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The Triple Jeopardy of a Chinese Math Prodigy
Before he was denounced as a thief and cast out of the hedge fund industry, before he was a Goldman Sachs banker or a math prodigy, Ke Xu was a little boy in…

He then offered a series of bizarre explanations for why he couldn’t return the devices he’d sent to China. One had been loaned to a relative and subsequently stolen, he said. His parents had thrown others in the Yangtze River. When he explained that one computer had been cremated alongside a deceased uncle, the courtroom erupted in laughter.
story  london  wealth  finance  crime  ip  china  young  hubei  uk  prison  genius 
november 2018 by aries1988
How Checkers Was Solved
“From the end of the Tinsley saga in ’94–’95 until 2007, I worked obsessively on building a perfect checkers program,” Schaeffer told me. “The reason was simple: I wanted to get rid of the ghost of Marion Tinsley. People said to me, ‘You could never have beaten Tinsley because he was perfect.’ Well, yes, we would have beaten Tinsley because he was only almost perfect. But my computer program is perfect.”

And then there is his most quotable line: “Chess is like looking out over a vast open ocean; checkers is like looking into a bottomless well.”
ai  competition  duel  engineering  game  genius  human  maths  story 
august 2017 by aries1988

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