and I don't mean the former wool town in Yorkshire although that has its charms). I fly back to the UK tomorrow night, meet daughter at the airport who is returning from an even longer trip to...

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Km presentation in South Africa

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 27, 2009  ·  News

My presentation to the knowledge management community in South Africa is now loaded as a podcast, along with the slides. I had two longish sessions so I have able to take the core of the KM Australia presentation, expand it and structure it better.

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