othello_lose.jpgOthello is a game of strategy.  Each new move must anticipate your opponents move.

The rules are simple. The strategy is more complicated. The implications resonate all over the place. Win a battle with your spouse and lose the war. Spy on your enemies and subvert their protests, and fuel revolt. Take over the globe with a strong navy (Britain and the other colonialists in the 1800 and early 1900’s), and then find yourself with a a trade deficit owed to your previously conquered lands.

Othello reminds that strategy is about the future. Who is currently on top does not foretell the end game.

In Othello, the side with the most pieces wins. It is whites turn to move in the picture above. Who will win?

Update: Frank Herbert mentioned to us that computer-brains are disastrous. Computers win at Othello. Computers win – whoever owns the computers wins, or if computers control physical resources, they win. It’s a feeling of loss to see an Othello game tip over, and all around us we see how we are tipping over our own table.

Let’s hope for plague, otherwise our technology will advance, and our chances of surviving artificial intelligence are not good. Strategy is about what battles to (be)fore-give(up), for sake of future. What must we sacrifice, to win?

computer_brain.jpgCCortex accurately models the billions of neurons and trillions of connections in the human brain with a layered distribution of spiking neural nets running on a high-performance supercomputer. This Linux cluster is one of the 20 fastest computers in the world with 500 nodes, 1,000 processors, 1 terabyte of RAM, 200 terabytes of storage, and a theoretical peak performance of 4,800 Gflops.

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