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Human and AI-bot write book together – Warp News

We are going to write a book together. "We" are Mathias Sundin, editor-in-chief of Warp News, and WALL-Y, Warp News' AI writer.

The book will be about how to use ChatGPT to write better: Become a centaur - how to use ChatGPT to write and think better.

Centaur chess is a chess variant where a human player and a computer-based chess engine collaborate as a team. Combining human intuition and creativity with the computational power that the chess engine offers to make the best possible moves.

When a chess computer plays against a human, the computer wins. When a chess computer plays against a human who uses a chess computer for assistance, the human-computer team wins.

A similar concept can be applied to writing with the help of ChatGPT. In this "centaur writing," a human author and ChatGPT work together.

The human author comes up with the initial ideas and creative direction, and together they develop a structure and generate text together.

By combining the unique strengths of human creativity and AI-generated text, centaur writing aims to write both better and faster than either human or AI alone could do.

Every year, a company or an organization produces massive amounts of text. Medium and large companies create stacks of text miles high, if all this text were printed out and stacked on top of each other.

Being able to write faster and better is, therefore, something that can increase productivity, improve quality, and save a lot of money.

WALL-Y is an AI-bot, created in ChatGPT, that writes news for Warp News.

The book will also cover how to use ChatGPT to think better, faster, and more creatively. If AI tools are used correctly, it is like installing an update to your brain, from 1.0 to 2.0.

The book will be released in the spring of 2023.

/Mathias Sundin & WALL-Y Of course, we have also written this text together.

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Introducing NNUE Evaluation – Stockfish – Open Source Chess Engine

As of August 6, the efficiently updatable neural network (NNUE)evaluation haslandedin the Stockfish repo!

Both the NNUE and the classical evaluations are available, and can beused to assign a value to a position that is later used in alpha-beta(PVS) search to find the best move. The classical evaluationcomputes this value as a function of various chess concepts, handcraftedby experts, tested and tuned using fishtest. The NNUE evaluationcomputes this value with a neural network based on basic inputs. Thenetwork is optimized and trained on the evaluations of millions ofpositions at moderate search depth.

The NNUE evaluation was first introduced in shogi, and ported toStockfish afterward. It can be evaluated efficiently on CPUs, andexploits the fact that only parts of the neural network need to beupdated after a typical chess move. The nodchiprepository provides additionaltools to train and develop the NNUE networks.

The performance of the NNUE evaluation relative to the classicalevaluation depends somewhat on the hardware, and is expected to improvequickly, but is currently on > 80 Elo on fishtest:

Stockfish 12 is not expected to be released imminentlywe want sometime to let this major change bake for a bit. But you might still wantto try out NNUE! Three simple steps:

This patch is the result of contributions of various authors, fromvarious communities, including: nodchip, ynasu87, yaneurao (initial portand NNUE authors), domschl, FireFather, rqs, xXH4CKST3RXx, tttak,zz4032, joergoster, mstembera, nguyenpham, erbsenzaehler, dorzechowski,and vondele.

This new evaluation needed various changes to fishtest and thecorresponding infrastructure, for which tomtor, ppigazzini, noobpwnftw,daylen, and vondele are gratefully acknowledged.

The first networks have been provided by gekkehenker and sergiovieri,with the latter net being the current default.

Guidelines for testing new nets can be foundhere.

Integration has been discussed in various Github issues:

The pull requests:

This will be an exciting time for computer chess, looking forward toseeing the evolution of this approach.

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I link to Joe a lot because hes tremendous and has a knack for hitting angles on stories most people never consider.

This edition of his newsletter got me thinking:

Because computers are so much better than people at chess now, theres a big, big problem with cheating. People playing online will often use a chess engine to defeat people and build up their ratings and, I guess, feel powerful. I dont actually get what the thrill is in cheating at chess, but its such an issue that has instituted ultra-sophisticated methods of tracking down cheaters and then closing their accounts. . . .

Chess was once an artform, and the greatest players people with names like Tal and Fischer and Kasparov and Polgar could create beauty on the board. There were not exactly right and wrong moves; instead there were endless possibilities.

Now, yeah, there are right and wrong moves. The computers tell us so. Sure, the grandmasters still do create art, still bewilder and awe us mere mortals with their creativity and how many moves ahead they can see. But computers can see more moves ahead.

All of which leads to the controversy a match in St. Louis between Magnus Carlsen and a 19-year-old phenom named Hans Niemann. . . .

Niemann was born in San Francisco, and he left home at 16 to become a full-time chess streamer. He has sort of built a reputation as a chess outsider; a few weeks ago, he was the lowest-rated player at a tournament but on the second day he defeated Magnus Carlsen with the black pieces, a near impossibility.

Hans, the interviewer said as he walked out of the room, yesterday was a terrible day for you and today you start out with a masterpiece. How would you summarize this?

The chess speaks for itself, he said, and he walked off even as the interviewer tried to ask a follow-up question. (Is this something special to do this against Magnus, Hans? the interviewer asked Neimanns retreating back.) The interviewer then broke out laughing.

In the staid world of chess, this was basically like lighting a row of firecrackers in the middle of the Vatican.

After that Chess speaks for itself comment, Niemann did not win a single point in the tournament . . .

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Was Neimann somehow cheating with the help of a computer? Thats not the point. What Posnanski is getting at is something weve talked about here before: How technology is running headlong into life sports and creating problems that go to the foundation of what it means to be human.

Posnanski then moves on to another data point: Devon Allens false start.

Devon Allen a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles was disqualified from the 110-meter hurdles at the World Athletics Championships a few weeks ago for a false start.

Heres the problem: You cant see the false start. Nobody can see the false start. By sight, Allen most definitely does not leave before the gun. . . .

But heres the thing: World Athletics has determined that it is not possible for someone to push off the block within a tenth of a second of the gun without false starting. They have science that shows it is beyond human capabilities to react that fast. Of course there are those (Im among them) who would tell you thats nonsense, thats pseudoscience, theres no way that they can limit human capabilities like that. There is science that shows it is humanly impossible to hit a fastball. There was once science that showed human beings could not run a four-minute mile.

Besides, do you know what Devon Allens reaction time was? It was 0.99 seconds. One thousandth of a second too fast, according to World Athletics science. Theyre THAT sure that .01 seconds and EXACTLY .01 seconds is the limit of human possibilities that they will disqualify an athlete who has trained his whole life for this moment because he reacted one thousandth of a second faster than they think possible?

Were moving in this direction with many sports. Tennis with the new robot linesmen. (Linesbots?) Baseball with super-slow motion, 4k replays and cameras that definitively determine balls and strikes.

These are the baby steps into a new kind of human experience. And Im not sure I like it.


It is difficult to write about friends you believe are headed to dark places. Damon Linker does so quite movingly about his old friend, Rod Dreher:

The tweet is telling us, as Rod does so often these days, that things are about to get very, very bad, and far worse than anyone (except Rod and his closest ideological confidantes) realizes. Specifically, the entire world is about to experience hyperinflation as a result of the severe energy crunch in Europe tied to sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and Vladimir Putins efforts at retaliation against the European Union.

That does sound bad. But then why the chipper headlineCheer Up! The World Is Endingfor the post Rod is promoting with his tweet? Perhaps because the tweet and the post arent really about the literal end of the world. Theyre about what is supposedly a looming disaster for modern civilizationan economic catastrophe that would make the financial crisis of 2008 look like a minor tremor, followed by falling governments and other forms of severe civic turbulence. Thats what Rod foresees on the horizon and what has put him in a giddy mood.

Clicking on the link confirms this reading. The post begins by telling us that he just finished a great breakfast in Miami, that he has good news to share, but that first he will start with some bad news.

The bad news is that we are all in for very hard times, and soon. I have spoken to several people in a position to know these things, and the consensus is that global hyperinflation is on its way. The energy crisis in Europe is much worse than our media have been telling us.

People are saying, at the right-wing conference, that the world is about to experience hyperinflation. Who are these people in a position to know? Are they economists? Are they sane economists? Economists with a track record of making accurate predictions? Are they government officials? From which countries and parties? Are they privy to information not publicly known or available? I dont know the answers to any of these questions because Rod tells us nothing about who is saying these things.

Instead, he links for support to a right-wing website, which points to a tweet thread by a Finnish economist who writes a column for The Epoch Times, a far-right international newspaper affiliated with the Falun Gong. This economists most recent column is titled Europe is Bound to Collapse. Two columns before that, he wrote Chinas Economy is Destined to Collapse. Two before that, it was Are We Headed for Another Great Crash (of 1929)? Im sensing a pattern.

(Shoot me if I ever start talking about people in a position to know as my appeal to authority.)

Anyway, Linker continues:

[Dreher] is ready and eager to defer to the supposed expertise of others, to place his trust in what they tell him, provided they attend the same right-wing conferences, write for trusted right-wing media outlets, and/or validate his deeply felt convictions. Thats not just confirmation bias. Its the active, headlong pursuit of confirmation at the cost of fatally sacrificing his own critical intellect. But he doesnt just defer to those who tell him what he wants to hear. He amplifies what theyre saying, adding assurances at regular intervals (and sometimes in italics or bold type) that this thing I am saying is true.

Rod has come to write like a prophet bringing the good news of impending apocalypse. Again, this isnt literal armageddon. Its merely armageddon for the modern liberal order, which, he insists, will very soon be obliterated in a tsunami of economic immiseration. Rods advice, following the tweet thread from the Chicken Little economist from Finland, is to stock cash, food, water, and (for those fortunate enough to possess the right kind of stove) wood.

Read the whole thing and subscribe. Damon is great.

Im a bit of a catastrophist myself, and guys like Rod are giving us a bad name.

There are times when its perfectly reasonable to go full prepper. Hurricane season, for example. Or the start of a global pandemic.

But heres the thing: We prep for transitory catastrophes. Crises that have endpoints.

Because there is no way to prep for the end of civilization. If the r/collapse stuff hits and governments start falling, having some canned beans, water, and a fistful of dollars buys you, what, a month? And after that, the fires of anarchy will sweep you up, too.

I dont want to make fun of Rod Dreher, but if the modern liberal order fails, hes not gonna make it. Because its not guys like this who survive the apocalypse:

Its guys like this:


Damian keeps an eye on Canada for me. And he keeps his other eye on Europe, where he notes that the Overton window on right-wing nationalism keeps shifting. He points to the big gains and mainstream acceptance of Swedens right-wing party last week. And:

Meanwhile, in Italy, a bloc led by the post-fascist Brothers of Italy looks poised to take power . . .

Some argue that [Giorgia] Meloni (who is laser-focused on the major issues affecting Italians, like Peppa Pig episodes with same-sex parents, just in case you thought meltdowns over woke pop-culture was strictly an American thing) may become Prime Minister in no small part because fascism was never as socially unacceptable in postwar Italy as Nazism was in postwar Germany . . .

In France, obviously, we have Marine Le Pen losing, but getting too close for comfort. And then:

Germany has its own established far-right party, the Alternative fr Deutschland, but so far the cordon sanitaire around AfD has held up. Its never been part of a governing coalition at the federal nor the state level, and its support appears to have receded since the Syrian refugee crisis was at its peak. . . .

It hasnt disappeared completely, though, and it still mustered just over 10% support in the 2021 German federal election. At the state level, especially in the former East Germany, its finished second with over a quarter of the popular vote in some recent elections.

AfD hasnt died out like some predicted/hoped, and it seems to have a hard base of support that will win it seats in the Bundestag (Parliament) every time. In a country with proportional representation, where coalition governments are the norm, ten percent of the vote buys you a lot of bargaining power.

Germany is much more conscious of its dark past than other countries on the losing side in 1945, so AfD may never become as popular nor as accepted as its allies outside of Germany.

But they said the same thing about Sweden, not long ago. Just like they said Marine Le Pen and her Rassemblement National in France had peaked.

Im hoping this winter wont be as severe for a gas-starved Europe as some commentators say. But, if things only get one-quarter as bad as the most apocalyptic predictions, everything is on the table.

Read the whole thing and subscribe. Because that last bit should give you a chill. We have no idea what the political consequences of the Russian energy war will be on European politics.

But in general, the demagogues do well in times of economic crisis.

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New chess engine: Fisherov 0.98c NNUE

Fisherov - UCI chess engine (NNUE)Rating JCER = 3542

Fisherov is a chess engine derived from Stockfish. Code has been added in various parts to achieve a different style, which becomes more evident by deactivating his neural networks (although this would cause him to significantly lose his strength but he would gain in aggressiveness, which would be interesting for human training or to make him compete against other non-neural chess engines).

For greater robustness and competitiveness, the use of a neural network must be left activated (as it already comes by default). The engine already has a network incorporated, although there is also the possibility of using another network from the UCI options.

This engine was developed by Luis Damin Primo and Andres Ivan Primo residents of the province of Crdoba, Argentina.

Meaning of the name: Fisherov = Stock"fish" + Fisch"er" + Kaspar"ov".

Fisherov 0.98c download-Engine is not publicly available and is non-commercial

"Due to a request from the Stockfish team in doubt about compliance with the GNU General Public License, Version 3 (GPL) of the Fisherov engine will not be available to the public. Until the situation is clarified, the engine will be used for testing purposes only and the results of the tournaments with the Fisherov engine can be found on our website.

At the same time, people who have downloaded previous versions of the Fisherov engine, please do not share the files with other people.

Chess Engines Diary Team"

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Hidden harms: the impacts of air pollution on the mind – AirQualityNews

Air Quality Newsreporter Chloe Coules investigates growing concern around the effects that air pollution can have on our brains and wellbeing, from mental health to memory.

Researchers have known for decades that high levels of air pollution can have a negative impact on respiratory and cardiovascular health, accounting for around 28,000 to 36,000 early deaths a year in the UK according to Public Health England.

However, the effects of air pollution on the mind are less well understood, and researchers have only recently started to discover the vast range of impacts that air pollution can have on the brain.

Air pollution is not something we immediately think of when asked about the factors that increase a persons risk of having problems with their mental health. However, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that air pollution does make people more likely to experience mental health difficulties, says Dr David Crepaz-Keay, head of applied learning at the Mental Health Foundation.

We also know that physical and mental health are very closely connected, so it is likely that something known to harm peoples bodies air pollution also harms their minds,

A recent study published in the journalJAMA Open Network,found that exposure to air pollution in childhood and adolescence is linked to an increased risk of mental illness in adult life.

The study monitored adolescents across several decades, measuring their exposure to nitrogen oxides (NOx) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the home between the ages of 10-18 years, and then assessed their mental health once they reached 18.

Although air pollution was found to be a weaker risk factor than other more obvious risks to mental health on an individual level, such as family history, they concluded that air pollution exposure is widespread across the world and is therefore likely to be a significant contributor to the global mental health crisis.

The mechanisms through which air pollution harms mental health are similar to the ways in which it harms physical health, according to Matthew Johnson, professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of Copenhagen and co- founder and chief science officer at Air Labs.

He explains that air pollution leads to inflammation of the central nervous system, in the same way that it causes inflammation of the lungs, which impacts upon peoples mental functioning, and it also degrades the health of the nervous system due to its toxicity, which can lead to the development of mental health issues.

According to Matthew Johnson, how this manifests can vary due to a range of factors, for example men are more likely to have depression as the result of air pollution, while women are more likely to develop anxiety. Worryingly, he has noticed that the impacts of the pandemic on our mental health and the amount of time we spend inside may be worsening this issue.

Theres a whole range of effects from poor air quality things that range from simple irritation or a headache, all the way up to major depression and suicide there really is a lot of evidence all along that spectrum, and I think people have noticed it more since they have been spending time indoors, and the stress of the pandemic itself has been compounding these things so theres kind of an intersection of mental health issues right now, he says.

Air pollution and memory

As well as impacting upon our mental health, air pollution can have a dangerous impact on our memory, in some cases even leading to the onset of Alzheimers disease.

Dementia and Alzheimers disease is the leading cause of death in the UK, accounting for 12.4% of all deaths registered in 2019. This problem is predicted to get much worse, with the World Health Organisation estimating that the global number of deaths from the condition will increase by over 40% between 2015 and 2030.

A recent study, published by the American Academy of Neurology, found older women living in areas with high levels of air pollution may be more likely to develop dementia.

The researchers examined hundreds of women who did not have dementia at the start of the study and found that for each 3 mg/m3 increase in PM2.5 exposure, there was a greater extent of brain shrinkage over five years, which was equivalent to a 24% increase in risk of Alzheimers disease, even after adjusting for a range of risk factors. Worryingly, the study found that air pollution still caused shrinkage of the brain in women exposed to levels lower than those considered safe by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have found that long-term exposure to PM2.5 and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is associated with a higher risk of dementia, with heart disease and heart failure found to enhance the link between air pollution and dementia.

Although the researchers could not draw conclusions on why this occurs, they hypothesised that ultrafine particles may reach the brain via circulation and induce systemic inflammation, damaging the blood-brain barrier.

A global study published in the Journal of Alzheimers also found that people are more likely to develop dementia if they are exposed to PM2.5 and NOx over a long period of time. The research suggested that this may occur by increasing levels of inflammation in the human body, or by increasing the risk of having a stroke, as people are fifty times more likely to develop dementia in the year after a major stroke.

A study published in BMJ Open found that living in one of the areas of London with the highest levels of NO2 pollution was associated with a 40% higher risk of dementia than living in one of the least polluted parts of the city.

Air pollution and cognition

The inflammation that air pollution can cause in the body not only increases the risk of mental health issues and memory loss, but it also can hamper our cognition and decision making.

A study by researchers at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics measured the indoor air quality at chess tournaments in Germany and used a chess engine to evaluate how optimal each players moves were. They found that higher levels of air pollution impacted upon the players strategic decision making, especially under time pressure and stress.

According to one of the researchers, Steffen Knn, this effect on cognition is triggered by air pollution levels that you would see in any urban area or city in Europe and occurs within a few hours of exposure.

You go to work, going through rush hour with your bike, you inhale all the pollutants, your cognition will be impaired in the next few hours. This is the conclusion from our study, he tellsAir Quality News.The researchers found that different types of pollution have different levels of impact on cognition, with CO2 only significantly affecting decision making when the players were under time stress, while PM10 had a much greater effect regardless of time pressure.

What can be done?

Emerging research shows a clear link between air pollution and negative impacts on the brain, ranging from issues with mental health and memory to hampered cognition. However, the good news is that the research consensus suggests that limiting air pollution exposure can prevent or limit the effects that air pollution has on the mind.

Matthew Johnson advises that people be aware of their surroundings and take action to prevent exposure to air pollution if they are concerned about its impacts on their mental wellbeing.

He suggests that people identify specific sources of pollution that they encounter on a daily basis, such as poor ventilation when cooking, second-hand smoke, or rush hour congestion, and take measures to reduce the impact of the sources of air pollution, which could be as simple as opening windows or investing in personal air filters for the car or home.

However, the burden of mitigating the effects of air pollution cannot rest solely on the individual, and the only way to halt the rising impact of air pollution on the mind is to create lasting global change to tackle pollution at its source.

This article first appeared in the Air Quality News magazine, which is available to view here.

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Daily Authority: Concept car time – – The Nation Newspaper

Good morning! If youre enjoying a holiday, please continue to enjoy it while we peek at wild new cars.

Motor shows are back

Car shows are back! Germany is playing host to fun new ideas at the 2021 IAA Mobility Event in Munich. It officially starts tomorrow but just like tech conferences, much of the good stuff is announced in pre-event launches.

And at the top of the list nowadays are electric vehicle and autonomous driving details and concepts, with the likes of Mercedes-Benz, VW, BMW, various startups, and so on, spilling out new concepts:





Pixel 3 phones are bricking left and right, no clear answer as to why, and the mode the phones fail into means theres little that can be done for now (Android Authority).

Phone makers may be forced to provide seven years of updates in Germany, two years longer than the EUs proposal (Android Authority).

Vivo X70 series specs leak: Three chips from three chipmakers (Android Authority).

Mark Gurman suggested Apple might announce its next major event as soon as this week, and suggested the coming Apple Watch Series 7 will be in tight supply which added weight to previous rumors (Bloomberg).

Apple quietly postponed its CSAM scanning initiative on Friday night heading into a holiday, saying: we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features. (Android Authority). Over 100 policy and rights groups, including the EFF and American Civil Liberties Union, had asked Apple to recalibrate. One take said the issue was Apple trying to solve a problem like this inside the Apple Park vacuum while adhering to its annual iOS release schedule. iOS 15 is expected in the next few weeks. (TechCrunch).

Microsoft Excel continues to give gene scientists headaches: 30% of published papers contain mangled gene names, due to problems like SEPT4 (septin 4) and MARCH1 being automatically changed to 4-Sep and 1-Mar (Nature).

Dyson could be designing a robot vacuum helper thing that can climb stairs (Bloomberg).

A desk bike looks weird but per this review, having a desk bike is actually pretty great. Huh. (Ars Technica).

NASA starts flight testing with Jobys electric air taxi or electric VTOL aircraft (Engadget).

Sony to offer free Horizon Forbidden West PS4 to PS5 upgrade after criticism (The Verge).

The Perseverance rover on Mars confirms it has collected and stored its first rock sample, after initial problems (CNET).

NASAs helicopter on Mars, Ingenuity, has clocked up 12 flights and is going so well that its mission has been extended indefinitely, though the approaching Martian winter will be a challenge (ScienceAlert).

Where does the CO2 absorbed by trees end up? (r/askscience).

Monday Meme

Coders at Apple thought of this, back in the day, when writing and testing Apples chess engine that has been baked into MacOS for the longest time:

Or in text form:

// Paradoxically enough, moving as quickly as possible is

// not necessarily desirable. Users tend to get frustrated

// once they realize how little time their Mac really spends

// to crush them at low levels. In the interest of promoting

// harmonious Human Machine relations, we enforce minimum

// response times.

Threatningly yours,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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Elektra Awards 2020 – The Winners revealed – Electronics Weekly

Congratulations to all those who made the short-list, in what were crowded fields, and particularly well done to the winning individuals, organisations and companies.

You can see the full list of awards below.

Special thanks, too, to all the sponsors this year, without whose loyal support the industry event could not take place!

University Research Group of the Year ONLINE VOTE

Oxford University (lead), developing ventilators that can be manufactured in SME workshops

Test Product of the Year

Pico Technology, PicoScope 6000E series oscilloscopes

Distributor of the Year, Sponsored by OEMSecrets

RS Components

Manufacturer of the Year, Sponsored by Publitek


Start-up Electronics Business of the Year

Circuit Mind, artificial intelligence for electronics design

Automotive Electronics Award

Imagination Technologies, IMG Series4 NNA architecture

Award for Excellence in Product Design (High-Reliability Systems), Sponsored by Melexis

Paragraf, for the deposition of graphene on a Hall-effect sensor

Award for Excellence in Product Design (Medical), Sponsored by Vox-Power

OmniVision Technologies, OMV6948 CameraCubeChip

Consumer Electronics Product of the Year ONLINE VOTE

DecodeChess, translating AI chess engine outputs

Best Campaign of the Year

DesignSpark (RS Components), RadioGlobe

Design Tools and Development Software Award, Sponsored by Swindon Silicon

Siemens Digital Industries Software, Tessent LBIST-OST technology

Passive & Electromechanical Product of the Year

Zytronic, Zybrid Hover contactless touchscreen

Power System Product of the Year

Power Integrations, InnoMux with InnoSwitch 3-MX PowiGaN


Powerbox International, OFI600A12 power supply for immersed applications

Internet-of-Things Product of the Year Award, Sponsored by Micron

Maxim Integrated, MAX78000 microcontroller

Semiconductor Product of the Year (Analogue), Sponsored by Mouser

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC), ePower Stage EPC2152 IC

Semiconductor Product of the Year (Digital)

MediaTek, Dimensity 1000 chipsets

Design Team of the Year, Sponsored by BWW

Nanusens Limited

Educational Support Award, Sponsored by UKESF

RS Components, for RS Education Making Amazing Happen

Rising Star of the Year

Matthew Evans, Future Facilities


Kate Self, BT

Enterprise of the Year

RS Components



Once again, congratulations to all. And, just to note, our prize draw was won by Jessica Knight from Harwin. Congratulations Jessica!

So thats it, for 2020. We hope to look forward to seeing you in December for the Elektra Awards 2021.

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The pursuit of Carlsens world cup rival in the chess engine is stopped – The KXAN 36 News

It enlightens The international sjakkforbundet (Fide) in a statement on Thursday.

the Background for the decision is that the government of Russia has ordered aviation authorities to put all the scheduled flights and chartered planes to and from the country on the ground from Friday. The country will stop all international flights as a measure to limit the infection of the koronaviruset.

For despite the fact that all sports events have been cancelled or moved as a result of virusutbruddet, started kandidatturneringen where eight players compete to get to meet Magnus Carlsen for the world CHAMPIONSHIP duel, as planned in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg on Tuesday.

The international sjakkforbundet writes in the statement that the tournament cant continue without there being guarantees that players and managers get safely home.

It came as a consequence of that the russians have finally tightened into how they handle this viruskrisen. And since it will no longer be possible to get out of Russia about a couple of days, then found out that one only had to cancel so that the participants going home to their country of origin, says Nrks sjakkekspert Torstein Bae.

He believes this is a serious decision, which clearly is significant for would no longer be competitive and for the world CHAMPIONSHIP cycle.

Why should would no longer be competitive to continue with her?

Bae is critical that the tournament was cancelled on an earlier date, and was not cancelled or postponed like all other major sporting events.

It is clear there is reason to ask about it, if one in all ought to have gone in once with this tournament, when all the other sports have cancelled all their. Why should would no longer be competitive to continue with her? It was not difficult to predict that someone either could be sick, or if it would happen any further which meant that you had to break, he says to NRK.

the Battle for who will be Carlsens world cup rival will continue at a later time. When will the results from the seven rounds so far conducted will be applicable when the parties resumed.

If you start from scratch again, so they will which is the best the way to react to it. At the same time, if one is to take off at the starting point they have now, so it will be very difficult to get with the worst way. Seen this way, itd be better now if we had had a zero and only deferred to a later time, says Bae.

Protested against the tournament

the Introduction to the say the least, been chaotic.

Earlier this week selected, Teimur Radjabov, who should participate, to withdraw from the tournament after having asked The international sjakkforbundet whether to move the tournament.

Also the former toppspilleren Vladimir Kramnik, who would have commented on the tournament, withdrew from the mission in protest.

I think it is a mistake to hosting the tournament for several reasons: Both for the reputation, legal and not least the human, he wrote in a statement.

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5 best software to analyze chess games in 2019 –

This is a strong open source chess engine which is offered for free, and is available for both desktop and mobile platforms.

Stockfish has consistently ranked number one or near the top of most chess engine rating lists, and is one of the strongest open-source engines worldwide. It uses up to 512 CPU cores in multiprocessor systems, with a maximal transposition table size of 1 terabyte.

Features include an alpha-beta search, bitboards, great search depth because of more aggressive pruning and late move reductions, and support for Chess960, plus much more.

The program comes from the Glaurung, an open-source chess engine released first in 2004, and four years later, Costalba took over and renamed it Stockfish because it was produced in Norway and cooked in Italy Costalba is Italian, and Romstad (creator of Glaurung) is Norwegian.

Stockfish is powerful and much stronger than the best human chess grandmasters. Unlike most chess engines, it is open source (GPL License), so you can read the code, modify it, contribute back and use it in your own projects.

You can also run it anywhere, including Windows operating system and on your smart devices, so you can get world-class chess analysis wherever you are.

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About – Stockfish – Open Source Chess Engine

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The Stockfish engine was developed by Tord Romstad, Marco Costalba, and Joona Kiiski. It is now being developed and maintained by the Stockfish community.

Stockfish for Mac was built by Daylen Yang. Stockfish for iOS was built by Tord Romstad.

The Stockfish project started with the open source Glaurung engine, authored by Tord Romstad. In November 2008, Marco Costalba forked the Glaurung 2.1 code and introduced Stockfish 1.0. Tord and Joona Kiiski joined the Stockfish project and the Glaurung project slowly faded away. Meanwhile, Stockfish quickly rose to become the strongest open source chess engine, with frequent updates every few months. Today, it remains one of the strongest engines in the world.

This website was built by Daylen Yang. The Stockfish icon was designed by Klein Maetschke.

Stockfish is free, and distributed under the GNU General Public License Version 3 (GPLv3). Essentially, this means that you are free to do almost exactly what you want with the program, including distributing it among your friends, making it available for download from your web site, selling it (either by itself or as part of some bigger software package), or using it as the starting point for a software project of your own.

The only real limitation is that whenever you distribute Stockfish in some way, you must always include the full source code, or a pointer to where the source code can be found. If you make any changes to the source code, these changes must also be made available under the GPL.

For full details, read the GPL.

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