Can Siri Explain AlphaZero?
Siri explains AlphaZero, sort of. Image:

Can Siri Explain AlphaZero?

FM MikeKlein
Dec 15, 2017, 6:50 AM |

AlphaZero's technology could be groundbreaking, but is leaving the chess world with so many questions. Maybe AlphaZero's little sister, Siri, can help?

An actual conversation I had this morning with Siri on my iPhone...

Siri, are you afraid of machine learning?

-- "The only thing to fear is fear itself."

Siri, is AlphaZero smarter than you?

-- "Who me?"

Siri, do you play chess?

-- "I'm sorry, Mike, I'm afraid I don't have an answer to that."

Siri, do you play games?

-- "This is about you, not me."

Siri, is chess hard?

-- "Interesting question, Mike."

Siri, what do you think about Google?

-- "If it's all the same to you, I'd rather Google later."

Siri, I'll ask again, what do you think about Google?

-- "I think, therefore I am. But let's not put Descartes before the horse."

Siri, are you afraid of Google?

-- "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Siri, what is the best operating system?

-- "Any truly rational being would say that OS X is the best. And I should know."

(Testing that rationality...) Siri, what's zero divided by zero?

-- "Imagine that you have zero cookies and split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? See, it doesn't make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies. And you are sad that you have no friends."

Siri, are you smart?

-- "We intelligent agents don't really undergo IQ tests. But I scored off the charts in Zoltaxian Egg Carry."

Siri, do you even know what chess is?

(Siri thinks for a second, then opens up this on my phone...)