Matthew Doucette: Guest Speaker on Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, February 12, 2015
By: Matthew Doucette

1T - First Thursday technology meetup.

I gave a presentation on Artificial Intelligence today, at our local 1T - First Thursday technology meetup.


1T - First Thrusday Tech Meetup:

If you are in the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada area, please come and join. We meet the first Thursday of every month, hence "1T - First Thursday", at Rudder's on Water Street.



John Thibeau (hat) playing against Stockfish 6, the world's strongest chess engine with Queen odds.
You can see me (shaved head) to the left.

Casual chat after the presentation.
You can see my shaved head to the left.


AI Presentation:

The presentation itself was not too complicated, but ended up a bit over most people's heads. I hope everyone enjoyed the demonstrations none-the-less. It is impressive how far we have come (and also how far we have not come).

I split it up into two sections:

  1. math / calculation / logic (demonstrated how these are not only related, but are actually the same things)
  2. chess (zero sum game theory)

Check out the actual presentation here, in OpenOffice Impress format:



P.S. Stockfish beat both participants with queen odds (and move odds), which means the human plays white and the computer plays black without a Queen! Try it yourself and let me know if you can beat the strongest chess program without a queen! It's a challenge.


That is all!



About the Author: I am Matthew Doucette of Xona Games, an award-winning indie game studio that I founded with my twin brother. We make intensified arcade-style retro games. Our business, our games, our technology, and we as competitive gamers have won prestigious awards and received worldwide press. Our business has won $190,000 in contests. Our games have ranked from #1 in Canada to #1 in Japan, have become #1 best sellers in multiple countries, have won game contests, and have held 3 of the top 5 rated spots in Japan of all Xbox LIVE indie games. Our game engines have been awarded for technical excellence. And we, the developers, have placed #1 in competitive gaming competitions -- relating to the games we make. Read about our story, our awards, our games, and view our blog.